LA VIE EN ROSE – BRIDAL COUTURE 2018
With the LA VIE EN ROSE collection presented in Paris, KAVIAR GAUCHE is showing its bridal couture designs for 2018 through rose-tinted spectacles: for the first time not just ivory, but also powdery rosé nuances and pale pinks grace the catwalk. Because that’s exactly the spirit of the collection’s title, so beautifully sung in 1945 by Edith Piaf:
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LA VIE EN ROSE – ‘floating in heaven’, ‘sleeping in a bed of rose petals’ and ‘seeing life through rose-tinted spectacles’ are different takes on this French idiom.
In addition to this main theme, the two head designers Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl found inspiration once again in flowers of all kinds, providing a floral element to almost the entire collection.
The 24 looks comprise the Kaviar Gauche-typical bridal designs, the bridal couture collection, ready-to-marry and couture dresses, as well as occasion and red carpet looks. Especially delicate, transparent fabrics such as chiffon, organza and silk tulle were selected for the dresses.
In addition to the daring new hues, the sumptuous tulle silhouette seen in previous collections has been tweaked to provide a figure-hugging, long and narrow silhouette, adding a new twist to the portfolio with a sophisticated cut that constitutes a new signature silhouette. This is cut from the lower hip like a calyx, a kind of bell shape, the “calice design” of the collection (French: Calice = Calyx), which is presented in three versions.
This time Kaviar Gauche takes the game of contrasts lightly, with subtle takes on heterogeneous material mixes – delicate silk tulle meets pink knit. But masculine trouser and blazer looks are also integrated and show the diversity of the collection.
The highlight of the presentation is the LA VIE EN ROSE DRESS, embroidered by hand with innumerable blossoms, enveloping the wearer in flowers.
Another highlight is the bouquet dress made with 100 metres of candy-floss-coloured tulle with appliqued silk florals at the bodice. This couture dress is embellished with a band printed with the words ‘From Kaviar Gauche with Love’ summing up the label’s message.
For the creation of the headpieces and neck jewellery, Kaviar Gauche collaborated closely with the designer Huli Khuvilai of the accessory label Kokoro, and together developed the Sleeping Beauty fascinators for this collection, which pick up on and develop the colour and formal language in a special way. The highlights that resulted from this collaboration also present a modern day “rosy” take on myrtle crowns that were worn around the turn of the century as bridal hair decorations and were passed down through generations.
Traditional craftsmanship techniques and finest materials used in couture, are the foundation of this accessory collection. The resulting crowns are elaborately finished pieces of jewellery. In minute painstaking work, fine silk fabrics are cut by hand into petals, pressed into shape with the greatest care and artfully composed to create roses and branches. The exclusive fascinators with their crystalline thorns provide the wearer with a graceful, almost regal touch.
Matching belts and shoes in the colours of the collection complete the bridal look for the coming year. Suited to the collection’s theme, a Cinderella mule was developed, creating a playful contrast to the fabulous fairytale-like dresses, adding a casual element through the use of modern materials. With the new signature belts in rosé, different high-tech materials were also used and finished with an asymmetrical wrap technique.
Romantic femininity, French elegance and a natural effortlessness are the main attributes of the current collection, as of their wearers. Once again Kaviar Gauche has created looks for the modern and feminine woman who dares to tread new paths, thereby winning hearts with her positive attitude.
As a contrast to the fairy-tale presentation, Kaviar Gauche chose the dark romantic rock ballad “Where the Wild Roses Grow”. The duet, written by Nick Cave especially for Kylie Minogue, provided some goose-bump moments during the défilé.
A big thank you to our beauty brand partner CATRICE for their furher support and cooperation.
SANS SOUCI // BRIDAL COUTURE 2017
‘SANS SOUCI’ is the name of the Bridal Couture collection presented in Paris by Kaviar Gauche. Translated, the French title means “Without a care”. For the 2017 season, the designers Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl sought inspiration less in the famous palace of that name, but more in the carefree emotions the sentiment inspires.
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Moments of joy serve as the inspiration for the new collection “because for us there is nothing more valuable than the special lightness of being and joy of life,” say the designers.
Kaviar Gauche showcases a collection for modern women who live their lives with self-determination, free of constraints, while maintaining their free spirit at all times.
These sentiments are transposed onto the ‘SANS SOUCI’ dresses in the use of stretch fabrics and flowing silhouettes – ensuring optimal wearability. The 22 exclusively ivory-coloured looks beguile once more in their playful use contrasts and innovative diversity – in addition to graceful volant elements the designers show laidback off-the-shoulder looks and clean-cut cape styles, long and flowing or shorter for a more modern contour, paired with A-line trouser legs – a symbiosis of classical femininity and cool elegance.
Filigree 3D daisy embroideries adorn metres of the translucent silk tulle dresses and capes – despite their modern opulence, they are more reminiscent of the simple pleasures of a country dance on the flowering meadows of home.
The daisy motif also makes a reappearance in the headpieces by Cécile Boccara, conferring a goddess aspect to the ethereal look.
As in the preceding collections, in addition to filigree fabrics like chiffon, organza and silk tulle, French lace is also integrated.
Off-the-shoulder details add a modern laidback touch to the princess-style corsage-looks, with the slipped straps hinting at sensual moments.
Flowers on a water lily pond, peacock elements, ears of corn and heart motifs – lace and embroideries inspired by nature and romance are the core elements of the new collection.
The highlights of the season are four couture dresses with sumptuous details. The voluminous silk tulle gowns, embellished with Sans Souci embroideries, spell out the basic tenets of the collection.
WHITE IRIS – BRIDAL COUTURE 2016
Designers Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl have once again found inspiration in a floral element of nature: the iris, a delicate and striking blossom that combines mystic and earthly qualities and is symbolic of creativity and true love. Named after the eponymous Greek goddess, the personification of the rainbow, it has myriad facets. But in its purest elemental form, a white blossom, it serves as the recurring theme of the new Bridal Couture collection by Kaviar Gauche.
The iris element appears in different reincarnations in all 22 of the exclusively ivory coloured collection pieces. The collection’s key piece, for example, the White Iris Dress, references the flower with its opulent skirt volume, showcasing the bride’s innocence, lightness and uniqueness.
In order to replicate the fragile venations of the blossom, plissé was used in some of the dresses, providing an especially fine structured ruffling of the material. The iris embroideries on tulle are also worthy of mention, embellishing several collection pieces with painstaking couture craftsmanship, allowing them to shine in inimitable elegance. The typical Kaviar Gauche attributes of effortlessness and sensuality are conveyed in particular by the use of filigree materials like chiffon, organza and silk tulle.
The cut and shapes of the collection are reminiscent of the Belle Époque, the turn of the century, a time of seismic cultural shifts, which the collection plays with in its use of contrasts: the dresses play coquettishly with Victorian corsetry, combining the exquisite materials of the bourgeoisie with transparent silhouettes in bohemian style. Especially the high-necked Innocent Iris Dress, with its corselet, embodies the modern bride in a neo-Victorian manner. For the first time Kaviar Gauche is freeing itself of its high waists and has created a bodice for the independent and strong woman that allows freedom of movement.
The collection is accessorised with sandals created especially for the new collection in cooperation with Selve. Referencing the mythological inspiration, the shoes complete the look and captivate with their iridescent details like Swarovski crystals in shapes inspired by flora and fauna.
The hair accessories are created by Jeonga Choi Berlin.
January 21 the designers Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl from the German high-end Prêt-à-porter-label KAVIAR GAUCHE showed their new collection during Berlin Fashion Week. The show was set up in the artistic space of Italia Palazzo and was attended by 350 guests from the fashion and art scene.