Haute Couture Spring 2014: Alexis Mabille
(NEW YORK) Alexis Mabille
When it comes to couture, the notion that more is more is generally an accepted reality. Alexis Mabille has decided to take the grandiose to a whole different level with his version of a Greco-Roman goddess, who was clearly living the modern life of a millennial. There were so many details to point out from the paper butterflies that decorated the set and the model’s heads (and faces) to the beading that emulated a svelte six pack. Maybe it’s just us, but we’re not so sure the ladies buying haute couture will want a dress with flaunts a faux six pack in sequins. However, there were plenty of other goddess gowns that screamed the kind of glam a haute couture client may be in the market for like a gown with a floral applique that snaked its way up the front to a white keyhole neckline gown with a short cape in the back adorned with an ornate crystal encrusted belt. A bodiced body-con white gown with peplum that was tied off to one shoulder by one of Mabille’s signature bows was particularly stunning, as was a ruched and draped tightly bodiced peplum gown with a pale grey blazer thrown over near the end of the show.
The gowns du jour stuck to a pale color palette; white, pale pink, grey-blue, and many variations on champagne. The one deviation from that was a heavily pleated and ornate jacket in gleaming gold silk that was paired with a sheer embroidered jumpsuit, which drove home Mabille’s dedication to opulence. Other decadences included frothy poufs of tulle, shoulder-dusting gem-encrusted earrings, frothy peplums, and gold encrusted seams. According to Mabille, its time to throw restraint to the wind and embrace your inner goddess.