By: Camryn McLen
Fashion month ended in Paris this year from Sep. 27 to Oct. 5. Paris Fashion Week included over 30 in-person fashion shows as well as over 20 digital ones. While it was exciting to be able to see fashion shows in person again, that didn’t stop some designers from sticking to showcasing their collections digitally. A few of the designers who chose this route include Nina Ricci, Maison Margiela, Elie Saab and Alexandre Vauthier.
Though some people may not have heard of Alexandre Vauthier, he is no stranger to a few of the world’s biggest celebrities. Rihanna even wore one of his dresses at the premiere of one of her Savage X Fenty shows. According to Vogue, his “show stopping party looks” are known by many. Forbes has also called him the “modern day couturier” which is a designer who manufactures and tailors to a specific customer’s measurements.
Vauthier presented his digital collection in an unconventional way compared to past online shows. For the Fall/Winter 2021 season, the digital shows included a variety of models with around 30 or more looks. Vauthier’s Spring/Summer 2022 Ready-to-Wear (RTW) show only consisted of 22 looks which were all worn by model Akon Changkou.
Unlike traditional collections that have been showcased with runways and elaborate prop setups, Vauthier’s video was more relaxed and on a smaller scale. He showed off his collection in more of a behind-the-scenes photoshoot type of way. Each look Changkou modeled was in front of a white backdrop and even showed moments of her doing makeup touch ups in the mirror and walking around the set in the designs.
Contrary to regular behind-the-scenes videos, Vauthier’s video had an old-school vibe to it from the way it looked like a VHS tape to the late ’80s early ’90s hip-hop music playing throughout it.
Vauthier’s newest collection included slightly similar things he’s produced in the past such as a black pantsuit with a pinstripe pattern, an oversized western-style belt, fringe detail and asymmetrical draped dresses. No matter the season, a lot of his designs also include embellished pieces whether it’s made for a bodysuit or a dress.
Silk is just one of the fabrics Vauthier never fails to incorporate in his designs, and it’s evident in his current collection. One of the silk pieces in this RTW collection includes a long-sleeve, floor-length yellow dress with cut-out sides completed with a thin rope belt and matching pointed boots. He also designed a silk bright blue halter top with long bows around both the neckline and waist which was paired with black wide-leg pants.
In comparison to seasons of Vauthier’s past, this Spring/Summer 22 RTW collection easily fits in with his others while still creating new designs and details despite the similarities. If these 22 looks are any indication of what’s to come in the future, it seems as though everyone should be excited for his next collection.
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