WORDS for ALAIA

I did have the privilege of dining with Azzedine in Paris. With my brother. A pinching-myself-at-the-marvelous-story-I-was-living-kind-of-epic-feast-of-an evening. I have also emptied my wallet to purchase more than one pair of perfectly outrageous Alaia heels and a fringed shearling at the Bon Marché. Not my usual m.o., but his garments were an irrestible thing of beauty, and they, like him, were beacons of taste and integrity. This one of a kind designer and artist tragically passed away earlier this week, and I wrote this for him and those that loved and admired him:

 

AZZEDINE

Well made rarely
has more
meaning
a poem
cut in cloth
of the richest
weight

Silhouetted
(not in a papery sense)
but in the exactitude of

Wouldn’t you bet
Evangelista liked laces
defining bounty in a single
criss-crossed
line

Would Prouvé approve
of the firm voices
economy
dictating
luxury

No matter the opinions
it was a lasting cone
a ragland perfection
perforated with
glee

monochrome
rainbow
woman
a construction
from the heavens
and little Azzedine
little Azzedine
from Tunis
he knew

 

 

Author: Alex Posen

Alex Posen is an artist, designer and creative director. She writes and speaks about creativity, and is available for workshops, private coaching and consulting.