My friends at Mephistopheles Productions have produced an amazing video to introduce the latest collection from La Metamorphose Couture. It is relevant to us in Australia, as the designers have explored the hidden and mysterious nature of women and is inspired by the Balsamic Moon, the suspended moment in the moon’s cycle which corresponds to the Dreamtime, which is synonymous with the Origin of the World in Aboriginal culture. I have seen the beautiful work of La Metamorphose on my previous visits to Paris and it is always glamorous, dramatic and a celebration of the female form.
Designers Ewa and Margaret, who are very attached to French culture, chose the Royal Castle of Amboise, as the theatre for their new collection and what a magnificent backdrop it was for their distinctive, womanly designs. The chateau can be found in the Loire Valley, on a spur of the Loire River. Leonardo da Vinci’s final resting place is here and this significant royal historic monument was a perfect setting for their fifteen beautiful looks, exclusively using fabrics ‘ Made in France’. Part of this collection has been produced in French ateliers. It certainly made me want to visit this beautiful place on my next visit to France.
The fabrics used were tulles, full of transparency and lightness, some embroidered with pearls. The fluidity of silk, chiffon and lace in blacks, whites and reds were gowns to covet. The shimmering caress of a body hugging velvet high waisted tuxedo suit, sprinkled with a few spikes of sequins would be a welcome addition to any woman’s wardrobe.
I loved the gold sequin story comprised of a pant suit with cropped pants that I would treasure and an old Hollywood high glamour dress and fierce plunging neckline mini. Delicate embroidered masks were a necessary nod to our times. The sheer black spotted pieces were timeless and in styles to suit every body. There were ruffles and layers, cut away and halter backs, thigh high splits for those who dare to bare and lovely black and white ruffled pieces in timeless styles. Strapless gowns would be right at home on any red carpet and the black and white collared gown was tres chic. Statement sleeves were enchanting for a sleeve lover like me!
Three diverse models, Angeline, Kellia and Lucie, were cleverly dressed to tell each story and the castle was a character of its own; with models posing on the grounds, up on the turret walkways and positioned on the stairs. Different camera angles gave mystery and allure to the fashions, especially the red ‘Pretty Woman’ style gowns with gloves, which were captured using a birds eye view. For day a white jacket and pants with a ruffled black shirt could be worn day and night anywhere in the world. I thought it was beautiful and know it would turn heads.
The showstopper piece was the wedding dress at the end of the show with a flowing billowy veil, lace bodice with long sleeves and full skirt. It was so elegant and fit for a princess. La Metamorphose have been very clever with their designs during such uncertain times, by introducing a timeless palette and an Autumn/ Winter Haute Couture Collection 2020 -21 which women can dream about wearing anywhere in the world, for many years to come.
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).