A heightened sense of drama is hardly new to Alexandre Vauthier, whose seductive party outfits built on bare legs beg for a stage. Yet this couturier of the bold and fearless still manages to come up with a new spin for his vixen. This season, he turned up the coolness factor, giving his ladies fringed leather — as seen on his wrap dresses — and some ammo.
Instead of using prints or embroideries, Vauthier turned to golden bullet shells for special effect, sewing them into high-neck minidresses, ponchos and bohemian V-neck dresses — V as in Vauthier, n’est–ce pas? — some of which could actually be worn in broad daylight.
It was gangsta gal galore and climaxed in a lavish, full-body-length raccoon coat, left unfinished at the ends.
But Vauthier also provided enough material for traditionalist clients as he sent out ruffled, asymmetric skirts in glaring fuchsia and provocatively cutout siren dresses. His artistry came through in a skimpy faux-crocodile number embroidered with 380,000 sequins mimicking the reptile’s skin.