GALIA LAHAV: A Victorian Affair
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January 27, 2017
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Galia Lahav
Paris, France – New to the haute couture edition of Paris Fashion Week is the Israeli fashion house, Galia Lahav. Not only is this the first time that the house is unveiling its work to the elites of international fashion who make the twice-yearly trips to Paris to see the most decadent and exquisite works possible, but it is also the first time that an Israeli fashion house has been invited to present on the official haute couture calendar.
Galia Lahav is eponymously named after its founder, and who designs with her assistant, Sharon Sever. The house began more than 30 years ago when Ms. Lahav discovered her talent for designing laces. That sensitivity would eventually lead her to creating wedding gowns and finally couture for women around the world. In Paris, she has put her skills to the service of her new Spring/Summer 2017 coming out party in Paris. This collection, titled “Victorian Affair”, laces have a starring role.
Lahav takes the collection from Victorian England and allows it to be influenced by France’s concurrent, “Belle Epoque“. The silhouettes hug the body, feature flowing materials and puffed sleeves. The sexy silhouettes have high collars. They are made more by the usage of the corsets. The looks have long trains and embroideries placed upon sheer fabrics. The silhouettes carry colors of black, shades of black, warm gold and bronze. The palette also includes runs of purple, deep red and antique pinks. And as the Victorian age was also the time of industrialization, Galia Lahav’s collection incorporates new dying techniques into the work as a way to illustrate that evolution continues today.
Galia Lahav’s entry into the elite Parisian circle of haute couture must be considered as a true success. However, it would have been a wiser decision to have someone edit out a few of the pieces before the show. This would have resulted in a more impactful experience and would remove unnecessary looks from being seen.