Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19: See the Cafe Society Inspired Collection from the Dubai-Based Designer

Hayley Kadrou   |   01 - 07 - 2019

Dubai-based designer Rami Al Ali took to Paris yesterday to present his Couture collection for Autumn/Winter 2019 that took inspiration from the elegance and style of Cafe Society fashion. 

 

From the first look to the very last showcased by Rami Al Ali, a seasonal collection was presented that was both glamorous yet incredibly wearable, and we can already envision the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid donning such gowns on the red carpet.

 

Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19 1

Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19

 

For the AW19 collection, the Syrian fashion creative took inspiration from the fashion scene of the  ‘Cafe Society’ of the 19th century  – those who met in elegant cafes in cities from London to New York to socialise and organise glamourous balls and parties for those who moved in such circles.

 

As well as their influential style, it was their nonchalant attitude that was also channelled in the collection.

 

Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19

Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19

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Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19

 

Working from a small palette of hues  – Champagne, beige, olive green, copper orange and citron gold – the collection had an overall feel of chic elegance but with a distinct attitude.

 

Ali worked with strapless designs, voluptuous ballgowns and cascading full-length cuts that fells way from the models, but worked modern twists onto these timeless silhouettes – think delicate transparencies and radiant overlays.

 

Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19

Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19

Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19

Rami Al Ali at Paris Couture Week AW19

 

A traditional feminine form was highlighted with strong architectural shapes using fabrics such as satin,  crepe, organza, tulle and chiffon to create softness and gentle movement.

 

Another subtle nod to the effortless elegance of the decade was the use of translucent Swarovski crystals and pearls in the designs, which added another dimension and paid homage to the decadence of the era.

 

Rami Al Ali took inspiration from the Cafe Society style of socialites

Rami Al Ali took inspiration from the Cafe Society style of socialites

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