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June 21, 2011  | by: Abby Adesanya

Azzedine Alaia

Who doesn’t remember that iconic scene from “Clueless,” where our leading lady Cher Horowitz was forced to lie down on the asphalt while being mugged…all while wearing her foxy red Azzedine Alaia dress. When rumors began swirling of Alaia replacing Galliano as the head of the Dior empire, bloggers and journalists could not have been more thrilled. After the scandal that shook the fashion world, in which John Galliano was videotaped spewing anti-Semitic remarks in a French restaurant, people have been anxious to see who Dior will name their new head designer.

Unfortunately, word is that Mr. Alaia has turned down the job. Vanessa Friedman, fashion columnist for Financial Times, writes:

Mr Alaia wasn’t interested. Flattered, but not about to pursue. The story of what happened with John was a sad story, he said when I asked him, and he didn’t want to be part of the next chapter. And that’s even before you got to the other stuff. The sheer fact that the Dior leadership was thinking this way does, however, make me think the field may be more open than the fashion world suspects.

Reasons why the designer turned down the offer are thought to concern not only his age of 70, but also his stance against the incredibly demanding life a head designer leads. While his designs have represented him over the years, we have yet to hear stories of the paparazzi on his tail or being caught in an incriminating circumstance, with good reason. Sticking to the free reign of his own label, Alaia says concerning partial owner, Richemont: “They leave me alone.”

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