Ruby shoes at Stéphane Rolland's Spring/Summer 2010 show, where the model might have appreciated a tube of Polly.
What's so great about fashion? Not the social-climbing aspect of it, in my opinion, and surely not the label and logo obsession (if I never see a bling-bling logo again, I will be quite happy). What is interesting about fashion is style, art, invention — those moments when vision and artistry collide, when even the smallest details delight.
Last week, I was lucky enough to have a front-row seat to one of those moments (actually, about 20 minutes of them), at Stéphane Rolland's haute couture show for Spring/Summer 2010. The collection was jaw-dropping; the details sublime.
Take a look at this photo:
That splattered "paint" on the dress? That's 18k gold leaf, melted down and lacquered "to look like the sun," according to Rolland.
I interviewed the couturier two days after the show, for Aïshti magazine. His showroom is in Balenciaga's former office on Avenue George V. The places oozes history, luxury and — surprisingly — comfort, thanks to Rolland's welcoming, unpretentious vibe.
We talked about his love for women, what it's like to be a couturier — he called it "une aventure humaine" (a human adventure) — and, of course, the collection, which concluded with this futuristic (or is it prehistoric?) wedding gown:
Those skeletal ridges are made from hundreds of pieces of Plexiglas, hand-stitched through hidden eyelets to stand up on their sides.
Here's a closer look a the train: