Alexandre Vauthier’s Couture collection accurately and consistently reproduces the history of the brand, its extra style and the decidedly over-the-top mood. Nothing is missing: bright and metallic colours, bustier tops and blazers with maxi shoulders. The wrapping mini dresses alternate here with long feather-trimmed chiffon dresses. The outfits are completed by the now famous boots, which come down soft on the leg and are revisited in different materials.
The collection, in itself extroverted and elegant, was photographed and filmed by three different artists, who had carte blanche from the Maison and personally interpreted the work. Karim Sadli was in Paris during the lockdown, while Inez and Vinoodh and videographer Albert Moya were overseas, in the US. Their works are surprisingly homogeneous, although starting from different situations and, consequently, different interpretations. The reason is simple and can be perhaps explained in the common hope of a near recovery, as a general wish of restart which then finds the best expression in Vauthier’s work.
The designer does know what it means to dress up and seems not to want to abdicate his exuberance for a more sober style – something that many are considering right now. For him, the best defense strategy is attack and therefore, despite the precarious situation in which we find ourselves, tumultuous joy is welcome. And even if to date there are still no real occasions in which to wear Vauthier’s creations in society, it does not matter. Dresses of this type work everywhere, even at home, and, moreover, they will be by your side in the better coming times, without ever going out of style.
Cover image by Inez and Vinoodh, courtesy Alexandre Vauthier