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.


Lolo Zouai reconnects with Algerian roots in new music video

Lolo Zouai unveiled her newest music video this week. (Instagram)
Updated 25 January 2020

Lolo Zouai reconnects with Algerian roots in new music video

  • The new video for singer Lolo Zouai’s “Desert Rose” is here
  • Filmed in Morocco, the clip is a celebration of Zouai’s North African roots

DUBAI: The new video for singer Lolo Zouai’s “Desert Rose” is here and it’s a beautiful celebration of her North African roots.

The Franco-Algerian singer, who was born Laureen Zouai in France to a French mother and an Algerian father and relocated to San Francisco with her family when she was three-months-old, wrote the song as a love letter to her Algerian family.

Zouai (pronounced “zoo-eye”) has been vocal about her period of internal struggle during which she felt she wasn’t as in touch with her Algerian heritage as she would have liked. These feelings informed her fourth single, whose title alludes to the rose-like crystal formations that occur in the desert of Algeria, and further plays on her existing feelings of not belonging.

Filmed in an unnamed village situated in Morocco’s Essaouira, the Emilie Badenhorst-directed clip further captures the 24-year-old’s feelings of displacement and desperate longing to reconnect with her father’s side of the family’s culture and traditions.

In the video, the singer croons “‘Inshallah,’ that’s what you say/ You think I lost my faith,” as she fraternizes with local children, watches a group of elders make couscous and traverses the sea in a boat all while wearing a mix of Western clothing and traditional Berber accessories.  

“I’m so grateful I was able to travel to North Africa to tell my story. To be honest, I was really scared to share this part of my life, but hopefully you guys understand me a little better now,” she shared with her 223,000 Instagram followers, alongside a wilted rose emoji.

“Desert Rose” is from her debut studio album entitled “High Highs to Low Lows” that dropped in 2019. Since its release, the project has amassed more than 50 million streams worldwide. In addition to the success of her own LP, the singer was also recognized for her song-writing skills in 2019 when she took home her first Grammy award for co-writing “Still Down” from H.E.R.’s self-titled album, which took home the R&B Album of the Year award at the Grammys that same year.

As of now, the Brooklyn-based singer is set to open up for British crooner Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” European tour in 2020.

The new music video will be screened all week at Time’s Square, Madison Square Garden and The Staples Center in New York.