Azzedine Alaïa / Elle US 2000

28/01/2013

Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
I could write an ode to Azzedine Alaïa choosing the most poetic and beautiful words in attempt to explain the genius of this man who filled fashion with ideas, inspired some of the most influential designers, created iconic pieces and made women feel beautiful in their own skin. And yet… never self-promoted himself, used PR companies or advertising… created collections based on his own schedule regardless of the seasons… had been in fashion for around 50 years and still remains a mystery.

Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
Alaia is an extraordinary figure, a unique being and one-of-a-kind. I first heard his name in mid 1990s when Russian Elle published an article about a fashion designer who knew the secret of crafting a dress with ability to mould around female body like no other.

Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
Since then I’ve become fascinated with Azzedine Alaïa and his work wishing that one day I’ll get a chance to wear something made by him. The dream may never come true, but the love for Alaïa’s art and talent is a good enough reason for me to dedicate this fashion week to him.


Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
Photo source: Karolina Kurkova wearing Alaia Elle US September 2000 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)

48 comments:

  1. I remember this editorial! I think this may have been the first issue of Elle I eve bought and what an introduction... The photo of Karolina Kurkova in her Alaia has stayed with me all this time. Its a rare designer, and person, who can continue to strive for a goal with no promise of recognition - I always admire that in Alaia.
    xox,
    Cee

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  2. YAY, another fashion week! I've been waiting for a new one. :) I'm going to love this one. I'm off pinning some of these beautiful shots. Have a wonderful week! xo

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  3. Love the Parisian vibe of the collection

    Xx

    Alexandra

    www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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  4. thanks! x

    oh, cool shots! i love ELLE :)
    bisous x

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  5. He´s one of the greatest! He is that tipe of designer like Alber Elbaz that seems adorable and nice to be around... Genious!

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    KISSES
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  6. What a beautiful collection! haha I love that word 'maverick'

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  7. The most amazing part about this editorial is that all these exquisite looks are relevant and stylish today as they were in 2000.

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  8. I love this designer as well and I am shocked he never self promoted or used a pr firm to promote his brand.

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  9. Would love to own some Alaia :) xo

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  10. Great post!
    And very interesting! Love all the quotes of the other designers!
    xxx
    s

    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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  11. You are right, his work is truly a masterpiece! Fab clothes and style!! Kisses dear and happy monday! xo

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  12. That man is a genius! His work is amazing and you chose such great shoots :D great post!

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  13. He's definetely a genius. Love all his creations!
    xoxo
    Patricia

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

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  14. wow! Such a great pictures;)This is soooo inspirational:) I've been visiting your blog since few weeks,
    I really like it, and now I'm follow you;))

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  15. Great feature and photos! Azzedine Alaia is definitely a designer who understands how to design for a woman's body.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  16. this is such a great editorial <3 i love carolina <3

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  17. His pieces are so timeless! I love that first dress especially xxx

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  18. Должна признаться к моему стыду я первый раз слышу об этом дизайнере, как только прочитала вашу статью, сразу зашла и посмотрела его осеннюю 2011 года коллекцию на www.style.com
    Красиво, правда очень талантливый дизайнер
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  19. Alaia is indeed an extraordinary figure! His lazer cut creations are amazing and his fitted dresses would be a dream to wear! Have a nice evening, Caterina

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  20. Hi honey, thanks for the great picture.

    Wanna say thanks for your nice comment on my blog: You are a really good human - with people like you the world would be much better :-)

    xxx
    Rena

    http://dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de/

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    1. So sweet of you to say that!!! Thank you! x

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  21. Интересный пост, никогда не слышала об этом дизайнере!

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  22. Very beautiful post!


    Many kisses,

    Nicole

    www.nicoleta.me

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  23. So inspiring!

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  24. This is wonderful! I had not heard of this designer until now and I'm quite glad you introduced him to me. His designs are beautiful!
    -Jamie
    http://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

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  25. I'd never heard of this designer before but think I might have to find out more after such a glowing report! Fab images and gorgeously cut clothes, I can see why you're such a fan!

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    1. Oh, I am not a fan, I am an admirer. :) As for the designer himself, you just have to continue reading the blog - it's a fashion week, so there will be more to come. x

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  26. karolina looks so young! Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  27. Сколько же стиля!!!

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  28. amazing!!

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  29. nice editorials!

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  30. Such a great post! It's very interesting to see photos from Elle 2000!

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  31. Really lovely photos with an excellent atmosphere. :)

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  32. Beautiful editorial :) Such clean cut, gorgeous pieces!!

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    <3

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  33. Hi sweetie
    Nice editorial, so stylish
    Love the leather skirt
    xoxo

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  34. his designs are remarkable! love that last picture!
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  35. stunning! and timeless...
    Great post, darling!
    XO, Gina
    http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

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  36. love this blog...very good post. as you can see im into fashion

    Love, Brian
    http://porsatv.blogspot.com/

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  37. timeless beautiful dresses! simple cuts but very impressive!
    kiss,mary
    http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

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