Fashion by Alaïa and Iris van Herpen

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know one thing about fashion. I saw some catwalk photos of a guy half dressed as a teddy bear carrying an inflated inner-tube of a rear tractor tyre as an accessory and I really didn’t see the fashion in that, nor what the spin-off of it should be. However the photos of the renowned designer Azzedine Alaïa exposition that the Groninger Museum has on at the moment  intrigued me.

And Saturday was a good moment to check the collection out for myself. Of course I should have been at the opening, attended by Naomi Campbell. However, missing that day last Saturday was as nice a day as any other ;-)

The collection by Azzedine Alaïa is simply fascinating. The dresses really look fantastic and actually quite wearable. Perhaps not so much for a Friday evening drink in the pub, but thinking of the photos I saw recently, this looks real and gorgeous.

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Interestingly the Groninger Museum also has another fashion-collection in exposition, by Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. Her set is somewhat split in two, partially really wearable leather designs that look astonishing and the other half is just out of this world. 3D printed designs that could have come from the mind of H.R. Giger. Those look absolutely brilliant, but for the life of me I can’t imagine anyone wearing such a dress by her own free will.Then again, who am I to say what can and can’t be worn.

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With dresses and designs like this I could actually grow to like fashion. But let’s keep the teddy bear clothes in the fun-stores, shall we? Now, when’s the next fashion show?