On the front row in the l’Oratoire du Louvre, a historic church in the heart of Paris, we wait for Tony Ward to present his Spring Summer 2016 collection. The Lebanese designer has chosen the theme of The Wind for this seasons collections; from the flowing fabrics and intricate, cascading beadwork and embroidery to the powder cornflower blues, stone grays and lilacs the theme is present throughout.
Graceful silhouettes and airy light textures float down the runway and, as the show continues, the colours blend; the blues and heavenly lilacs we saw early deepen into smokey grays and eventually blacks and white. It is this that really communicates the motif for the collection, playing on air and smoke, reflected in the colour transitions. At the beginning we are weightless with our pastels and in the end we are strong with intensity and contrasting palettes.
Each is so delicate and it took an age to make and it’s clear to see how much consideration went into the creation of this collection. With our questions burning, we caught up with Tony Ward backstage to find out exactly how long his couture pieces take to make and how he developed the theme of The Wind. Watch our interview above.