Though several of his more recent creations were displayed on mannequins at the Guggenheim for 24 hours or so, you only had three hours or less to catch a glimpse of the supermodel muses of Azzedine Alaïa — Stephanie Seymour, Karolina Kurkova and Natalia Vodianova — posing, drinking and eating lobster salad in their very own painstakingly created gowns Thursday night at a benefit for the museum.
Vodianova, beaming in a girlish print dress, said she was wearing her first Alaïa. “But I’ve been a fan of his since I became interested in fashion,” she explained, earnestly.
“I’m one of the young members of the club,” quipped Kurkova, who made a point of nuzzling the designer’s head in her breasts — which were at the same height as the top of his head. Kurkova added that Alaïa knows how to make an outfit just for her — she doesn’t even need to go to his studio.
Over the course of the evening, Seymour, in an Alaïa she has been seen out in a few times before, grew quite emotional. (She shared a table with the designer; her husband, Peter Brant; Al Pacino, and Grace Hightower.) Her tears didn’t appear to be linked to the fact that she is once again pregnant. “I always cry when I talk about Azzedine,” Seymour said, wiping away her mascara. “I’ve known him since I was 14. He’s made me three wedding dresses. I’m like his daughter — he gave me away at my wedding.”