i-D Paris Editor Sarah Hay reports from the Azzedine Alaïa presentation held at his atelier in Paris.
Azzedine Alaïa has developed his relationship with the same knitwear company in Italy for over thirty years meaning that ideas have had the luxury to develop and deepen to the point where the Tunisian born designer is able to create fluid sculptures for the body with seamless designs. Literally seamless, as regardless of cinch, voluminous kick, tiny peepholes or intricately weaved patterns, clients can experience the flow of the same one continuous thread beginning from the top of any outfit all the way through to the bottom. It’s quite a feat of technology to examine up close.
A rich and poised elegance was proposed for women of all generations, body size and cultural destination. Demure necklines with floor swishing skirts, little baby doll dresses with Peter Pan collars or figure boosting dresses matched with little leather bow belts were matched with boots in alligator, pony or leather or little lace-up flats.
Much is happening in the house of Alaïa in 2013 with a store planned to open just off Les Champs Elysées around July, work on costumes for The Marriage of Figaro opera, plus a ballet, and a grand exhibition to celebrate the reopening of the Galiera museum (Paris Museum of Fashion) in the autumn. Everything is in full motion chez Monsieur Alaïa, he’s busier than he has ever been but the entire team are progressing at a balanced fast pace just like the gentle dip and flow of the gliding hem on any of his knitted skirts.
Text: Sarah Hay
Photography: Fred Rambaud