Alexandre Vauthier Spring Summer 2024 collection lookbook presented at Paris Fashion Week SS24.
Alexandre Vauthier's Spring Summer 2024 collection is a testament to his enduring commitment to fashion as a realm of imagination, desire, and mystique in an era where accessibility and instant gratification have become the norm. In a world where social media dominates, Vauthier's approach harks back to a time when the fashion industry was a coveted bubble, requiring hard work and dedication to access.
Vauthier reflects on the importance of leaving something to the imagination, questioning what happens to desire when nothing is left to the imagination. He embraces a balance between body-consciousness and mystique, emphasizing that desire and fantasy are far more captivating than overtly explicit displays.
For this spring collection, Vauthier draws inspiration from couture, infusing his designs with a sense of craftsmanship and precision. A print featuring primary colors, directly inspired by his desk sketches, adds an artistic dimension to the collection. Sharp shoulders define asymmetrical jersey tops, trench coats are reimagined with cropped lengths, and razor-cut jackets are paired with deep-cuffed denims. An '80s vibe emerges through generously curved bombers, while jersey jumpsuits showcase radical lines, both in classic and photogenic one-leg batwing iterations.
Eveningwear takes on a metallic allure, with brocade from couture reimagined in Lurex with a silk touch. Liquid mercury lamé graces weightless party dresses, and gold lamé is expertly pleated into statuesque hourglass silhouettes. A standout piece is the bronze lamé top, cropped, pleated, and sculptural like a shell.
Among the collection's highlights are pieces not featured in the review, such as sequined summer knits suitable for beach-to-dinner occasions and a little black hourglass dress with a starry backstory. Vauthier designed a similar dress for Emmanuelle Seigner to wear onstage in the play "Bungalow 21," set in 1960s Hollywood and currently running at Théâtre de la Madeleine in Paris. This dress, along with other pieces in the collection, encapsulates the simple yet captivating beauty that Vauthier consistently strives to achieve.
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