A day before heading into the bustle of Paris Fashion Week, the fashion crowd made a stop at Rue de Presbourg to celebrate a special collaboration of two creative individuals — Cherine Magrabi and Mary Katrantzou. At Magrabi’s private Parisian apartment, the Lebanese-Egyptian businesswoman and award-winning Greek designer Katrantzou hosted an intimate soirée joined by guests such as Lebanese-born designer Racil Chalhoub, Turkish jewelry designer Begum Khan, Canadian businesswoman Yana Peel, London-based Lebanese designer Mira Mikati, and fashion bloggers Jessica Wang and Tina Leung.
Two years after releasing her debut collection at Paris Fashion Week, Magrabi takes her love for timeless fashion and art a step forward by joining forces with Katrantzou to create two exceptional minaudières for her label 13BC’s third collection. “This collaboration is about the coming together of two individuals that have the same values for design, for crafts, for uniqueness, and lastly for color,” shared Magrabi with Vogue Arabia. “This week you will witness an explosion of colors side by side. A testament of self-expression.”
She added: “As simple as Mary or I are in our dress sense… We believe that there should always be occasions where a woman wants to celebrate their womanhood and individuality. An haute couture Mary Katrantzou dress with an exclusive limited-edition 13BC minaudière — what better way to step out in style or should I say: in glamour.”
Helmed by Magrabi as the label’s founder and creative director, 13BC is known for its minimally elegant minaudières, with every piece telling a unique story through the exclusive artworks curated by the businesswoman herself. The label presents only 13 unique designs a year and the minaudières are consciously handmade in Florence by expert craftsmen, making every piece a collectible as well as a statement accessory.