November 18th, 2017
In Memoriam

Azzedine Alaia

Azzedine Alaia died this morning in Paris—if you haven’t seen Joe McKenna’s film, please watch his homage to the beloved designer. 

I stumbled upon fashion stylist Joe McKenna’s documentary on Tunisian-born French designer Azzedine Alaia on Instagram–it’s a must-see. The New York Times spoke with Joe about what inspired him to make the film.

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  • I love stuff like this…. off to watch it 🙂

    RuthMarch 12th, 2017  9:21 AM

     
  • Thanks, Preston. Didn’t know about this. Love Alaia!

    KerryMarch 12th, 2017  11:08 AM

     
  • I could watch him for days…always loved his clothes. I spent time in the cutting and sewing room where my grandmother worked, with women from all over the world…I was reminded of them when I watched him cutting and folding. Loved the interviews and I love watching him with his doggie.. my goodness is he huge!! Thanks for making my afternoon!!

    Amy T RichardsonMarch 12th, 2017  3:48 PM

     
  • Thanks so much, I’ve always been fascinated by him, the way he lives and works. Can’t wait to watch it.

    SueMMarch 12th, 2017  4:55 PM

     
  • Loved it! Focuses on the art of fashion and fosters an appreciation of what goes into the creation of gorgeous apparel. Thanks for sharing!

    AprilMarch 12th, 2017  5:31 PM

     
  • Watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Blakely GriggsMarch 20th, 2017  11:15 PM

     
  • Very sad news. He was a genius.

    RTGNovember 18th, 2017  1:16 PM

     
  • Very sorry to hear. I watched the film after your posted about it earlier, and it is charming and a joy to watch.

    AprilNovember 18th, 2017  2:45 PM

     
  • Although I do not own any pieces from this designer, his work always caught my eye as something particularly outstanding. In the first minutes of this film, the word “construction” is used in describing his approach. It appears as though he creates blueprints of sorts for fit. At a time when most designers are trading solely on their name, focused on making a big splash, being different/outlandish, making a name for themselves, getting press, Mr. Alaia’s approach should be used as a reset for the industry standard: skill in construction, designing truly pretty clothes which are a pleasure to wear, and using gorgeous, quality fabrics.

    PaulaNovember 19th, 2017  6:18 PM

     
  • I’m heartbroken over his death, it came as such a shock. Like his clothes he seemed timeless and I never ventured to think the fashion world would lose him so soon. He was the best. The Documentary is a treasure, I’m thankful that Mckenna made it. On Monday I’m reposting my tribute to him which originally ran in March to coincide with the documentary, here’s the link if you care to see it. http://www.primadarling.com

    Jolain MullerNovember 20th, 2017  1:04 AM

     

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