Alaïa Says ‘Everyone Copies’, Loves Shopping At Zara And H&M

If Azzedine Alaïa seems like the type of designer who would lambast fast fashion retailers for destroying the integrity of the industry one cheap copy at a time, then appearances are deceiving. It turns out the designer has a surprisingly refreshing, if somewhat fatalistic view on the whole matter.

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In an interview with as part of their Future of Fashion series, Alaia told Dirk Standen he doesn’t have a problem with them at all.

What do you think of fast fashion retailers?
I like them a lot.

It might surprise people to hear that.
It’s a very good system. Even if you don’t have money, you can still dress well. I shop at H&M and Zara for my cousins and my nieces.

You don’t think they copy other designers?
Listen, everyone copies.

Now if only everyone else was so honest.


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