Alexis Mabille's press release said it all, and it seems almost untranslatable. Both the words that inspired him and his interpretation of them just work together in synergy:
«La suprême volupté est la délivrance de tout ce qui fait mal: partout où il y a volupté, tant qu’elle y est, il n’y a ni douleur ni tristesse.» Epicure, Lettre à Ménécée.
Alexis Mabille's woman is transformed into a chaste and sculptural goddess, a delicate butterfly revealing herself through transparencies and graphic cut outs on her sculptural form.
The draping of silk and the exquisite detailing on trims invoke his training at Nina Ricci and Ungaro. Whilst the label's creation was only in 2005, his couture pieces were presented in 2010 at the demand of his increasingly younger clientele, which include Sofia Coppola, Kate Perry, Gwen Stefani and Keira Knightley.
I first came across Alexis through his signature bow tie, which he transforms into covetable accessories for his RTW collections - the bow, bow clutches, bow ties and earrings that sit so perfectly with his boy jackets or tomboy pinup girl jumpsuit from his SS14 RTW. In fact, there is a peep of a bow on the white peplum gown that is tied off to one shoulder.
His Paris Haute Couture show is mobbed and it's a different woman on the catwalk from his RTW collection. It's based around the Greco-Roman goddess - an up to date one.
Check the beading on the dress below. Could it really be a six-pack?