|A pearly, winged creation at Stephane Rolland's haute couture SS18 show in Paris. Photograph and cover picture by Elli Ioannou|
The dramatic and poetic haute couture show of Stéphane Rolland was held in the gilded Favart room of the Opéra Comique in Paris. The fluid and sculptural creations of the designer's Spring 2018 collection were embellished with gleaming discs as well as jewellery created in a new collaboration with Albert Boghossian, writes Jeanne-Marie Cilento. Additional reporting and photographs by Elli Ioannou
|Violoncellist Francois Salque plays during the|
StephaneRolland couture show in Paris.
Stéphane Rolland's new show opened in velvety darkness with the liltingly melancholic music of violoncellist François Salque
A fluid and silky dress with a flowing cape
takes centre stage.
Silvery discs catch the light on
a flowing gown.
Softly falling, voluminous satin crepe was another central theme of the show in tones of white, sand and amber
Couturier Stephane Rolland at the finale of his show.
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|The satin gowns are embroidered with the jewellery pieces made in collaboration with jeweller Albert Boghossian.|
Stéphane Rolland also sculpts and sees this creative work as an extension of his work as a fashion designer.
The designer has said his favourite sculpture is the Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, a marble Hellenistic sculpture of Nike created in the 2nd century BC.
|Wings are potent emblem for Stephane Rolland's work and his interest was first piqued when he saw the Victory of Samothrace as a child at the Louvre and was enthralled by the surging sense of movement and the exquisite drapery.|
Past collections by Mr Rolland have been inspired by architecture, sculpture or art, from Velasquez to Anish Kapoor. But this time the leitmotif was the meeting of different artists, including jeweller Albert Boghossian.
|The gilded dome and frescoes of the Opéra Comique in Paris where the show was held.|
Stephane Rolland grew up surrounded by black-and-white photographs and they influenced his sense of volume, contrast and movement.
The collection included billowing floating satin gowns embellished with fabric flowers.
|The music accompanied a poetic and subtly dramatic show of flowing, ethereal gowns in pale silky tones of pearly cream and white with dashes of gleaming, silver and crystalline sparkle.|
|The guests of the Stephane Rolland show at the Théâtre National de l’Opéra Comique.|
The sense of volume, contrast and movement Stephane Rolland noted in the photographs as a child were to become integral to his work later as a fashion designer and can be seen in this new collection today.
In 2007, Stephane Rolland presented his first couture collection under his own name and today is a full member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
Mr. Rolland is one of just 14 fashion designers based in Paris and nominated by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture as “Grand Couturier,” which also allows his fashion house's collections to offcially be called haute couture.
|The finale of the haute couture show by Stephane Rolland.|