What A Waist

Azzedine Alaia corset belt

Between early 2008 and mid 2009, Michelle Obama drew attention to her not-so-svelte waist with one belt worn on six occasions. It was a black Azzedine Alaia belt, then described as her favourite, but a puzzler to her husband, who dubbed it as “the Star Trek belt”. She teamed this studded black band of around eight-centimetres wide with a dress (belted so high that it appeared to underscore her bust rather than encircle her waist), a shirt, and over a knit jacket and other separates. Style watchers were surprised that she would subject the belt to such frequent use, but their concern only drew more interest to the little known accessories of Azzedine Alaia.

Mr Alaia is recognized for his body-conscious clothes that straddle thoughtfully and confidently between sexy and elegant. But not many are aware of his incredibly beautiful accessories that accentuate his distinctive style. Belts are so much a part of his penchant for emphasizing the waist. This season, one of the most attractive is the corset belt, an obi-esque item that is quite an Alaia signature. Here, the broad belt with serrated edges and corrugated centre, framed by patterned circles that look like Japanese seals is the perfect partner to the little black dress that needs a little something to let it stand out.

What will Barrack Obama say to this one?

Azzedine Alaia corset belt, SGD2150, is available at On Peddar, Takashimaya SC 

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