Alexandre Vauthier, the young French haute couturier has begun to gather quite the cult following amongst fans of all ages. There’s something about his sartorial brew makes haute couture feel now, connected to the pop cultural zeitgeist and thus incredibly alive. It's no wonder then that Roisin Murphy, Rihanna, Beth Ditto and Kylie have worn his designs on red carpets, record sleeves and at live events - this is diva-wear. Outfits to choose when you're feeling larger than life. Vauthier used to assist Thierry Mugler so one can already imagine the kind of confidence this couturier proposes for the modern woman via his designs.
Vauthier’s references come from forties and fifties Hollywood mixed with French actresses in the seventies and eighties (with a little Madame Claude thrown in) yet Vauthier doesn’t pitch his collections as museum homage. Specially for the show, DJ Charles Schillings gave Harry Thumann’s track Sphinx a superb make-over which gave Vauthier's creations his signature futuristic feel. By sampling the voice of Catherine Deneuve the seduction factor of the outfits hit code red. Amongst the looks was a stunning armour-plated gilet made with hundreds of heart-like pieces of gold metal made by Fannie Schiavoni, the young accessories designer who’s amongst the 2011 NewGen sponsorship winners in the UK www.fannieschiavoni.com
Vauthier’s constructed shoulders (his signature touch along with dresses and trouser suits that are slashed to the thigh) were everywhere but new to the Vauthier catalogue came graphic prints and dresses in nude coloured chiffon and silks. With dramatic necklines that plunged to the waistline, V is always for Vauthier.
Soundtrack: Track especially made by Charles Schillings