On July 3, Beirut-based designer, Basil Soda presented his Fall 2012 Couture runway show in Paris. The show was dominated by delicate silhouettes and strong details. The muted color palette of black and deep green was offset by strong red and bright white numbers.

Every piece of the architecture-inspired collection was created using silk organza, sheen and tulle and each featured a unique element of transparency, tastefully adorned with gold stitching and beads. Some gowns were see-through from top to bottom, while others were simply see-through on top with a heavier, more opaque silk skirt.

Tea length dresses were particularly prevalent among the collection. Some featured fuller skirts, while others had straighter, more fitted bottoms, all falling around mid-calf. The cocktail-length dresses featured heavy feathers, detailed embroidery and beading over black and sage green transparent silk.

Sage green was the color on a number of gowns as well. With heavy gold beading and ornate embroidery, the stunning gowns were given tremendously strong, modern, and feminine touches.

Clean, athletic lines displayed strong shoulders on high-necked, speedo-style gowns and long, strapless dresses. Some of the high-necked pieces featured feathered necklines, others softer beading and simple illusion.

All of the designs were clearly inspired by nature. The models looked as if they could take flight in heavily feathered necks and sleeves and all of the embroidered images resembled leaves and flowers. One dress that particularly stood out almost seemed to camouflage the model. The top half of the dress was covered in soft, cut leaves while the bottom featured patches of weeping willow-style heavy green and brown fringes.

The designer ended the show with a daring and ornate wedding dress confection. Made of transparent white organza and layers of flowing tulle, the dress includes elaborate sections of embroidered flowers and shimmery beads.

Kelly Keenan

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