Couture Review: Alexis Mabille a/w 2011

A look from Alexis Mabille's a/w 2011 show. PA

: Alexis Mabille

THE INSPIRATION: La Fontaine's animal-centric poetry.

TOP LOOKS: Evening dresses made from velvet, silk, leather, feathers, lace and fur, a grey satin gown with bow detail and embellished sleeves

WHO WAS THERE: All the top editors.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: Plumage, plumage, everywhere. This collection was ready to take flight, from feathers decorating bodices to single, enormous plumes bisecting hairstyles (to great effect). We love how Mabille played with different textures and fabrics, from velvet to tulle to fur (on sleeves, no less) to bring La Fontaine's animals like the fox, the duck, the turtle and the raven to life. While we adored some of the elaborate evening dresses which mixed various textures and lush materials, others were less tempting - an open-backed (and open-fronted) number with revealing slit and thigh holes and a jungle print and white fur and feather dress were better kept caged than let loose in the real world.

Click on our gallery below to see some of the collection highlights: