Since his childhood in Tunisia, Azzedine Alaïa found in Africa a never-ending source of inspiration. From his Summer 82 collection to his unparalleled discovery trip to this continent in 1996, Mr. Alaïa paid many tributes to his beloved land and translated his passion for it in elements that has become part of his ongoing creative universe – think ropes, raffias, feathers, shells and leopard printed fabrics.
For Spring-Summer 2021, the house continues to celebrate his love for Africa. While the silhouettes reflect a timeless sensuality, a mix of artisanal and innovative techniques take over the surface. Making the creations lighter are some transparent effects, and architectural pleating brings to the tailoring scene new masculine and feminine codes. African influences are embodied through accents of gold and deep brown, as well as in texture of a vibrant woven fabric recalling the rug-making skills of traditional Tunisian carpets.
This collection also introduced two new bags: the Corset with its structured shape recalls the iconic Alaïa belt, while the Angèle highlights its sensual volumes through its soft leathers and powdered colors.