If you want to go audacious, if you want to embody fearlessness, if you want to be plucky, look to new-ish French designer, Alexandre Vauthier, for inspiration. He is well trained, he joined the design team for Thierry Mugler upon his graduation from school, he has also worked as head designer for the couture collection under the house of Jean-Paul Gaultier. Vauthier launched his own brand in 2009.
The garments constructed by this French force have certain commonalities. Skin is plentiful with thigh high slits and partial breast baring tops. Ornamentation is abundant with reflective bits, clustered beads, ruffled feathers, silk brocade, and sequins galore. Waists are defined, metallic touches are loud, and the shape of the body is always the primary focus. Cuts are unapologetic and shoulders are shaped and formidable. The line ranges from ultra feminine to distinctly masculine. The collection is opulent and resplendent.
His style is not distinctly French…. it’s more sultry Italian or brash Anglo-Saxon or even seductive Persian. But his influences are clear and his work is done without a hint of restraint.
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