ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER HAUTE COUTURE – PARIS F/W 2011 FASHION SHOW
Alexandre Vauthier, who presented his first haute couture line in 2009 after working at Mugler and Jean Paul Gaulthier, recently showed his collection for Fall/Winter 2011 at Haute Couture week in Paris. The show took place at the Bibliotheque des Genovefians, the library inside of Lycée Henry IV, perhaps the most prestigious high school in all France with alumni such as Sartre, Foucault, and Guy de Maupassant. An hommage to Valentino and his red dresses, the show speaks to the greatness of its inspiration and places Mr. Valentino beside those great thinkers and artists that spent their formative years in the school. In a beautiful old library bathed in hot red light, how fitting that the collection should be a bit racy, sexy, yet sophistocated – taboo yet grounded.
According to Vaulthier, the starting point for the collection was the Rouge Baiser, or “red kiss,” by René Gruau, a series of campaign posters created to promote a lipstick. Several pieces maintained this vintage and glamorous vibe through dramatic draping and fluttering trains. Modernity stepped in with the choice of materials and several details such as the piped ribbing and the downward slanting shoulder silhouettes.
However, a few of the dresses with hemlines that just did not quite hide everything and the finale “Football jewel structure” created by Pierre Annez de Taboada were distractions and somewhat crude next to an otherwise luxuriously beautiful collection. Feathers, Swarovski crystals, rich furs…it glittered, sparkled and satisfied, but leaves a little room for questions.
ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER – PARIS F/W 2011 PRESENTATION VIDEO
Fashion week coverage directe by Indira Cesarine for XXXX Magazine
Article by Amy Tabarly
Video edited by Karc Chan
Runway photos by Pascale V Marquis for XXXX Magazine