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Like any good artist, fashion designers take their work (and themselves) very seriously, which often makes listening to them talk about their work about as interesting and exciting as watching paint dry. Alber Elbaz is one of the few exceptions (notable company: Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford), mainly because he has such a good sense of humor about the whole thing.
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.”
Remember when Andre Leon Talley pronounced there was ““a famine of beauty! A famine of beauty, honey,” in The September Issue? Designer Azzedine Alaïa has the answer why: the intensity of the fashion calendar that causes designers to rapidly produce rather than thoughtfully create.
This year, the dates set by the CFDA for Fashion Week fall on the holiest dates on the Jewish calendar. Fashion Week is slated to run from September 9th-16th, while Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on the 7th and carries on for the following two days. And yes, that poses a bit of a problem.