Designer 101: Azzedine Alaia

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova, wear some pretty amazing pieces from some very major designers (both established and up-and-coming) on "The Face." Since the countdown to the premiere, is officially upon us (35 days until "The Face: The Fight to Make the Final 12" special on February 5!), we are prepping for the show by taking a look at the designer labels you'll be seeing on our gorgeous supermodel coaches. Let's kick off the tutorial with legendary designer and friend of Naomi, Azzedine Alaïa.

Designer Azzedine Alaïa

Who Actually Designs the Line:  Azzedine Alaïa

As Seen on "The Face:" Naomi wears the label a lot and from head to toe.

Backstory: The Tunisian-born and Paris-based fashion and accessories designer found fame in the 1980s for his insanely sexy and impossibly chic clingy dresses boasting intricate weaving and detail. His sultry designs immediately captured the attention of influential fashion editors and celebrities throughout the decades, from Madonna and Tina Turner to Michelle Obama (she loves his dresses and belts) and Gwyneth Paltrow. He designed several outfits for Grace Jones in the 1985 James Bond movie "A View to A Kill" (three Bonds ago, starring Roger Moore), he's immortalized in the movie "Clueless" (when Cher pleads with her mugger in the Valley with the quotable line, "But it's an Alaïa ..." Response: "It's an a-whatta?") and Lady Gaga wore his sublime laser cut halter gown in her 2011 "It's a Very Lady Gaga Thanksgiving" special. 

More Celebs who wear it: Charlize Theron, Victoria Beckham, Stephanie Seymour

[Photo Credits: Charlize Theron, Andrew Evans/; Victoria Beckham,; Stephanie Seymour, Janet Mayer/]

The Investment: Try a perforated corset belt similar to Naomi's for $2,247 ( or a Frisson Ruffle Dress in a similar cut to Posh's for $3,990 (

[Naomi Campbell Photo Credit: Walter Sassard for Oxygen Media]

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