Textures, colors, shine… With 23 incredible creations, the Alexis Mabille Couture fall/winter 2016-2017 collection is by far one of our very favorites from the Paris Couture Fashion Week, embodying enchantment in princess costumes. The lineup was described by Mabille as “a bit traditional but with a cooler feeling” and it certainly embodied everything that was beautiful.
We saw colors that were on the cooler side to be certain, particularly in frosted blues and mauves, with some peachy plumetis and tulle appearing here and there for a touch of some warm rays. The whole palette was on the pastel side and brought Disney princesses to mind.
Mabille expressed his inspiration as being the breaking dawn itself, with soft colors and a hint of the night still in place but with the hope of the day shining through. The grayish aspects were definitely to be expected then, along with the spring nature of the color scheme, despite this being a fall collection in of itself.
While minimalism is not the artist’s style in general, it had its pace in this collection that shone through for its fashionable silhouettes and lack of much in surface detail. A favorite was certainly that corset paired with the skirt that was draped in such a way as to mimic a trench tied off at the waist.
There were sheaths in crepe and lace, and some pretty voluminous gowns, pointing towards a common trend that just simply won’t be going away anytime soon. There was beauty and regality in the gowns themselves but none of that overload of flair, nor that overtly soft romanticism.
It is a youthful collection and certainly one that appeals to the young adult ages as well, meaning that we shall be seeing a lot more ladies in their late teens sporting the gorgeous pieces about. While they may not be caught dead in a designer outfit their grandparents choose, the belles of the ball will be dancing the night away in Alexis Mabille… mark our words on that one. Of course, Mabille designs for all and thus brings generations closer together, bridging that unfortunate gap.
Graphic ribbons, lavishly tiered skirts, Cy Twombly art as a muse and princess gowns all come together to create this masterpiece of a haute couture collection that certainly demands a grand entrance – particularly when the width would have you struggling to get through the doors in general.
“The idea of this collection was to be in the pure tradition of couture, but to modernize it with a cool attitude,” Mabille said backstage — hence the Penelope Tree eye makeup and center-parted, slicked down hair. “You can have a big ballgown, but you add pockets on the sides, and suddenly the dress becomes super-cool. I like to subvert tradition with this kind of detail, and loosen up how these outfits are worn. You don’t necessarily need to pair them with an updo and big earrings,” he added.
Darling, what’s there not to love about all you have done? It is simply enchanting!
Photos courtesy of Vogue