At his Marais atelier during the haute couture shows, Azzedine Alaia put on his first formal runway presentation in ten years and wowed an eager audience with the kind of clothes he’s famous for—from a masterfully draped column of silk jersey to a simple scoopneck dress belted with interlocking silver As. Neither understated nor ostentatious, Alaia’s unique brand of elegance is the kind that’s impossible not to notice, and not only because his gowns are worn by some of the most heavenly bodies on earth—models Iman, Stephanie Seymour, and Campbell are all fans. Women love his clothes because Alaia designs them to last. The antithesis of trendy, they’re timeless - rather like the designer himself.
The Allure of Alaia, Elle, October 2001. Photographer: Gilles Bensimon / Model: Naomi Campbell / Stylist: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.