Love: Azzedine Alaïa Haute Couture

Azzedine Alaia, haute couture, fashion, catwalk shows, autumn winter 2011

I finished my haute couture coverage last week, but Alaïa deserved a special post. I haven’t done a Love/Loathe, because there is nothing to loathe here.

Azzedine Alaia, haute couture, fashion, catwalk shows, autumn winter 2011This was Alaïa’s first official haute couture show, and one of his first runway shows in nearly ten years. He has always been clear that he will not confirm to the pressures and schedule of the industry, but I think his decision to show was a good one, as I believe his brand will finally begin to get the recognition it deserves.

Azzedine Alaia, haute couture, fashion, catwalk shows, autumn winter 2011

Alaïa is a perfectionist, and you can’t see this unless you investigate his clothing up close. I was once told about a jacket that they sold for seven seasons in a row, because the first six seasons it wasn’t delivered. Each time the jackets came back from the manufacturer ready to be delivered to the store, Alaïa rejected them on the basis that the quality wasn’t good enough. You won’t see any major luxury brands doing that, quality does not come before delivery.

Azzedine Alaia, haute couture, fashion, catwalk shows, autumn winter 2011

What you can see in these photos is the beautiful, sculptural shapes of the clothing, which would have involved very careful manipulation of fabric and lots of steaming and pressing. He truly is a master, and I am not surprised that Dior offered him the job as creative director (nor am I surprised that he turned it down.) And of course, being the critic that I am, I love the fact that he banned US Vogue from his show and he dissed Anna Wintour a few weeks back. Alaïa rules!

Azzedine Alaia, haute couture, fashion, catwalk shows, autumn winter 2011Azzedine Alaia, haute couture, fashion, catwalk shows, autumn winter 2011

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  • retromance

    the first two outfits are absolutely divine! I love  the pleat/pouf that gives the shape.

  • Eve

    I would sell any of my organs in the black market for just one of his gowns.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure organs would fetch enough for one of these :-)

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  • http://fashionforward40.com Tracey

    I love his silhouettes and the shapes are gorgeous. Every outfit defines the waist and looks structured and femine.  That green coat is divine.  This is a haute couture line I could imagine spending oddles of my money (if I had oodles of money) on.  If that winning lottery ticket ever comes in I know where I’m going.