Style.com/Print, that's Style.com's new print mag (if you haven't heard), doesn't hit newsstands--or the web--until Monday, October 31 but we've got an exclusive first look at one of the juiciest features in the new issue: An interview and photo essay spotlighting legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa.
Photographer Kacper Kasprzyk shot model Saskia de Brauw in head-to-toe Azzedine Alaïa (left) for the debut issue, and the photos are accompanied by a Q & A with Alaïa (conducted by Style.com EIC Dirk Standen) as well as a profile on de Brauw.
Alaïa talks about the craziness of the fashion cycle (we think it's his favorite subject), and how designers cope (or fail to cope) with it: "Something has to change. There are too many designers who are in a bad state, who are sick, who feel obliged to take drugs. Me, I'm high on life…There is too much pressure. If it ends up destroying people, it's not good. A human being is not a machine. Especially when it comes to creating."
De Brauw, hits on the hot button topic for models: Age. "I always refuse to lie about my age. I don't care about being 30…Maybe I have some kind of strength as a grownup woman who doesn't automatically fit in cages."
We've also got a first look at the magazine's "Top 10 Collections" feature. Some stats:
- Which runway show garnered the most page views? Der, it's Chanel with a staggering 3,531,642 page views
- The top 5 collections of Spring 2012, as ranked by the editors of Style.com: 1. Balenciaga, 2. Lanvin, 3. Prada, 4. Givenchy, 5. Proenza Schouler
- The top 5 collections of Spring 2012 as ranked by visitor traffic to Style.com: 1. Chanel, 2. Louis Vuitton, 3. Prada, 4, Balenciaga, 5. Dolce & Gabbana