Drama and bling.

All the breathtaking haute fashion of Couture week has arrived for another season and Arab designers are in Paris to showcase the best of regional craftsmanship.

Puttin’ on the Ritz

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Syrian designer Rami Al Ali staged a glamorous preview of his Fall 2019 Couture collection at the opulent Hotel Ritz Paris. The venue provided an idyllic backdrop for the designers 17-piece line, inspired by the in vogue ‘Café Society’ of the 19th century. Focusing on elegance and femininity, his work with fabrics like crepe, organza, tulle and chiffon added romance while the use of translucent Swarovski crystals and pearls delivered the decadence.

New name in town



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Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran made his dazzling debut in Paris at Hôtel des Invalides. It was tribute to his long career of showing in Beirut and dressing the likes Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. The collection was bold and focused on a wild play on textures and silhouettes. He went from elegant jackets to daring dresses with a side of lace and beading, and styled most of the pieces with thigh-high boots. Influencer and model Nour Arida closed the show in striking embellished wedding gown that was accented at the hips.

Remembering a legend


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This will be the first season of Haute Couture without Karl Lagerfeld. We expect an emotional Chanel show, but there is also another icon that the fashion world is paying tribute to this week. A new exhibition was unveiled in honour of Azzedine Alaïa and his summer 1991 collection that was inspired by Parisian budget store Tati. The “Azzedine Alaïa: The Tati Collection” features the signature check-print fabric that was modelled on Naomi Campbell when first released, and highlights how the Tunisian designer was the first to initiate a partnership between a mass-market retailer.

Let it shine


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Ana Khouri continues to push boundaries of modern high jewellery with her latest pieces. New York-based creative with a Lebanese heritage likes to toe the line between sculpture and jewellery, resulting in statement pieces that flow with the shape of the body. This time round we were particularly taken with the multi-ring ear cuff.

Stay tuned for more from Couture fashion week.

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