The applause moment: Azzedine Alaïa

Tim Blanks from talked so beautifully about the first Alaia collection in 8 years(fall 2011), that made me search trough fashion history and read all about the shy genius that is Azzedine Alaia. The 71 years old Tunisian-born couturier is talked as an alchemist in 1992 May Issue of Elle and as the “Little big man” in the New York Times Style Magazine 2006.

When I first saw the autumn 2011 collection I felt like I’m at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, tiny and invisible, seeing through my invisible cloak – everybody who’s anybody, but in a time when la creme de la creme gathered in a such elegant and cultural place to unify their stylish beings in one core… In this dream they are all wearing Alaia and can’t wait to unclothe, to take off their coat-dresses only to show long black latticed velvet dresses…

Here are my favorite pieces of the collection.

Talking about the shoes. Here is Emmanuelle Alt wearing her favorite Alaia lace up shoes. I even found an article on a blog which stated that she should get out of them because she worn them out, taking them absolutely everywhere. I’m not sure if the person writing the post has any idea how much these cost. With a price tag of almost 1000 euro, when you buy an Alaia pair of shoes is like buying from 4 to 8 pairs of anything else. So you have to take them out, a lot!

You can find a similar pair on sales now, at Farfetch, so go for it!

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1 Comment

  1. July 12, 2011 / 10:02

    Alaia’s collection surprised me. It was impeccable and I really loved the black dresses, they are so elegant and glamorous!

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