Alexis Mabille

Paris:  For F/W 12, designer Alexis Mabille imagined “women as jewels.” The result was quite literal; the palette consisted of gem tones ranging from amethyst to onyx to garnet, and embellishments consisted of pearls and chunky rhinestones. The season’s necessary elements were present — floor-length capes, silky velvet and shapely volume — as well as the matte textures and minimalist silhouettes that seem to be gaining ground in the over-the-top world of couture. Drama was not forgotten, several looks featured copious amounts of frothy, gathered tulle. —Anna Jane Davis

Silhouette: Full-length + flowing / Mermaid

Color:  Black / White / Amethyst / Ruby / Garnet /Aquamarine / Deep Emerald / Pale Topaz / Metallic gold + silver

Key Items:  Gown with built-in cape / Organza suit

Materials: Velvet / Lace / Tulle / Silk — Satin or matte / Chiffon / Lurex / Organza Broderie Anglaise

Print + Pattern: Arabesque + scrollwork motifs

Details + Trim: Dense beading / Pearls / Bows + ties

Accessories + Footwear: Jeweled hair clips / Chandelier earrings



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