Anna Wintour just doesn't know how to let a good thing be. Last nights Costume Institute Gala was a tribute to the model as muse. How then, do you wind up alienating one of the most influential designers of the "Supermodel" era? Did I not just do a post on the genius that is Azzedine Alaia? As quiet as it's kept, Alaia is a REAL couturier. And apparently quite a STAUNCH character! This man built his business, sold to Prada and bought his company back! He has personal relationships with the most influential models of our era that date back over 20 years! Seven models, among them, Naomi, Linda and Stephanie, were set to wear his creations to the Met until Alaia himself asked them not to. Naomi declined her invite altogether if she couldn't wear the man she calls Papa. As did Stephanie Seymour who has worn Alaia to every ball. How is it possible that Alaia's works aren't even featured in an exhibit about models? How is that in giving Alaia the cold shoulder, the Met gala organizers wound up alienating the very people the gala was honoring: The models!
Alaia blames Anna Wintour. Apparently he feels that since Vogue sponsors the Gala and since he doesn't advertise in American Vogue, that Anna had him dumped! I see it. And Anna's gonna have bigger fish to fry. She stated that models today can't sell magazines like actresses nowadays and the Supers feel that they should have had co-hosting duties for a gala that honors them and that it shouldn't have just been Kate Moss. I agree. As super as Kate Moss is, there are relevant, still working SUPERMODELS who were SUPER before she hit a runway. Tread lightly Anna. Please don't anger the models.