Alexandre Vauthier: Sleek Sharp Dangerous

I was browsing the web when I came across the works of Alexandre Vauthier. Sleek, sharp and dangerous were the first three words that popped into my mind. I was grabbed by that look of the femme fatale, the confident show of skin and that luxurious glamour.

Having worked at Thierry Mugler’s studio and Jean Paul Gaultier couture’s team, he definitely have an impressive set of credentials. I especially love his bold and dramatic take on fashion, for that sexy, glamourous confident woman.

Here are some looks from his SS2014 Couture collection:

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Definitely someone to watch out for.

X Alex

(Images from Alexandre Vauthier and Style.com)

Like a fairy: Stéphane Rolland’s SS2014 Haute Couture

“This has got to be distortion at its most elegant form”, that was my first thought when I watched Stéphane Rolland’s SS2014 Haute Couture runway show. Rolland’s collections has been consistently whimsical, feminine and just simply beautiful.

At the mere age of 20, Rolland joined Balenciaga and was promoted to the position of Creative Director of menswear within a year. He subsequently left to start his own prêt-à-porter company and eventually took on the role of artistic manager for Couturier Jean-Louis Scherrer, thereby embarking on his journey into haute couture. His experience as a costume designer probably also injected that element of glitz and glamour into his designs. Rolland presented his first eponymous haute couture collection in 2007 and has been churning out stunning pieces one after another since.

There is no better way to spend the day than looking at beautiful things and looking through Stéphane Rolland’s haute collections just makes my day.

X Sybil

(Images from FWP)

Haute Couture for everyone

It’s a noble idea, to bring haute couture to everyone.  Haute couture was born in Paris in the mid-19th century and can be said to be a uniquely Parisian industry.  It is a small industry dominated by talented designers and artisans and their exclusive clientele.  Man on the street may not have access to this elite fashion scene but they can now witness the history of haute couture in an exhibition that is free for all.

The Paris Haute Couture exhibition pays tribute to this little-known world with 100 dresses.  Sourced from the collection of Musée Galliera and selected by its director, Olivier Salliard, along with its curator Anne Zazzo, it is the first time so many haute couture dresses are being shown together.  Presented by Swarovski, the exhibition is dedicated to historic haute couture designs by the likes of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Chanel, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Azzedine Alaia and many more.

The exhibition also features a selection of drawings and photographs to allow visitors a behind-the-scenes experience into the making of a couture dress – from initial design through to production.

The exhibition is on show from now till 6 July 2013 at the Hôtel de Ville, Salle Saint-Jean, 5 rue de Lobau, Paris 4th arrondissement.

x Sybil

(Images from Mairie de Paris)

Drop dead Givenchy-gorgeous

Ricchardo Tisci’s Fall 2010 Couture collection is so beautifully done.
Seriously, how often can I describe a couture collection as ‘drop dead gorgeous’ but I can definitely say it this time, especially so with this collection which Ricchardo referred to as “a romantic way to see death.”

The whole collection just screams of luxury and workmanship that my eyes are a little stumped at where they should roam first.

Lace Nude white lace

The colours used are muted- whites, nudish-pink, gold and a splash of black.

He used ostrich feathers, furs, appliquéd lace, fringes, gold paillettes, stones, and beads. The result is a visual feast. Yet, somehow the lace potrays a sense of fragility and the translucent tulle that exposes parts of the models’ ‘body’ seems to be mirroring how defenseless and naked we are to death.

Yet the gold and the beading used are so extravagant that it seems to be contrasting the different types of death there is- to die barely covered or to die filled with riches. Here my guess is that he’s referring to the life one has lead. Of course, I could be over analyzing everything but that’s just my fantasy way of reading the story behind the collection. (Also from reading that the collection was inspired by his favourite painter Frida Kahlos)

I read that Givenchy wouldn’t be staging any more couture shows; instead clients will be able to view the collections by appointment only. As though we aren’t alienated from the couture collections enough, now we have an invisible barrier that not only pushes us from being able to physically touch the clothes, we will also not be able to view the painstakingly detailed garments accessibly. (I hope I’m wrong though)

I guess the next best way to see Givenchy couture would be at some black tie award ceremony when it’s worn on a celebrity’s. Strut and turn, front and back- it will be spectacular!

X Alex

(Images from style )

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