- Title: FRANCE: French first lady picks Mabille among her fashion favourites
- Date: 6th March 2009
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 5, 2009) (REUTERS) ALEXIS MABILLE'S AUTUMN / WINTER 2009-2010 COLLECTION ON RAIL IN STUDIO SOFT PINK SATIN MINI-DRESS WITH BOW DETAIL MODEL PRESENTING RED ASYMMETRICAL SHOULDER, FLOOR-LENGTH CAPE DRESS BLACK SEQUINNED JACKET / MABILLE SHOWING JACKET CLOSEUP OF SEQUINS CHANGING FROM BLACK TO SILVER AS IT IS TOUCHED (SOUNDBITE) (French) ALEXIS MABILLE, FRENCH FASHION DESIGNER, SAYING: "Yes, because she is lucky to have such a charming body. Plus, she was an iconic model for several years and she's somebody who represents fashion very easily - both Parisian and international - easily and in an elegant way." VARIOUS OF MODEL IN BLACK FITTED DRESS WITH CREAM LACE COLLAR (SOUNDBITE) (French) ALEXIS MABILLE, FRENCH FASHION DESIGNER, SAYING: "First she choses the dress she likes and one that she would enjoy wearing. Then there are protocols for the length of dress, proportions which we can or cannot do for functions, depending on the venue where she will be." MABILLE CHOOSING PURPLE ASYMMETRICAL, KNEE-LENGTH CAPE DRESS CLOSEUP OF MABILLE'S ACCESSORIES LINE, WITH SIGNATURE BOW-TIE DETAILS MABILLE ADJUSTING DRESS ON MODEL JACKET MADE OF FLOWERS WIDE VIEW OF MABILLE IN STUDIO / FLOWER JACKET IN FOREGROUND MORE OF MODEL IN ANOTHER MABILLE DESIGN / TURNING IN DRESS WITH SAILBOAT MOTIF
- Embargoed: 21st March 2009 12:00
- Location: France
- Country: France
- Topics: Fashion,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA2LM492CK5D9DOA7WFC3233HCM
- Story Text: French first lady and former model Carla Bruni sets her fashion sights on young French designer Alexis Mabille.
At his show room in Paris, fashion designer Alexis Mabille worked on his latest designs Thursday (March 5) knowing he is now under the watchful eye of French first lady Carla Bruni.
Bruni traditionally chooses famous French fashion houses, like Christian Dior and Hermes, for her wardrobe.
But she has taken a keen interest in Mabille's work, and recently wore one his little black dresses with a bow detail on the bodice - one of the designer's signatures - at a recent gala.
The dress was from a collection he showed during the Paris haute couture season in January.
Mabille says he is proud to have his work worn by a first lady, particularly such a glamourous one, and he remains acutely aware that she is no stranger to the fashion industry.
"She is lucky to have such a charming body. Plus, she was an iconic model for several years and she's somebody who represents fashion very easily - both Parisian and international - easily and in an elegant way,"
Mabille points out that first ladies, and their designers, must sometimes work their designs around decorum.
"First she choses the dress she likes and one that she would enjoy wearing. Then there are protocols for the length of dress, proportions which we can or cannot do for functions, depending on the venue," he said.
Fashion followers suggest Michelle Obama may have started a trend among the wives of political leaders when she wore a relatively unknown designer, Jason Wu, to the President's Inauguration Ball.
However, Mabille is not entirely unknown.
He worked on apprenticeships at famed fashion houses Ungaro and Nina Ricci before joining the Christian Dior team where he worked for nine years.
During his time there he created jewellery for John Galliano as well as the Dior Homme line.
In 2005 he launched the Alexis Mabille label, a collection of unisex ready-to-wear clothing, and TREIZEOR, a revisited line of bow-ties.
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