It was during Paris Haute Couture week that Lebanese power duo Azzi & Osta unveiled their Spring-Summer 2019 Couture collection “Memoirs from the Silk Road”, at the famed Hotel de Crillon.
Inspired by the ancient trade network connecting East and West, every gown pegs itself as an homage to a city, a monument or a memorable landmark.
“It was always very fascinating to us how silk as a luxury had to travel from one side of the earth to another to get to the royal courts of Europe .The idea of how secretive and protected was the provenance and art of silk making, is very similar to Couture, the savoir-faire, the well-kept secret of the couture house, and the journey that every piece undertakes”, stated the designers.
And so, the collection features a slew of exquisite designs featuring various techniques such as pleating on dresses, flowy fabrics, antique embroideries and sculptured structures. The fabrics, on the other hand, range from silk satin, organza, double satin duchesse, and gazar – all of which reflect the minimalism of the desert dunes and the peacefulness lying within sea horizons. Topping off the collection are two diaphanous bridal looks, including one with a detailed embroidered cape that took twenty craftsmen hand embroidering it and over 120 hours to make.