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Saturday, November 22, 2008
This could be our favorite Alaia ever as we have never seen it before -- it's the great dichotomy of fresh and vintage that we love at Decades! A grey silk print of broadtail fur (hence the faux-tail), this shirt-style dress reminds us of great Claire McCardell designs of the 1940s and 1950s (and we know for a fact that Azzedine Alaia collects McCardell dresses and they have always inspired him). The neckline of the dress has excess fabric to create a drape and the waist has a drawstring to be tied so the full skirt has extra emphasis. The top of the dress is cut very open on the sides, so a separate and strapless bra/bustier that matches the very same fabric and print of the dress is worn underneath. This is what we call a fabulous day dress -- practical, detailed, unusual, and just the right side of sexy.