Georges Hobeika steals the show at Paris Couture Week

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Highlights included a lilac, 1950s-style dress. (AFP)
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A rainbow-toned gown dazzled onlookers. (AFP)
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Cindy Bruna modelled a sugar pink outfit. (AFP)
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The designer created a dramatic tangerine-colored gown. (AFP)
Updated 22 January 2019

Georges Hobeika steals the show at Paris Couture Week

DUBAI: Lebanese fashion house Georges Hobeika sent models down the runway in a dreamy collection of gowns on Monday as part of Paris Couture Week.

The elite fashion week, which kicked off on Jan. 21, features four designers from the Arab world — Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Georges Hobeika, Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad — who are showing off their latest couture collections alongside the fashion industry’s most sought-after labels. 

The Lebanese labels are joined on the fashion week schedule by the likes of Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Ralph & Russo in the four-day showcase that will wrap up on Jan. 24.

Hobeika’s spring/summer haute couture collection went on show at Paris’s National Theater of Chaillot and saw models, including French star Cindy Bruna and Angolan Maria Borge, strut down the catwalk in a line-up of regal evening wear.

Pastel shades, sequins and feathers were interspersed with dramatic dark gowns, with A-line skirts and bare shoulders on show.

Highlights included a lilac, 1950s-style dress with a tea-length skirt and boxy jacket with a square neckline. The look was completed with fingerless gloves, which looked more chic than punk due to the fine embellishment on show.

A galactic gown dazzled onlookers with its rainbow-toned palette and glinting sequin work that created the overall effect of a multi-hued milky way drifting down the runway.

The couturier employed a range of rich fabrics in the collection, such as silk, duchesse satin and chiffon and even presented a bridal gown that was encrusted in crystal work with a semi-sheer bodice and wide, train-heavy skirt.

Lebanese designers Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad will round out the Arab offerings at Paris Couture Week with their shows, both of which will be held on Wednesday.

The Six: Haifa's Closet

Haifa Wehbe at an event. (AFP)
Updated 38 min 44 sec ago

The Six: Haifa's Closet

DUBAI: Lebanese icon Haifa Wehbe just launched her first clothing brand, Beau Voyou, which is available online. While the prices are steep, there are some interesting looks, with even more interesting names.

‘Trouble in Color’

An updated take on a classic item, this lambskin leather jacket features rainbow-colored rhinestone embellished sleeves and is priced at $3,500.

‘Out on a Wednesday’

A sleek baby pink leather jacket with delicate circular stitching in the same color. The jacket retails for $995 and references the iconic line from “Mean Girls,” “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”

‘The Boyfriend’

A $1,560 lambskin leather jacket, in a masculine fit, this piece is patched with a quirky wanted poster of the singing sensation on the back. If walking around with Haifa Wehbe’s face on your jacket floats your boat, this is the piece for you.

‘Dress me in Color’

This $225 sweater-like dress is decked out in colorful scribbled illustrations.

‘Cheval Noir’

This t-shirt is available in black or white for $120 and features short sleeves with colorful drawings and a hand-written message.

‘Woman Can Kill’

A $1,280 belted black lambskin leather jacket, which resembles a kimono, features the eyebrow-raising statement splashed across its wide knit collar.