“Everybody on this room is aware of that Azzedine was capable of rework a girl’s physique into one thing particular; make you look nice and nonetheless like a girl. He captured the essence of femininity. However past his work as a designer, from the second day I met him, he grew to become my papa.
He was essentially the most beneficiant, variety, compassionate and humble man I’ve ever recognized, with a mischievous sense of humour within the glint of his eye, and he stuffed my life – and the lives of the ladies on this stage, and all of you within the room who met him – with mild and pleasure. I moved into his residence at 16 and he opened my eyes to the world: to artists, artwork and design, structure, French and Tunisian tradition. How blessed was I to have papa present me these totally different worlds?
Think about being placed on Concorde and despatched to New York at 16 years previous, to work with Steven Meisel for American Vogue, dressed head to toe in Alaïa – it was not actuality. He by no means did promoting: he at all times stated that we had been his promoting.
Again within the day, our fridges weren’t full of meals: we purchased what we ate each day and if there was one egg left in his fridge, papa would supply it to me to make an omelette. There isn’t any man who understood me like him, or who noticed me in the best way that he did. All the time after I was with him he would make me really feel like my 16-year-old self – and with out him, I wouldn’t be the girl I’m at present.
He protected me in each manner doable – even after I was attacked in Paris in 2012, papa got here speeding out to face in entrance of my attacker whereas I used to be pulled to security. Azzedine was a protector, a trainer, a seeker and defender of all that’s good and constructive on this world. I’m proud to be honouring, alongside along with his daughters, an enormous of trend and a real grasp of humanity.”