The East was Al Ali’s inspiration point, but the styles he borrowed were so utterly transformed by his skilled designs as to be unrecognizable.
While Paris’s many venues for Haute Couture Week were busy with shows, Syrian designer, Rami Al Ali, was putting on the most extraordinary off-calendar display at the Hotel Ritz. His jaw-dropping Spring 2017 Couture collection paid homage to the flowering Sakura tree and cherry blossoms, with stunning accents that not only elevated the human form but altered it into living sculptures.
The East was Al Ali’s inspiration point, but the styles he borrowed were so utterly transformed by his skilled designs as to be unrecognizable. A kimono was given a single sleeve cut so dramatically that even when the model raised her arm, the sleeve scraped the ground. Another version, printed with cherry blossoms, was puffed and padded so as to entirely envelope the model in a wonderful crush of silk. Other gowns and brief cocktail dresses were elaborately folded and draped, forming obi bow shapes that were suspended away from the body in a remarkable feat of fabric engineering. With silhouettes so majestic and enchanting, maybe it’s time the Chambre Syndicale extended the official invite.