Last night the iconic Grand Palais was night transformed into a decadent 80’s disco club, with neon lights and models dressed in enlarged shoulders, excessive use of textiles made into neck ornaments and embellished shoes. But the icing on the cake was the accessories. Military hats, leather boots, golden brooches and the eyewear! What a sight for sore eyes created in collaboration with Alain Mikli (pun intended).
Quick pause for a little contextualization. French designer Alain Mikli is one of the most important designers of his generation; many might argue that he is the one responsible for making eyewear sexy, elegant and an actual fashion accessory. As of the brand’s launch back in 1978 Mikli has always looked for interesting collaborations, has been known for provocative campaigns and has ‘dressed’ the likes of Grace Jones (all through the 80s). Most recently he has collaborated with Jeremy Scott in the creation of colourful specs that re-visit his iconic asymmetric shape from the (guess what) 80s.
Having said so, last night the world became aware of this new and very interesting collaboration. Drawing inspiration from the Vauthier runway and fashion photographers such as Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, the collection delivers the definition of the fiercely elegant modern Parisian women. The eyewear designer reimagined three signature styles for Vaulthier’s collection: Edwidge, Edwidge jeweled, Roselyne, and Nadége.
Inspired by the Mikli archive, Edwidge and Edwidge jeweled push boundaries with their shallow rectangular design. Mind you that small specs have been a trend since last year, it is safe to say that rectangular, straight 80s specs, are bound to make a huge come back this season. Roselyn also inspired by the Mikli archive, is an ultra-feminine oversized frame adorned in crystals. Nadége, a bid to Vauthier’s signature use of metal, with its bold and futuristic design is industrial and clean and yeat goes lovely with the couture looks.
The launch campaign for the eyewear collaboration was shot by Mert & Marcus and features none other than Kate Moss, who looks absolutely flawless in this 80’s universe of colourful lights and dense atmosphere. The collection will be available from April 2018.