Oct 06, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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1995â€™s teen gem â€œCluelessâ€ introduced me to two of my Great Loves: Paul Ruddâ€™s nose and Alaïa. I remember marveling at how incredibly tight and impossibly short Cherâ€™s red dress was, wondering if Iâ€™d wear stuff like that when I got to high school (nope!), and sharing Cherâ€™s righteous indignation when forced to lie on the ground by a mugger. â€œI donâ€™t think you understand,â€ she says in horror. â€œThis is an Alaïa.â€ And the guy didnâ€™t understand, but even at 13, I did: Alaiaâ€™s creations were special, meant to be revered and respected. These days, the man himself is getting even more respect, with his groundbreaking body hugging designs influencing the collections of everyone from Christopher Kane to Armani. The icing on the proverbial cake? Prada Groupâ€™s recent decision to sell Azzedine Alaïaâ€™s company back in full, giving him 100% control over his house, which Prada purchased in 2000 as part of a (failed) plan to build an international fashion conglomerate à la LVMH. My favorite thing about Alaïa is that he refuses to be a part of fashionâ€™s bizarre cycle, showing collections when it pleases him and not during any kind of pre-ordained Fashion Week. Also, he once proclaimed in an interview that Anna Wintour had â€œno style,â€ a sure sign that the man is truly fearless. To celebrate Alaïaâ€™s newfound freedom and continued success, I scoured Stylesight for dresses he surely inspired. Maybe Iâ€™ll also rent â€œCluelessâ€ tonight and re-live my first experience with the â€œtotally important designerâ€ (and that Paul Rudd).
1. Louise Goldin 2. Allessandro Dellâ€™Acqua 3. Christoper Kane
4. Iceberg 5. Erdem 6. Ann Sofie Black
7. Jean Pierre Braganza 8. Jasmine di Milo 9. Ungaro
10. La Perla 11. Abaete 12. Peter Som
13. Trussardi 14. Unconditional 15. DKNY
16. Sue Stemp 17. Preen 18. Pegah Anvarian
19. CNC 20. Emporio Armani 21. Alexander McQueen
22. Bebe 23. Nathan Jenden 24. Balmain
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