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)
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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.


Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

Updated 21 September 2020

Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

DUBAI: The search for global music group Now United’s newest member is finally over. Enter Nour Ardakani, the 18-year-old singer from Lebanon, who is set to become the band’s 16th member – and first Arab – after an extensive, months-long search for talent across the Middle East and North Africa.

Ardakani was hand-picked by Simon Fuller, the man who founded popular British girl band The Spice Girls and created “American Idol.”

“I think you are absolutely wonderful, and I think you would be perfect to join the group. And I would like to invite you to be the next member of Now United,” Fuller told the singer and dancer in a video call.

“Seriously, it’s me? You picked me?” asked Ardakani, to which Fuller replied: “You got it.”

The singer, who currently resides in Beirut with her family, joins fellow group for the band’s latest single “Feel It Now.”

Founded in 2017, the multinational music group announced in November last year that they were looking for a new member from the MENA region.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Out of thousands of hopefuls in the Middle East and North Africa, 13 were shortlisted and invited to participate in a virtual audition last week in front of Fuller. Eventually, it came down to Ardakani and a 15-year-old Emirati singer, Alya Al-Ali.

Fuller picked Ardakani after hearing her recording of Now United’s song “Habibi.”