“The Nightingale sings a song so sweet and true, pale moonlight draped upon her shoulders.”
Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for (well at least all the girls in the Glam Adelaide office!)
The Paolo Sebastian Spring / Summer 2015 – 16 collection is finally here, and we’re beyond amazed. The Nightingale collection (oh what a delightful name) is inspired by folktales of the graceful nightingale whose song enchants all who hear it. The delicate nature of the songbird is reflected in a series of sheer gowns, exhibiting graceful silhouettes and intricate hand-embroidered detail. In tones of pewter, peony and copper, the garments feature ornate embroideries, hand-sketched by designer Paul Vasileff.
Ahead of this week’s launch, we spoke to Paul about how this collection came about.
On the Nightingale theme:
‘”It sprang from the Nightingale story, and similar folktales of the time. They really intrigued me. They have a lovelorn, melancholy feel, but in the end love conquers all. Some of those stories were set in 1920s, which sparked my imagination and led to that vintage feel, the tassels.”
On the details:
The collection is all hand embroidered featuring Ombré and metallic fringing and delicate feather embellishment among other details.
“When I was doing the colour palate for this (the Illusion sleeved fishtail gown with nightingale embroidery) I saw a cabinet with a porcelain doll in it from the 1920s with tassels on its dress. The tassels went from purple to blue to pink which looked amazing so I actually took one of the tassels and had it colour matched.”
Tulle column gown with nightingale embroidery and ombré silk fringe
The tulle column gown with nightingale embroidery and ombré silk fringe is also incredible detailed, and takes months to make. This gown too was coloured matched to garments made in the 1920s.
One piece in the collection is the silk fishtail gown with Sophie Hallette beaded lace cape.
“London/Paris-based lace designers – Sophie Hallette – sponsored us this season as they love working with young designers. We’re really lucky they chose us. They’re renowned for their amazing lace – Dolce & Gabbana & Louis Vuitton use it. Marilyn Monroe had a dress made from it. So did Kate Middleton (for her wedding dress). So we picked this particular lace and designed the cape around it to really showcase the workmanship. The cape imparts a regal presence and is a separate piece to the dress underneath, so you can wear it however you want.”
On the ‘wearability’ of the sheer designs:
“Because our range is couture, each gown can be designed however our clients want them to be. So the very sheer designs can be lined, just in certain areas, or a full lining can be put in, or nothing at all. It’s all a matter of personal taste.”
Illusion tulle ballerina gown with floral embroideries and open back
Layered ballerina gown with nightingale embroidery
Illusion sleeved fishtail gown with nightingale embroidery
Silk fishtail gown with Sophie Hallette beaded lace cape
Illusion gown with bishop sleeves and nightingale embroideries
Tulle fishtail gown with beaded feather detailing
Strapless petal skirt gown and cape with beaded feather detailing
Beaded fringe gown with illusion neckline and nightingale embroideries
Ball gown with feather detailing and floral embroidery