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Fashion industry mourns the passing of Azzedine Alaia

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Last week we heard of the sad passing of industry figurehead Azzedine Alaia and now five days on celebrities are still mourning the loss. 


Rihanna, Adwoa Aboah and Bella Hadid are among the multiple fashion figures who have posted their condolences on Instagram stating that Alaia himself was a 'leader of empowerment' and that he will be sorely missed. Other celebrities including Victoria Beckham, Mariah Carey and Madonna have also expressed their great sadness at the designer's passing. 

my dear ALAIA.... you will live on forever. rip.

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The designer was dubbed the King of Cling for creating clothes that accentuated the curves of a woman and embrace them like another skin. Alaia stayed away from the conventional fashion calendar and rebelled against industry heavyweights Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. He had only recently returned to the catwalk with a couture show after a six year hiatus.

Of course, the one celebrity who was most deeply affected by the designer's passing was his muse, Naomi Campbell. 

This pain runs deep I wish I could wake up and it was all a bad dream . I love you Papa

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She took to Instagram stating that the Tunisian designer she called 'Papa' 'understood the body of a woman more' than anyone and that she had been blessed to meet him at 16. 

The fashion industry has certainly lost a legend. RIP Alaia.

#master #tributetopapa @azzedinealaiaofficial

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