“What would Eve wear?” is the question that formed the premise of Iranian designer Orchid Ganji’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection for Orkalia, the “prêt-à-couture” division of the Dubai-based Orkalia Couture atelier.
“Persian Gardens and their historical importance as the material portrayals of heaven on earth counter the conceptual romanticism of a supposed Garden of Eden. The collection is a visual crossroads between human love for material possessions — a maximalist aesthetic — and a romantic notion of the spiritual and metaphysical — a rather minimalist approach to fashion,” Ganji tells Savoir Flair exclusively. Looking to repurpose the notions of eveningwear, her collection becomes a narrative of what it means to be chic in the modern day, with draping reigning supreme in the looks – either down from the shoulders of a backless dress, or falling from the seams of a ruched maxi skirt. As the collection would have it, Eve would also be wearing two stand-out pieces: the first, an embellished crop top that we imagine will soon be seen on every “It” girl in town and, the second, a thin-strapped tank in crêpe finishing that ends with two long, flowing panels at the back (another piece destined to be seen on every influencer in Dubai and beyond). Equally as chic, but opposing in nature, they stand as proof that the collection is indeed a mix of minimalism and maximalism.
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Photos: Courtesy of Orkalia