Paris Haute Couture S/S 2018: Alexandre Vauthier

Where there’s Bella Hadid, there’s urban, street-appropriate, utterly wearable couture. Alexandre Vauthier‘s long time muse arrived to Paris to support one of her favorite designers and walk the runway for his Spring/Summer 2018 haute couture show. She looked absolutely bewitching in the outfits that brought us back to the eighties. This collection is power couture at its finest. Big shoulders are back and dominating, and so are the Alain Mikli sunglasses. This is the brand’s first collaboration with Vauthier and, judging by the frenzy the Grace Jones-style glasses caused after the runway, they’re set to sell out in a haute moment. A futuristic femme feel, paired with edgy sci-fi vibes and ego-boosting proportions guarantee success.

For his new haute couture collection. Vauthier travelled back in time, offering a heavy does of New Romanticism for the upcoming season. He skillfully combined velvet military jackets with gold plaid print baggy pants and oversized floppy bows. The jackets were embellished with rhinestones, the looks were additionally accentuated with military caps. “I love the London mix, it’s very refined and also super anarchist”, Vauthier stated after the show, adding that he was going for “a big oxygen breath in the middle of couture.” He succeeded in presenting an energetic collection, emphasized with big, ruffled collars, voluminous capes and eclectic pieces.

The gold hologram boots at the show were the shiniest of couture week so far. The boots were designed by Vauther’s friend, footwear designer Amina Muaddi. “They are a mix of Alexandre’s DNA and his vision for this season”, Muaddi said of the neo-romantic-meets-rock’n’roll silhouette. “We wanted something voluminous and exaggerated, but that still kept its femininity.” In addition to the hologram fabrication, the boots came in black leather, satin (the latter had the feel of a puffer jacket for the legs) with a Swarovski toe cap, gold lurex (teamed with incredible red leather pants) and even gold lurex plaid.


Photo credit: The Impression