Presenting in a sprawling minimalist duplex in Paris’s golden triangle, his loyal sausage dog, Lucien, by his side, it’s clear that Alexandre Vauthier is in a good place.
Having built up to six collections yearly of apparel and footwear, along with a jewelry line by Goossens, the designer describes his ready-to-wear as the wearable sister to his couture line, carrying over themes onto sportswear basics. (There’s also a demi-couture capsule.)
In the haute camp: laser-sharp le smoking jumpsuits, cache-coeur dresses striped with gold sequins and boho-chic strass-embroidered gowns.
Done in color groups like rust and khaki, more casual spins — in bountiful volumes — included silk taffeta windbreakers, airy cotton voile peasant skirts, embroidered camouflage basics, feminized military parkas and mesh — a theme from couture — revisited in knitwear.
This was more about maintaining a consistency of vision, centered on urban sex appeal à la Parisienne, than a fashion revolution — a desire to keep existing clients happy. And with business booming in France — his first market — the U.S., Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, it makes perfect commercial sense.