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Ziad Ghanem Womenswear A/W10

A daringly exotic and flirtatious show took us travelling through British Victoriana to Middle Eastern influences

Stiff hats and stiff waistlines in flared, and ruched satins were in jewel burgundy and royal blues. Oversized meringue-like layers on shoulders and sleeves gave the show a theatrical feel, with restrictive zip up funnel necks on extravagant dresses that were daringly OTT. The tattooed models walking to the beat of jazz band covers of Crazy in Love wore adorned bodices and winged bustiers, whilst sheer chiffon and silk paneling on floor length gowns were beaded in black, covered in sequins, bows, bugles or crystals.

Every piece seemed like the finale piece, unexpected pauses and wondrous creations were revealed including a luxurious feathered head walking on in the most bejewelled gown yet to the Psycho theme. Victoriana played a key role on the corseted dresses whilst a sudden change in the theme moved onto jungle prints and checked Westwood-esque skirts appeared. Oversized spirograph patterns featured on the menswear topped off with bowties on pointed shirts, and caped shawls.

However these hugely flared layered shirts were no match for the bewildering piece where two models in true acrobat style in what looked like a giant duvet cover in brocade silk, and stripped the last model throws us a strip tease down to the tasselled pasties.

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Photography by Saga Sigurdardottir