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On Aura Tout Vu Haute Couture A/W11

The Bulgarian-born designer duo take their fanciful couture creations to the next level with a kooky line of almost cartoon-like looks

On Aura Tout Vu literally means ‘You’ve think you’ve seen it all’ – and this is exactly what the collection presented yesterday in Paris’ Palais Royal gardens felt like. France-based, Bulgarian-born designers Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov make clothes that are closer to stage costumes than classical catwalk wear – indeed their clients range from French Cancan dancers to Lady Gaga.

Yesterday in Paris, they presented a line as over-the-top and kooky as always: skeletons had been cut out of mirrors and sewn onto evening dresses; this created a comic look mid-way between Alice in Wonderland and Beetlejuice. The dresses consisted of flowy layers with sheer cutouts, fearlessly sexy: backless at times, crotch long at others – reinforced by a repetitive use of lace, fur and thigh high boots. Yet the light-hearted element came in through headpieces, face masks and full glitter robot looks. And there is more to the house – On Aura Tout Vu is, in parallel, holding a large exhibition in Monaco, in honour of the recent royal wedding.

At the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco held in 18th century villa La Villa Sauber, the duo were invited to give a makeover to the national collections of dolls. Imagine these centuries-old porcelain toys suddenly dressed in rock'n’roll outfits, in mini-discotheques and various phantasmagorical sceneries. You’ve think you’ve seen it all? Well, you haven’t.