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Paris, France – Receiving his guests in an elegant and minimalist setting in Paris’s ultra-posh Avenue Montaigne for the presentation of his new ready-to-wear line is the French grand couturier, Alexandre Vauthier. We credit him as being a leader among his peers for helping to reinvigorate the world of haute couture by making it sexy again and relatable to today’s brightest stars and most trendy jetsetters. He did so with his dangerous, leg-revealing splits, 80’s style shoulder work and outrageous plunging necklines.
On this occasion he pulls us in for a look at how he transposes his artistic disco and Studio 54 inspired haute couture collection for Fall Winter 2017 into more accessible and commercial pieces for next season’s Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear needs.
“The haute couture is where it all starts”, said he in an exclusive interview with TheFashionInsider.com Magazine. “We take both that energy and the aesthetics and rework them in a way that meet the realities of the commercial side of the business”.
One such example of this is a green gown created in crystals. The haute couture version uses Swarovski Crystal Elements. However, a less expensive version of it that is just as flashy as the haute couture original is different in important ways. Place both dresses in the hands and one will notice a difference in the way both feel.
The ready-to-wear line also sees the designer working with additional denim pieces. Contrary to the exponentially more costly couture line, one finds in the ready-to-wear collection lots of white pieces and total looks. And of course it would be remiss of this writer to not mention the ruffles, draping, polka dots and the boots done in colorful metallic leather. They along with the veiled American army-inspired hats are those details that justly punctuate in immediate areas where other fashion houses have tried and failed this season.