May 24, 2018 | By Lourdes Linares
Azzedine Alaïa has been enjoying a renaissance of late. There was, of course, his first runway show in 8 years, which unfurled with grace and grandeur during the Paris Haute Couture S/S 12 season. There were the publicity-generating comments regarding a certain Anna [& Karl], as well as his refusal to accept the prestigious Légion d’Honneur from French president Nicolas Sarkozy. One might venture to say that Alaïa’s refusal to bow to the ever-increasing demands of the fashion world today [coupled with these recent events] have earned him the unofficial title of Industry Anarchist– a well-deserved coup we think he might relish, which nods as much to his unscrupulous approach as his unwavering sense of the original tenet of fashion: to dress women, and to do it well. Press squabbles aside, Alaïa’s dresses and accessories still command triple to quadruple-digit prices on the vintage marketplace, and the designer himself claims to be selling well in America and elsewhere.
And with his recent ‘return’ to the runway– Alaïa has said he doesn’t know if or when he will do so again– his clothes are sure to gain ground with a new generation of women, those born long after Cher Horowitz whined “…But it’s an ALAIA!” when held at gunpoint during the 90s cult favorite Clueless.
Below, a smattering of Vintage Alaïa editorial, mixed in with pieces by the Tunisian born designer from our Vintage Library.
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