A warrior goddess in her crystal armor: Rani Zakhem’s haute couture collection Fall/Winter 2018/19 is a tribute to the Amazone of all jungles, fatally seductive when, like a warrior goddess, she appears in her crystal armor.
All elements of nature protect this dangerous chameleon emerging from the foliage or surrounded by all the animals of Creation. Militia woman, super woman, general of the armies, admiral, archer of Amazonia, queen and sovereign, the power appertains to her and lives in her with elegance.
The camouflage spirit dominates the graphic scene of this couture collection. This motif on military combat clothing tells the tale of human fragility and highlights the need to blend into the environment to escape the enemy. The Lebanese couturier redesigns it and transforms it into a manifesto, as an embossed sumptuous ornament embroidered in new tonalities: glittering emerald, bronze and gold on a pencil skirt; red, black and gold crystals in clusters on an incendiary sheath or on the sleeves of a black spencer jacket; or in a single element, gold, iridescent crystal and silver, wrapping the waist of a white silk crepe cocktail dress vertiginously slit on the bias.
Another recurring motif is the oversized military insignia, which adorn the sleeves of a jacket or coat as giant gold glittering embroidered chevrons. A large chunk of this collection, an explosion of white, a symbol of renewal and resilience. The new Amazone stands out from the crowd and appears, strong and sensual, exposed but invulnerable, ready for all fights.
Subtle references from Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and Azzedine Alaïa punctuate the couture vocabulary of Rani Zakhem, between a Saharienne detail, a draped moulage, the powerful minimalism of a white dress enhanced by a slight ornament, all brilliantly inserted in a personal interpretation
VIDEO: RANI ZAKHEM HAUTE COUTURE FALL 2018
Take a seat in the frist row and enjoy Rani Zakhem’s runway show Fall/Winter 2018/19 which took place on 5 July 2018 at the Pavillon Cambon during Paris Haute Couture Week.
PHOTOS: RANI ZAKHEM HAUTE COUTURE FALL 2018
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree for Rani Zakhem
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