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RAMI AL ALI Fall-Winter 2016/2017

The Syrian designer Rami Al Ali, has returned to the French Capital with his very first couture show in celebration of his tenth consecutive season.  The Fall-Winter 2016/17 couture collection was showcased within the beautiful venue of Hotel d’Evreux, Place Vendôme in Paris.

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Inspired by the decorative assemble and technique of Mosaic art, Rami Al Ali used the idea of ‘grouping’ as a metaphor for the sovereignty of the collective over the individual and a reflection of our lives in society. Delving into the togetherness of different elements in a form of art, the collection depicts the grouping of small, intricate details through an ornate display of embroidery on each garment. An exquisite meeting of many delicate stones, glittering like stars, were disposed on a luxurious fabric used as a canvas. The whole created an elaborate statement on the unlimited possibilities each pixel holds and the myriad of ways it can be effortlessly arranged.

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The fashion designer maintained his feminine allure signature. The collection references the 50s glamour with cinched in waists and billowing skirts as well as off-shoulder, uneven necklines rendering the romantic undercurrent of yesteryears. In fact we could have seen Audrey Hepburn or Elizabeth Taylor in those dresses. Inspired also by the high-voltage drama and sensuality of the eveningwear, the light fabrics gathered in complex ondulating shapes were enhancing the hourglass silhouettes. Tulle, satin and chiffon were  reworked with snippets of lace and crystal mesh. The embellishments in shades of Bordeaux, dark stale and ensign blue added to the overarching a mystique feel. While lilac and subtle green lighten up the mood and modernize the couture collection, choosen surely as reminders of Oriental tones.

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Rami Al Ali’s unveiling couture collection exudes elegance, creativity, and exhibits refined glamour at its best. The designer has managed to invent a nostalgic collection and bring a modern touch to the dresses shapes by the fabrics choice as well as the colors.