Ingie Chalhoub, CEO and managing director of the Etoile Group, launched Ingie Paris in 2009, a ready-to-wear label for the Middle Eastern woman who loves a flamboyant French spin on her tailored separates and evening wear. For her Spring 2016 presentation, held off the Champs-Elysées, the trailblazing entrepreneur was on-hand to greet all of the Middle East press attending Paris Fashion Week, along with various international industry players.
The inspiration for her colorful, flower-print Spring offering was Hawaii. While French DJ Dean De La Richardière spun techno beats, models swayed between the likes of artistic director Vincent Darré; Tod’s Group director Stefano Sincini; luxury consultant Jean Jacques Picart; Chalhoub Group founder and CEO Patrick Chalhoub; and hanging bamboo seats. The offering was largely composed of long, floaty tunics in poppy red and sunshine yellow, intended for lazy-luxe afternoons by the pool. But Chalhoub also infused the collection with a tailored tunic pantsuit in black sateen and embellished with a brazen maxi hibiscus—Hawaii’s state flower. Overall, silhouettes were loose and languid, save a few sheath gowns with to-the-hilt slits, and print ballgowns, which were full and glamorous with peek-a-boo hems and plenty of va-va-voom volume under their skirts.