On the heels of the Fall/Winter 2016 Azzedine Alaïa show, which took place in Paris nearly a full month after the other F/W16 shows had finished (a stunt only Mr. Alaïa, 76, and a handful of other similarly situated fashion industry gods could pull off), Vogue’s Suzy Menkes sat down with the legendary designer. A few of the most intriguing excerpts come by way of Alaïa’s thoughts on the “strange” current state of the fashion industry, See Now-Buy Now, and Hedi Slimane.
On what has changed in fashion: It’s a strange time. A stylist like Hedi could start his own house under his own name – he has earned a fortune. But he wants the security of being at an existing house. He’s only been two or three years at Saint Laurent and they have invested a lot. Now someone else will come in and want to change it all again.
On the rumours of Hedi Slimane going to Chanel: I want to see what Hedi is going to do. I would be very surprised if he went back to Dior [where Slimane was menswear designer from 2000-2007]. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes to Chanel. He’s friends again with Karl after they fell out, and it would not be stupid for him to come back to Karl – at Chanel. He could start with menswear and then take over the ready-to-wear and then he might take over completely…
On See Now-Buy Now: Why would I want to deliver them immediately? For what reason? [As Menkes writes: Azzedine is emblematic of “slow fashion.” Over these four decades he has created clothes with his own hands, shaping them like the sculpture that he once studied. Knits make up around 60 per cent of the collection […] He designs and creates every single outfit himself, and shows it when he, not the store, is ready.]