Discover Gyunel Couture‘s Fall Winter 2019.20 Hanging Gardens of Babylon Haute Couture collection inspired by wonders of the ancient world and designer’s love for mythology, presented at Le Meurice’s Salon Tuileries during the recently finished Paris Fashion Week.
“True to the Maison’s canvas-to-image process, Gyunel painted gods and goddesses living in serenity in floating futuristic buildings with solar panels and surre-al floral waterfalls high up in the skies. “I painted the human-bodied crea-tures in white to match the clouds, while creating a translucent spirit feel-ing”, describes Gyunel. Juxtaposed on the pièce de résistance sits an earth with surreal cherub and gargoyle waterspouts as waterfalls and mountains in tranquility matching the hanging gardens above within Gyunel’s sphere of fantasy. There is an ombré transition from light to dark mint skies between the two parts, while for the sake of levitation, per Gyunel’s original painting, the few panels of which the namesake triptych gown consists are hanging on Swarovski crystal tasseled suspensions.
The remainder of the collection ties in with the idea by featuring crystal tassels mixed with flowers hanging from sleeves and skirts reminiscent of motion. Additional inspiration was drawn from the way the late costumer designer Eiko Ishioka visualized Gods and Goddesses in one of Gyunel’s favourite films, ‘Immortals’, referenced here through the use of bronze in fabrics and tassels. Colours within the collection seem to transition from black, navy, burgundy and bronze to a lighter palette of mint, silver, nude and white. Fabrics were sourced among highest quality organzas, fully beaded tulles, metallic lamés, duchesses and various other silk satins like pleated georgette, while an abundance of appliqué elements from laser-cut flowers, pleats and tasseled writings in line with the main horticul-tural theme to prints and embroidery of hanging gardens, gods and guarding knights, all painstakingly executed in the Maison’s Knightsbridge atelier.“
Images courtesy of © Gyunel Couture
Photography: Davide Sometti
Hair & Makeup Artist: Bryony O’Dame
Talent: Anastasija Ivanova, Charlotte Roffey, Jessica Pain, Phoebe Summer, Toma Lefert, Vick (Profile Model Management)