The mood was blood thirsty. A divinely designed monochromatic collection descended onto the catwalk paying homage to M. Valentino.
Alexandre Vauthier blazed a trail of red this fall/winter 2011 haute couture season. The former head designer of Jean-Paul Gaultier’s couture collection definitely had something to prove. He’s a master of style with or without the backing of a famed fashion house. The budding couturier presented his sixth collection since launching his namesake brand in 2009. This season’s inspiration came from a marketing illustration for Rouge Baiser lipstick created by famed fashion illustrator René Gruau, who sketched a blindfolded woman donning a seductive red lip. Though you can’t see the woman’s eyes, her allure and strength is undeniable and reflective in the 30 looks Vauthier sent down the runway. Vauthier’s red woman emerges as the “ultimate feminine object, kiss-proof… a monochromatic beam.”
A red Saga fur coat-dress with a bustier pinched waist opened the show. The 29 looks that followed ranged from a cropped blazer with fur arm warmers to a sheath dress with a mile-high thigh slit to a plunging-v one-piece swimsuit to a one-shoulder silk jumper with a ruched waist to long sleeve sequin mini gown with sheer beaded skirt. If you live for red, Vauthier honed in on every sexy silhouette imaginable in the fiery hue. Each look was made complete with red Christian Louboutin’s. The collection also payed homage to M. Valentino while staying true to what Vauthier deems as “ultra-luxury couture and the red climax.”