In pictures: Highlights from Paris couture finale
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The Paris haute couture shows drew to a close on Thursday with some remarkable collections by designers Zuhair Murad (pictured), Serkan Cura and Ralph & Russo.
Murad appeared to have drawn much of his inspiration for his latest collection from nature. Using a palette that included soft pinks, baby blues and gentle purples, the Lebanese designer gave each outfit the feeling of having been plucked out of flower garden. Gowns were adorned with carefully crafted petals and ornate belts of gold leaves wrapped around the models’ waists.
Meanwhile, Cura definitely didn’t disappoint with his show. The designer, who was trained in Belgium and has worked for Jean-Paul Gauthier in the past, put his passion for feathers on display in his collection. There were plumes almost everywhere, accentuating shoulders, emphasising waistlines and even enveloping hands. One of the few creations that didn’t appear to feature feathers was a sparkling, assymetrical dress that left one breast exposed.
Ralph & Russo
Lastly, designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo’s show consisted of mainly bold, monochromatic pieces that accentuated the models’ silhouettes, often creating a sort of hourglass figure. Although there were few prints, many of the creations were textured with intricate beadwork, embroidery or lace. Overall, the collection was far more conservative than many others at the Paris haute couture fashion week, with its long, flowing skirts and higher necklines, but it was no less elegant for it.
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