PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 04: A model walks the runway at the Kaviar Gauche show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Salon France-Ameriques on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

Designers Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl have once again found inspiration in a floral element of nature: the iris, a delicate and striking blossom that combines mystic and earthly qualities and is symbolic of creativity and true love. Named after the eponymous Greek goddess, the personification of the rainbow, it has myriad facets. But in its purest elemental form, a white blossom, it serves as the recurring theme of the new Bridal Couture collection by Kaviar Gauche.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 04: A model walks the runway at the Kaviar Gauche show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Salon France-Ameriques on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 04: A model walks the runway at the Kaviar Gauche show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Salon France-Ameriques on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

The iris element appears in different reincarnations in all 22 of the exclusively ivory coloured collection pieces. The collection’s key piece, for example, the White Iris Dress, references the flower with its opulent skirt volume, showcasing the bride’s innocence, lightness and uniqueness.

In order to replicate the fragile venations of the blossom, plissé was used in some of the dresses, providing an especially fine structured ruffling of the material. The iris embroideries on tulle are also worthy of mention, embellishing several collection pieces with painstaking couture craftsmanship, allowing them to shine in inimitable elegance. The typical Kaviar Gauche attributes of effortlessness and sensuality are conveyed in particular by the use of filigree materials like chiffon, organza and silk tulle.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 04: A model walks the runway at the Kaviar Gauche show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Salon France-Ameriques on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 04: A model walks the runway at the Kaviar Gauche show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Salon France-Ameriques on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

The cut and shapes of the collection are reminiscent of the Belle Époque, the turn of the century, a time of seismic cultural shifts, which the collection plays with in its use of contrasts: the dresses play coquettishly with Victorian corsetry, combining the exquisite materials of the bourgeoisie with transparent silhouettes in bohemian style. Especially the high-necked Innocent Iris Dress, with its corselet, embodies the modern bride in a neo-Victorian manner. For the first time Kaviar Gauche is freeing itself of its high waists and has created a bodice for the independent and strong woman that allows freedom of movement.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 04: A model walks the runway at the Kaviar Gauche show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Salon France-Ameriques on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 04: A model walks the runway at the Kaviar Gauche show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Salon France-Ameriques on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

The collection is accessorised with sandals created especially for the new collection in cooperation with Selve. Referencing the mythological inspiration, the shoes complete the look and captivate with their iridescent details like Swarovski crystals in shapes inspired by flora and fauna.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 04: A model walks the runway at the Kaviar Gauche show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Salon France-Ameriques on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 04: A model walks the runway at the Kaviar Gauche show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 at Salon France-Ameriques on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

As official partner of the summer collection fashion show, Kaviar Gauche would like to thank Catrice for the excellent cooperation. And we would also like to express our sincerest thanks to Selve and Grande Maison.

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