alexis mabille fall couture 2011

6 Jul

“Welcome to the jungle” could easily have been the tagline for Alexis Mabille’s Fall 2011 couture collection. While not very haute or couture, the cliché phrase brings to mind all the images Mabille’s collection put right in front of us. Exotic feathers and luscious furs transformed each piece into the sartorial equivalent of a cheetah, jaguar and all sorts of  feathered foul while transporting audience members from their front-row seats into the uncharted world of whimsical wilderness.

Beginning with an elegant mocha colored gown with gorgeous lace overlay, Mabille’s fall lineup was a testament to the young designer’s eye for detail and focus on craftsmanship. And while the show did present a number of covetable dresses with impressive construction, the floor-length tassels, punk-inspired studs running down long sleeves and silver-mini-dress-mustard-tights ensemble that looked more fairy princess than fashion forward made the collection feel costumey rather than couture.

It’s evident that Alexis Mabille possesses the talent and vision required to stake a claim in the high fashion world, but it’s safe to say that his imagination sometimes runs a little too, dare I say, wild. But snow leopard-print gowns and giant hair feathers aside, Mabille is one designer that is probably not falling off the couture map any time soon.


*photos compliments of Yannis Vlamos/ via

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