Women often dress to flaunt what they have, but there is a psychological undercurrent of vulnerability that comes with being so exposed. Alexandre Vauthier addresses this idea head on with his Fall 2015 Couture collection that simultaneously bares the flesh while offering tough, protective elements to shield his women from unwanted attention. Yes, you can look, but you can’t touch.
Vauthier launches the collection with a heavy leather jacket outfitted with a whip of fringe — a signal that his women are not to be messed with. Other looks pack heat in the form of gold bullet-shell decorations that march along the exteriors of his dangerously sexy ensembles. A crimson dress that is little more than strips of fabric artfully bandaged together is topped with an enormous fur — more mafia wife than maiden. Slinky jumpsuits, one-shoulder dresses, and gowns cutaway at the sides all display plenty of skin, but asymmetrical capes, varsity jackets, and oversized tunics offer relief from the parade of flesh. This collection might glorify glamour and revel in bad-girl excess, but, in the end, it is the woman who holds the power to tease, to seduce, and to reject would-be suitors who fall short of her incredibly high standards.
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