RAMI AL ALI @ PARIS HAUTE COUTURE FALL / WINTER 2013

Rami Al Ali Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Collection at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

On July 1st, 2013, as all eyes turned once again towards the couture capital, Syrian-born fashion couturier, Rami Al Ali, unveiled his Autumn/Winter 2013/14 collection to an exclusive crowd of the industry’s key players. Al Ali’s collection, inspired by the revolutionary works of Gustav Klimt, saw the designer’s fourth showing in the city.

A groundbreaking artisan of his era, Klimt pioneered a new generation of art, producing work that united controversy with genius. Al Ali’s interest was piqued through their joint admiration of the feminine form, with Klimt’s creative visuals capturing private moments, defining a new level of intimacy and eroticism. Vivid decorative imagery took centre-stage as paintings gave a glimpse of the voice within. Exquisite graphics, deliberate strokes and personal encounters gave way to non-conforming values and profound new expressionism – the perfect muse for modern couture.

Taking inspiration from the artist’s ‘Golden Phase’, the collection offers a rich alliance of hues blended seamlessly together to create a precious dimension of gold, silver and platinum. Rustic shades of lavender, old rose and vintage champagne provide a softer edge, with deeper tones of dark violet and black bejeweling the line. Fabrics further extend the opulence of the theme as a delicate blend of modern lace, soft and diaphanous tulle, chiffon and silk organiza balance out the intensity of the metallic textiles. Narrow-waisted, A-line shapes with full-bodied skirts epitomise the feminine ideals of Klimt’s masterpieces.

Contours are long and flowing, with clean, elegant necklines embodying lady-like sophistication. Three-quarter length gowns complete with full-length sleeves lend a touch of 50s glamour, as sheer fabrics and deep necklines provide the risqué factor. Klimt’s iconic graphic geometric shapes are captured within Al Ali’s detailing, with intricate embroidery and elaborate embellishments.

The twenty-nine piece collection infuses innovation, creativity, femininity and beauty, as Al Ali proves once again that fashion is an art form.

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