From the Shangri-La Hotel in the center of Paris, Tony Ward unveiled his AW22-23 Couture collection, Flowing Lines. A collection with colorful ensembles, Ward brought to life what only a couture master could do. Short dresses, long gowns, and 50s inspired hem length looks fill the mymarid of styles.
This collection sits on the wings of his twenty-five-year tenure as a designer, and rests on the seventy-year legacy that his father Elie Ward started as a teenager in Beirut.
Sitting front row were Heart Evangelista, Sai de Silva, Pixie Lott, Jessica Wang, and Sira Pevida. In a grand room of wood floors and white walls with gold molding, sunlight poured in presenting the silhouettes in a glow, a glow that fashion needed after having none to digital shows.
If you know Tony Ward you know he’s not afraid of volume. And if you don’t, just look at his gowns that graced the Cannes red carpet this year. Opening the collection was a black ensemble that Sabrina Elba wore with a sparkling skirt matched with a tastefully done revealing velvet top. This collection you can tell was done in a style of elegant flamboyance showing the world what it has been missing these past two years. This is the first time that Tony Ward has held a show since the pandemic broke.
It’s not a collection that you can ascribe to one style. Ward plays with various looks, fabrics, and styles. A tailored jacquard is matched with a shimmery short skirt, and a short silver dress is matched with a hot pink off the shoulder flamboyant cascading coat. Colorful, there are hues of purple, gray, and midnight blue in gowns. A whimsical look is a gown hid behind the shimmer of a veil-like poncho with sequins adorning the bottom. And sculptured pieces protrude from gowns giving a 3D look.
Other notable women in the show were Anna Warinthorn, and Didi Stone who wore the bridal look. A full skirting, the off the shoulder bridal look was covered in crystals with a cathedral length veil.