I have to admittedly say, Cucculelli Shaheen has yet to disappoint me in any of their collections. The pieces of what I prefer to call “artwork” are always swoon worthy and this collection from the duo was as beautiful in concept as it was in execution.
The collection titled Les Radiants was a play and balance of dichotomies: Dark to light, delicate femininity to more of a harsh rocker edge, and the glamour of New York City to the raw realness that the city that never sleeps is known to have. I have seen the term “radiant rock’n’roll” played around and find it quite fitting to encapsulate the overall theme.
Inspiration was drawn from Baroque painters such as George de La tour, Rembrant, and Caravaggio and overall embodies the passage from night to day with a mix of black into ruby reds and golden colors. Even the ombre effect of the beading depicts the way the shadows shift as the sun moves across the sky in a stunning finale piece that was said to have taken 2,520 hours to complete.
While being couture, I personally find Cucculleli Shaheen’s pieces, while extraordinary, also tend to be very, dare I say, wearable and belong off the runway as well as on it, and I love that about the brand. Speaking of runway, nothing says New York more than the iconic Webster Hall space, which I think was the perfect setting for the show including a performance by Breanna Barbara, who was also rocking (pun intended), a piece from the designers.
I just had to include the quote they coined for this collection because I just think there is no better way to summarize.
COLLECTION FIFTEEN IS DARKNESS AND LIGHT; CHAOS AND CLASSICISM; NOIRISH BEAUTY; GOTHAM SURREALISM; BEAUTIFUL DYNAMITE; ATOMIC POETS; DIS/ORDER; KISMET; DREAMS ALIGHT; GEORGES DE LA TOUR; REMBRANDT; CARAVAGGIO; CHRISTOPHER BUCKLOW; THE PASSING OF NIGHT TO DAY; NEW YORK CITY; AND FINDING LIGHT IN THE DARK. WAKE UP AND DREAM.
Overall an incredible collection and show.