Azzedine Alaia has chosen to get in sync with Paris Couture Week with his fall couture show scheduled to take place on July 5, in an evening slot falling between the Valentino and Fendi shows.
His last couture show was presented in 2011 after an eight-year hiatus from the runway, with the epic event drawing guests including Sofia Coppola, Kanye West, Donatella Versace and Victoire de Castellane.
Alaïa at the start of his career only ever presented couture collections at his Rue de Bellechasse atelier, according to a spokeswoman for the house. He shifted to presenting rtw in 1981 while continuing to create couture pieces. They were mainly presented in museum exhibitions such as the Palais Galliera’s 2013 show dedicated to the designer. The Alaïa couture line is only sold at his Rue de Moussy store.
Among retail developments, meanwhile, the Compagnie Financière Richemont-owned brand is poised to open a store on London’s New Bond Street in the spring.
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