Continuing on the theme of far away lands and grand narratives, Paolo Sebastian have just released their Autumn/Winter 2018 lookbook, ‘The Nutcracker’.
Inspired by Tchaikovsky’s acclaimed masterpiece, the collection exudes the usual ethereal quality that we’re used to seeing from the Adelaide-based couturier but also a move away from the label’s traditional softness.
“…[We’ve] 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,” says creative director and designer, Paul Vasileff.
“It’s essential that traditional couture techniques are upheld and continued as they are the foundations of our industry.”
These traditional techniques and new twists are clear in the fabrics used and incredible embroidery on display; opulent cashmeres, French tulle and silk chiffon are all used in high rotation. But also taken to new levels thanks to the signature Paolo Sebastian intricate detailing like hand-sewn snowflakes, floral motifs and delicate crystal embellishments. All of which reflect the dreamlike realms of The Nutcracker tale, from the Kingdom of the Dolls to the Land of the Flowers, and all the dreamy worlds in between.
The collection was photographed in Paris by Adelaide expat, Simon Cecere, and is also currently showing at Artcurial in Paris to coincide with Haute Couture Fashion Week.
“I want my designs to capture the imagination and allow people to dream,” says Paul. “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.”
At only 28 years of age, this is Paul’s seventeeth collection and it reflects the signature he has created for the label – sweeping silhouettes of illusion necklines and beautiful ball gowns. But it also sees his growth with new structured military inspired tailoring, pushing the boundaries of his craftsmanship.
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