ALAIA, 1940 – 2017

NOVEMBER 2017

RIP AZZEDEINE ALAIA, THE KING OF CLING

HAS PRIVATELY DRESSED THE WORLD’S JET SET FOR 20 YEARS AND STEPPED TO HIS OWN BEAT REFUSING TO SELL OUT TO THE MAINSTREAM FASHION HOUSES. KNOWN AS ‘THE KING OF CLING’, I RESPECT HIM FOR NOT GIVING IN TO THE MARKETING-DRIVEN LOGIC OF LUXURY CONGLOMERATES, CONTINUING TO FOCUS ON CLOTHES RATHER THAN ‘MUST HAVE LOOKS”. ALAIA IS REVERED FOR HIS INDEPENDENCE AND PASSION FOR DISCREET LUXURY.

WHEN INTERVIEWD, ALAIA SLAMMED ANNA WINTOUR AND KARL LAGERFELD. PARIS-BASED ALAIA, 71, SAID OF CHANEL CREATIVE DIRECTOR LAGERFELD, “I DON’T LIKE HIS FASHION, HIS SPIRIT, HIS ATTITUDE. IT’S TOO MUCH CARICATURE. KARL LAGERFELD NEVER TOUCHED A PAIR OF SCISSORS IN HIS LIFE.”

ALAIA ALSO LASHED OUT AT THE VOGUE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, “SHE RUNS THE BUSINESS VERY WELL, BUT NOT THE FASHION PART. WHEN I SEE HOW SHE IS DRESSED, I DON’T BELIEVE IN HER TASTES FOR ONE SECOND. ANYWAY, WHO WILL REMEMBER ANNA WINTOUR IN THE HISTORY OF FASHION? NO ONE.”

WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH HIS WAY OR NOT, ONE MUST ALWAYS RESPECT SOMEONE WHO FORGES THEIR OWN PATH, REMAINING STEADFAST AND TALENTED WITHIN THEIR OWN RIGHT.