There is just something intriguing about the Alexis Mabille’s Haute Couture collection.

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While I am unable to speak on behalf of the others, I was sure I had a growing desire to be dressed by Mabille as he showcased his designs at the recent Singapore Haute Couture Week 2012 held at the Marina Bay Sands. With this collection however, I would say that “the best is yet to be” (no I wasn’t an Anglo-Chinese School girl) simply because as his show progressed, it gets better with each look that was presented. Perhaps it is due to the fact that Mabille himself is a traditional; an old feel of femininity lingers in his frocks with the generous use of lace, velvet, sequins, frills, floral prints and delicate filigree embroidery. Given how the soft fabrics seem to flow and move so elegantly on the exaggerated silhouettes, Mabille certainly knows how to make the body of the wearer a canvas for his art.

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My favourite look would be the tuxedo tailcoat which exudes that sense of sexy confidence, strength, boldness and domineering power that had such a character of its own, the sight of it somehow transported me back to the time of the English rose, Jane Austen.

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Romantic and partly inspired by the Victorian era, I can’t help but notice just a slight hint of middle-eastern flair though in its entirety, Mabille successfully injects a fair bit of opulence with the use of gilded embroidery and shimmering metallic embellishments. From gorgeous long evening gowns to cape dresses, it seems as if Mabille had envisioned a troupe of French-Arabian jewel girls.

Images: Fide Fashion Week