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Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week F/W 2010: Alexis Mabille

When I saw the schedule, I didn’t recognize the name. Then again, I’m not as into the fashion industry as I would like to think I am, so I did what any respectable apprentice of a craft would do, I began to research him. I found a few articles about ALEXIS MABILLE before eventually happening upon his website and biography. I found the picture above at HIGH SNOBIETY, and decided that it would be a good opening since before this show many pegged ALEXIS MABILLE as the bow tie guy, this Ken doll bow tie, being one of the many he designed.

Mabille’s biography a love of fashion, sparked by museums and attics. As a teenager, young Mabille got his first taste for design when he began creating theatre and party costumes, as well as designing for friends and family. After studying at Paris’ CHAMBRE SYNDICALE, he began partaking in apprenticeships at NINA RICCI and UNGARO before settling at CHRISTIAN DIOR. The nine years spent there created fine jewelry for JOHN GALLIANO and the DIOR HOMME line overseen by HEDI SLIMANE. He told VOGUE “I was an intern at the beginning when I started with Dior and I stayed for nine years because it was a great place to work. It was a crazy time, very fun: everything was open. It taught me that something not very beautiful, something from daily life, can be made amazing. I had a very good relationship with Galliano and with the label, but I felt it was time to follow my own vision,” about the time spent there. Mabille also told VOGUE that he would really love to dress the Queen.

Choosing pictures for this line proved a tad more difficult than for DIOR, but I did it. The following 4 pictures, I found at STYLE, where the entire collection and an accompanying article, can be viewed. Sadly, I couldn’t find the board for the models but that only means we can plunge right into the show!

I bring you this first dress because unlike my friends over at TLo, I like bows on a woman, if placed correctly. Whereas I do believe that there is a better positioning for this particular bow(which I saw by my “Best Dressed” winner’s dress for my prom this year,) I still like the look. It, like most of the collection, is kind of like wearable couture. It’s couture that really and truly, I could see a variety of women wearing.

For this next number, a tasteful sheer concoction, I will give you background. Style reports that Mabille’s story line dictated a girl waking from a night of fitfull sleeping to find herself entangled in her pajamas. Now these are not the flannels, that my family wears but apparently sheer, flowing, and silken pieces. They quote Mabille saying “I wanted it to look loose and casual-fitting, so she can wear things with the attitude of pulling on a T-shirt,” which is what I see in this look. It looks very comfortable and very fluid. To me it seems as if anyone wearing it would have the comfortability of a T-shirt while the look of something much more priceless.

This look, is just that, alot of look. Mabille rolls his many signatures into one look: the sheer fluidity and the bow tie leave me, hours after I saw it for the first time, still trying to decide if I like it or not. My mind wants to say somethings off but, I just can bring myself to say it, especially being a lover of movement like I am. The sheer material seems to create a visual aura around the model, and truthfully I’m still undecided.

Lastly I present you with this, a look that I am decided upon. This chic evening suit with it’s white scalloped edged peacoat Made me actually decide to post. The golden buttons, and what I’m going to bet is a black bow in the back make me smile. The sheer material cum scarf around her neck is an added plus and really and truly I’m not positive what makes the look so right in my eyes. Maybe it’s the clean and chic quality… I don’t know but I do know… I like… I like.

Mr. Mabille himself came out with a small bit of couture on his pants… probably just found it’s way there in all that hard craftsmanship.

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Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week F/W 2010: Day One

For Day One of the Paris Haute Couture F/W 2010 Fashion week our schedule dictated,

Monday, 6 July
ALEXIS MABILLE 10.00 am L’Académie – 14 rue Royale – Paris 1er
STÉPHANE ROLLAND 11.00 am Palais de la Découverte
CHRISTOPHE JOSSE 12.00 pm Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine – 11 avenue Albert de Mun – Paris 16e
CHRISTIAN DIOR 2.30 & 5.00 pm See invitation
ADELINE ANDRÉ 6.00 pm To be confirmed
ALEXANDRE MATTHIEU 7.00 pm To be confirmed

Yesterday, I did extensive research, looking for any picture that I could find, before going to lunch. While there I hoped that my Google cache would fill itself with pictures. Then I found out that we were going out of the state and wouldn’t get back until late, so I wouldn’t have the time to check on any new developments. This morning I rushed to my reader to find that the bloggers had not let me down.


JACK AND JILL were first up. I looked in their Paris Fashion Week category to find this picture. I was salivating at this bit of roadside couture that resembled a white rose dipped in blood. I apologize for the visual, but that’s what it seemed to me. For me, the large golden ring only added to the splendedness of the look. I found the French manicure and purse to be, small and unneeded. I think the dress is DIOR though… maybe it was outside of the DIOR show though.

Next I was presented with these, GIUESEPPE ZANOTTI sandals worn by ALEXANDRA GOLOVANOFF, a French TV personality. Being one who adores a rightly placed buckle, I was positively floored!
So after seeing those, and a few other pictures of interest, I moved back to the Reader to find a FASHION WEEK DAILY reports, detailing a crowd outside of the DIOR show, all awaiting, MARION COTILLARD, who arrived late.

The reports also spoke of the editors and other show attendants hitting up a carnival in the Tuileries, pictured below, in their spare time between shows.

My overall research of the day ended with a sneak peak of the CHANEL show. Well it wasn’t so much a sneak peak as it was a revelation. KARL LAGERFELD revealed to a select few editors that the inspiration of the couture show, which will be held today, was “floating panels.” I found the tidbit on KARL LAGERFELD.