Under the eyes of fashion’s influential elite, Rami Al Ali returned to Paris last week to showcase his Autumn/Winter 2015/16 couture collection. The Syrian designer’s eighth consecutive presentation in the French capital, the twenty-piece collection drew its inspiration from the iconic 40s and 50s, re-imagining silhouettes with graphic interpretations of art deco.
Echoing the timeless elegance of Hollywood’s golden era, fabric manipulation was key as stiff boucle and satin de chez were deconstructed, modernised with regal capes and sharp cuts which contrasted with vertically draped skirts in soft muslin. Befitting Al Ali’s signature feminine aesthetic, full length gowns artfully cascaded and shorter cocktail dresses were moulded to curved contours, whilst coquettish pleats and flourishes projected from hips, reminiscent of the quirky elegance embodied by classic muse Audrey Hepburn.
Luxurious fabrics swept around the body, offset with structural elements and peppered with geometric beadwork, lending the collection a sumptuous yet functional feel and emphasising the raw beauty of the feminine figure.
Resonating with bygone eras, muted pastels shades of rose pink, powder blue and dove grey revealed a vintage inspired colour palette, which contrasted with hues of beige and champagne to bring contemporary elements of freshness.
Reflecting modern sensibilities, Al Ali’s innovative edit demonstrates how traditional techniques and iconic shapes can be elevated through the art of couture.
The presentation took place at Empire Room, La Maison Champs Elysees, 8 Rue Jean Goujon, 75008 Paris, France