Rami Al Ali delivered modern couture with his Fall 2013 collection, having accomplished his feat of modern couture by using the clothes to speak for themselves! Mr. AA used all the “unmodern” methods of couture, therefore, yielding dresses and gowns that are not for everyone and certainly not even for the total 1%.
One must sit back in awe of a designer who actually designs- not only the actual garments, but also the materials and methods used to embellish his collection. What stands out in my mind are the rectangular sequins or mini plates|scales and the exquisitely, mini sequin|seed beaded embroidered tulle, which created a fabric of almost impossible delicacy and beauty. What a concept! Not to use plastic coated and techno fabrics as the reason to call your clothes modern couture!
So, not only has Mr. AA displayed his technical expertise when it comes to his embellishments and embroideries, but also with the exquisite “make” on the clothes. He achieves an incredible lightness and almost ethereal quality, which is no small accomplishment especially when the pieces are so “decorated.” I tip my hat to his design abilities and esthetic as he proves once again that “designers design.”
The collection covers every aspect, whether bare or covered up and with the dreaded “W” word- wearable. Once again, haute couture is not meant for everyone and if the so called “modern” client that Raf refers to wants techno silliness… then she might try H&M couture or Dior!
In this case, this reviewer would so much rather be accused of being politically incorrect and loving Rami Al Ali than be politically correct and loving Dior. Think about it… In the meantime have a look at what genuine couture is all about! | Jeffrey Felner
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