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Haute Couture Spring 2014: Alexis Mabille

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(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.

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