The Fall-Winter 2015 season proved quite dramatic for Paris Haute Couture Week, where couturiers gathered to send out detailed look after detailed look onto the catwalk. Mastering the balance between classic refinement and assertive luxury, the collections of Georges Hobeika, Ralph & Russo, Tony Ward, Rami Al Ali and Yiqing Yin continue to stand firmly as this season’s highlights, as I reminisce on my favourite collections.
^ Ralph & Russo
Romance, sensibility and sophisticated sexiness could all be found at Ralph & Russo this season, as Paris Haute Couture Week’s British duo presented their traditionally stunning savoir-faire. But elaborate artistry and design fused with assertive femininity this season, for a collection filled with crystal-and-pearl embroidered armor and impeccable tailoring.
^ Georges Hobeika
Reimagined porcelain art took center stage at Georges Hobeika’s couture collection, where he reinvigorated the Five o’clock Tea and the traditionally elite “Café Society” through elegant silhouettes, decorative motifs and youthful curves. The boldly elegant floral appliqué glittering throughout the lineup of silk shantung, organza and guipure lace in soft colours were brought to life by the designer’s unmistakable prowess for ethereal charm and royal grace.
^ Rami Al Ali
Syrian designer Rami Al Ali returned this season with a 20-piece collection inspired by the classic, feminine silhouettes of the Forties and Fifties, back when Hollywood and Art Deco were on the scene. However, it wasn’t all reminiscent for the designer; what he did this season was modernize cuts, capes and drapes skirts in a range of stiff boucle and satin de chez for his version of the new Golden Age of Haute Couture.
^ Tony Ward
Inspired by minerals and precious gems, Tony Ward translated natural geometry into a collection of geo shapes and colours for a unique range of silhouettes and textures, including rock-like structures, shimmering crystalline organza and strong pleating. The omnipresence of iridescence, topaz, aquamarine and graphite were a harmonious play on the level of craftsmanship and quality showcased throughout the presentation.
^ Yiqing Yin
Far from the experimental techniques Yiqing Yin has sent down past runways, this season marked a drastic shift for the Chinese designer, who presented various interpretations of feminine dress while incorporating graceful python and relaxed silhouettes alongside a couture-level of delicacy. Ultimately, Yiqing Yin delivered a soft, sensual collection filled with her quality construction – which she had translated in an entirely ready-to-wear demeanor.