“He was taking his own time, but I also discovered that his clothes withstand time. They are eternal. While I was discussing with Richemont, I bought a lot of vintage pieces and each time I realized they were immune to aging. At Alaïa, creation has its own pace. Such a rare thing in the landscape of fashion. Time as luxury.”
A great reflection from Pieter Mulier on Azzedine Alaïa’s appreciation of time, Vogue. (more…)
Some exciting news on the designer front. Pieter Mulier, the one-time secret weapon of Raf Simons (who can forget his stand out supporting role in Dior & I?) has been appointed creative director at Alaïa.
This sounds like an excellent appointment, with Mulier promising to retain Azzedine Alaïa’s “legacy of celebrating femininity and placing women at the heart of creation”, hopefully with a modern hand. I imagine Richemont will expect a big ROI with fulsome collections of clothes, accessories (and maybe even beauty?) but hopefully they can also find a way to imbue some of the slower pace Alaïa was known for with his ‘it comes when it comes’ schedules. (more…)
This delightful film about Azzedine Alaia is currently doing the rounds on Instagram.
Shot over the course of a few years by super-stylist Joe McKenna, ‘Joe’s Film’ is an intimate portrayal of the designer who eschews the corporate fashion system and its layers of stress and seasonal churn. (more…)