With less than a week before the Haute Couture collections open for Spring 2014, it seems fitting to introduce you to my latest subject ... Alexandre Vauthier. The man is a gentleman of distinction in the worlds of fashion as he prepares his eponymous collections for both the couture and ready to wear.
|Portrait by Marc-Antoine Coulon|
It has been said that that the rules can only be broken by those who have mastered them and Monsieur Vauthier is an “A” student. His distinctive resume include 2 extended terms of employment that shaped his career and taught him the rules of the “game” … first at Mugler, (when there was a Thierry present) and then at Jean Paul Gaultier in the Haute Couture aspect of that brand. What more needs to be said than he was taught by the best of the best.
The collections rendered under his name are exercises in the mastery of cutting and draping and the disciplines and rigors of fine precision tailoring and construction. The clothes are not for the faint of heart nor are they ever considered boring or run of the mill. These clothes are audacious, bold, overtly sexy and never require any of the blah blah blah that seems to accompany so many collections these days.
In other words, the end the clothes speak for themselves and to his clientele. Today Alexandre Vauthier speaks for himself to us... Please enjoy this and please don’t forget to look for the collection that will be debut on January 21, 2014. (http://alexandrevauthier.com/ )
A big MERCI beaucoup from moi to him!!
1-What is the most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
My Fruit of the Loom t-shirts and Nike sneakers
2-What is your most sterling trait and what trait do you treasure most in your friendships?
Determination and loyalty
3-What is your bliss?
4-What is your guilty secret?
Not being to sleep
5-Where is your ideal home?
Along the California coast, on El Matador beach
6-If you could not be a designer/retailer/etc:, what would you be
Lawyer or Surgeon
7-What is on your bedside table right now?
My alarm and a bottle of water
8-What do you wear to bed?
9-What, if any, book are you reading now or last read?
La Vie Adulte, Virginie Mouznat ( Grown up Life)
10-What’s your advice to the “newcomer?”
11-Who or what is your inspiration/style icon?
My daily life is an inspiration
12-What is the best advice you ever received?
Never be afraid
13-In 3 words or less, describe the current state of fashion.
Dual, Paradoxical, Changing
14-If you were a retailer, would you wear your own designs or shop in your own store ? or where would you shop?
Yes and in London
15-If you won a $200,000,000 power ball (lottery), what is the first thing you would buy or do?
I would launch a new project, a short movie probably
16-If you could invite up to 4 people for dinner, who would they be…dead or alive?
Sharon Stone, Gainsborough, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Grace Coddington
17-What is your favorite movie /or movie star?
Kubricks’s A Clockwork Orange
18-What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
19-Whose opinion do you value most and why?
My first boss taught me everything, which has brought me to where I am today
20-What store or which designer do you most like to shop in or wear ?
Nike Town in NYC
21-What’s your take on magazines, books versus the internet?
I like both! Internet for the velocity of information but magazines and books remain as absolute references with in addition the notion of possession and archive
22-Do you have a dream collaborator?
23-What is your crowning achievement thus far in your career?
Successfully progress every season; every season is a new challenge
24-What’s your music library like?
Drake – Nothing Was the Same
25-What and where is your favorite meal?
Double-Double Cheeseburger at the In-N-Out in LA