Azzedine Alaïa has been working in fashion for two decades now and apparently he’s getting a little sick of the industry pressure. The man made famous to so many Gen X and Yers by a single quote in Clueless, was quoted today in Women’s Wear Daily as saying the fashion calendar in its current iteration is “inhumane.”
When asked about the pace of collections, Alaïa told WWD, “It’s inhumane,” and then suggested that the “crushing workload” (WWD’s words) were clearly a part of Galliano’s demise. “It’s sad. He’s a friend. It’s too much: too many collections; too much pressure.”
While we’re not sure how or when a heavy workload became a stressor for anti-Semitism, we understand that too much pressure isn’t good for anyone. That said, we’d love to hear what Karl Lagerfeld thinks of Alaïa’s whining. The Kaiser told WWD a few weeks ago that some designers just aren’t cut out for the job.
“I see designing, running a company, like a high-level athletic activity. I don’t want to hear anything about the fragility or any of those things. If an athlete is too fragile to run, he cannot run. And this is exactly the same. You don’t accept this kind of business if you’re too much of an artist.
“I believe in discipline, so I’m not the right person to cry about weakness and things like this, but maybe I’m not human.”
He may not be human, but we’re Team Lagerfeld all the way.
Azzedine Alaïa on Fashion’s Pace [WWD, subscription required.]