While big shows and big spectacles were on order for day two of Paris Couture Week, Syrian designer Rami Al Ali quietly stole the spotlight with a small, 20-piece collection that spoke to the heart of what couture is all about. Each exquisite dress was an intense labor of love, some requiring a team of 25 people and more than a month to complete. Centered on the Old Hollywood glamour of the 40s and 50s, the looks were hardly revolutionary, but Al Ali does not seek to innovate. Instead, he focuses on producing beautiful, feminine clothes for a discerning roster of women, and those special clients have a lot to look forward to in the coming season.
For a private cocktail party, there were ballerina ball gowns in soft pink and sheer periwinkle that twinkled under the lights of his showroom. Included in the mix was a taupe off-shoulder dress trimmed with silver tinsel along the neckline and decorated with an enormous ripple of asymmetrical ruffles along the flank. A florid pale-pink gown caught our eye, not only for its liquid sheen, but for a sharply cut angular fold that jutted from the hip, while stunning gowns in dusk blue and champagne featured contoured fans that overlapped at the waistline. Dusted with crystal embroidery, these beautiful looks entered the realm of the divine. Al Ali wasted no time in defining the parameters of this collection: pastel, fragile beauty amplified by curving lines and silhouette-flattering shapes.
Photos: Courtesy of Rami Al Ali