Period dressing is becoming somewhat of a signature for Yacine Aouadi.
Following his Victorian-inspired debut last season, for spring the young couturier from Marseille mixed Twenties silhouettes with athletic, modern cuts. Consider a ruffled Charleston dress boasting racer back, styled over sheer organza bottoms — part track pants, part sexy long johns.
Yet the silhouettes were secondary to Aouadi’s unique craft and talent for embellishment. The shy newcomer bedecked his corsets, gowns and negligees with belts and cuffs of handmade nylon bubbles that were embroidered with tiny beads before they were stitched to fabrics via dainty metal threads. Elsewhere, a sensual silk organza robe was built like a puzzle from separate panels of fabrics held together by some 700 glass beads that served as ornate buttons.
Fortunately, the presentation was held like an exhibition, allowing viewers to catch the quintessential details.