Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer, Azzedine Alaia, defined the aesthetic of Paris three decades ago with his signature body-con creations. From the beginning, Alaia has always designed for longevity creating timeless silhouettes that will never date. The flattering silhouettes are defined and accentuated using exposed zippers, stretch fabrics and intricate stitching. Alaia’s immaculate designs that flow effortlessly on a woman’s figure have garnered an enviable celebrity following including Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, Zoe Saldana, Salma Hayek, Victoria Beckham, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger, Megan Fox and First Lady Michelle Obama, to name but a few. The use of luxurious velvet has become a signature feature of Alaia’s designs reflecting the storied French fashion house’s perpetual aesthetic. Alaia’s dresses are cut close to the body through the waist and fall gently away to a fuller skirt. The irresistibly flirtatious design of the black 60cm Velours Dress boasts a flattering silhouette, fitting close to the body at the top and giving way to a voluminous A-line skirt. The dress’ silhouette is emphasised with an exposed zipper running down the centre front of the dress. The ultra feminine design of the Lamia honeycomb-texture frill dress flatters the silhouette and is available in navy blue with the choice of a round or square neckline. The Naiade texture-pleat dress features a body-con fit top and falls into a pleated skater skirt. The Alaia Naiade dress is available in a deep V or round neckline in either black or dark red. For those who prefer a complete body-con silhouette, the navy blue Lamia honeycomb-textured dress with a square neckline and racer-back is the perfect touch of sport-luxe. All of Alaia’s elegant dresses are a standout investment that no women’s wardrobe should go without. In addition to his line of highly covetable dresses, Alaia also designs beautiful separates. The python-print jacquard knit skirts are beautiful pieces to transition you from day to evening. These divine skirts are available in a pencil skirt (in two different lengths) or a full skater skirt style (in two different lengths) in two classic colour ways: noir or fer. The cotton popeline stretch shirt is a must-have from Alaia’s collection and a staple in the wardrobes of celebrities and fashion editors, having been spotted on Giovanna Battaglia during Paris Fashion Week as well as Kim Kardashian and Elle McPherson. This highly coveted button-down shirt features a peplum back and is available in either black or white.
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