But it’s a restless thirst to create that drives him to push his collection further. “I would like one day to enter the court of the giants,” Mabille muses, implying that he aspires to the stature of such couture greats as Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld.
Mabille is convinced the time is right to pursue his vision, especially since he detects a renewed gusto among the young for dressing up. “There is a customer for a new kind of couture that’s a bit offbeat, but that is extremely chic in terms of its construction and fabrics,” he says. “Things have been grungy for so long, and I don’t think the future is about that.”