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August 5, 2018


When news broke of Azzedine Alaïa’s death in November 2017, people’s reaction was reminiscent of how people reacted to Gianni Versace’s death in 1997. I knew of him and his brand but I didn’t really know much about his aesthetic, which is why I was very interested to see the “Je Suis Couturier” exhibit in Paris. Held in 18 rue de la verrerie, where he lived and worked, the exhibit featured a limited number of curated iconic dresses. It was a small, compact exhibit but it allowed viewers to get up-close to his creations and really appreciate his designs. At the end of the exhibit, I understood why he was such an amazing fashion designer.

Going through each piece, one begins to understand the master that he was but one also realizes that you must have a very good physique to do justice to his creations. He really truly embraced the figure of a woman and dubbed “The King of Cling” since he released his first collection in 1980.

His designs also have a distinct edge to it. His dresses give off a vibe that is feminine but also very rock-and-roll. No wonder people like the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Victoria Beckham love him.

The cuts in his designs are bold but cool. I can imagine someone else attempting these looks and ending up with pieces that look cheap and tacky.

I also love how he plays with texture and fabric.

His use of hardware is so innovative.

Mr. Alaïa, you truly were a master. How I wish to one day fit in your pieces! It’ll definitely be vintage and a rare and expensive find if and when that happens!

Photos by Goldee Luxe, and the IG accounts of Kourtney Karadashian and Kim Kardashian

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