Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Joanne Watkinson FAREWELL TO A FASHION MAVERICK

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Joanne Watkinson FAREWELL TO A FASHION MAVERICK

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in my opinion, his feminine fit and flare interpretation of the trend - with signature scalloped trim - ensured those who wore his clingy dresses looked more stylish than street walker.

Victoria Beckham was a big fan in her post-Spice Girl days.

And I can't wrap up this list without mentioning Kate Moss, who made me want to sell my car to buy her Alaia suede ankle boots in 2012.

Alaia, despite his relatively reclusive ways, was a maverick.

The French-Tunisian designer didn't conform to Fashion Week calendars, instead choosing to show his collections to buyers when they were "ready".

He danced to the beat of his own drum, ignoring seasons and trends, a non-conformist in an often identikit world.

Alaia, I salute you, and one day I'll get my hands on those boots.

Campbell Azzedine Alaia - you may not know the name but I guarantee you have seen his influence on fashion.

The man himself passed away last week, aged 77. Despite his clothes being wildly out of my budget, I have admired his work for as long as I've been into fashion. …

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