Maison Rabih Kayrouz celebrates 20th anniversary with Paris show

Lebanese fashion house Maison Rabih Kayrouz took part in Paris Couture Week on Monday. (AFP)
Updated 04 July 2019

Maison Rabih Kayrouz celebrates 20th anniversary with Paris show

DUBAI: Lebanese fashion house Maison Rabih Kayrouz showed off its latest collection at Paris Couture Week on Monday, celebrating head designer Rabih Kayrouz’s 20th anniversary as a couturier.

The mood at the show was festive, with the designer enlisting the help of his many friends — including Lebanese influencer Nour Arida — to walk the runway in the sunlit greenhouse where the showcase took place.

“This is what I’ve been doing all this time. I talk about themes, but it’s actually just about the women and my dreams. And it took me 10 years to say it — that they make me dream,” Kayrouz said, referring to the decade he has spent in Paris.




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“I’m just grateful that I have been doing what I love for 20 years and sharing these years with these people,” the emotional designer said, according to Vogue magazine.

Slashed, billowing sleeves, casual silhouettes and an ochre to neon green color palette defined the collection. Breathable fabrics and the designer’s signature tent-shaped dresses and tops combined to make the collection perfect for the summer months, with elements of structure added in the form of slouchy blazers and stiff skirts that seemed to froth at the pockets.

“Up close, any traces of handwork were imperceptible, yet each required at last 200 to 250 hours of exactly that,” Vogue magazine’s Amy Verner added, noting that models entered the space from three doors, making the entire experience feel as though the audience was sat in an outdoor piazza buzzing with activity.




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The design house was granted haute couture status by the French Couture Federation in December and this showcase marks the second Paris Couture Week it has taken part in with official haute couture status.

Maison Rabih Kayrouz was elected as a guest member of the haute couture calendar in 2016 — guest members can take part in the couture week showcases but cannot use the label “haute couture.”

Other iconic fashion houses to hold the haute couture tag include Givenchy, Chanel and Maison Margiela.


Miss Egypt hopeful as the 2019 Miss Universe kicks off in Atlanta

The 68th edition of the Miss Universe pageant is currently underway at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP
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Miss Egypt hopeful as the 2019 Miss Universe kicks off in Atlanta

  • Egypt's Diana Hamed is the only contestant representing the Arab world at the 68th edition of Miss Universe
  • On Dec. 6, she took to the stage at the pre-coronation national costume contest to show off her patriotic side

DUBAI: The 68th edition of the Miss Universe pageant is currently underway at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, where The Philippines' Catriona Gray is set to crown her successor on Dec. 8. 

The pageant kicked off on Dec. 7 with the Preliminary and National Costume Competition at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis where the Miss Universe contestants are competing for a spot in the top 20.

Among the hopeful contestants who hail from 90 different countries and territories is Diana Hamed, the reigning Miss Egypt, who take home the crown for Miss Universe Egypt 2019, a title previously held by Egyptian icon Iolanda Gigliotti— more commonly known as Dalida— the winner of the 1954 competition. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 20-year-old beat out 19 other contestants on Oct. 20 to accept the crown from her predecessor Nariman Khaled at a jam-packed ceremony at Cairo’s Al Massah Hotel. The beauty queen was selected by an expert panel that comprised of the National Director of Miss Universe Hoda Abboud, Egyptian fashion designer Hany El Beheiry and actress Nermine El Feky, among others.

Aya Abdel Razek was crowned the first runner-up, while Mirna Makkawi was the second runner up.

Hamed is the only contestant representing the Arab world in the highly-televised competition, which is once again being hosted by American television presenter Steve Harvey.

Hailing from Cairo, the business student took to the stage on Dec. 6 for the pre-coronation National Costume Contest to show off her patriotic side by donning a stunning red and gold ensemble paired with a crown to represent her country.

The business student took to the stage on Dec. 6 for the pre-coronation National Costume Contest to show off her patriotic side. Instagram

Miss Universe 2019 will be crowned by the reigning Catriona Gray. If Hamed wins, she will receive a one-year contract with the Miss Universe Organization, which will see her traveling overseas to perform charity work and raise awareness for diseases and education. The winner will also receive room and board in a luxury apartment in New York City plus cash allowance for her entire reign, a New York Film Academy scholarship, a modeling portfolio with WME IMG, which happens to be the Miss Universe parent organization, a year supply of beauty products, a custom-styled new wardrobe, and healthcare, as well as invitations to events such as fashion shows, movie premieres and opening galas throughout New York.