EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk met with legendary fashion designer Tony Ward while she was covering Haute Couture Fashion Week. Tony Ward's new collection showcases the designer's eye for quality magnified by his vibrant style. Photographed by the talented Marco Tassini, this collection will forever be engraved in Haute Couture history.
It was after meeting Salim Edde, a passionate collector and owner of MIM, Beirut's mineral museum and 3rd largest private collection in the world, that Tony Ward had a revelation. Inspired from minerals, natures precious treasures, with their geometrical shapes, colors & textures, he created the Autumn/Winter 15/16 collection with a skillful assembly of new techniques.
It is a collection defined by unique mixtures. Noble materials like organza or jacquard blend in with embroidery and paint to recreate nature's true sensations. Dresses adorn themselves with rock like structures, shimmering illusion on crystalline reflections and pleats that mimic flowing lava.
In this collection minerals are omnipresent with their tube and prism shapes as well as the colors used by Tony Ward: iridescent, amber, topaz, aquamarine, sapphire and graphite.
Tony Ward transports us with this Autumn/Winter 15/16 collection into the center of the Earth, where ultra meticulous work was necessary to recreate the crystalline shapes that take millennia to form, shedding the light on all the poetry and sweetness nature offers us.
About Tony Ward
Tony Ward, son of a well known couturier based in Beirut, grew up in the effervescent world of Fashion, surrounded by the most beautiful silks and the perfectly cut suits which made his father famous among high society women.
At the age of 18, he enrolled in the most prestigious Fashion Design school in Paris, "L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne"
After working for seven years with Claude Montana at Lanvin, with Gianfranco Ferré at Christian Dior couture then with Karl Lagerfeld at Chloé, learning the secrets of Haute Couture techniques up to the highest standards, he was ready to launch his own brand.
His talent, combined with the master craftsmanship of the family Atelier, led him create Collections of Couture gowns of exquisite femininity and sophistication.
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Photos Courtesy of Marco Tassini