Presented in Paris on July 2, 2019, Stéphane Rolland's haute couture collection is a subtle and perfect blend of Western and Chinese influences. The story goes that the idea for this collection was born during a trip to China, during a visit to the Forbidden City. It is this notion of 'the forbidden' along with the richness of the history of the Chinese empire that laid the foundations for this haute couture collection and Stéphane Rolland's imaginary Empress.
Precious satins, large volumes and Kimono style dresses, the collection is built on several different influences. Presenting deep red dresses, symbolizing vitality in Chinese culture, these pieces gave energy to the collection, which was followed by geometric models, with clever cuts, taking up the designer's recurring inspirations: architectural volumes inspired by the buildings of both Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid.
We notice the meticulous embroidery of the bustiers, sometimes covered with pearls and sometimes covered with sequins. More broadly, it would seem that the obsession of the season for the couturier is cultured pearls, scattered here and there on a wide selection of dresses. The giant brooches, placed on a shoulder or worn as a bracelet or ring, are inlaid with crystal or jade stone and illustrate the chrysanthemums painted in frescoes in the Empress's room.