The devil may wear Prada, but she wouldn’t be caught dead in Alaia. Not only did Anna Wintour go to the Harry Potter premiere instead of the Azzedine Alaia show yesterday, she forbade the entire Vogue staff from attending the designer’s Paris show.
(Speaking of which, we just have to point out that Anna totally pulled a Kate Middleton here and recycled her Webby award dress on the red carpet yesterday — the Webby award she just so happened to receive from HP star Daniel Radcliffe! Meta.)
It’s no secret that the Wintour and the Tunisian-born Alaia are anything but friends. The feud started in 2009 when Alaia was not featured in Wintour’s “Model As A Muse” exhibit at the Met. Last week, tensions got tenser when Alaia told The New York Times that Wintour has no taste.
Even if Anna hadn’t banned her whole staff, apparently Alaia didn’t invite anyone associated with the editor or her magazine to his show. Alaia said last month of Wintour, “She hasn’t photographed my work in years even if I am a best seller in the U.S. and I have 140 square meters at Barneys. American women love me; I don’t need her support at all.”
We get that there’s bad blood between Wintour and Alaia, but banning the entire Vogue staff from attending the show? That seems a little extreme on both the editor and the designer’s parts. Regardless, it’s Wintour’s loss, because Alaia’s fall collection was really worth seeing.
The collection is full of fitted crocodile and knit pieces. It’s pretty classic but with a whimsical twist, thanks to the feather detailing and elegant cuts. See for yourself, below.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.