Elfin Extravagance: Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall 2011

Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall 2011 (Imax Tree)

Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall '11
For his first show in eight years, Azzedine Alaïa thrived on his famous fit-and-flare silhouette, tiered ruffles and the weighted fabrics he (and his clientele) so adore.

The show started out light with frothy gray fur alongside forest green and egg-shell felted wool coats. Progressively Alaïa drew us in deeper with dark maroons and black patent alligator embossing.

A true lover of countering textures, the designer paired supple velvet (a couture favorite this season) with shining satin and luxe feather trims. He made a skirtsuit of burgundy crocodile and created flouncy scalloped ruffles out of crisp Italian wool. Elfin petal hems ran rampant, creating a surreal feel to Alaïa's long-awaited and much missed runway show.

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