Fash­ion pas­sion per­fect match

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - Tanya MacNaughton

SYD­NEY haute cou­ture designer Steven Khalil knew he wanted to work in the fash­ion in­dus­try when he was six-years-old.

“I was al­ways cut­ting things out of fab­ric, cre­at­ing, mak­ing and stitch­ing from a young age,” Khalil said.

“No one else took me se­ri­ously but it was a strong di­rec­tion for me.”

Now Khalil has be­come a goto name for red car­pet (Gram­mys, Academy Awards) and bridal gowns.

Last week he showed his lat­est col­lec­tion at the Mercedes Benz Fash­ion Fes­ti­val in Syd­ney be­fore fly­ing to Perth to open the Carats and Cou­ture ex­hi­bi­tion at Lin­neys, Subiaco.

Khalil said he first be­came aware of the fine jeweller brand when he asked Perth clients about their beau­ti­ful en­gage­ment rings.

“I would al­ways hear them say Lin­neys jew­ellery,” Khalil said.

“So when they ap­proached us to work on their ex­hi­bi­tion it was just a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion re­ally.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures eight of Khalil’s dresses with a cap­sule col­lec­tion of Lin­neys bridal jew­ellery.

“Orig­i­nally we just sent over wed­ding gowns but we wanted to make it a bit more ex­cit­ing and threw in some coloured pieces and big­ger gowns with beau­ti­ful em­bel­lished de­tail­ing,” Khalil said.

“I wanted it to be a com­bi­na­tion of some of our newer pieces and some from our ar­chives, which are older cou­ture pieces that are still quite beau­ti­ful and mod­ern.

“There are also a few pieces from over­sees that have been worn by some of the celebs, so it’s a com­bi­na­tion of a bit of ev­ery­thing, which is nice.”

Khalil said he knew ex­actly where his pas­sion for bridal wear orig­i­nated.

“When I was younger I al­ways used to watch royal wed­dings and I just loved the grand­ness of the gowns, the op­u­lence and de­tail, so I was al­ways grav­i­tat­ing to cre­at­ing wed­ding dresses,” he said.

“Work­ing with girls on their wed­ding day, celebrity or not, is re­ally spe­cial and it’s al­ways an hon­our to be part of that process with them. It’s all re­ally im­por­tant for me and I’m just do­ing what I love.”

Carats and Cou­ture is show­ing at Lin­neys, Subiaco un­til April 30.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d436274

Lin­neys cre­ative direc­tor Justin Lin­ney and designer Steven Khalil.

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