His designs have been sported by everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Dame Helen Mirren, and Rami Al Ali‘s latest creations are likely to spotted on a number of red carpets next season. The Syrian-born couturier presented his Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection in Paris on Wednesday, unveiling a line rich in artfully draped silhouettes and delicately embellished, structured gowns.
Hues of softs pinks, royal blues, creams, and a vibrant harlequin green reign throughout, imbuing each piece with a fresh radiance. Tea-length dresses marry a retro shape with modern pleating, while strapless column gowns are adorned with architecturally minimal bows and ruffles. There’s a simplicity applied to a use of asymmetry, with a restrained touch of embellishment, whether sparingly scattered across a bodice or trailing down a voluminous skirt. For the collection, Al Ali took notes from an Austrian artist famed for his symbolist works. “I was inspired by artist Gustav Klimt and his art,” the designer told Vogue.me, citing his muse as the “modern young woman”. “[She’s] more into classical silhouettes with a hint of modernity, and is into timeless designs,” added the Dubai-based couturier.
A stand-out element of the line is the embroidery dotted throughout, which harks back to the twisted, sprawling patterns often seen in Klimt’s piece. “I had created two dresses for a previous collection that we never used, but when we went back to them, we realized how much their design was similar to Klimt’s art,” said Al Ali. “The foundation of the collection started from there and that’s how the [it all] came together.”
Scroll through the gallery above to see more from Rami Al Ali’s Spring 2019 RTW collection.