June 22, 2011 Paris
Briefs are big business (just ask Calvin), so hard to blame Mabille for branching out. Backstage, he noted that their entry-level price point would open up his brand to an entirely new clientele. He mentioned that with his clothes—interior and exterior—he's always been interested in the inner workings and structures as much as the outer shows. "I wanted to go inside," he said.
The collection's nominal theme was bain de soleil—"sunbath"—which accounts a bit for the disrobing (in some cases, shedding actual robes). Summer by the sea called for swimwear in addition to underwear; lightweight suiting pieces, a few with a brocade chain pattern snaking up the legs and around the waists; and numerous twists and turns on marinière stripes, from those peeking out from the lapels of a gray jersey peacoat to others adorning a cotton-knit poncho.