This was a Parisian debut for Lebanese-Italian couturier Tony Ward, and the locale – the beautiful Salomon de Rothschild hotel – was a fitting welcome. Ward’s spring 2014 couture collection was architecturally and florally inspired. In normal circumstances buildings and origami flowers might be thematically disparate, but in the realm of couture gowns, they work in harmony. A mix of thigh-scraping and floor-sweeping hem lengths made this a collection not just about the heavily romantic, though it did culminate in the obligatory (and incredibly impressive) bridal number. Its bodice was swirled into a floral formation, while the bride’s veil was uncharacteristically adorned with geometric appliqués, melding the most architectural elements in with the most romantic.
In between the opener and the bride the Paris fashion week (PFW) lineup included skirt suits of three dimensional geometric panels that had a futuristic aura, and beaded gowns that gave explanation to Ward’s reputation of “The Architect of Detail”. Able to manifest couture creations both fiercely beautiful and beautifully fierce, Ward will no doubt be – in Paris – right at home.
You can see all of the Tony Ward haute couture spring 2014 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.