Bold colours and embellishment take centre stage.

We are taking a break from admiring Celine Dion’s couture week wardrobe to bring you a quick recap of everything you might’ve missed from the Arab designers who are showing in Paris.

Georges Hobeika

 

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Lebanese designer had us all aflutter with his collection titled ‘Birds of Paradise’. Playing with flowing fabrics and feathers, the models flew down the runway clutching bird shaped bags.

Azzi & Osta

 

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George Azzi & Assaad Osta were inspired by the iconic American photographer Irving Penn. The 24-piece collection pays tribute to 1950’s couture and features elegant lines and architectural shapes on a palette of black and white with notes of muted pastels.

Maison Rabih Kayrouz

 

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There was a celebratory spirit at the show of the Lebanese couturier who marked 20 years of the brand with a collection that oozed joy. Tailoring was structured yet feminine, the dresses flowed with every step and we were particularly taken with oversized sleeves.

Tony Ward

 

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Tony Ward pushed the boundaries of fabric manipulation in his latest couture collection titled Blossoming Fibres. For example the dress above consists of 80,000 layers while another was created with a 3D printer.

Rami Kadi

 

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There was so much dazzle at Rami Kadi it was almost blinding, yet you couldn’t take your eyes of the bejewelled creations storming down the runway. He named the collection ‘The Temple Of Flora’ and he packed it with colour, dramatic shapes and plenty of intricate sequins and beading.

Georges Chakra

 

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Georges Chakra’s Couture collection is a flamboyant homage to Hollywood’s Golden Age, embracing the sophistication of Rita Hayworth, the glamour of Lauren Bacall, Olivia de Haviland’s blondness and Audrey Hepburn’s assured femininity. Think opulent fabric and dramatic shapes.

Zuhair Murad

 

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The designer brought a bohemian spirit to couture week with his collection inspired by Northern Africa. Among the rich detailing and carpet-inspired prints were 70’s fabric headbands which Murad incorporated into his range for the first time.

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