Alexandre Vauthier x Alain Mikli Took Couture to the Club For SS18

Alexandre Vauthier x Alain Mikli Took Couture to the Club For SS18

For their Spring couture show, the designer turned the runway into a nightclub with Alain Mikli sunglasses.

For their Spring couture show, the designer turned the runway into a nightclub with Alain Mikli sunglasses.

Text: MATHIAS ROSENZWEIG

Alexandre Vauthier’s show last night at the Grand Palais was truly a sight for sore eyes. Reminiscent of a night club, complete with towers made of blueish neon lights, the experience effectively teleported a dense room of fashion week attendees into a more elated environment, momentarily stripping them away from the all-too-serious fashion world that’s been otherwise inundating them this month. It was all, simply put, very fun.

Said teleportation also involved bringing guests back to the ‘80s days of retro-future glam rock.  Vauthier’s typical enlarged shoulders competed with various “poofs” made of tule, used as neck ornaments, belt decorations, and shoe embellishments. Accessories were particularly crave-worthy this season, including an array of pirate and military hats, leather boots with excessive material, and golden brooches.

Half the models, including Bella Hadid, wore sharp, narrow sunglasses by Alain Mikli, which added a substantial punch to each look. Vauthier and Mikli collaborated on a new campaign, released just yesterday, featuring fashion icon and muse Kate Moss.  For those who are unfamiliar with Mikli, the designer launched his eyewear line back in 1978. This season pulls inspiration from fashion photographers Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton and features four distinct styles: Edwidge, Edwidge Jeweled, Roselyne, and Nadéga. In correlation to the clothing, Mikli summoned a chic '80s vibe with his shades, bound to be one of the season's runaway successes.

Other talking points in the show included a massive bow dress, red alligator pants, and an insanely baggy draped hoodie dress that was as “street style cool” as it was haute couture. Together, the clothes paired with the environment formed a perfectly escapist cocktail, something that felt much needed (and deserved) toward the end of a hard-hitting fashion month. See every look from the show below.

Credits: Photos via Vogue Runway

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