Yesterday we received the unhappy news that the much anticipated Azzedine Alaia show at Paris couture week would take place under cover of secrecy, with no cameras, no iPhones and no tweeting allowed. Boo. But then, we came into work this morning to discover the official pics had been released overnight! Yay!
Never one to create or follow a trend for the sake of it, the diminutive Tunisian/French fashion God has achieved his current status by creating clothes that focus entirely on beautifying the woman, rather than referencing the era, and his customers adore the fit and finish of his clothes so much they become super loyal lifelong adherents, passing their Alaia pieces down to their daughters.
The idea behind this collection was one of nippy pencil, or full, almost bell shaped skirts in the form of suits, dresses and outerwear. Delish. Rather than an array of colours, Azzedine had used a variety of clashing textures, from patent snakeskin, to soft Mongolian lamb, to velvet and sculpted knits. Coats were plentiful and strong in this collection, with the fitted waists and sticking-out skirts.
However, as is usually the case with couture; it's the eveningwear that everyone wanted to see. His jaw dropping full length gowns did not disappoint, covered as they were in triangular fronds, creating an imposing texture. Just like the Eighties heyday that his pieces came to define. Of the star studded audience present; including proclaimed Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli, Sofia Coppola, Kanye West, Donatella Versace, Victoire de Castellane, the French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand, plus even more 'bigwigs' according to WWD. Apparently, the first person to rush backstage was Mitterrand, who coaxed the reticent Alaïa out front to take a bow. The audience roared when he finally appeared.
Another visitor was one of his most famous fans, Donatella Versace, who wanted to congratulate him. She told reporters, 'It was amazing. I'm so glad I'm here,' she said, casting a lustful glance at the table strewn with silver-studded footwear. 'I wanna steal the boots actually, but I better not.'
Too, too fabulous for words!
- Naomi Attwood