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Fashion 4 Development Honoree Carla Sozzani on Her Career, Azzedine Alaïa and Experiential Retail

Posted On: Sep 24, 2019   |   Posted By: WWD

On any given year, Carla Sozzani could be championed as a lasting, yet always questioning force in fashion. But this year she is being heralded with the Fashion 4 Development award for her efforts to immortalize another fashion power - Azzedine Alaïa.
As multidimensional and demanding as her career has been as a publisher, gallerist and 10 Corso Como founder, she has chiseled out a serious chunk of time to preserve the legacy of her friend Alaïa, who died in 2017. Staying true to the Tunisian-born couturier's wishes, Sozzani's commitment to his legacy includes showcasing the work of other designers who stand the test of time. Today's fashion show of Alaïa's work at F4D's First Ladies Luncheon magnifies his designs through the years and Sozzani and the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation, of which she is president, will be honored with the F4D Development award.
Over lunch at 10 Corso Como's outdoor café in New York with F4D's founder Evie Evangelou this summer, Sozzani spoke admiringly of Alaïa and his well-laid plans...

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