Israeli designer Alon Livne is no newbie to the fashion scene. He has worked at the fashion houses of Alexander McQueen and Roberto Cavalli as well as becoming the designer for pop artists such as Beyonce for her Mrs. Carter World Tour and Lady Gaga.
The Fall 2014 collection evokes themes from George Melford’s epic silent film, “The Sheik,” treating themes of early imperialism in Morocco, when the privileged of the world – and their beautiful daughters — journeyed across the sea, armed with trousseaus, on an oceanic pursuit of culture and romance.
This season, Livné takes dimension back to the garment, reviving his fascination with art-nouveau and organic-shell-like shapes, now interpreted into elaborate hand-embroidery and intricate beading. Beaded tassels dripping like icicles swirl around silken sleeves; hand-joined Swarovski crystal headpieces net an elaborate cap; sumptuous silks in shades of rich mauve, amethyst, royal blue and cloud evoke an exquisite meditative state.
Livné’s muse this season is the oldest daughter of international royalty, an enigmatic gentle, graceful vision evoking an alluring combination of intellect and naiveté; sincerity mixed with the curiosity of a blossoming sensuality. Fall / Winter 2014 unveils her cross-Atlantic journey into unexplored lands: new countries, and the embrace of her self-discovery into womanhood.