Spring 2016 Couture marks the four-year anniversary of when Syrian-born, UAE-based designer, Rami Al Ali, first started showing at Paris Couture Week, and he has been on a steady march of excellence since. While his collections tend to be modest in size, what they lack in quantity they make up for with the most exquisite quality imaginable. Every stitch, every bead, every millimeter of fabric is sourced for its perfection, and it is this microscopic attention to detail that results in the most perfect gowns. For Spring 2016 Couture, Al Ali focused on sculpting gleaming fabrics into works of art that were traced with sparkling embroidery.
With models shrouded in sheer black masks, an aura of mystery surrounded the show. One imagines them sweeping into a grand ballroom as a hush falls over the crowd. Who are these beautiful women? And where did they come from? Only the most elite can answer the call. To exercise the fantasy, Al Ali casts the first look in a subtle seafoam shade, upon which he sets adrift hundreds of delicate, silver bugle beads that fleck the surface of the gown like starlight. Ensuing looks are equally mesmerizing, coming in either stiff curving silk layers as if he had carved them out of precious metal, or in more diaphanous fabrics that sparkled with tiny embellishments. These are gowns that royalty wear, but the less fortunate among us can still dare to dream.