The spring 2014 couture fashion show by Alexandre Vauthier mastered effortless looks with minimalistic edge. The core color scheme mainly consisted of black and white, but metallic embellishments played a huge role in making this collection memorable. Vauthier strayed from silver-based metals, opting instead to adorn these geometrically structured pieces with the warmth of golden tones. While many designers debuted their brightest hues for the spring season, Vauthier’s dark and modest approach had me carefully sorting through a wardrobe of seasons passed in hopes of achieving the perfect monochromatic look. With that, ladies and gents, I came up with my real-life interpretation of Vauthier’s 18 look.
Don’t get me wrong—some people look lovely in head to toe pastels. That being said, I’ve always preferred a monochromatic alternative. I chose to recreate Vauthier’s 18 look because it’s a classic outfit that’s easy for anyone to wear in the real world. It’s essentially made up of common wardrobe staples: black pants, a black bustier, a black blazer and black heels. Everything I needed for this outfit was already in my closet! While I didn’t have a bustier that quite matched the exact texture of the one the model wore, I did manage to work my thrifted velvet bustier into the look. Texture is definitely an important aspect when creating a monochromatic outfit because it prevents things from getting too boring. To play up the use of texture in this look, I paired my velvet bustier with black leather pants. I threw on a black blazer like the original look, but I added a bit of a twist with my footwear. Rather than sticking with Vauthier’s choice of black heels, I used this opportunity to incorporate my favorite black ankle boots. The gold details on these boots instantly reminded me of the touches of gold that Vauthier incorporated into the show. Of course, I couldn’t resist slipping on my grandmother’s gold choker necklace for extra emphasis! Finally, a bold red lip brought my look together. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of this look. The versatility of the monochrome trend is hard to resist!