Designer Azzedine Alaïa is set to open his first independent retail store since the early ’90s. Reportedly planning to occupy a space on the famed Avenue Montaigne in Paris, Alaïa will also be setting up offices and a showroom in the building. While the brand formerly had spots in Los Angeles, New York, and Paris, the last outpost shuttered in 1992—many insiders point to the death of the designer’s sister as the reason for his retreat from the industry.
The oft-controversial designer is a bit of an anomaly in fashion—he’s managed to launch into well-publicized tirades against industry doyenne Anna Wintour of Vogue, as well as Karl Lagerfeld, and remain unscathed. He also has an erratic schedule, noted for repeatedly skipping showing at fashion week entirely. While it may seem unimaginable for a major fashion brand to shun social media entirely, Alaïa has done exactly that—yet we’ve recently seen the label experience a major revival as of late.
Fans of Alaïa’s take on all things ultra-feminine and perforated can begin planning a trip to the City of Lights for March of next year, when the boutique is set to open.