Catwalk Review: Alexis Mabille A/W 2011/12

08/03/2011 04:38 | Updated 22 May 2015

Alexis Mabillie catwalkAlexis Mabille's autumn/winter 2011 collection. Photos: AFP/Getty Images

DESIGNER: Alexis Mabille

INSPIRATION: "An American in Paris", with nods to Anjelica Huston and Nan Kempner.

TOP LOOKS: The inspiration translated into a collection that harked back to that early 1970s style that borrowed from the 1930s. Think Ossie Clarke style bias-cut crepe dresses with covered buttons, and high-neck backless gowns in chocolate, watermelon, toffee and teal. Paisley was the big print story; used on flowing chiffon evening gowns to great retro effect. The 70s mood continued with high-waist, wide-legged trousers, A-line skirts and wrap and shirt dresses falling to midi lengths.

ACCESSORIES: Super high platform tassled stilettos (a couple of the models struggled to keep their balance) and tassled rope leather belts that wound around to cinch the silhouette.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: This was the couturier's second ready-to-wear show, and while his first foray was a little rocky, Mabille found his footing this time around. This was a collection brimming with retro Parisian chic and sophistication.

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