Four Lebanese designers will be showing at this season's prestigious Haute Couture Week in Paris, organized by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM). While we await eagerly what this talented quartet will unveil for us, starting on July 5, we can look back at last season -- assembled in the midst of a global crisis but also a very tragic time for Beirut and Lebanon. Out of the ashes, beauty still managed to rise.
Last season, Elie Saab let his imagination take flight, with plenty of feathers, beads, tulle and lace. In the midst of a pandemic, with the horrific events of this past year in Lebanon, the Beirut-based designer defied all odds and managed to make women dream. In fact for his Spring 21 collection, Saab created an escapist fantasy called Le Théâtre du Rêve (Theater of the Dream). It was all about silhouettes and embellishment -- colors took a backseat as Saab limited his palette to white, mauve and black. Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lily James and Hallie Berry have all rocked in Saab's gowns.
For Zuhair Murad his S/S 21 couture show was, by the designer’s own reckoning, and as told Vogue editors, the most emotional and dedicated to his beloved coutry of Lebanon. "For a while I’ve been torn up by intense feelings about this eternally troubled country. I finally realized how deeply rooted I am in this land, which I will never leave,” he told Vogue. Murad's celebrity clientele includes Rachel Adams, Beyonce and JLo.
Georges Hobeika S/S 21 show was titled The Ritual of the Spring Moon and was inspired by "the signs of mysterious rituals commanded by the enchanted glow of the moon on a cool spring night." The Lebanese designer can count Lily Collins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, who wore him to the Emmy's in 2019 and Cardi B.
Finally, Maison Rabih Kayrouz had a single, striking airy burnt orange dress for his last couture collection for S/S 21. The "320/38" was named after the maison's Beirut and Paris offices and was drawn with the idea of using one single piece of grosgrain ribbon. The result was phenomenal and we only wish that this time around, designer Rabih Kayrouz will have a few more pieces in his show! His celebrity fans include Céline Dion, Ciara and Jada Pinkett Smith.
For the entire line up and more info, check out the FHCM website.