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FashionCapital Attends Haute Couture London



It was fitting that Haute Couture was set against the backdrop of the 5* Oriental Mandarin hotel in Knightsbridge. With its timeless elegance adding to the exquisite style of the whole occasion, attendees were requested by invite only to be dressed in black-tie attire.

On arrival refreshments were offered generously with couture designs displayed around the room for a close-up look at the details before being showcased on the catwalk later on. The reception was a great chance to converse and network with industry professionals, the atmosphere and general conversation centred around the large decreases in Haute Couture design and the few Haute Couture houses remaining.

Guests were also treated to a performance from a small string orchestra, before being led into a separate room where the catwalk was set-up to present the collections.

First up was a collection of bridal couture designed by Maria Chiodo, one of the most influential designers in Australia. Maria rose to prominence in the early 1990’s producing one-off couture bridal and evening gowns using specialist couture techniques. It was evident straight away on the catwalk that Maria’s designs included quality fabrics and embellishments that certainly captured the eye of the crowd, drawn towards the elegance of bridal wear.

This was followed up and concluded by some eveningwear designs by the Saudi Arabian designer Laila Wazna. Her dresses harmonized the atmosphere of the whole evening with pieces that reflected the 1950’s with flowing fabrics in unique greens and reds, showcased to classical music, to which the models revealed the intricate details of the dresses.

The evening ended with a short speech from Marcus Paleti the event organiser to which must be commended with attendees having experienced tremendous one-off style and hospitality.


Freddie Anderson



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