Paris haute couture: Stéphane Rolland breaks with tradition

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Instead of holding a traditional runway show, Stéphane Rolland decided to reveal his latest designs in a short film followed by an exhibition.

Directed by Diane Sagnier, the video features French actor Jalil Lespert and Spanish model Nieves Alvarez. In a voiceover narration, Lespert’s character laments the loss of the woman he loved, who is seen wearing a series of gowns from Rolland’s latest haute couture collection.

In line with the couturier’s usual aesthetic, the dresses are long and slender, with impressive decorative work. From the dotted tulle top worn with a velvet skirt resembling a blossoming rose to the tuxedo-like gown with surprising cut-outs, the couturier’s style and boldness clearly shows. Once again, everything is in the details: fringes on a sleeve or at the neckline, an elaborate collar, a yoke on a petticoat… We haven’t seen the last of these gowns, which are bound to show up on red carpets worldwide.

Watch the short film:

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