Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Mother-In-Law, Azzedine Alaia

Yes you read that right Azzedine Alaia is my mother-in-law.  Didn't you know?  He is also your mother-in-law.  And not only your mother-in-law but fashion's mother-in-law too.  Or so says the New York Times.

"Azzedine Alaia did much to shape the look of the 80's but his place in the fashion world was (and still is) that of mother-in-law." The New York Times

Hmm.  Okay.  Well, Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell call Alaia 'Papa' and I know he makes a mean chicken and rice.  He also makes the most perfect clothes and has an enviable collection of vintage couture.  So Mr. Alaia is obviously the ideal mother-in-law.  Now, come to Mamma!

An exhibit, Azzedine Alaia in the 21st Century, will be at the Groninger Museum from December 11th to May 2012 and is a follow up to the 1998 show which was later displayed at the Brant Foundation in New York.

Here at RARE vintage, we are having our own little mini Alaia sale with some classic pieces.  Alaia designs for the ultimate sweater girl.  Alaia does all of his own pattern making and fittings - usually working late into the night. His knits have been made at Silvia Bocchese's factory in Italy for over 30 years.  There is that old expression, if it isn't broken, don't fix it.  And I do not mean that Alaia has stayed the same but that he evolves at his own tempo, his own pace.  Many designers feel the crushing need to reinvent the wheel (I'm on a cliche roll: ) every season.  With Alaia you can build a wardrobe every year and you can mix a 1980s piece with a 2011 piece. 

Let the mixing begin:

A classic black Alaia long sleeved knit dress with a slight flare and brilliant seaming.  Size Medium (will fit a contemporary size 6/8)


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