It’s what we all wait for each season, with baited breath. The moment we can all imagine our weddings (or second weddings), or when we fantasise the moment our wallets become bottomless and our indulgences are fulfilled. It’s the unveiling of Paolo Sebastian’s newest collection, and we can all collectively sigh at its breathtaking beauty. Welcome to The Nutcracker, Paul Vasileff’s 17th collection.
Inspired by the works of Russian composer, Tchaikovsky, the Paolo Sebastian Autumn/Winter 2018-19 couture collection holds true to the label’s essence; the creation of a grand narrative through meticulously crafted couture.
Drawing upon the composer’s acclaimed masterpiece, The Nutcracker, the iconic scores are brought to life through delicate embroideries illustrating the dreamlike realms of the tale, from the Kingdom of the Dolls to the Land of the Flowers, and all realms in-between.
Creative Director and Designer Paul Vasileff said the collection launch at Artcurial in Paris, which coincides with Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, would show a different aesthetic and focus heavily on traditional couture and tailoring techniques.
“This season we’ve moved away slightly from our traditional soft look and focused on incorporating more structural and tailored pieces to compliment the powerful scores and hero the incredible craftsmanship we have in the Paolo Sebastian atelier.
“It’s essential that traditional couture techniques are upheld and continued as they are the foundations of our industry.”
Textures of opulent wool cashmere, French tulle and silk chiffon in tones of glacier blue, sugar plum, frost white and garnet are adorned with intricate hand-sewn snowflakes, floral motifs, and delicate crystal embellishments, evoking a sense of enchantment and melodrama synonymous with the composer’s works.
Signature silhouettes of illusion necklines and sweeping ball gowns are juxtaposed by structured military inspired tailoring, mirroring the strength and bravery of the fearless heroine.
“I want my designs to capture the imagination and allow people to dream.”
“Paris is the epicentre of the fashion world. To showcase in Paris for a third year in a row is an absolute honour and an infinite source of inspiration.”
Standout pieces include a ballerina dress with custom carousel embroidery, a Sophie Hallette Chantilly lace tiered gown referencing the realms and an Uncle Drosselmeier inspired cashmere coat with metallic thread-work, demonstrating designer Paul Vasileff ’s attention to detail and craftsmanship in his seventeenth collection.