Azzedine Alaïa was never, ever going to be an easy act to follow, but before an elite audience at the house’s headquarters, Pieter Mulier unveiled a striking and sculptural debut collection, to win a standing ovation.
Certain deep-pocketed brands can stage two shows for their collections. Few have ever pulled off what Louis Gabriel Nouchi managed on Thursday: stage two different brand collections by the same designer in one morning.
“Everyone reacts to sincere things. When you do something that you really believe in it, and not just for commercial reasons, people react... people understand,” argues Roger Vivier's artistic director, Gherardo Felloni.
The house of Alaïa has chosen Pieter Mulier, the former longstanding right-hand man of Raf Simons, to be its creative director, taking on one of the most prestigious positions in international fashion.