Alexandre Vauthier RTW Fall 2021

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Alexandre Vauthier again distilled the fashion message from his latest couture collection in ready-to-wear form, working his dressed-up wardrobe in more democratic fabrics and techniques. Instead of a film, he chose to showcase his designs through a series of pictures in the varying styles of photographers whose work he admires.

The look: While the glitter-heavy glamour-girl dresses Vauthier is best known for – in colorful shades of plissé lamé or velvet, or worked in all-over sparkling fringes – stood out the most, there was plenty to offer among the sharp-tailored silhouettes in tactile fabrics, and even a range of comfy and colorful outsized ribbed sweaters.

Quote of note: “Fashion is at a pivotal moment,” Vauthier said during a preview at his Paris studio. “We need to place bets on something that will engage people. Luxury brands today need to have a very personal, very distinctive identity.”

Alexandre Vauthier RTW Fall 2021

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Standout pieces: For their visual impact, a silver lamé pleated bustier dress that summed up the house codes, or black jeans that reprised the firework motif of the Lesage embroideries from the couture collection, worked in thermoformed crystals, their bottoms covered in feathers. In a more understated daywear register, plissé chiffon dresses with frilled collars and perfectly cut wool or crêpe coats and capes in off-white or camel.

Takeaway: Alexandre Vauthier wants to make sure that as women come out of lockdown and start living again, he offers them options for every occasion – from a night letting loose on the dance floor to a day at the office or a winter stroll in the park.

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