Photos Courtesy of NIHILO COUTURE
Paris, France – It is on a very hot day in Paris and only steps away from one of my alma maters, the Université de Paris – La Sorbonne, where we are introduced for the first time to the work of Nihilo. This couture brand is conceived and developed by a duo of talented fashion artists. Their style incorporates a more rustic aesthetic that is finally refined through a superiority of attention to details.
The Bali-based Katharine Grace and Krishna Godhead are the founders and creative talents behind this new forcce in couture. They tend to favor volume, draping and structure all at the same time. Their talent allows them to carefully use each one while not overpowering either of the others. Though the more voluminous elements more easily gets the eye’s attention, it is their resourceful composition of materials that include refined silk, raw silk, leather and water python on which the collection reposes.
This writer won’t go on and on with an endless litany of word to describe each silhouette. Rather, i will opt to speak more about how the collection impacted me. As the models moved through space and time, it felt as though someone had cast a clever spell to somehow transport us into a different world during the show. The collection has something of a mysticism to it, if you will. In fact the models seemed so entranced by what they wore, they didn’t seem to even notice that the room was filled with eager onlookers for this very important debut. Somehow, I think we all knew, we felt, and we understood that something rather special was taking place before our very eyes.
Nonetheless with this said, Nihilo certainly shook things up in Paris with the quiet thunder of their refreshing aesthetics. They have ignoredd the bling that covers most couture collections seen during the week. Instead of beadings, sequins or crystals, their only embellishments are small selection of hand paintings on fabrics. Well done indeed…