AFP/AP – French designer Alexis Mabille was in top fall form for a timeless collection of couture that never forgot its whimsy.
Draped gowns in luxuriant pastel silks caressed the body, quivering lightly as they were showcased down the dazzling indigo fabric runway.
Flowers were never far from the Mabille design universe – both literally and figuratively.
A pastel grey silk dress had a central curved split at the knee so that the hem cascaded down in folds like an opening flower. Its top bib was made of intricate white lace like the veins of a petal under a microscope.
Then came flashes of whimsical fashion design – such as one enormous silken flower headdress made of multitudinous shimmering petals.