His enchanting crystal-embroidered dresses resembled the remnants of fireworks that cling to the air after being deployed.
For Fall 2016, Beirut-based couturier Rami Kadi snatched inspiration from current trends and then revolutionized their make-up by putting a non-traditional, highly technical spin on them. Flamenco ruffles, off-shoulder necklines, rainbow stripes, and other stylish elements popular in 2016 were transformed into celebratory works of art. Yet for all of their glitter and sparkle, his ‘L’Ombre des Femmes’ (‘In the Shadow of Women’) presentation felt darker and more serious than the garments’ cheerful rainbow-hued motifs would suggest. Perhaps that is because a serious amount of effort went into their design – for instance, a single lace dress featured no less than 50 different embroidery techniques.
Additional looks featured multi-colored, laser-cut flowers, layered fabric that resembled cormorant feathers, leather-trimmed outerwear, holographic rainbow strips, and an enchanting selection of crystal-embroidered dresses that resembled the remnants of fireworks that cling to the air after being deployed. It doesn’t take a trained eye to recognize the extraordinary level of craftsmanship that went into making this collection, but the serious side of Kadi’s art has a playful counterpart and some of his dresses looked ready for a spin on the disco floor.