The inimitable designer Azzedine Alaïa passed away over the weekend, and the outpour of grief from designers, editors, models and more has been overwhelming. Tunisian-born Alaïa rose to fame during the ’80s and became known as “the king of cling” thanks to his alluring, body-hugging style. The New York Times’ Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic Vanessa Friedman has written a touching, personal piece about the designer, saying that above all, he valued time. “He had been, up until the moment his heart gave out, time’s ultimate champion. He understood, more than anyone I had ever met, time’s value and importance to the creative mind,” Friedman writes. Read more at the NY Times.