THE SERBIAN’S COUTURE COLLECTION MUST BE CONSIDERED AS A TRUE TRIUMPH !
July 14, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Zvonko Markovic Couture
Paris, France – Each season in Paris there is always a high air of anticipation when a new name is announced on the calendar. This time the Serbian couturier Zvonko Markovic presented what must be considered as the surprise highlight of the haute couture season. His Fall Winter 2015/16 couture collection is a history-making first in couture for a couturier from Europe’s Balkans region.
The collection is titled “NIGHT MOTH”. Markovic uses noble materials to trace the life of a caterpillar’s journey into becoming a moth. To illustrate this adventure, he has chosen hand-ripped silks, lace, tulle, silk georgette, anaconda skins, silk jersey, leather and satin. And they are depicted in a rich color palette of hazelnut, black, caramel and gold.
The couturier has created breath-taking silhouettes of an enormous sophistication. The gowns are long and either flow with the movement generated by a model set in motion; or they are form-fitting and reveal the leg through well placed splits. The woman’s waist is pulled in and highlighted with wide belts in anaconda skins. We find intricate embroideries and fixtures in the collection. One dress has thousands of hand-made, double face “scales” made from silk. Each has been sewn by hand onto the long gown in black that is finished with a gold leather armor covering the bodice! An other full sleeveless gown is in all caramel anaconda skin.
The world of couture is also about the highest levels of unparalleled technique. And the couture clients in Paris are extreme snobs when it come to it. Markovic is a skilled technician as evidenced in each of his pieces!
Markovic’s arrival in Paris had been minutiously planned over eight months. He made his premiere at the Palais Brogniart before eyes of a discriminating, yet receptive audience. In addition to a room full of journalists, many important supporters attended. Among the VIPS present were Donald Potard, ex-C.E.O. of the Jean-Paul Gaultier haute couture house; supermodel Debra Shaw; Mrs. Svetlana Horvat, President of the Serbia Fashion Week; famed French actress Firmine Richard; Annick LeJeune, General Director of L’Oréal Professionnel; television personality Vincent McDoom; his excellency Rajko Ristić, the Serbian ambassador to France; etc.
Keenly aware of the historical significance of his show in Paris, Markovic was serene in post-show comments.
“I’m know that this is a huge event”, said the couturier. I hope that people in my country can learn from my journey here and become excited about living what they may sometime believe to be an impossible dream. I’m honored to be able to show the European press corps and other international medias the savoir-faire and the creativity that comes from my country.”
Markovic has much of which to be proud. Thanks to his creative genius, divine cuts and eagle-eye oriented to the most minute of details, the world has learned that couturiers may hail from from all countries. And we are very much optimistic about his bright future in the closed world of couture ! We are awaiting with baited breath to see what next the couturier will show.