Having built a solid business with bespoke bridal, Delphine Manivet’s debut couture collection was a timid yet promising first step into grand eveningwear. While a few tweed robe coats were reminiscent of Paul Poiret and not particularly modern, what stood out were voluminous ballgowns and ethereal dresses in cotton tulle or silk.

A striking group of simple black dresses was inspired by French painter Pierre Soulages, who’s known for his monochrome black painting. Manivet’s contrast of velvet and triple organza played nicely with light and texture, but a touch of irreverence would make her offering more dynamic.

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