Four years since the passing of legendary Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaïa, Maison Alaïa appointed a new creative director to continue the legacy of the man who perfected the knit fit-and-flare dress. The honour went to Pieter Mulier, the Belgian designer who served as Raf Simon's right hand (at Simon's eponymous label and later at Calvin Klein) for nearly two decades, and who later cut his teeth at Jil Sander and Christian Dior. His debut for Alaïa marks the beginning of a new era for the house, redefining Mr. Alaïa's brand of sexiness for today's woman. Here's what you need to know about Mulier's first collection.
Besides the usual suspects on the Frow, who include Anna Wintour, Emmanuel Alt and Suzy Menkes, Mulier's debut was feted by the attendance of his industry peers including Raf Simons, who currently serves as the co-creative director of Prada, Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino, and Italian actress Monica Bellucci, among others. The show took place on rue de Moussy, where the Alaïa headquarters is located, as a tribute to Mr. Alaïa and his team.