Fashion is defined by iconic moments. In the Spring Summer of 1991, nothing was more iconic than Azzedine Alaïa’s “Tati Collection”. Named after the popular shopping store where every day Parisians hunt for the best bargains, the Tati collection put the trademark pink and white vichy check print fabric front and center. Genius! Thus paving the way for what would become as common and lucrative as a Balmain x H&M collab, the mixing of high fashion and street fashion.
The Association Azzedine Alaïa, under the direction of Olivier Saillard, truly pulled out all the stops. The entire Tati Collection is beautifully displayed in Alaïa’s Paris home in Le Marais, where he used to live, work, and entertain countless friends from the fashion industry who he treated like family. The signature Tati pink and white, along with black and white and blue and white vicky checks adorn boxy cropped trucker jackets, form-fitting dresses, high-waisted shorts and pants, Gavroche caps, and swimsuits that look very modern and quite enticing for our Summer vacation.
The gorgeous drawings of Naomi Campbell (Alaïa’s honorary daughter who she always refers to as “Papa” – so touching) by Thierry Perez paired with the abstract paintings by Alaïa’s longtime friend Julian Schnabel echoe the designer’s own wide-ranging interests in art, architecture, and global cultures.
So make sure to check out “Azzedine Alaïa, Another Way To Look At Fashion. The Tati Collection” when in Paris. You might run into Alaïa’s many fashion celebrity friends who stop by Alaïa’s gallery space to reminisce and pay homage – like Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, the legendary stylist, who taught us the best way to decline a double-kiss, “No, no skin-to-skin contact. It’s too hot, darling!”. Always blame it on the weather. We stan.
“Azzedine Alaïa, Another Way To Look At Fashion. The Tati Collection”. Exhibition from July 1st 2019 , to January 5th 2020 at Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris.
By PK Douglas