This Tunisian Designer Roped In Some A-List Models For His Catwalk Return
Azzedine Alaia is back, people!
He hasn’t put on a couture catwalk show for six years, but legendary designer Azzedine Alaia just made a much-welcomed return to the runway.
And, as the icing on the cake, the Tunisian couturier managed to get iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell to make a rare catwalk appearance for the occasion.
The British model opened and closed Alaia’s Haute Couture Fashion Week comeback show, donning pieces from the Tunis-born designer’s Autumn Winter 2017/2018 collection in Paris.
The super previously appeared in many of Alaia’s campaigns and catwalk shows over his label’s 37-year history, and is something of a muse for the designer.
This time around, Alaia – who last presented a couture collection in 2011 – dressed Campbell in a flowing gothic-inspired gown, complete with mesmerising metallic pleating.
The star also sported a monochromatic shearling coat, topped off with a statuesque plastic head wrap.
The 47-year-old has previously opened up about her relationship with the designer, telling The Telegraph Alaia acted as a father figure when she first arrived in Paris aged 16.
“I met him and that was it,” Campbell said. “He called my mother and told her I had to live with him. He said I shouldn’t be in Paris aged 16 by myself. He said I needed protecting and he was going to take me in.”
Victoria’s Secret model and catwalk regular Karlie Kloss also walked for Alaia at his couture show, with the trio posing for a backstage snap.
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The show, one of the most anticipated of the five-day fashion event, featured a parade of intricately printed separates and offered a masterclass in the art of layering.
Alaia, who worked for Dior, Thierry Mugler and Gay Laroche before establishing his eponymous label in 1980, is a long-time favourite of the fashion set, with his pieces worn by everyone from Lady Gaga and Madonna to former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Here’s hoping we don’t have another six-year hiatus between couture shows…
Images: Getty, Karlie Kloss/Instagram