PARIS: Lebanese designer Dany Atrache unveiled his spring-summer 2014 collection in a quiet showroom in Paris during haute couture fashion week, which took place over the past week. The collection marked Atrache’s 10th year showing in the French capital. In the same spirit as his Lebanese kin, Atrache’s dresses combined sheer sheaths with appliqué, sequin and crystal embellishment.
Atrache, whose showroom is located in central Beirut in Saifi Village, told The Daily Star this particular collection channeled romanticism through lots of lace transparency and pastels with a smattering of black evening wear.
“I did this romantic style with lots of transparency, chiffon and silk materials,” he said.
The couture collection relied heavily on floral motifs, but the most interesting pieces were those that deviated from that delicate floral formula. For example, a white cocktail dress had a subtle pattern of abstract stones embroidered into the sheer chiffon.
In another cocktail dress, he paired a long-sleeved sequin studded top with a skirt of silvery scales made from rhodoid metallic plastic. Each season, Atrache incorporates what he called a fantasy material and this year, rhodoid was built into several skirts and bodices to give the look of metal.
Georges Chakra’s upbeat show Wednesday also featured this stiff reflective plastic-based material.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 27, 2014, on page 2.