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Ziad Nakad Haute Couture

Ziad Nakad Haute Couture

Pastels and embroidery adorned the delicate fabrics.  The lines silhouetteting the female body and embellishing the contours.  The drapping effect with the beaded gowns made the princess look alive today.

Princess like dresses, inspired

All images courtesy of Ziad Nakad press

Luxurious Epoch by Gui Pei
The making of the dress | Ralph & Russo

The making of the dress | Ralph & Russo

Often we see the final product on the runway.  We all admire the fabric draping and flowing freely but rarely we stop to notice the small details and the construction process involved.

In a rare opportunity, we offer you the images of what goes on behind the making of the dress.  Ralph & Russo Couture

The garment on the dressmaker form.

Carefully pinning the fabric.

Embroidery work done to perfection.

Flower making and dress fitting.

Beautiful dresses in pastels, salmon, pink, and violet.

Ralph & Russo SS16 40_small_600

Ralph & Russo SS16 39_small_600

Ralph & Russo SS16 37_small_600

Image credit: Ralph & Russo

Encuentros de Couture | Antonio Ortega 2016

Encuentros de Couture | Antonio Ortega 2016

The 2016 collection was titled ENCOUNTERS-RECONTRES

Audacity, humanity and creativity are the qualities used to tell a story.. The Couture story of Antonio Ortega, his 2016 collection shows the luxury of today’s world.  Now, the real luxury consists of the chance to express yourself and have the opportunity to embrace encounters.. In his case it was the chance to meet three exceptional artisans: Señora Camerina Teresa, Señora Inés both talented in the art of crochet and Veronique Loupe, talented in making lace.

The meetings evoked a childhood feeling and enable him to gain inspiration for the collection.

Subtle gray tones served as the foundation canvas for the paneling and cut-outs seen above.  The splash of color was a vivid color enhancement served as part of the accessorizing story.

Earth tones, combined with muted tones gave the collection a modernistic look.


The collection thus captures these emotions, those memories and borrows images such as a landscape in which the Earth and sky are one… A day passes, seasons, storms, a landscape of air and water, pasture and earth become successively threatening, joyful, disturbing, and calm; all is transformed over time. Antonio Ortega cuts slices of the sky to construct his clothing landscapes, blending camaïeu, shine, contrast – be it tormented or ever so slight – and chiffon, silk crepe, cotton, tweed, riveted leather, taffeta, feathers and rhinestones to form a collection for the seductive, sensuous woman.

The show stopper ..Antonio Ortega Couture 2016 collection "encounters " "rencontres " , Paris France


Frank Sorbier Haute Couture

Frank Sorbier presented his Summer 2015 Collection in Paris Haute Couture on schedule. Frank dedicated his collection to his loyal lovebird, Pirate who had passed away some months ago.  The collection was entitled “Un tenure shuffle d’éternité/ A tender breath of eternity”.

For a poet, dreamer and inquiring mind, Frank embodies the word “Artist” and it transforms it.  He considers himself a “couturier-supplier”, in the same form as the master craftsmen with whom he works.  He has undertaken the role of perpetuating Haute couture and it’s savior-faire.  For the devoted to exceptional craftsmanship of high fashion ‘Haute Couture’  is a passion that he makes his life a living example of it.  Humility and rigorous standards are the qualities that Frank Sorrier possesses abundantly.

He  presented the collection of feminine gowns that emerged from the mysterious smoke filled room. An enigmatic athmosphere captivated  the audience that admired the luxious dreamy creations by Frank Sorbier.  The fabrics draped the models walking the runway. The flowing and airy feel of the gowns allows the person wearing the special outfit to feel sensual and the center of attention.  The colors on this collection were bright in a very delicate palette.

The ensemble below presented us with a very original way of approaching a wedding.  Far from the conservative wedding gowns, we find the nuptial look to be energetic and romantic.  A poetic homage to a loyal friend.  A visual  journey  through the mind of  ‘The couturier’ , who dared “venture into haute couture” by transforming scraps of tulle, humble and precious fabrics into a new beginning.   The story of Frank Sorbier is a fascinating one.

image credit Piero Biasion

Summer 2015 Collection

For more on the designer, please visit http://www.francksorbier.com

Images courtesy of designer’s press, image credit Piero Biasion- La Maison de Couture Sorbier

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

Tony Ward studied at ‘L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Française’.

For seven years, he worked in Paris with Gianfranco Ferré at Christian Dior Couture, then with Karl Lagerfeld at Chloé and with Claude Montana at Lanvin, learning the secrets of Couture techniques from the most iconic designers.

He has been presenting his creations since almost 10 years at the Italian Couture Fashion Week.  Now, lets take a look at these fabulous  designs that A-listers and elegant women from all over the world choose to wear.

You won’t get the Blues with this blue

Show stopper Red

Dramatic Tones


Like a Dream

For that Special Day!


For more on his brand, please visit

All images courtesy of Totem Fashion