September 12, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Alexandre Vauthier
Paris, France – With the anticipation of a new season to arrive, comes the efforts of the grand couturiers to reshape the look of what is to come. Of them Alexandre Vauthier wins the crown for being the least subtle of them all. And this is good for haute couture.
In launching his meteoric rise to the top of the closed circles of the haute couture world, Alexandre Vauthier did so by casting the norms of traditional couture to the side. This allowed him to create his own much appreciated universe in which modernity reigns. His look is built upon sex appeal and dangerous cuts. These elements make for a couture that is far different from from what any of his current contemporaries do today. Nothing is a better testament to this than his current Fall Winter 2016/17 collection.
Vauthier, a skilled cutter with a deadly eye for bringing together in one collection dramatic volumes and disco-friendly attire, knows how to innovate and reinvigorate. Of course this new collection offers us formal pieces that will certainly become the best friends of Hollywood’s biggest stars during the fall award show ceremonies. But it is his talent for transforming seemingly mundane, everyday and nothing special pieces into the new staples of haute couture.
No look serves as a better illustration of this than his crewneck, pullover top in knit. He embellished this simple, must-have piece with patches of polished crocodile skins. He then pairs it with a mini skirt that is covered with geometrical, metallic studs. And we all know that the look is finished with both a bracelet and sickening gold, metallic sandals with high heels.
Without any hesitation Alexandre Vauthier tosses in the dynamic prerequisites for an explosive season. Among them are his jumpsuits, halter tops inspirations, lace-up high heel sandals, pocket dresses, cummerbund, sash belts and his dazzling sequined leggings. And of course the grand couturier proves himself to be resolutely shameless in his use of fur. But oh well to be perfectly honest, this writer has absolutely no problem with that.
In the end Alexandre Vauthier gives us the much-needed and the most exciting haute couture collection of the season. This kind of energy is always appreciated.