Meet Paris' hottest young designers Featured

Guillaume Henry, Alexis Mabille, Maxime Simoens, Anthony Vaccarello and more
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From Alexis Mabille to Julien Fournie, the Parisian fashion scene is experiencing a major revival in cutting-edge style. It's thanks to brilliant young designers such as Anthony Vaccarello and Alexandre Vauthier who have emerged from the fringes of legendary French fashion maisons such as Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. From one collection to the next, these new members of luxury's innermost circles are swiftly winning over style experts and fashionistas alike. Read on for your crash course on these bright young things, who knows, you may very well be their next client!



Alexandre Vauthier

His style?

As the former assistant of Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexandre Vauthier’s look is defined first and foremost by his use of eccentric shoulder pads and 1980s inspired silhouettes, creating an intensely sensual - almost sexual - persona. His one piece leotards attract almost as much attention as his perfectly cut dresses.

His fans?
Beyonce and Rihanna were among the first to notice his talent. Since then, a handful of actresses have sported his dresses on the red carpet and his runway shows have become the hottest ticket in town.

Must-have look?
A maxi dress with a very low cut V and oversized shoulders.
 


Guillaume Henry for Carven


His style?
Breathing life into fashion house Carven, Henry mixes chic basic styles with sexy silhouettes to create fantastically contemporary looks.

Must-have look?
His super-girly mini dresses are on our wish list for summer


Anthony Vaccarello


His style?
A touch of contemporary sensuality strongly influenced by his own Mediterranean roots,

Biggest achievements?
Winning the 2006 first prize at the Hyères International Festival of Young Fashion Designers and the 2011 ANDAM prize. Shortly after this, he was asked to join the house of Fendi in Rome as a fur designer under Karl Lagerfeld.

His best pieces?
The swimsuit and the jacket - two emblematic pieces in his work. He takes utilitarian pieces and transforms them into contemporary and intricately designed looks.


Maxime Simoëns


His style?
A sharply structured silhouette mixing cut outs, contrasts and embroidery. He plays around with layers of organza and optical illusory prints.

Biggest achievements?
Graduating in 2006 with flying colours from l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. In 2008 his father helped him to set up his own brand. In 2010 Gossip Girl’s leading ladies rocked some of his designs on the show. He recently accepted the creative director post at French fashion house Léonard.

Signature look?
The strapless dress, short in front and long at the back


Julien Fournié


His style?
Romantic, yet urban with a funky twist. Adored by celebrities, Cheryl Cole, Ebony Bones and Gabriella Wright have all been seen sporting his designs.

Biggest achievements?

Was assistant haute couture stylist at Jean Paul Gaultier and artistic director for all of fashion house Torrente’s collections. In 2009 he launched his eponymous label. In 2011, he made headlines when he used exclusively black models to present his collection.

Must-have look?
Long couture-centric, but equally light dresses - the perfect party frocks. His famous body corset was worn by Kate Moss in a recent Vogue fashion shoot.



Alexis Mabille


His style?
In addition to his long, decidedly haute couture dresses, he makes the art of  knot tying his own! Big and small, he works it into his blouses, dresses and bustiers and has boldly reworked it for contemporary men’s suits.

Biggest achievements?

Making a name for himself at Dior’s accessories department where John Galliano and Hedi Slimane and then launching his own fashion line in 2006 with a very ‘couture’ ready-to-wear collection exhibiting his own rebellious style.

Must-have look?
The ball dress in organza, a perfect fabric for the evening, complete with tiers and little knots.