Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Case for Alexis Mabille and Christophe Josse

Paris, July 2013
By Christine Suppes, Editor at Large
For more than one decade I have been attending the defiles of Christophe Josse, and I have always admired his elegance, lightness, and modernity. It seems now that his time has really come.  No longer does he take a backseat as an invited member.  And, Christophe Josse is not only a full fledged member of Haute Couture, his is one of the most sought after invitations in Paris.  I would even venture to say that the truly American fashion savvy girl not only knows his name but is aware of his fluid, feminine, streamlined style thanks to online stores such as  I was somewhat taken aback that Josse showed an ivory only collection.  His use of color in his day suits and evening dresses are memorable.  But times change and so do we.
Christophe Josse for Torrente, Autumn 2003
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Tribute was paid to Yves Saint Laurent with Mr. Josse’s s version of the sarcophagus coat.

Very of the moment and Gatsby was the pleated drop waist gown, surely one of the most coveted pieces of the presentation.  In fact we saw a lot of the drop waist at Josse (and then the following day at Chanel).  This was a languid and eternal show, a pleasure experience and a clear imprint on our collective fashion conscience.

Then there is Alexis Mabille.  He is a more recent phenomenon of the eponymous bow.

Christine Suppes in Paris with Cameron Silver in Alexis Mabille Shirt.
It’s a bit of marketing bait, but who doesn’t love bows, especially during Couture Week?  Having said that, his show is also one of the hottest invitations of the week, and attracts the serious collectors who buy his exquisite gowns.  They’re pretty and flattering and never wrong.  What’s not to love? 

 Josse and Mabille were all over Paris during Couture Week, hitting every party and mingling with clients.  Imagine Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent or Jean Paul Gaultier ever mingling with clients.   Times certainly have changed!

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