The spring couture season brought with it an unexpected but very welcome surprise: a terrific collection from potential star Alexis Mabille that mixed couture with ready-to-wear looks. Mabille's boy-meets-girl styles included a variety of distinctively detailed shirtdresses and jeans with roses at the sides. Here, one of his singular sensations: a blouse with a row of bows worn with wide cuffed pants.
This Paris Fashion Week may be devoted to the couture, but there's some appealing ready-to-wear on show, too. Cathy Pill offered ladylike looks, while Alexis Mabille's mix of couture and rtw was a bow-tie-bedecked romp.
Alexis Mabille: One of fashion's great joys is the thrill of discovery, happening upon a fresh talent with star potential. Given the delightful collection he showed on Thursday morning, Alexis Mabille offers such promise by the bushel. Not that he's been hiding under a rock. Mabille, 31, is well known in Paris fashion circles. He spent 10 years at Christian Dior before moving to Yves Saint Laurent, where he still works on the costume jewelry. He broke out on his own in 2005, first with a collection of pants and, later, bow ties, attracting a fancy client list that included Karl Lagerfeld and Mick Jagger.
For his show, a mix of ready-to-wear and haute couture, Mabille's program notes proclaimed, "No season, no reason." But that bon mot is only half right. Transseasonal these clothes may be, but they definitely have a reason: to infuse luxury with a buoyant sportswear spirit. Mabille showed at Angelina's tearoom, and the first look out was a pink pastry of a coat completely covered with organza bows and worn by German soprano Calixta Biron von Curland. She sang throughout the presentation, mixing opera snippets with lines of poetry and the occasional interjection of "noeud papillons! [bow ties!]" or "Alexis Mabille!"
Delightful though she looked, her froth proved something of an aberration. Mabille's real starting point was bourgeois basics — walking shorts, mannish trousers, a shirtdress, a shift — which he took somewhere decidedly different yet with enough familiarity to attract an immediate clientele. (He showed unisex and men's looks as well, though the latter seems a tad more limited than the women's clothes.) For example, he prettied up Western wear by ruffling the yoke of a cowboy shirt and sprinkling satin rose buds on the side of a pair of jeans, and he worked the shirtdress motif every which way — dropping the waist; adding flyaway pleats or a lace medallion in back. As for those bow ties, he worked them in wisely, not only as hair and handbag decoration, but angled into precision borders on the clothes and crafting the shape into the bodices of gorgeous, simple evening columns. It all made for a mood of sophisticated charm; one could even call it a bow coup.Cathy Pill: Belgian designer Cathy Pill paired feminine favorites, such as womanly pencil skirts, with pieces in prints, and offered scintillating floor-length dresses as part of her fresh and polished collection.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
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For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)