Amanda Does Alaia

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All photos courtesy Amanda Lee Shirreffs


Editor's note: Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work with Amanda Lee when she pulled and styled some vintage for a couple of different projects. The more I got to know her the more I became enamored.  When I decided to make another addition to our already talented crop of contributing writers here at Curated, she was the person to pop up as my number one choice. She has worked with New York Magazine, The Cut & Dazed Digital and Amanda was recently named one of Toronto’s best dressed by Toronto Life Magazine. I have asked her to act as a stylist here and pull vintage that catches her eye from the shop to create looks from her perspective in an "Instagram" kind of way with a combination of selfies and styled shots along with notes about the how and why. I am immensely pleased to share her debut column for us today and hope you are as happy about the addition to the team as I am! ..... xx Cherie


As a stylist (& excitingly, a brand new contributor!) I thought it would be fitting to introduce myself to the world of Shrimpton Couture through Cherie’s incredible selection of Alaia especially in light of the launch of the 30 piece capsule collection yesterday, some of which I pulled to style for you here.

’An a-what-a?’
”It’s like a totally important designer!”

Clueless, 1995.


Although Azzedine Alaia has been a household designer since early 80s, it was in Clueless where we were re-introduced to the ‘King of Cling.’ When you put on one of his pieces you feel the spirit of the designer & understand why such independent, fashion influencers feel so comfortable in Alaia. Its discreet luxury at it’s finest.

When styling the looks, I felt it was important to follow Cher’s commitment to minimalism as portrayed in that iconic movie Clueless - in other words, pairing a very 90s aesthetic with a healthy dose of chokers, fur, and berets.


The Azzedine Alaia leather jacket, was a favourite. Styled with my hat of the moment, by Montreal designer Atelier Wonder & Brian Jones inspired striped trousers that I picked up at vintage store in London. Not only is the leather so incredibly soft, it shapes your body in such an interesting, sexy way. This is definitely a wardrobe must-have!

1980s Azzedine Alaia Fitted Black Leather Biker Jacket available now at Shrimpton Couture >



One of the most adored pieces I pulled was the dark-green fuzzy Alaia sweater. It’s so soft, easily wearable & again – incredibly sexy. Paired with a vintage sheep-skin jacket, sheer tights and oversized choker– it was perfect for date night. Complete this outfit with Marni’s silk thigh high boots (available here)

Fall 1991 Azzedine Alaia Deep Green Chenille Sweater available now at Shrimpton Couture >



A stylistic journey of Alaia wouldn’t be complete without the Gingham ‘Tati’ bra, worn famously by supermodel Yasmin Ghauri. To keep with the season, I decided to pair the bra with a cherished pair of high-waisted leather trousers & a slick PVC Jaeger London treach-coat. The perfect transitional outfit from dinner to drinks!

Spring 1991 Museum Held Alaia 'Tati" Short & Bra Top available now at Shrimpton Couture >



I felt utterly transformed once I slipped this knit, body-hugging dress. I loved the semi-sheer halter detail, as well as the criss-cross back, which added some subtle sexiness. Following my 90s inspiration, I paired it with a cage-like gold choker from my Mother’s 70s collection of jewellery. Alternatively, I would wear it with Alexander McQueen’s Plexiga’s choker, available on Netaporter.

Very Rare 1989 Azzedine Alaia One Shoulder "Slashed" Dress available now at Shrimpton Couture >

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