Thursday, July 14, 2011

Alexis Mabille Haute Couture F/W 11.12

 PARIS, July 4, 2011
By Tim Blanks -
A young designer like Alexis Mabille is living testament to the potency of the Parisian couture mythos. The gowns he creates are the sort of thing you imagine a boy racked by fever dreams of fashion would conjure up: big, elaborate, luxe confections that would once have been the very definition of "Paris fashion" for the likes of magazine readers, moviegoers, and anyone anywhere who lived a vicarious life as opposed to a glamorous one. But Mabille always brings more than that to the table, usually something arcane and utterly French. It doesn't always work, but at least he gets an A for effort.

This time, he looked to La Fontaine's classic animal fables, dressing his models in outfits inspired by all forms of furred, feathered, and feelered creatures. The Ant was in glossy black crepe, with side slits baring an expanse of thigh. The wings of her Grasshopper rival were duplicated in lamé and duchesse satin on the bodice of a dress.

The Black Wolf was in black velvet with Swarovski "fangs" running down both arms. Long silk fringes were bunched to form a bustier for The Horse. Then they were tied in the back, where they flowed into a tail-like train. The Magpie was perhaps the simplest and the most effective: an elongated black swallowtail coat over a white crepe column.

There was both drama and logic in such pieces. But not always. The poor Swan was cursed with mustard yellow leggings below her minidress of tattered white organza. As for the Frog (which sounds so much better in the original as La Grenouille), she wore a silk gown so huge it was easy to imagine dwarves were supporting her under her dress. At least that was an image that stuck with the fabulist theme, but it also highlighted Mabille's tendency to the overwrought. A weakness, for now.

Here is a selection of looks from the runway. You can see the complete collection here.
Melissa Temmerijn

Constance Jablonski

Liu Wen

Alana Zimmer

Patricia van der Vliet

Kamila Filipcikova

Yulia Kharlapanova

Jules Mordovets

Maria Kashleva

Tara Gill

Alexis Mabille


  1. Fabulous! I love this collection. The details, the personality of the designs. The flash of red soles. Gorgeous!

  2. I hadn't even noticed the red soles. Lucky ladies getting to wear Louboutins to Couture Week. Jealous!

  3. This is my favorite collection so far. I just can't get over this look! It's fabulous. I love the swan look with the huge poofy dress and leggings. I'm just crazy about it.

  4. Such a taxidermy feel to this collection. The video soundtrack creeped me out. The dress on Constance is the sexiest black dress I've ever seen, and the dress on Liu? WOW. I want. Funny that my favorite dresses are the black ones when I normally love color. That pic of all the models at the end? It creeps me out too, because it feels like all the models are exotic creatures on display at a hunter's lodge. It's really eerie to me.

  5. This show has me dreaming. I love it. I want all of it on my wall in huge sizes. STAT.


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