Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Dream of Shoes

As mentioned previously in my posts, one of my favourite high-end fashion designers is Azzedine Alaïa who is among the most influential and talented designers of the last twenty years. He is best known for being one of the last great couturiers of the modern era, ranking high among the architects of fashion for introducing high hemlines, corseted waists and for mastering and perfecting skin-tight scupltural silhouettes, which were a phenomenon in the 1980s. He is a classicist; the designer who best understands a woman's anatomy; the one who possesses total understanding of how to drape and of how to use materials.

I adore Alaïa for the incredible shoes that he designs; the fine construction, cuts & simplicity of his pieces (dresses in particular) and his outlook on fashion & style. For one, he delivers a collection when he is ready, not when the schedule says he has to. His refusal to follow traditional fashion schedules shows he would rather destroy his own business than compromise his standards. He also insists on personally constructing each protytpe himself in his Paris studio from paper pattern to finished garment (including sewing) rathering than relying on the help of design assistants. Together, it has made him a legend of perfection albeit off-the-radar, for he doesn't believe in the concept of designing for 'seasons'. Alaïa designs for the body.

It seems the less Azzedine Alaïa deigns to be involved in the fashion system, the more his influence grows. To me, inspiration comes from the fact that he continually reinvents himself, always perfecting and improving on what he has already done so brilliantly for a lifetime. I have such tremendous respect for him, for I think he is a true master, one of the few that really lives and breathes what he does.

His designs are generally made in black or dark solid colours and his dresses are typically tight and unforgiving, showing off every curve of the woman's body. Many of them also feature a deeply scooped back. His pieces are favourites of Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour.

Images from fashionologie

In his shoe collection, I am most fascinated by this pair... in my eyes the style and colour are perfect and I would give anything to own them one day! So unique and perfect for every occasion... they are my favourite ever!!

Images from matchesfashion

I loved them so much that I decided to draw inspiration from Alaïa today and make a Polyvore set with his shoes, combining my two favourite things in the world.


I have also uploaded an old editorial that I love for those who wish to read more about him:

The New Yorker; November 7, 1994. The Outsider by Ingrid Sischy

Until tomorrow,

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