Lebanon’s Hussein Bazaza fuses storytelling, fashion design

Hussein Bazaza is known for his edgy, whimsical take on fashion. (Getty)
Updated 09 October 2019

Lebanon’s Hussein Bazaza fuses storytelling, fashion design

BEIRUT: Lebanese fashion designer Hussein Bazaza is known for his edgy, whimsical take on fashion and Arab News caught up with rising star before he sends a clutch of models down the runway at Arab Fashion Week in Dubai on Friday.

The designer graduated from ESMOD Beirut in 2011 and kickstarted his career by interning with iconic Lebanese fashion house Maison Rabih Kayrouz in Paris, before he joined Elie Saab as a junior designer.

Bazaza was also selected to be part of the Starch Foundation in Beirut, a non-profit organization founded by designers Kayrouz and Tala Hajjar that helps launch emerging Lebanese designers. “(It) opened a big door for me. I started selling my pieces to actual customers in the Starch Boutique,” Bazaza told Arab News.

At the tender age of 23, Bazaza opened his first showroom and atelier in Beirut.

“In 2014, I created my professional brand and I was part of Fashion Forward Dubai, where I started showing my collections. The Arab World started to know more about my brand and (about) me as a designer,” Bazaza said.

Bazaza’s label has a unique take on fashion, he believes. “I have a special way in mixing colors, mixing fabrics and textures together. I love to combine between haute-couture and ready-to-wear.”

The designer’s love for haute-couture fashion inspired him to create mash ups of glamorous red-carpet styles and more effortless looks. “I did not know people would love this combination. People started referring to this style as Hussein Bazaza’s style so that was something I am proud of,” he said of his sporty chic aesthetic.

Before studying fashion design, Bazaza wanted to major in film making and it is why the designer loves creating stories with his pieces. “My main inspiration is not fashion, it’s the story I create, the character I create to dress up in this collection that I’m making every season,” he explained.

This desire to tell a story first came to the fore in his Fall/Winter 2018 collection, “Lilly.”

“‘Lilly’ was like a big story and people were so involved with this story. We live in a… digital world with social media and everything and I wanted to show people that we still have feelings, emotions and I wanted to create a story about this.”

Netflix’s first Saudi thriller series is almost here

Updated 27 May 2020

Netflix’s first Saudi thriller series is almost here

DUBAI: Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series will be an eight-episode drama entitled “Whispers,” it has been revealed. The series will begin streaming on June 11, 2020 in 190 countries and will be subtitled in over 20 languages.

Produced by the Saudi Entertainment Phenomena Company “EP Saudi” and written by Roolan Hassan, the Hana Alomair-directed show tells the story of a family who face the death of the family patriarch, whose mysterious past resurfaces days before the expected launch of his company’s new smart application. 

“We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere,” said Nuha Eltayeb, Director of content acquisitions for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Netflix. “We are thrilled to be offering the new series to all our users in 190 countries and to be giving them the chance to discover great Arabic content that is full of mysterious twists.”

The Hana Alomair-directed show tells the story of a family who face the death of the family patriarch. (Supplied)

The series features a cast of newcomers from the Middle East that includes Shaimaa Al-Fadl, Mysoon Alruwaily, Elham Ali, Nada Tawhid, Norah Alanbar, and Leila Arabi, in addition to actors Ali Al-Sharif, Osama Al-Qass, Mohamed Ali alongside seasoned actor Abdul Mohsen Alnimer.

Alomair said in a statement: “‘Whispers’ is a Saudi-produced dramatic thriller series that offers a new take on storytelling and marks my first time working with the great actor, Abdul Mohsen  Alnimer. The series also features several unconventional female characters who truly embody the reasons why this project is so close to my heart. I am very proud that Netflix decided to make the series available to their 183 million subscribers worldwide and I hope viewers in Saudi Arabia, the GCC, the Arab region and beyond will enjoy it.”