To mark the launch of Alaïa Edition at Net-a-Porter, Yasmin along with fellow model Cindy Bruna and actor/musician Zhu Zhu were asked to share their memories working with the late couturier and the impact that his designs have had in their lives.
“The first time I wore a piece of Alaïa, I had this sense of it being unlike anything I’d ever worn before. I felt like I had found my tribe, it was that decisive, and from that point on I knew I was going to seek his designs out,” she told Megan Logue. “He was a true craftsman, and his understated but elegant pieces let your personality shine through, no matter what age, shape or size you are – that is the true beauty of Alaïa.”
The first piece of Alaïa she ever owned, she recalled, was a mustard yellow suede bomber jacket that was gifted to her by the designer after walking in one of his shows in the mid-1980’s. “I never took [it] off from that moment on. We [the models] used to fly ourselves in from all over the world to walk in Azzedine’s shows because the clothes were so amazing; we just loved the way they made us feel, and there was always such a party atmosphere. We all wanted to be together around his table.”
Over her 30+ years of modeling, Yasmin has amassed a well-curated collection of designer and vintage garments that reflect her eclectic tastes and eye for detail. She has selected 27 cherished, memory-laden pieces to sell on leading luxury resale online store Vestiaire Collective starting on July 19th as part of their Archive Series.
The items include a vintage Emilio Pucci shirt and leggings that she bought in the 1980’s, a number of Azzedine Alaïa pieces (including two shirts, a leather jacket, a two-piece top and skirt, and a dress that was given to her by Mr. Alaïa himself) that served as her uniform back in the 80’s and early 90’s, two Chanel dresses (including a gold sequined dress she wore to meet the Queen), a high-necked Giorgio Armani dress that she wore to the 2006 Elle Style Awards to accept an award on behalf of Karl Lagerfeld, a Stéphane Rolland couture gown that she wore to the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards in 2011, and a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels.
While she found it difficult to part with many of the items, she reportedly found the experience cathartic. “I know I shouldn’t have pieces I don’t wear and so then it’s time to let go of that certain item,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “They deserve to be worn, so I hope that they all go to good homes that will give them a new exciting life.” Speaking to Vogue, she said, “Sometimes it’s really good to close one door and open another. You need to have new chapters in your life.”
The 27 pieces from Yasmin Le Bon’s archive will go on sale on Thursday, July 19th on Vestiaire Collective with prices ranging from £175 – £1,200 (approx. US $250 – $1,600).
photographer: Adam Whitehead
stylist: Bay Garnett
hair: Earl Simms
makeup: Emma Lovell