Azzedine Alaïa hosted his first ever couture show (and first runway show in eight years) yesterday at his studio in Paris. At the time, the show was shrouded in Tom Ford-esque secrecy--only a select few were granted access and no photography was allowed. Of course, this morning, official photographs of the collection were released and the internets are buzzing with news and gossip from what is being called an "epic event."
For two fashion-loving celebrities, Alaïa's was, so far, the only couture show they chose to attend. Kanye West, who's had Paris fashion show entrance difficulties in the past, had no problem getting in. Sofia Coppola was also there (with her daughter Romy) amongst rumors that Alaïa was the designer of her wedding dress (she's marrying her long-time boyfriend and baby daddy Thomas Mars in Italy next month). Of course, anyone would be thrilled to have Azzedine Alaïa designing their wedding dress, but for Sofia, that anyone other than Marc Jacobs would do the honors is kind of shocking. In the past, Marc has said that Alaïa is a great friend of his, so if this is true, it's unlikely there are any hard feelings. Maybe it was even a collaboration. Either way, we know she will look amazing.
Also in attendance: "Donatella Versace, Victoire de Castellane, French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand and a smattering of bigwigs from retail, photography, design and government," according to WWD.
Not surprisingly, Vogue did not have a presence at the show. As a result of Anna Wintour's longstanding feud with the designer, his clothes have not been featured in the magazine in years. Instead, Wintour hopped over to London to support Vogue cover girl Emma Watson at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with her niece.
The collection is beautiful and it's exciting that Alaia is being recognized for his impeccable design talent with his debut as a couturier. We're especially excited that we'll finally get to see regular shows from the designer--it's a requirement by the Chambre Syndicale that he show two couture collections each year.
**Photo via WWD