Stephane Rolland's AW12 Couture

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  • Author Danny Bezyak
  • Published June 20, 2012
  • Word count 410

Selected for the prestigious Melier awards, Stephan Rolland's SS11

can truly bear the brand as an Haute Couture designer.

The Frenchman studied at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicate de la Haute Coutre before winning his position at Balenciaga at the tender age of 20 as Innovative Director of menswear until he joined the Haute Couture fashion house of Jean-Louis Scherrer as Artistic Manager where he remained for a further ten years.

However, now, he has created pieces of art of his own for his own Haute Couture fashion house of Stephane Rolland's SS12 Couture Rolland. In the illustrious encircling of the Cite de l'architecture et du Patrimoine at Tracadero Place, it seemed befitting for the French designer to present a show of floor-sweeping gowns encapsulating the complexity and elegance of Paris and its history for high fashion, through the Haute Couture Paris Fashion 7 days.

Inspired by the kinetic art of the late French artist, Michel Deverne, whose appeal to reinvent public space with art whilst working with a variety of materials to create shapes that play with light were a distinct explanation for Rolland's visual interpretation and awareness to detail of architectural space. Taking defined shapes of spiral creations and fragmented scales on broad shoulders and sleeves - often created when playing with cellular characteristics; these shapes were signs of the Deverne's creations but Rolland's exquisite craftsmanship.

The strong colour palette of gleaming whites, fiery reds and lustrous blacks with hints of pistachio greens represented a colour palette to be adorned by the beauty and strength of a powerful woman. Gorgeous gowns skimmed the models silhouettes, elongating the body in every way, wore a series of plunging necklines, accentuated shoulders and cinched waists. The French designer's deliverance of stylish fabrics of silks; gazar, chiffons, organza and a cascade of ostrich feathers, boldcut-outs with gold accents, leather gloves, only covering their fingers, took precedent throughout the range as a showcase of chic elegance.

But, it was Rolland's performance stopping finale that had the audience is complete awe of his awesome expo of skilful craftsmanship. Wearing a fierce some red dress, weighing more than a 100 pounds, former supermodel Yasmin Le Bon, escorted with two smartly dressed assistants, is a stature of grandeur within this skilfully crafted open-back gown embroidered with a sequin of blood red detailing streaming the front and expansive trail trailing behind her, artfully displayed as a work of art, brought the show to a satisfying end of radiant splendour.

Nominated for the important Melier awards, Stephane Rolland's SS11

can truly bear the brand as an Haute Couture designer.

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