Haute Couture Spring/Summer 14: Rami Al Ali
Taking inspiration from Shakespeare’s tragic heroine
Rami Al Ali hosted an intimate presentation this year to reveal his latest couture collection, showcasing designs to an exclusive audience of fashion industry elite. Going back in time to 1852, the Syrian native looked at John Everett Millais's painting of Ophelia, Shakespeare's tragic heroine, as inspiration.
The couturier analysed Millais's depiction of turning tragedy into beauty and how nature, love and death all combine to create a bold contrast and beauty at once. Known for infusing fashion with the art, this season Al Ali brings in new silhouettes with unconsticted contours and flowing fabric.
The use of lace and floral embellishments on almost every piece adds a romantic, whimsical tone and sheer textiles creating fluidity are in sync with the natural surroundings of Ophelia's demise. The colour palette sticks to an array of pastels, using shades of mint, lavender, rose and beige with pops of violet, yellow and coral. Feminine shapes are accentuated through bias cuts and modern tailoring techniques and the intricate beading and special fabric treatments applied to every piece created a dramatic and luxurious effect.
An added twist to the collection came in the absence of live models. True to the fine art theme, Al Ali used fifteen mannequins strategically positioned to create his own painting, his own masterpiece. This allowed viewers to wander and view each piece from all angles, as one would view an installation in a gallery. He succeeded, once again in bringing his special brand of ultra feminine, delicate couture to Paris.