Inside Tony Ward’s Fungi-Inspired Haute Couture Collection for AW19

Hayley Kadrou   |   01 - 07 - 2019

The Lebanese-Italian fashion designer is known for feminine designs, but today he took inspiration from the fruit of the earth when presenting his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection in Paris.

After teasing clips of different fabrics on Instagram – each with the hashtag #BlossomingFibers – in the days running up to the presentation, Tony Ward’s guests sat down in Paris to await his collection.

 

Tony Ward AW19

Tony Ward AW19

Tony Ward AW19

Tony Ward AW19

And after followers of the Beirut-based designer had been guessing what his clips of mushrooms and paper mazes, the light was shed and model took to the airy, bright runway. Both the texture and hues of the collection took were reminiscent of the fungi. Post-show, the account revealed: “The infinite shapes of Fungi…”

 

Tony Ward AW19

Tony Ward AW19

Tony Ward AW19

Tony Ward AW19

 

First came set gowns in red and white – the colours offtimes associated with the caricature image of a mushroom, technically the fly agaric variety. Thee rippled texture of the cup was utilised to create pattern and texture across the gowns.

 

Mushrooms in the wild were imitated across the azure blue designs, with spontaneous clusters of fabrics protruding from the shoulders.

 

Tony Ward AW19

Tony Ward AW19

 

Shades of taupe, beige and chocolate brown brought an earthy feel to the feminine gowns, while the show-stopping moment centred around the pristine white gown with a ‘cup’ shape to it. How the designer took such elegance inspiration from the earthy ingredient we’re not sure – but we are impressed.

 

Tony Ward AW19

Tony Ward AW19

 

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