Rani Zakhem Paris Show for Spring Summer 2018 a ‘Celebration of Effervescence’
Debut Paris Couture Show for Rani Zakhem Dazzles
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by Julia Paddon
For his first couture fashion show in Paris, Rani Zakhem celebrated life and joy with a zinging, colourful collection.
Pyrotechnic explosions and cascades of gold combined with gently iridescent, warm colours, with fire – both alive and extinguished – as the running theme.
Highlights included a pearl-beige silk dress, where red, orange and gold gems glowed with a myriad of flame-like sequins that seemed to devour the fabric, a loose single-shouldered fluid dress with a golden Mao collar, in a fanned out rainbow and a scarfed, collared, vertiginous split yellow chiffon plissé soleil dress with mouton sleeves.
Fire extinguished, or ember like, was highlighted with a densely embroidered golden top with narrow three-quarter sleeves, and a long black pleated skirt and a black silk satin kaftan, embroidered on the edges with gold sequins and flame patterns at the bottom.
The full gallery of images from the show can be seen below: