Alexis Mabille strives for 'casual collectedness' in runway show

French designer Alexis Mabille presented his new fall/winter 2017-2018 collection during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday, March 2 at 4pm. Afterward in an interview, he spoke about his inspirations and his view of fashion today. 


Models present creations by Alexis Mabille during the women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris on March 2, 2017. - ©Patrick KOVARIK / AFP


How would you describe this FW17 collection?                                                                                             
My next collection reflects a desire for peace! A desire to celebrate femininity and the beautiful. It's a message to bring out the best in yourself with luxury and casual collectedness.

What are its main inspirations?
Several inspirations feed into the collection: the range of colors used by painter Georges Braque, religious icons and French chic.

Who did you design this collection for? What facet of a woman's life?
It is aimed at everyone. I hate the idea of leaving people out. Every season, I propose ideas to women who appropriate them in their own way. That's what's fascinating in fashion: the interpretation.

Which famous person, dead or alive, could embody the collection?
Various girls with strong personalities, like Soko, Dita Von Teese or Audrey Marnay, for example.

Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner. These three young women are as popular on the runway as they are on social networks. Is this a new generation of supermodels, one for the digital age?
I have to admit that I don't have a strong opinion on the subject. For me, it's the same thing as with Ivanka Trump when she was a supermodel. There are lots of sublime young girls in our business who aren't as much in the media spotlight but who are a greater reflection of a fresh, young generation full of energy and creativity.

From socially or politically conscious to fun to connected: how do you see fashion evolving in the coming years?
It is in constant evolution, since it is also fashion that provokes certain changes in behavior. Fun, that's for sure. Otherwise, it is normal for there to be a certain interplay between technology and the clothing industry. Both need to communicate in order to stir the curiosity of our clients.
 

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