Thursday, 9 July 2009

Covered Couture: Alexis Mabille

French designer Alexis Mabille presented these outfits as part of his Spring 2009 Couture collection. Elegant and refined, he uses velvet for evening gowns, and full-length coats over trousers. He also adds a pop of colour to these neutral outfits with contrasting shoes.

But one thing I especially noticed was the use of a layering technique that's quite popular for hijabi evening wear in several countries including Lebanon; that of wearing a plain long sleeved top underneath an evening gown. This has never been a favourite style of mine - I find it looks a bit tacky and often unflattering on most people. But do you think Alexis Mabille pulled it off in his collection?


Images: Style.com

9 comments:

caraboska said...

Not entirely satisfied with the plain top under dress look. I think that in general it can be pulled off however - with the right combination. The pants and coat ensembles here are much more satisfactory IMHO.

nur said...

feels like we're being transported back to the uber-tacky '80s. its a NO for me

Saloua said...

Nope looks very tacky... its better to use a long sleved cardigan. not a skin tight Tshirt. Or just by a dress with long sleeves?

Ashi said...

^ditto

not liking the velvet either :S

Anonymous said...

His latest La Redoute collection is much more stylish - amazing long taffeta dress (with long sleeves and high neck too!)
http://www.laredoute.co.uk/style/ALEXIS-MABILLE-Long-Taffeta-Dress.aspx?ProductId=324165671&DocumentId=221809&CompanyId=R&Path=61026618/61033616/61034122&source=#

Anonymous said...

Hello Jana

I just wanted to bring your attention toward a fashion show aimed at relooking the Abbaya. It happened in France this summer and it was organized by the president of Saks Fifth avenue of Saudi Arabia. Here is the link for the article
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/fashionnews/5655392/Abaya-gets-a-makeover-from-John-Galliano-and-Blumarine.html

I find this a bit revolting particularly due the polemic of the Burqa in France. Actually I saw the fashion show on TV and they interviewed some of the designers. They said that by relooking the Abbaya and making it sexier, they were hoping to "free" the Muslim women. Needless to say that I was disgusted by their remarks. Tell me what you think about it?

Anonymous said...

im going to start high school and will be wearing a scarf inshallah. but i live in southern california in the US in its realy hot here!!!! what are some outfits i can wear

Dedra said...

eww I haven't seen velvet dresses since like the 90s bad memories

caraboska said...

Oh, I remember reading about that Paris abaya show somewhere. I don't remember those exact comments, but I always get concerned henever I hear anyone use the words 'sexy' and 'Islamic' in the same breath. Obviously, I am talking about clothes in particular here. I can see why 'Anonymous' is disgusted.

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