Mabille’s Modern Spring

Alexis Mabille is not a household name as yet, but the French designer is someone to watch. He mixes romance, with tailoring with just the right amount of edge.
long gown with crested vest ss09
Modern Regalia @ Mabille SS09

These are not your mother’s evening gowns.

Satin spine so fine
Anything but bow-ring

The structures are certainly there, but they are always softened. This sexy pencil skirt is paired with a knotted black and white shirt and girly yellow sandals.

Purrrfect for work
Purrrfect for work

Mabille’s nod to the ’80s is subtle. I used to have a glenplaid jacket that I wore to death, but these pieces are not harsh, as they would have been then. He mixes the glenplaid with houndstooth – both very ’80s patterns – but it’s done in a new way, here.  The lapels on the jacket are slimmer, rounder and shoulders not as pronounced. The pinned peacock feather butterfly is the perfect touch.

Glenplaid Garcon @ Mabille
Glenplaid Garcon @ Mabille

The ’80s also show up in his skinny ties for women. They were seen with tuxedo skinny pants and a-line skirts.

Sultry School Marm @ Mabille SS09
Sultry School Marm @ Mabille SS09
A new take on the mod suit @ Mabille SS09
A new take on the mod suit @ Mabille SS09

The satiny suit is toughened up with a metal belt. There’s always an element of the unexpected, in sweet, quirky accessories.

 

skull brooch

The skill behind these clothes is apparent. Mabille is no fly by night talent. A night out, in fact, is where his clothes may shine best.

Dynasty Du Jour
Dynasty Du Jour
Fete, don't fret!
Fete, don't fret!

All photos from http://www.alexismabille.com/

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