As always, Alexandre Vauthier collections are all about French savoir-faire paired with a certain edginess and a touch of glamour. This season, the Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2016 Haute Couture offering, shown at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, came with a particularly sensual flair, as outfits evolved from street-wear inspired looks as well as some more romantic.

On the runway, his fierce and ultra-feminine collection pieces featured ultra-short and floor-skimming cocktail numbers in shiny dévoré optic or leggy and silk gowns with crystal applications. The collection showed pieces  featuring pleated chiffon and leather straps, polished bright red or black. Ruffles of chiffon were showcased for long dresses as well mini.

“I wanted to do something very Parisian. Something that celebrates Paris and its women,” explained the designer backstage after his show, adding that his leitmotiv for this Spring 2016 Haute Couture collection were uniforms worn by poly-technicians and engineers – think his caban and top coat inspired Couture outerwear.

The color palette was subtle, demure yet dramatic with the use of black, anthracite, khaki hues, primary red, pearl grey and white.

“I had the chance to have a truly balanced cast, I didn’t want just top models; I really wanted a good mix of girls. I paid more attention to the real personalities of the girls rather than anything else.I wanted large falling volumes and very fine tiny legs. I wanted to find a balance between an exaggerated straight stature and one that is light and free that is close enough to the skin, like the suede on the thigh boots,” said Vauthier.

Go backstage at the Alexandre Vauthier Spring2016 Haute Couture collection, shimmering with Swarovski crystal.