Debuting for the very first time in Paris, Rani Zakhem’s Couture Collection is a celebration of love and life. Named “Ode to a Volcanic Woman” fiery colours and opulent silhouettes are purely dedicated to the eccentric yet sophisticated women of today.
Ethereal and relaxed, the master of colours welcomes elements of sensational details and splashes of gold, referencing the volcanic eruption by embroideries of fine crystals of lava on luxe fabrics draped into a deep plunging neckline. Including a light sculpted silk dress in pearl-beige all embellished in red, orange and gold glowing gems.
Zakhem introduced designs that paid tribute to legendary names in fashion, like a short black silk satin, detailed at the bottom with pleated yellow faille adorned with a large bow, a great salute to Yves Saint Laurent; another was a heavily embroidered golden top matched with a long black pleated skirt, a regard to Balmain. There was also a black silk kaftan, encrusted with gold sequins and flame patterns at the bottom, a reverence to the Lebanese designer’s aesthetics and his multiple native orient cultures.
The climax of the show was Zakhem’s wedding masterpiece, shaped in flowing lava and blazing fires, all made in delicate white lace; highlighting its intricate simplicity contracting with the vibrant yet relaxed collection.