Tuesday, December 05, 2006


I firmly believe that one should know their history in order to get a better sense of purpose...how can you fully appreciate where you're going, if you don't know where you're coming from?

That ideaology is especially true of fashion...today's fashions are really just yesterday's recycled, refreshed and revamped trends.

Let's start with Azzedine Alaia--not just because his name begins with an "A"--but because his timeless influence on fashion is undeniable. Today's tunics and tights mirror this icon's signature style.

"This evening, time does not exist for me."- Azzedine Alaia

Alaia is a Tunisian fashion designer who worked under the tutelage of Dior and Guy Laroche before completing his first pret-a-porter collection for Charles Jourdan in the 1970’s.

Known for his body conscious dresses—many featuring a scooped neck, dark colors and zippers— Alaia’s clothes requires a certain presence of mind and body of the wearer. He is called the "King of Cling" for a reason! The emphasis on the body is a carryover from his years as a sculptor.

This is the FRONT of the dress!

Alaia has a knack for meticulous attention to detail, a fondness for lycra, a penchant for amazonian models, a love of basic black and solids (and did I mention his fondness for lycra?).

He has achieved enough critical acclaim such that he shows his collections whenever he wants, irrespective of the global fashion week schedule! Alaia’s clout was solidified by his solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in 2000.

Alaia’s many muses include: Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Karolina Kurkova, Natalia Vodianova, Iman, and allegedly--Janice Dickinson.

Alaia joined the Prada Group in 2000 and still designs, from his Paris studio, today.

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