Azzedine Alaïa’s list of accomplishments is both long and varied. He is the master of the laser-cut and seamless-knit, virtuoso of the curve-hugging, incomparably flattering frock with just the right amount of flounce and flou. He also:
- has dressed maybe every supermodel since the term was born
- was, legend has it, so beloved by Greta Garbo that she would visit his studio in disguise to avoid the paparazzi, rarely missing a fitting
- was carried onstage by Grace Motherf&*%ing Jones to accept his Designer of the Year award in 1984
- has created devotees out of Naomi Campbell (check out every promo of The Face), Stephanie Seymour (who calls him "Papa"), and Michelle Obama
- was called out by one of our favorite modern Austen heroines, Cher Horowitz, as a “totally important designer”
-recently announced a fragrance and cosmetics deal with Beauté Prestige (we couldn't be more excited, more on that later)
Of course, we love you just the way you are, Azzedine, but we have to admit that to wear Alaïa is to feel probably your most attractive, and because of this, it’s both difficult to find and really expensive when you do. But! Not always: vintage Alaïa is much the same as modern Alaïa (thanks to both consistency of vision and an uncompromising devotion to quality), give or take an exaggerated shoulder or two. This is good news, since today at 3pm, 1stdibs.com is launching an extensive sale of various pieces collected by Jennifer Kobrin, with prices ranging from $350-$5,500, some several decades old, some recent, some never-before offered for sale.
So, if you've got great taste (you must) and some cash burning a hole in your pocket, well, get thee to a computer and save us from ourselves, our trigger fingers are itchy.