Alaia

Spring 2019

 

The past is clear; the future is obscure.

The main ready-to-wear collection, treats familiar volumes and fabrications with restraint and precision but also with freshness. Cotton shirtdresses were covered in laser perforations that have been delicately embroidered, and a white jacket in a looping openwork pattern looked even more handcrafted than lace. The looks encrusted with fringed raffia were made of woven raffia, which gives them a flattering harmony of structure and swish. And anyone who can’t imagine Alaïa without the fine-gauge knit, body-con dresses, and laser-cut leather belts, fear not, there were a few of these, too. A bustier with straps that crisscrossed the torso drew so closely from the DNA that it might as well have been vintage.

These looks and more—cropped python jackets, crisp poplin shirts, a selection of instantly desirable bags, belts, and shoes—were presented from an upstairs suite that serves as a guest apartment for the designer’s innermost circle. That the racks were surrounded by a stunning selection of iconic modern furniture (an industrial table and chairs by Jean Prouvé, the multiarmed wall lamp from Serge Mouille, seating by Pierre Paulin) further reinforced Alaïa’s mastery of a timeless aesthetic and the appeal in reissuing flawless design. For now, this strategy not only seems solid, it once again defines Maison Alaïa against industry/retailer/consumer expectations of newness each season. Courtesy of vogue.com

 

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Alaia

Fall Winter 2018

 

Alaïa Fall/Winter’18 involved, in part, wool swing coats with collars that frame the neck like a sculpture and with elaborate scribbles of hand-appliqued leather string, like a language only the wearer could read. Plus sleeveless dresses pieced together from half-moon panels of fabric in a graduated cone, so the bodice hugged the torso and the skirt swayed just a little with the walk, engineered to harness the body’s resonance.

 

Why the line also included a new capsule of reissued designs from the mid-‘80s and ‘90s (thick ribbed sweaters with nipped-in waists; blouson backs and matching miniskirts; malleable shearling jackets with embroideries up the sides) that wore their date on their tags, because if they didn’t, you’d never know when they were made.

 

The whole point of this exercise remained the same: to create garments that make the wearer feel confident/stronger/better/more fully herself. That should not be a trend or response to a cultural moment. It should be a given.

 

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Alaia

Spring  Summer 2018

 

Azzedine Alaïa has a comprehensive understanding of the female form, thanks to an education in sculpture from École des Beaux-Arts. Revered for his bodycon silhouettes that defined the aesthetic of Paris in the ‘80s, the French designer is also known for his intricate footwear, statement bags and laser-cut accessories. Don’t miss the sculpting knitted dresses and gown in our ready-to-wear edit.

 

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Alaia

Fall Winter 2017

 

This was a collection that was unmistakably Alaïa – the fit and flare silhouettes, those pleated skirts spliced with leather, cropped jackets and knitted black gowns – but there were plenty of interesting textures and folksy references to make it all feel new; to thrill the eye, and – from a client’s perspective – fuel the spend. And it would be money well spent.

Anyone who has ever bought a vintage piece of Alaïa lately will know it’s immune to ever looking old. Few other brands remain as relevant today as they were three decades ago. The smart woman ordering from this line-up considers the purchase akin to an heirloom worth the investment.

 

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