Through the tempestuous winds and dusty dunes, there lies an oasis of splendour. It is made of terrace after terrace of columns draped in exuberant foliage and drenched in ancient world richness. Supposedly, the Gardens of Babylon were created out of love. Among its lush surroundings, our gaze shifts towards the women who occupy it. After all, it is said that they were the most alluring in the world.
“But I wanted to see beyond their beauty,” Alia incites. “I looked deeper and into our fascinating female qualities, which we shouldn’t be afraid to lay bare, like our innocence and bravery.
“Melding the inner facets of a woman with my own idea of this ‘Garden’, I’ve created looks that strike a chord with me. The two collections I’ve been working on speak for two female characteristics I relate to – sensual liberty and pure innocence.”
Sensual Liberty - A blooming womanliness, of which the woman isn’t shy of, is evident in the looks for Atelier 2019/2020. She has a sultry tone; an unabashed confidence that sets Alia’s modern interpretation of the Babylonian woman. Bright reds strike a cautionary note of the female prowess. Sand tones of the desert and the sky blue of the Mediterranean azure set a calm quiet within her. And as with Alia’s continuous aesthetic, the soft curves of the shoulders and the well-drawn lines of the legs are gloriously displayed in floor-grazing evening gowns.