Inspired by Swan Lake, designer Sareh Nouri’s collection for spring 2019 is a lyrical interplay of opulence (shown through richly textured lace) and strength (as reflected in the lines and draping of traditional mikado, faille, and crepe fabrics), much like the dance genre itself. The lightness and movement the collection’s hero gown, named Odette after the ballet’s White Swan princess gives it an almost musical quality: Constructed from a peachy beige taffeta that seems to glow in the sunlight, the strapless gown features a dramatic high-low skirt, which is given a unique structure with vertical pleating that transforms in a deliberately crunched up, crumpled texture around the hem.
Softly draped bows, climbing vine motifs and crystals sewn in split concentric circles that glitter like tiny stars continue the romantic theme, with the design of each dress playing out like a classical sonata. The skirt of a cocktail-length lace frock poofs like a ballerina’s tutu. The soft straps of a sequined floral lace ball gown drape suggestively off the shoulders, echoing the melodic shape of the bodice’s contoured sweetheart neckline. The origami-like lines of a strapless Mikado gown curve to accentuate those of the model’s body, the tight folds opening up from the waist into a strong architectural silhouette.