Lebanese designer Elie Saab leaves Lily Collins ‘lovestruck’

British-American actress Lily Collins took to the red carpet for the European premiere of her latest film, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” wearing a dress from Lebanese designer Elie Saab. (Getty Images)
Updated 28 April 2019

Lebanese designer Elie Saab leaves Lily Collins ‘lovestruck’

  • Collins’ dreamy dress hails from Saab’s ready-to-wear Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collection
  • Saab dubbed his collection “Lovestruck” and showed it for the first time during Paris Fashion Week in March

PARIS: British-American actress Lily Collins took to the red carpet for the European premiere of her latest film, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” wearing a dress from Lebanese designer Elie Saab’s “Lovestruck” collection late last week.
The 30-year-old actress, whose father is musician Phil Collins, plays the role of Elizabeth Kloepfer, serial killer Ted Bundy’s longtime girlfriend.
The film, which will be released in US cinemas on May 3, chronicles Bundy’s crimes from the perspective of his girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Collins’ dreamy dress hails from Saab’s ready-to-wear Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collection and featured a sheer black tulle skirt embroidered with sequined hearts. The bodice featured a quirky design of two hands curled around black heart and also boasted panels of azure and turquoise beadwork. Embroidered tulle bell sleeves completed the ethereal dress.
Saab dubbed his collection “Lovestruck” and showed it for the first time during Paris Fashion Week in March.
For her part, Collins shared a collection of photos from the blue carpet in London.
“We’re still working on this whole posing thing. At least our outfits coordinated with the carpet!” she captioned a snap in which she is seen posing with US actor Zac Efron, who plays the role of Ted Bundy.
The actor, who shot to fame for his light-hearted role in the “High School Musical” series of films, admitted that taking on this dark role was easier said than done.
“I’ve never played a role in which I really have to separate myself from when I go home at night, and it was almost impossible. I’d like to say that I did it successfully but I couldn’t,” Zac told a group of re carpet reporters in London, according to the Daily Mail.
“I really wasn’t interested in playing a serial killer. I’m not in the business of glamorizing a horrendous person or his acts, but there is something unique about the way we went into the psyche of Ted and his longtime girlfriend Liz,” Zac added.
“It’s a different perspective and not your run-of-the-mill serial killer cliché, body count gets higher and higher, and oh the guy you always knew did it, did it. This is what it was like to be there on the day, we didn’t know if he was innocent or guilty, we just saw Ted Bundy through their eyes.”


Lebanon’s Georges Hobeika dazzles couture lovers in Paris

The Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris served as the backdrop for the new couture offering. (AFP)
Updated 21 January 2020

Lebanon’s Georges Hobeika dazzles couture lovers in Paris

  • The collection at Georges Hobeika's show came with exquisite, well-placed embroidery in a rich palette of neutrals and playful tones, as well as luxurious materials such as satin duchesse and silk chiffon

PARIS: For Spring 2020, Lebanese couturier Georges Hobeika transported his jam-packed front row, that included Dubai-based influencer Hala Abdullah and Lebanese television presenter Diala Makki, to the idyllic shores of Sardinia, Italy.

Hobeika’s newest offering features plenty of feminine and bold designs set to take over the red carpets to come. (AFP)

The Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris served as the backdrop for the new couture offering, which was a reflection of Hobeika’s favorite inspirations: “The force of nature,” “the ecstasy of freedom” and the “philosophy of entertainment,” according to the show notes.

The collection also came with exquisite, well-placed embroidery in a rich palette of neutrals and playful tones. (AFP)

The first look, a black crochet minidress adorned with oversized yellow and lavender flowers, set the tone for the lineup of sequined evening gowns, voluminous skirts and heavily-embellished tops that followed.

Hobeika's metallic gown with crystals and sequins is fit for a princess.(AFP)

Some of the looks were paired with oversized hats that served as a nod to the umbrellas that line the shores of sunny Italian beaches.

Some of the looks were paired with oversized hats that served as a nod to the umbrellas that line the shores of sunny Italian beaches. (AFP)

The collection also came with exquisite, well-placed embroidery in a rich palette of neutrals and playful tones, as well as luxurious materials such as satin duchesse and silk chiffon — elements that have made the Baskinta-born designer revered by the royals and red carpet stars that make up his loyal clientele.

Celebrities constantly turn to Hobeika to dress them in his show-stopping creations for some of their most important events. (AFP)

Indeed, celebrities constantly turn to Hobeika to dress them in his show-stopping creations for some of their most important events. Case in point: Singer-turned-actress Jennifer Lopez who chose an elegant off-the-shoulder black gown for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Monday and before that, a cream-colored, backless gown encrusted with gems at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards earlier this month.

Georges Hobeika's show featured his Spring 2020 collection. (AFP)

With awards season in full swing, Hobeika’s newest offering features plenty of feminine and bold designs set to take over the red carpets to come. 

Singer-turned-actress Jennifer Lopez was the latest to champion Hobeika’s designs. 

There was a pink, heavily-embellished top paired with a purple crochet skirt and a black oversized bow, a romantic floral-printed blazer that boasted sequined lapels, a long-sleeved gown drenched in black and pink ombre crystals, a metallic minidress embellished with thousands of tiny crystals and sequins and a hot pink ball gown that featured floral appliques on the bodice and feather fringed pouf sleeves. 

Hobeika also offered brides-to-be something to dream about. (AFP)

Meanwhile, Hobeika also offered brides-to-be something to dream about in the form of a metallic gown with crystals and sequins that’s fit for a princess.