Alexandre Vauthier Couture Spring Summer 2013 Paris
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Ever since Alexandre Vauthier started his own Haute Couture line, the Parisian runways became more voluptuous. In fact, if you consider that his fan-club – consisting of both, famous R'n'B singers and bourgeois clientele – kept on growing for the past four years of his brand's existence, you'd say that sensuality is here to stay.

With a somewhat feline attitude, the models with Louboutin on their feet -of course, took confident yet smooth steps on the runway, reflecting from time to time the brightness of an iridescent cropped tuxedo with V-shaped embroideries, revealing their skin through a asymmetrical scalloped dress or a bare-back fur top, suggesting a majestic feeling through a chiffon train that gently caressed the floor as they passed by.   Needless to say, the term "catwalk" usually experiences its heyday during an Alexandre Vauthier show.

In this very sensual atmosphere, shoulders, backs and legs had to be bare. “I've always been working on how light is affecting a woman's body, her shape and curves,” confirmed the designer after his show. Thus, neck-holders, plunging vertical necklines, lacquered lace dévoré transparencies, and cheeky side-slits on dresses and tops were an absolute must and were sported with cropped, waist-banded suit pants or sequined slims. On a more casual note, the French designer paired his airy garments with high-waisted silky harem pants or a lined leather jacket, that was worn nonchalantly over the shoulders. As the proverb says, “...all cats are grey in the dark,” so was the color palette, which consisted solely of pitch black and a few hints of midnight blue. 



All in all, the collection was so desirable that one might feel embarrassed to not have an occasion to actually disclose so much skin.  Therefore, Vauthier did well to turn the catlike purring a bit down: rigorous geometries suggested by pointed shoulders and hems on tuxedos, or asymmetrical origami-like foldings on neck-holder dresses counterbalanced the softness of the collection.


Then, the last silhouette came along: a statement piece, more than anything else. A tightly fitted, transparent catsuit, that was utterly stage-worthy, embraced the model's body as much as its numerous Swarovski embroidery glittered in the limelight. The audience cheered and Alexandre Vauthier even received some standing ovations. We bet Rihanna has already placed an order.  

-Elisabeta Tudor

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