08/03/2011 04:38 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Catwalk Review: Alexis Mabille A/W 2011/12

Alexis Mabillie catwalk Alexis 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.

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.

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.

See our favourite looks in the gallery below:,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=989572&pid=989571&uts=1299557043