Azzedine Alaia

I just had to post this quote from fashion designer Azzedine Alaia giving an interview to Virgine, after rumours that he turned down the top job at Dior something to do with that he doesn’t like their aesthetic, he is becoming a fixture on the fashion mill of gossip after staying out of the limelight for so long. He tells it straight about his distaste for Karl Lagerfeld “I don’t like his fashion, his spirit, his attitude. It’s too much caricature. Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life” and absolutely lays into Anna Wintour, some points he makes are absolutely spot on:

“I said it before. She runs the business (Vogue) very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don’t believe in her tastes one second. I can say it loudly! She hasn’t photographed my work in years even if I am a best seller in the U.S. and I have 140 square meters at Barneys. American women love me; I don’t need her support at all. Anna Wintour doesn’t deal with pictures; she is just doing PR and business, and she scares everybody. But when she sees me, she is the scared one. [Laughs.] Other people think like me, but don’t say it because they are afraid that Vogue won’t photograph them. Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one. Take Diana Vreeland, she is remembered because she was so chic. What she did with the magazine was great, with Avedon and all the great photographers. Vogue remains while its fashion editors come and go.”

(Interview via Styleite via Virgine)

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