I had the good fortune to be seated next to French fashion designer, Alexis Mabille, during Fide Fashion Week’s French Couture Night in late 2012. Front row, baby! Even though I missed his runway presentation and (embarrassingly) I am not familiar with his body of work, I recently spotted a leather bag from his Spring/Summer 2013 collection that caught my eye. And just for kicks, I delved further to check out more of the season’s collection. I’m liking the interesting placement of lace in some of the outfits, while still preserving the rock-n-roll, contemporary, and chic direction of this collection. Not too girly-girl, I like that.
Having graduated from the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in 1997, Alexis Mabille quickly amassed his own clientele and worked at Christian Dior before moving on to collaborate with French houses such as Yves Saint Laurent and Lancôme. In 2005, Mabille launched his own collection with a signature aesthetic that featured unisex cuts to flatter both the male and female figure. Mabille continued on to develop well received men’s and women’s ready-to-wear lines as well as accessories, and in 2010, Mabille launched his couture collection, blending tradition and sex appeal with a contemporary yet elegant flair.