Haute Couture is a celebration of ‘fashion as art’ in its truest form. Twice a year, designers gather together in Paris to display their incredible works, hand made garments that are intricately detailed and miraculously time consuming, promising to always be quite the spectacle.
This season, Alexis Mabille stepped up with his beautiful ensembles in celebration of the fashion atelier’s 10th anniversary. The Paris based designer paid homage to the female form with silhouette hugging pieces, cinched in at the waist to give the coveted hourglass figure, made up of a mixture of floor skimming gowns, jumpsuits and two pieces.
A clear floral theme graced the models, embroidered on sheer gowns, printed on dark, floating silks in bold reds and greens, and decorating two-pieces with power and purpose. Amongst the blooms, Mabille added a flirty aura with intricate lace reminiscent of lingerie, sultry bodices and corsets with seductive cross laced ribbon just oozing with sex appeal and femininity.
The models looked stunningly whimsical with feathered strings in their hair, giving the collection a magical feel in some ways, yet juxtaposing the tone with occasional sharp lines and bold colour splashes.
Above all, the expert pattern cutting was indeed, a cut above. Couture can be a place to explore the extremes and the sculptural capes and magnified bow from Mabille’s collection certainly demonstrated his ability to fit in with the ‘in crowd’.
Congratulations Alexis on hitting the milestone ten, here’s to ten more…
Written by Vicki Chagger