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The flowers of rebirth and renewal bloom in the tropical garden of La Métamorphose for this spring summer 2021 couture collection.

Light, airy, delicate dresses in which silk, chiffon and embroidered tulles mingle ; hand-cutted petals embellish the  shoulders of the evening gowns. The colors are frank, assumed, like the desire to return to recklessness and sweet summer dreams. Like an outbreak, we go from pastel blue, to nude pink, to powder violet, then come fuchsia and royal blue, symbol of rebirth. An assuredly joyful and romantic collection. The collection is made only with fabrics made in France, Ewa and Margaret, the designers, once again underline their attachment to France and to French know-how. The final touch of the collection is the flower organza wedding dress, worn in two versions: a closed flower which opens up thanks to a silk belt and transforms into a long dress. The dress required 100 hours of modeling and 4 weeks of assembly, petal by petal in order to give the result of a blooming flower. Each petal is glazed and strass embroidered in order to give the illusion of the white rose wet by the  morning .

The shoes created especially for the collection by Ginissima use the fabrics and colors of the collection.

Image Credit Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions








Truly a brand I look forward to seeing ever season. Forever captivated by the design and elegance of each piece that only grows as you lengthen your gaze to admire the details. The Birds of Paradise of the Lebanese designer Ziad Nakad landed at the Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte for a collection full of colors and symbols.

Fly away from Beirut, bruised by recent events, longing for escape,  for dreams, for  travel. Ziad wanted this collection sexy, slightly frivolous ,  in order to regain the carefree life of yesterday. The dresses are majestic, transparent, airy, the ostrich feathers mingle with silk and lace. All pieces are entirely hand-embroidered in the designer's atelier, lockdown has given time to time …for example the  wedding dress  required 3 months of work, or 3 months of escape ...

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This is the eternal story of an artist who falls in love with his creation ... No one in the real life can match this perfection that he created with his own hands. The work that came out of his imagination meets all his expectations.

For days and nights, in full lockdown, Farhad Re cuts the triple organza of silk in a virginal whiteness. The contours appear delicately, and Pygmalion / Farhad applies himself to carving a light, sculptural, architectural silhouette. No less than 500 meters of organza were needed to create the 15 dresses of the collection.

Behind the opacity of the material looms the grace of the woman as seen by Farhad Re and whom he calls Galatea, with skin white as milk, and with whom Pygmalion fell in love ... The purity of renewal, of freedom, of letting go - after all these months of lockdown- is also found in the perfectly mastered and hand-shaped  geometric shapes that form each dress. An invitation to dreamlike escape, but also to transform the lines of the silhouette like this long chiseled coat, enveloping, comforting, in which we want snuggle up ...

Very attached to the very essence of freedom through his personal history - the mother of the artist of Persian origin fled her country to regain the freedom to think and dress as she sees fit -, Farhad revisits the myth of Pygmalion by giving wings to his Galatea to make her discover the world. A real desire to share this need for the absolute, this quest for the sublime, this inclination to shape in the loved one a soul mate.

image credit: is Photo Greg Alexander et Iris Brosch © Méphistophélès Productions




TESSERA:

Inspired by the ancient mosaic, Ziad Nakad's Fall Winter 2019 2020 couture collection is an ode to architecture and geometry. Marked waists , oversize and asymmetrical sleeves are true technical features while giving an impression of lightness in resolutely feminine outfits.

Silhouettes with embroidery embellishments like "tessellas" and "tesserulas" reveal an aerial mosaic. It is this alliteration assemblage that inspired the designer for the collection’s title.

A colorful collection, from blue to red, from gold to silver with black tips.
Always concerned regarding high quality, Ziad Nakad mingles tulles and chiffons, lace and velvet, giving his creations an architectural and modern dimension, always reminding us his mastery in cuts and volumes.
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CLAIR DE LUNE:

Looking up into the night sky you feel motionless and mesmerized as you fall prey to the moon’s charm.

Whether it is crescent or full, you bear witness to an eternal celestial struggle for dominance between light and darkness.

The moon’s power and its magnetism are transcended to us through its light. It is this very moonlight that, like an invisible veil, dresses up the night and sets the mood. Whether it falls upon an ocean, a desert or upon a woman’s body it inspires romanticism, a feeling of mystery, elegance and seduction, a fascination with the female form.

Maria Aristidou’s knit couture collection Autumn Winter 2019 / 20 is an ode to Clair de Lune.
The cuts, the designs and accessories with hand embroidered embellishments on colourful, luxurious knit fabrics, made by the designer; they all accentuate the timeless romance, femininity and uniqueness that are defined in every flicker,
every speck of Clair de Lune.

The magic of knitwear inspired the designer to first explore and then create, using luxurious threads and elaborate techniques, various knit patterns. The craftsmanship of detailed hand embroideries adds to the uniqueness of Maria Aristidou's fabric collections for the couture evening and accessories. The process of each collection production starts from the fabric design. Yarns such as wool, viscose, lurex, cotton, silk and velvet are ordered from France and Italy. Then, a series of patterns are designed in great detail followed by a series of tests to decide on the yarns will be used for each pattern, how thick or thin the fabric to be, colour sampling combinations, hand-embroidery design testing, quality and durability checks etc. The whole design and production processes take place in Cyprus.
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Pearl of the Far East:
Whether it is in Indochine or in L’Amant, “Vien Dong” has been in the heart of France as a love. That loves inspired Patrick Pham. On his trip to the rural weaving villages, the young designer suddenly reminisce the distant memories. The luggage he brought back is filled masterpieces from the ivory-like hands of artisans from a country that is deeply in love with France. The old French sentiment for the Far East rises up again with another love story. Paris is just like to meet its old friend!

Coming to this Paris Fashion Week 2019, Patrick Pham presents 29 Couture dresses from handmade textile materials of Vietnam's most famous weaving villages, along with handmade accessories made by artisans from Hue – the Imperial city of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam.

Naming the collection “Pearl of Far East” for Couture dresses from handmade and environmentally friendly materials, Patrick Pham probably just started his new journey: the journey to promote Paris fashion lifestyle, but this time, it is somewhere outside of France!

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true love:


MADLEINE design's are feminine, yet sleek, affectionate and always a powerful statement for rising beauty of female creation. Using the most precious fabrics, silks, brocade, cloche, organza, taffetas, shantung.

Madeleine’s passion for fashion started when she was only 9 years old, making her very first dress. In high school and college she made the dresses for her classmates with the occasion of the graduation balls. At the age of 20, she opened a small atelier and at 21, she held her first fashion show in Budapest, her home town. In 2011, Madleine founded her own fashion brand without being intimidated of the pressure to make her mark and her designs recognizable. She felt motivated by the ‘challenge’ to bring something new to the highly competitive global fashion market. First customers were impressed not only with her creative talent but also her attention to detail and ultimate quality.

Researching the power of TRUE LOVE, Madleine during her spiritual journey, find the holy cave of Mary Magdalene in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume,
France. This was a life changing event for her. This is what sparked her inspiration to create her first Haute Couture Collection. The miracle of Love and Faith has led to only a path leading to a soul and spiritual development.

Madleine spirit-inspired, ethereal-looking collection leads us through the mysterious female figure of history, through the earthly statues of Mary Magdalene, to the ultimate fulfillment of existence, the unio mystica, the mystical unity. According to the Evangelical teachings, Mary-Magdalene was an equal companion of Jesus, the supreme supporter, and even the number one Apostle.

With her first collection, Madleine honors Mary Magdalene's accomplished Divine mission, to the Messenger, Apostolic role, to admit her unconditional Love. This is what shines through the finale look of the collection, a gown covered with Diamonds.

Talented designer Aldé Baran created a stunning collection of extraordinary shoes for True Love.

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DAME EN FLEURS: 
Featuring colourways of dove and pale pink, cornflower blues to deep jades and dramatic blacks rounding out the palette. This story explores the anatomy and fragility of flowers- their natural peculiarity and softness, while combining and expressing these notions with a mixture of strength and romanticism. It was Steven’s intention to emulate and convey different flowers in varying stages of bloom- from tightly wrapped buds that hug and wrap the body to blossoms unfurling for a spring morning and fully fledged flowers triumphantly open and joyous.

The woman envisioned to be drawn to and wear pieces from this collection is like so many of the women Steven loves to dress - strong, passionate and confident - but who also likes to express their femininity and understand the power of and look for a dramatic silhouette.

Steven has designed a collection rich with surface detailing and using exclusive embroidery techniques leading to the creation of the final pieces. Each piece is uniquely detailed in its construction while still feeling whole and being a part of the same story. Most of these hand finished and detailed gowns can take from 100-200 hours to design, construct and finish. This is part of the DNA of the brand. Every collection is different but still special.

Experimenting with layering and creating tufts of raffia that sit against a silver metallic base to amplify the sheen. Combining hand-cut powder pink silk georgette with a fine metallic thread for intricate vine like centres. Some also comprise small bursts of stamen flowers to enhance the original source of inspiration.

Densely embroidered pieces feature that are designed to have a foliage like formation that gradate into smaller individual clusters. Even more texture was explored through the selection of beading in metallic silver, jet black and gunmetal to increase lustre and shine. Deeper and more sumptuous silk velvet is used to enhance the combination of the matte/shine embroidery.


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ROUGE AMOUR:


Emphasizing the body, embrassing the silhouette, revealing the sensuality of a fulfilled and confident woman, but dual, with a mysterious personality... Deep, sequined black, veils, a soft ivory and gold on the wings of an angel... and a rouge amour.

« Immense and red
Above the Grand Palais
The winter sun appears
And disappears
Like my heart will disappear And all of my blood will run out Run out to look for you
My love
My beauty
And find you
There where you are. »
Jacques Prévert

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NOMADE:

The journey between the designers native Pakistan and adopted home of Australia culminates in Nomade.

The Nomade design process saw past melancholic experiences of distance infused with highs, visions and conversations that translated into a creative emotional response. These ideas that were bubbling inside me then flooded out in an exuberant burst of creative expression through pencil on paper. The flow of colours, textures and embellishments fell into place like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, creating vibrant textural pieces. Ideas buried deep inside had suddenly come to life.

The Nomade colour palate is inspired by two distinct phases: his childhood adventures amongst the vivid turmeric golds and lush purples of Pakistan’s bazaars, followed by his adult life in Australia and the deep blues of the ocean contrasting with the reds of the desert sands.

The women who wear our pieces are women of style, who live with self-expression and individuality without any boundaries: Nomades.

The fabrics indulge the senses: rich silks - satins, crinkle chiffon, dupion, taffeta, organza - along with lurex blends, evoke the senses reminiscent of the gentle ebb and flow of underwater love and the journey of clouds between vast lands. Fabrics from around the world, including the beautiful French lace from Sophie Hallette, complement these dreams of love.

Working with the fabric grain, using bias cut, fabric manipulation and rich draping has created a silhouette juxtaposing design elements that flatter and empower. Enhancing the nomades’ pilgrimages to exotic lands, our atelier employs traditional couture techniques of draping, ruching, pleating, gathering, dyeing, moulding, corsetry and hand-stitched finishing. Embroidery and beading revel in a luxurious cacophony of textures embodying Swarovski crystals, ostrich feathers, glass beads and delicate threads.

Nomade required approximately two thousand hours to construct; just a dash in time compared to the pleasures our Nomades will experience with the collection.


All Aleem Yusuf images & video courtesty of Méphistophélès Productions
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