Last night the Asian Couture Federation hosted COUTURiSSIMO’s S/S 18 collection, a showcase of artisanal craft, delicate detail and glamorous decadence.
The characters behind COUTURiSSIMO, On Aura Tout Vu’s Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, Michael Cinco, and Sebastian Gunawan, each bring their own style of couture to the collection. Sharp tailored suits were met with sumptuous cobalt A-line dresses, slinky sequinned slip dresses were followed by indulgent lace, and rich, thick William Morris-like embroidery was contrasted with an ultra-feminine cut.
Styled by Shini Park, the looks were paired with trend pieces such as cowboy boots, berets, sharp cat-eye glasses and thigh-high boots - no doubt a savvy honey trap for a younger audience. As too were the deep necked jumpsuits and slender tassel strap dresses - perfect for the young couture enthusiast. Similarly, traditional silhouettes of cinched waists, puff-sleeves and fishtail and full skirts were collaged with leather boleros, bralette, trainer and fringed sleeve. COUTURiSSIMO will even place items at a democratic price point to entice a new younger demographic of luxury buyer.
Set in The Orangery of Kensington Palace, along an opulent lacquered red runway, the show was a vivacious celebration of couture. The colour red in Chinese culture is used to imbue dynamism, good fortune and good luck, but after watching this show and its successes, there is no doubt that COUTURiSSIMO will have good luck and good fortune aplenty.