Invoke within your mind an image of a gathering of vampire queens or sorceresses of a high court, and they would probably be wearing Galia Lahav. Her 2017 Spring/Summer couture collection is inspired by the fabrics, silhouettes, and regalness of the Victorian era and is aptly named “A Victorian Affair.”
The fashion house of Galia Lahav is named after its founder. Galia specializes in elegant couture gowns that seem to be the perfect blend of unique artistic vision and dramatic fashion. She was born to a family of seamstresses, and started out giving art lessons to students in her neighborhood. Soon after, she opened her own lace applique business. She eventually integrated into the realm of fashion and design. Galia is now based in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she summons up magical pieces with help from her assistant, Sharon Sever. This is the first time that Galia Lahav is showcasing its work in Paris Fashion Week.
The pieces in the collection include a range of rich fabrics, such as velvet, tulle, and brocade. Many of the models are dripping in lace, with long sleeves trailing off their wrists and fingers. A number of gowns feature plunging necklines, similar to something you might find on an enchanting monarch as she descends a grandiose staircase.
The collection features a set of moody hues. Inky blacks, deep reds, pale golds, and antique whites are recurring colors throughout the collection. The gown featured below is both awe-inspiring and intimidating with its smoky, lilac velvet cloak and sheer, filigree-embellished skirt.
The Victorian influence is especially apparent in the pieces that feature high, aristocratic collars and puff sleeves. These pieces are soft and enchanting, while still maintaining an aura of mystery in a way that only true darkling fashion can. Each gown whispers sweetly of entrancing secrets; behind the innocent white lace and demure collars exists a maiden who lives in shadow and understands ancient magic.
This piece in particular calls to mind the character of Lucy Westenra from the film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, after she has made her full transformation into a vampire seductress.
In contrast to softer pieces in the collection, there are some that are completely devoted to being dark, frightening, and beautiful all at the same time. These are the gowns that are donned by arcane witches of the most powerful coven. Many a cape and cloak are donned in this collection, alongside black lace and sheer fabrics. It is easy to conjure up an image of Persephone, a sweet, spring maiden become supreme goddess of the Underworld. She could be seen wearing many of these dark pieces, ruling from her onyx throne.
Overall, the collection is interesting in the way that it features both modern and antique elements working cohesively together. Long, full gowns with high lace collars sit beside silhouette hugging dresses and embellished shorts. Velvet trousers and nipple baring bodices exist in stark contrast to corsets and capes. A variety of rich fabrics and dark, emotive colors work in unison to portray a mystical, elegant aesthetic. Galia Lahav’s S/S 2017 couture collection is one fit for white witches and dark sorceresses alike.