Alain Mikli debuted the latest collaboration at Alexandre Vauthier‘s Spring 2018 Haute Couture runway show. The eyewear designer reimagined three signature styles for the collection: Edwidge, Roselyne, and Nadége. The accompanying Mert & Marcus-lensed images for Alexandre Vauthier x Alain Mikli sunglasses features Kate Moss, who looks positively iconic in the bejeweled shades. Kate channels 80’s opulence in dramatic tops and head wear.
Giampiero Tagliaferri, the creative director of Alain Mikli and Oliver Peoples, was delighted with the results of the collaboration. “Mikli has always been the couturier of eyewear, so our collaboration with Vauthier keeps up with the tradition,” he said.
And while this is Vauthier’s first foray into eyewear, it is familiar territory for Mikli, the storied eyewear brand that has been collaborating with designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier since the 1980s. So, it was a natural choice for Vauthier. “I’m a child of my generation,” explained the fashion designer, just minutes before his haute couture show. “I respect Alain Mikli’s DNA so much. It’s edgy and rooted in the ‘80s. It’s easy for me to work with these kinds of people.”
Alain Mikli will go down in the hall of fame. Since the late ‘70s, the Paris-based designer has been creating the kind of distinctive glasses favored by bold tastemakers à la Grace Jones, and many of the brand’s classic frames from the ‘80s and ‘90s seem more relevant now than ever.