Haute Couture Fashion Weeks may be done and dusted for another year, but we are still recovering from the stunning array of swoon-worthy gowns and breathtaking runway looks.
Of all the fashion weeks in the world, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is the pinnacle, period. And for the first time early in July, Aleem Yusuf and Steven Khalil joined the most prestigious in the design world.
With a focus on luxury and craftsmanship, the local designers showcased with the crème de la crème of the fashion world, making it a huge honour to be invited along. The strong Australian presence at Paris fashion week is nothing new. We chatted to Alin Le’kal last year before his first-ever Paris Fashion Week in January 2019 (the Spring/Summer leg of the event) where he had been tirelessly working on 30 dresses.
We asked what his career highlight was so far, “Getting invited to Paris Fashion Week.” He replied. “It’s the dream for every designer. It caught me by surprise and we’re just looking forward to it now and are spending endless hours and endless nights and it’s coming together very slowly.”
An exercise in the most lavish and luxury designs, Aleem Yusuf was in his happy place. Drawing inspiration from his homeland, Pakistan, Aleem wowed with a colour palate of turmeric yellow and vibrant red, flexing his technical skills with handstitched tulle, beading, boning and extraordinary draping.
Steven Khalil debuted his new collection entitled “Dame en Fleur” inspired by the fragility of flowers and the strength of their beauty. The final piece that graced the runway of this collection took three couturiers, ten months and thousands of beads to make. A true testament to Khalil’s skills and the journey that is couture.
We are excited to see what our Aussie designers do next. Au revoir!
Eve – Australian Bridal Service
Wedding & Trends Editor