On January 24, after ten spectacular seasons together, Swarovski and Alexandre Vauthier celebrated their inspirational creative partnership by hosting a glamorous dinner at the Ritz Paris’s Salon d’Été. It came straight after Vauthier’s triumphant Spring/Summer 2017 haute couture show at the Grand Palais. The guest list was as exclusive as it gets, including President of Chanel, Bruno Pavlovsky, and his wife Nathalie, the CEO of Vauthier’s label; Vogue España’s fashion director Belen Antolin; Paris Bureau Chief of WWD Katya Foreman; top photographer and music video director Jean-Baptiste Mondino; and Vauthier’s celebrity models Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
On the runway, Vauthier added dazzling lightning bolts of crystals around waists and hems, dressing up an exquisite LBD with a statement sash. There were audible gasps at the intricacy of the work, with 11,000 thousand red, white and blue crystals alone sewn onto the strapless gown worn by Kendall Jenner. Those who didn’t catch the extraordinary level of detail on the special crystal-encrusted anniversary dress as Hadid flashed it down the catwalk, were treated to a sensational second helping: it was later part of an exhibition that surrounded the banqueting table, every piece created by Vauthier with Swarovski. After the show and the dinner, is it too much to wish for a third helping?
Photography Backstage Marion Leflour
Photography Dinner Julien Mignot