The beauty of a fashion archive is the story behind the pieces themselves, not just their design or quality. In the case of a tentative Alaïa sale in Paris that opens today, the story is as much about the sale and the store itself as it is about the clothes. To kick off Paris Fashion Week, consultant Dryce Lahssan of Lahssan Paris’ not-so-hidden boutique at 24 rue Molière and curator and archivist Sophia Elizabeth of vintage hub @thespaghettiarchives are hosting a sale of seven pieces by Azzedine Alaïa.
The unsigned boutique that Lahssan launched in 2020 is both lavish and secretive. She sells just one item: a black vinyl trench coat with gold hammered Goossens buttons that Lahssan slowly developed in an Italian factory. “This shop has become a bit of a nice place where my friends can come and sit with me, chat, share ideas, chat about the shows, chat about trends, chat about designers. It became like a small living room,” Lahssan says.
It is ultimately the social metamorphosis of the boutique that led Lahssan to open up his space to accommodate the Alaïa curation today. He reached out to his old friend, the aforementioned vintage scholar Sophia Elizabeth. “I said to her, ‘I would like you to make a selection of pieces that would go around my trench coat. Maybe the dress that goes with the trench, the shoe that goes with the trench, a bag that goes with it. the trench,” explains Lahssan. Sophia Elizabeth agreed to do a curation, but there was one stipulation: Everything had to be Alaïa.