Georges Hobeika, Rabih Kayrouz shine during Paris Haute Couture Week

Georges Hobeika and Rabih Kayrouz presented their brand’s Fall 20/21 couture collections on July 6. (Supplied)
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Updated 09 July 2020

Georges Hobeika, Rabih Kayrouz shine during Paris Haute Couture Week

DUBAI: With coronavirus cases rising to over 11 million around the world, a number of film and fashion events have been forced to become digital. 

This week, the first-ever online Paris Haute Couture Week kicked off, with Lebanese designers Georges Hobeika and Rabih Kayrouz presenting their brand’s Fall 20/21 couture collections on July 6.

Hobeika’s audience-less runway show was streamed via Instagram Live. (Supplied)

From heavily-embellished tops to voluminous skirts and fluffy coats, Hobeika’s audience-less runway show, which was streamed via Instagram Live, had it all. 

The Baskinta-born designer, revered by royals and red carpet stars, also offered brides-to-be something to dream about. He presented a white gown decorated with crystals and sequins and a floor-length veil that would make any bride say “I do.”

The Baskinta-born designer also offered brides-to-be something to dream about. (Supplied)

For Kayrouz, this digital experience was a golden chance for him to showcase his creativity. 

The couturier presented a short film, titled “320 / 38,” that was written, directed and produced by Lebanese filmmaker Nasri Sayegh. The title of the video gives reference to his Beirut address, 320, and his Paris atelier, 38.  

In a five-minute long clip, the couturier took viewers on a dress-making journey – with background music by the late legendary Egyptian singer Shadia – where he opted to focus on a single haute couture orange dress that took 230 hours to make.

The sleeveless dress, tight at the model’s upper body, is made from ribbons that intersect in different geometric lines.

The gown then flows into a full skirt with even, undulating pleats.

Arab movies to debut at Toronto International Film Festival

Updated 03 August 2020

Arab movies to debut at Toronto International Film Festival

DUBAI: Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) have released a new lineup of 50 movies for screening at this year’s event including a number of Arabic flicks.

Egyptian filmmaker Mayye Zayed’s “Ash Ya Captain” (“Lift Like a Girl”), an intimate journey into the life of an aspiring athlete, will premiere at the 45th edition of the festival, due to take place between Sept. 10 and 20.

Also featured will be Palestinian filmmaking twins Tarzan and Arab Nasser’s “Gaza Mon Amour,” a satire on love and desire. The brothers’ second feature film, it tells the tale of a 60-year-old fisherman who is secretly in love with a market dressmaker. As the story unfolds, the fisherman discovers an ancient Greek statue that will trouble him.

British director Ben Sharrock’s “Limbo” will see Egyptian-British actor Amir El-Masry star as a Syrian asylum-seeker who finds himself living on a small Scottish island.

Egyptian-British actor Amir El-Masry stars in British director Ben Sharrock’s “Limbo.” (Toronto International Film Festival)

Meanwhile, American director Spike Lee’s film version of David Byrne’s hit Broadway show “American Utopia” will open at the event which will be capped off by American-Indian director Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy.”

In addition, there will be showings of Iranian directors Manijeh Hekmat’s “Bandar Band” and Farnoosh Samadi’s “180 Degree Rule.”

Most screenings will take place virtually due to government restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director, said in a released statement: “We began this year planning for a festival much like our previous editions, but along the way we had to rethink just about everything.

“This year’s line-up reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand-new things this year, and there’s a whole crop of exciting new names to discover.”

The full schedule of the festival will be released on Aug. 25.