Rami Al Ali Couture Fall Winter 2014
Rebel Warfare may be the norm in Syria, but on Monday the Syrian designer, Rami Al Ali, presented another side of the troubled county, with his sixth couture presentation in Paris.
With the booming sounds of his inspiration, the rain forest, beating like the powerful force of nature in the background, Al Ali sent down the marble stairs of Les Arts Decoratif, models dressed in finely worked gowns inspired by the camouflage and natural patterns of the forest.
A tattoo like patch, resembling a leaf, decorated the shoulder of a model, with variations on the fine lines that run like veins through leaves, worked into the material of elegant, floor-length gowns. The shapes of the dresses were often playful, reflecting nature in all it's unusual and beautiful dimensions.
A beaded, coral red dress that hugged the body, blossomed into ripples of flower like petals around the ankles.
"It is like a flower that looks beautiful but could be dangerous," said the Dubai-based designer backstage, talking up plans to create a base in Paris.
A floor-length green skirt, revealing hints of flesh between the deep green camouflage, draped around the model and was paired with a transparent, light purple ribbed jacket, in a combination pairing two of the dominant colors in the collection.
A fly away princess gown, in layers of pale green tulle, lightly decorated in a smattering of fine silver crystals decking the bustier and skirt, showed the idea of combining luxurious textiles with deliberate detailing.
Layers of white and purple tulle unfurled like a peacock 's feathers down the back of a voluminous floor-length design.
"The theme was inspired by phenomena found deep in the rain forest, certain forms of camouflage found on surfaces that could be a flower or a bird. Most patterns on the gowns could be from nature," said the designer.
Techniques included laser cutting and a new net crystal material from Swarovski in this universe of fine crystals and feminine beauty.
Al Ali left Syria around 17 years ago. "You need a fresh breath of air instead of seeing the terrible situation there all the time and it is good for the young generation to have hope and see they can do things. Every season, we say we hope it will change there," he said.