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Veteran designer Azzedine Alaia let loose at ice-queen Anna Wintour during the week, when interviewed by Virginemag.com. Despite being brought up leafing through copies of Vogue, the Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer made it clear that he’s no fan of Wintour’s tastes:
“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.]”
In case he hadn’t made himself clear, Alaia continued:
“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.”
You can read the rest of the interview here.
If you’re looking to try to get back to your happy place after all that, how about checking out one of Alaia’s non-verbal contributions to the fashion industry? The dark-green, leather cut-out sandals pictured above and below are interlaced with a black whipstitch trim. They have a 5 inch heel with 0.5 inch platform and are on sale at net-a-porter for £434.04 (still a fortune, we know, but that is almost half price).
We can’t guarantee they’ll be featured in Vogue any time soon.