designer BACKGROUND French fashion designer Alexandre Vauthier is a graduate of the renowned private French fashion school esmod. He trained under Thierry Mugler and became the head designer at Jean Paul gaultier for eight years before creating his own haute couture brand in 2009. With streamlined silhouettes, big shoulders and radical layers, Vauthier’s collections are futuristic and full of geometric shapes. His approach to style is confident and bold, attracting singer rihanna, who he dressed for over a year and for whom he designed many costumes.
Unique COLLABORATION Vauthier was invited by Parisian high jeweller Mellerio to design a collection for the 400-year-old brand. Founded in 1613, Mellerio was a favourite of european aristocrats in the 18th and 19th centuries, including Marie de Medici, who became queen of France, empress eugénie of France, and Queen Letizia of spain.
new COLLECTION According to Vauthier, he was so inspired by Mellerio’s archive of designs that he was able to finish sketching a new collection in two days. The key elements are a combinaton of Vauthier and Mellerio’s dna: a modern, geometric structure forming Vs and Ms created with traditional jewellery-making techniques. set with diamonds and emeralds, some pieces can be worn in different ways, like a pendant that can be transformed into an earring.