Archival Azzedine Alaïa Looks that Should Appear in the Next Collection

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The fashion world was shocked last November when we learned of the sudden death of master couturier Azzedine Alaïa. While his legacy undoubtedly lives on, so too does the Alaïa name through the Association Alaïa led by the late designer’s great friend Carla Sozzani of 10 Corso Como, partner artist Christoph Von Weyhe, and curator Olivier Saillard, along with Richemont. But just like his style while living, it would be done in Alaïa’s unique way.

To start, an homage to the designer’s work just opened in Paris with an exhibit entitled “Azzedine Alaïa: Je Suis Couturier,” which welcomes friends, fans, and the in-between to his Rue de le Verriere headquarters (the other entrance is on Rue de Moussy). Inside, 41 of the most beloved and iconic dresses were displayed in vitrines, which gave off a heavenly glow, a contrast to the much darker displays at the Palais Galliera in the 2014 ALAIA exhibit, also curated by Saillard.

Sozzani had known and worked with Alaïa for over 40 years, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of his work. She could personally recall details about specific dresses—“This one was the first dress I used in Italian Vogue,” she told CR, referring to a white sleeveless dress with grommets, another shorter Grecian style that represents some of their collaborative work, or the zippered black body-con dress that withstands the test of time. She confirms that a series of “Intemporals” collection based on designs the couturier sketched but didn’t yet produce before his passing will be the first collection released posthumously.

From there, the rest is limitless based on the enduring appeal of late designer’s work. As Sozzani put it simply but true, “His work is timeless.” With that in mind, here are six looks from the exhibit that we think deserve a re-release.

1. From the Winter 1983 and Summer ‘83 collections respectively these sexy Robert Palmer-esque leather skirt and top ensembles will surely fly with today’s millennial fashion fanatics that can’t just get enough of signature 1980s styles.

2. This white chiffon dress calls to mind that famous Marilyn Monroe dress that is subjected to a perfectly timed gust of air. The style suits itself today’s perfectly sculpted physique thanks to classes like Soulcycle and Ballet Beautiful.

3. The sole coat shown in the exhibit, this nipped waist three-quarter-length jacket is a perfectly tailored leather dress coat that yields some serious FOMO for those who can’t claim it hanging in their closets.

4. Shown at his final couture show just this past summer, this gown’s modern and classic lines will ensure it will look great for seasons and years to come. The perfect dress for a last-minute black-tie affair invite.

5. Zippers are a perennial favorite among the edgy types. This long sleeve dress—body conforming the Alaïa-way, which earned him the nickname “The King of Cling”—looks great in this gown version released in 2003 and a miniskirt style from 1981, on which it was based.

6. No one could mold and shape leathers—exotic and otherwise—better than Mr. Alaïa. This molded bodice warrior dress style from 2013 is similar to a dress conceived in 1982 and is the go-to choice for modern day Wonder Woman.

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