Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is the time we can feast our eyes on the most expensive creations the designers have to offer. Some designs are not practical enough to wear and most are for only the slimmest of figures but it’s wonderful to be able look in to the fantasy world that is Haute Couture.


The first of our magical designers is the international Lebanese designer Basil Soda who launched his own label in 2000.

The collection, titled Metamorphoses, focuses more on evening wear.

Colour palette is a rich vegetation of dark moss and olive greens, fiery reds and pale to brilliant golds.

Plus of course the midnight black and white which Soda refers to as ‘a promising white future’.

Fabrics are transparent silk organza, sheen and delicate tulle and closely woven silk gabardine.

Textures include fringed tassels which swish as the models move and shine like glossy hair. Check out the yeti like ankle boots.

Gold stitching appliquéd over white and pale colours of silk tulle.

And embellishments of leaf details, feathers, beads and sparkling crystals.

Necklines are either High and trimmed with long flowing fringes or …

… Low and plunging.

The finale is the white wedding dress of diaphanous tulle embellished with delicate embroidery, large petal like sequins, silver beading and strings of tassels with both ends fixed on to the bodice. The veil is firmly wrapped around the face and neck of the model and decorated with twig like embellishments in white as though covered in snow. More of a fairytale wood nymph wedding dress than the traditional style.

Images provided by Alexandre Boulais Communications



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