Editor’s AW 2016 Picks From MENA Designers: Rami Al-Ali
Rami Al-Ali, founder and creative director of Rami Al Ali, launched his brand more than 15 years ago and today is one of the region’s most renowned couture labels, with an atelier located in Jumeirah, Dubai. Rami Al-Ali has really pulled together a strong collection for this Autumn/Winter. The inspiration flows effortlessly through each piece while the range of cuts and styles differentiates each dress to reinforce why Rami is one of the region’s most loved designers. With strong colors for the bold and feminine tailoring, I struggled to find anything to dislike about this collection.
We spoke to Rami to find out about the inspiration behind his latest Autumn/Winter collection:
What is the latest collection called?
My latest collection is the Couture AW 16/17. I don’t like to label my collections but the theme behind this collection was Mosaic art.
How would you describe the collection?
This collection maintains the signature feminine allure, and references 50s glamour with cinched in waists and billowing skirts as well as off-shoulder, uneven necklines rendering the romantic undercurrent of yesteryears. The hourglass silhouettes and fabrics gathered in complex undulating forms bring high-voltage drama and sensuality to evening wear.
What was the inspiration behind this collection?
This collection was inspired by the decorative assemble and technique of Mosaic art, I used the idea of ‘grouping’ as a metaphor for the sovereignty of the collective over the individual and a reflection of our lives in society.
Which key materials are used in your AW collection?
Tulle, satin, and chiffon are reworked with snippets of lace and crystal mesh as embellishments in shades of Bordeaux, dark stale and ensign-blue adding to the overarching mystique feel. While lilac and subtle green lighten up the mood and modernize the couture collection.
How have you used embellishments in this collection?
I like to think that every small detail in every design is made to create a bigger and more beautiful picture, and in this collection, I delved into the togetherness of different elements in a form of art, so that the collection depicts the grouping of small, intricate details through an ornate display of embroidery on each garment. I used luxurious fabrications as a canvas for the exquisite meeting of the many delicate stones, creating an elaborate statement on the unlimited possibilities each pixel holds and the myriad of ways it can be effortlessly arranged.
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