In the SS19 Couture Collection that Alexandre Vauthier presented, the cuts were slightly ’60s-inspired, as in an ultrashort velvet pouf skirt worn with a bolero embellished in gold embroideries over a pristine white shirt, or a micro pouf dress (you cannot go shorter, really) in black sequins with a white taffeta bow at the front. On the same note, a pair of satin boxer shorts showing plenty of legs were balanced by a round-sleeved white jacket, a sort of progressive version of a tuxedo, worn with a white shirt and a little black bow at the collar. The contrast between masculine and feminine accents had a rather sexy vibe.
Ruffles became inventive collars, sleeves, blouses, or imaginative minidresses, sinuous and undulating in silk satin, or sculpted and substantial in taffeta. A gorgeous cloud of black ruffled tulle was actually a flimsy long-sleeved top, grounded by a pencil-thin pair of silk capri pants. Tracing the plunging décolletage of an animal-printed minidress, ruffles were cut elliptically, suggesting a dramatic pair of wings.
The designer also worked on a more fluid and sensual silhouette, at times a bit androgynous, as in a few sharply tailored pantsuits. They were inspired by Françoise Hardy, the moody French chanteuse who had one of the coolest personal styles of the late ’60s. Hardy was also on the soulful soundtrack—quite a departure from the designer’s usually stronger musical tastes.