Brand Snapshot | Gyunel Couture’s SS19 collection at Paris Haute Couture Week

Gyunel Couture, one of Walpole’s newest members, presented their Spring/Summer 2019 collection on Wednesday at the Ritz’s Salon Vendôme during Paris Haute Couture week.

The event was attended by supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, with other notable attendees including Hofit Golan, Patricia Contreras, Erika Santos, Miriam Odemba, Palina Kozyrava, Jaime Xie and Dr Marwa Ali.

This “Villa of Wonders 1552” collection was inspired by the Creative Director’s recent trip to Rome, and the Garden of Bomarzo, colloquially called Park of the Monsters. Created during the 16th century and situated in a wooded valley beneath the castle of Orsini, the garden is populated by grotesque sculptures and small buildings scattered among the natural vegetation and it immediately captured Gyunel’s imagination. As a result, the colours in the collection this season consist of forest greens, metallic silvers, burgundy reds and navy-cobalt-teal contrasts. For Gyunel’s collection she envisaged forest queens and nymph-like creatures entangled in a night feast away from city lights. Raised-texture jacquards, feather-shaped lurex pleats and metallic flower weaves on liquid organza are the season’s highlight fabrics. This collection also features sculptural 3D moulage snowdrop flower décolletés, floaty princess cut skirts, silhouette accentuating tuxedo gowns, playsuits with cone-shaped sides and the Maison’s signature diamond silhouette in a new deconstructed version.

Recovered fabrics, reused materials and recycled plastic are juxtaposed with precious and semiprecious stones throughout the collection, with waste, pollution, and global warming being a key concern for Gyunel. “Our planet is at breaking point because of us — because we want more and more without thinking of generations to come. At the end of the day, no matter what you do as a couture designer the number of people who can either afford or are actually willing to buy your clothes is limited,” reflects Gyunel, “recycled content is best, as it reduces the pressure on virgin resources and tackles the growing problem of waste management”.