What better way to celebrate his first foray as an official haute couturier than with an explosion of pretty-in-pink tulle and a cotton-candy-colored runway? Alexis Mabille's debut Couture collection had both, plus a healthy helping of Chantilly lace, pleated organza, and silk crepe — all of which came in ice cream parlor hues to match that sugary catwalk. But it wasn't all romance and froth; the emphasis, Mabille said, was on "craftsmanship," and thus there were plenty of artisan details and expertly wielded cuts. Dresses in tulle nipped in below the natural waist and flared out from the hip in elegant flares of ruffles and tiers, while neatly tailored trousers in shiny silk made a crisp counterpoint to more voluminous tops.
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