High Fashion, College Wallet: Alaïa S/S 2017

This week the fashion world continues to grieve the death of the talented designer Azzedine Alaïa. With this grief, we remember the countless contributions to the modern fashion world that Alaïa bestowed upon us. In his memory, this week’s High Fashion, College Wallet will cover Alaïa’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection that debuted at Paris Fashion Week.

This lux collection utilizes soft contrasts and a contained color scheme of black and white with swirls of red and light pink, juxtaposed by pops of royal blue. Throughout the line, we see a lack of chunky layering and an emphasis on minimalistic pairings of blouses and bottoms. The message is clear: less is more. Fashion is not about having it all, but exploited every inch of a single piece. Alaïa assigns a specific function to each element of the look, eliminating excess fabric and pieces and employing a tailored and elegant vibe from the overall collection.

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Source: Vogue Paris

Look 3, a pink tulle dress with a deep v-neck, adds a sophisticated twist on the classic summer sundress. This beachy piece allows the sheer flowing fabrics of the dress to move in unison with the model’s every step. The dress is cinched with a sleek red leather belt at the waist to highlight the exposed cleavage. The dress is paired with a red headband wrap and a pair of ankle sandals; this keeps the look feminine and graceful–a perfect summary of Alaïa’s tasteful body of work. 

To pay homage to Alaïa, begin with this $18 silky slip dress from H&M. The casual nature of the piece makes it a perfect part to a simple weekend look. Alaïa invented the bodycon dress, so this fitted style is a trendy way to pay your respects to the late designer. Add this $18 red leather belt from Kohl’s to cinch the waist and show off your curves. Accent the look with this classic set of cognac sandals from American Eagle for $15, a practical addition to any beach look. Tie things up with this fiery red headband from H&M for $7 to round out the romantic look with select blue accents within the accessory’s floral pattern.

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While Azzedine Alaïa has surpassed this world, his impact on the fashion world will continue to shine throughout the decades. As the only man who has ever truly affected the contents of our closets, it’s only fair that we say goodbye to him with an $58 alternative to his iconic work.

Alyssa Kelly is a contributing writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.

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