BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia /
Dec 14 2015 /
In a galaxy far, far away (and the Abu Dhabi desert), couture combines with science fiction for a storm trooping-spectacular. Photography by Gonzalo Machado
BACK TO THE SEVENTIES
Donatella Versace’s homage to the 1970s echoes the 1977 debut of the Star Wars franchise. As fashion resurrects the decade of disco, so George Lucas’s series returns to the cinema directed by JJ Abrams.
Long trimmed dress embroidered with black and silver sequins, velvet boots, both Atelier Versace
DON'T LOOK ME IN THE EYES
Holographic prints and materials dominated the second couture collection by John Galliano for Margiela, creating an interstellar uniform. Darth Vader’s loyal foot soldiers would surely approve.
Fitted jacket and fringed skirt with holographic patterns, Maison Margiela Artisanal. Metallic glasses, Kokonto Zai. Titanium bracelets (from top) Dhs2,305; Dhs1,370, Joaquín Berao
THE POWER LAYER
In his final haute couture collection for Dior, Raf Simons was inspired by Flemish painters, creating coats seemingly tailor-made for a Jedi knight or Padmé Amidala, the character played by Dior muse Natalie Portman in the first Star Wars trilogy.
Cashmere coat, pleated crepe silk trousers and platform sandals, all Dior haute couture. Diorama necklace, Dhs330,000; Archi white gold bracelet with diamonds, Dhs110,000, both
Dior High Jewellery
Like a rainbow Chewbacca, Giorgio Armani’s fantastical Privé collection travelled far from its usual planet.
Multicoloured coat with marabou feathers, printed silk trousers, gold earrings, velvet belt, all Armani Privé
Giambattista Valli dreamed up a futuristic collection of silver glitter, fringes and mirror effects. Although to capture attention on the dance floor, no mirrorball is capable of competing with a patrol of the Imperial Army’s finest.
Reflective fringe and sequined
embroidered dress, Giambattista Valli haute couture. Shoes, Dhs3,550, Jimmy Choo. Paris Nouvelle Vague ring in yellow gold, Cartier
THE OLD GUARD
To the victor the spoils. And the prize doesn’t come more desirable than Chanel haute couture’s embroidered sheath dress. Almost worth starting an intergalactic war for.
Dress with sequins, gold thread, multicolour crystals and pearls, pleated satin shoes, both Chanel haute couture; Etoile Filante gold watch with white diamonds, Dhs910,700; gold necklace with diamonds, Dhs1,546,400, both Chanel Fine Jewellery
The artisanal perfection of Alexandre Vauthier’s couture creation is mirrored in the meticulous design of the Stormtroopers’ iconic armour.
Short dress with fringes and gold tubes
Alexandre Vauthier. Juste un Clou bracelet in yellow gold, Cartier.