Syrian designer Rami Al Ali unveiled his Fall 2016 Haute Couture collection at his first show during Paris Couture Fashion Week. The debut was a milestone for the Dubai-based couturier, who returned to Paris Fashion Week earlier this month for his tenth consecutive season. Held at Hôtel d’Evreux (which overlooks the renowned Place Vendôme), the show took place within a gilded interior that served as a stunning backdrop for the designer’s offering—one that drew inspiration from mosaic art. Speaking to Style.com/Arabia, Al Ali shared, “The feeling of waking up with this adrenaline rush the morning of the show, and the excitement of showing a new collection in a venue that I fell in love with but a few years ago, is unbeatable,” he revealed.
Rami Al Ali’s signature styles reflected ‘50s glamour by way of full skirt dresses and feminine evening gowns that mirrored the aesthetic associated with mosaic art. Delicate beadwork in pixel square motifs traced cinched waists and bodices on strapless silhouettes, off-the-shoulder iterations, and asymmetrical separates.
Backstage, meticulous fittings, extensive beauty prep, and last-minute finishing touches all played out before the first model exited. “This season, we decided to go with a couture show instead of a presentation, regardless of all the technical obstacles we were facing throughout the preparations and the planning stages,” Al Ali explained. “There was not a single detail that was not thought of, and I would not have done it any differently,” he emphasized. Watch all the backstage happenings in the behind-the-scenes footage from the Rami Al Ali Fall 2016 Haute Couture show in the video below.