It’s been a little over a month since tragedy struck Beirut after a devastating explosion occurred at the Lebanese capital’s port.

Thousands were injured, nearly 200 people died and many were left without homes due to the explosion.

Many Beirut-based designers were also affected by the blast with iconic ateliers being destroyed or severely damaged, this includes Lebanese couturier, Elie Saab.

 

 

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Paying tribute to the Lebanese capital, the designer dedicated his latest collection to the city entitling it ‘Beirut, the Sacred Source’.

Unveiling the ethereal collection, which features intricate gown designs with the use of delicate fabrics and beading, on Instagram, the setting for the line takes place in a mystical forest, which is set to give the illusion of something “fantastical and unreal”.

 

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“Everything in this world seems fantastical and unreal, yet it is all so realisable,” the label said of the collection on social media. “Elie Saab is painting a path onward, a way for his Beirut to shine forward, an ability to dream that gives breath to hope, to a future full of possibilities.”

The collection also is an ode to the “magical spirit of Beirut”.

“In this whimsical new collection Elie Saab shares with the world, he invokes the SACRED SOURCE, the throbbing life force that allows Beirut to triumph over and over again,” the couture label added. “He gives breath to a vestiary of beautiful divinities that embody the essences of his most beloved Beirut.”

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Images: Elie Saab Instagram