PARIS — Twenty-two days after the last of the Paris shows for spring took place and American retailers had all flown home, designer Azzedine Alaia finally decided he was ready with his collection.
For Charles Gallay, the Los Angeles retailer who returned to Paris especially for the event, it was worth it. "Vintage Alaia," he said after the last of the models had slithered down the runway in one of Alaia's skintight rayon knits.
Other retailers who came to Paris just for Alaia included Brown's and Joseph of London, while the peripatetic Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis was the front-row celebrity in a red-and-white Chanel knit mini.
The Shock of Long
The show opened with the shock of long: ankle-length, full-skirt silk raincoats that opened to reveal the flash of short, cuffed shorts with sweaters or full-skirted Grecian tunic dresses.