For SS15, South American designer Alexandre Delima presented a hypnotic collection at the Salon France-Amériques Paris that was delightfully seductive and Fashion Plus Magazine witnessed first-hand the profound effect this collection had on the viewers at Haute Couture Fashion Week.
Born in Peru to a French mother and Iranian father, Delima grew up in Washington, D.C. Inspired by South American and American street style, as well as the expert skills of Haute Couture, Delima has not stepped far from his roots in this, his second Couture collection.
With its patrician manner the collection created a marvellous scene that astutely represented the full intensity of Delima’s passion for design.
The 16-piece collection encompassed two moods joined together by a blank palette of black. The opening half was dominated by urban silhouettes featuring tank top dresses, crop tops, short dresses and cocktail dresses while flowing silhouettes and geometric embroidery introduced opulent ladies-wear to the spectacle.
Earlier structured fits of a jacket and dinner trousers in ivory silk and satin, and a pencil skirt in goatskin suede, were examples of the disparity paired against a trailing silk crepe dress embroidered with beads and sequins and a pristine floor-length, ivory, design with geometric plastron neck and accompanying chevron chain belt.
Silk, crepe, organza and cotton were the backdrop materials of the collection along with lambskin dipped in menthol and ivory,
The palette was soft and highlighted lights as navy popped against ethereal shades of aqua, lilac, beige and nude, while ivory was set off by deep black.
A trench dress in hand-painted blue-grey Mikado with jewel collar and sash belt was a collection highlight.
Jewellery and headgear were intrinsic to the feel of Delima’s work; incorporating wide-brimmed hats inspired by basketball caps, jewel bags, champagne ear cuffs and rings.
Turning Haute Couture into a spectacle of sassiness, with a metaphorical backdrop of glowing beauty, the collection fused female strength and nonchalance with the edgy street vibes of the U.S. hip hop community.
Here, the Alexandre Delima woman is casual with the confidence to be themselves while remaining feminine.
Making a profound statement, Delima is notable amongst Couture designers for embodying American quirkiness, French genteel and the sexualised exoticism of South American charisma.