From couture week debutant Nicolas Jebran to visionary veteran Elie Saab, this year’s fall haute couture shows were lit up with the extraordinary craftsmanship of Arab designers. Here’s a closer look at the best Fall 2019 couture collections by regional talent.
Rami Al Ali
At this year’s fall couture week, Rami Al Ali showcased a highly-detailed collection inspired by the in vogue ‘Café Society’ of the 19th century. Emphasizing feminine silhouettes with art deco influences, the collection exuded vintage glamor with an abundance of Swarovski crystals and pearl embellishments.
Nicolas Jebran revealed his debut couture show at the grandiose Hôtel des Invalides. With an intense level of craftsmanship, the bold and opulent collection had a selection of textured jackets, capes and dominatrix-style dresses paired with over-the-knee boots.
Azzi & Osta
In their third season of haute couture, George Azzi & Assaad Osta, showcased a collection that explored the connection between vintage allure and modern glamour. Inspired by the work of the legendary Vogue photographer Irving Penn, the collection, ‘Through the Lens’, portrayed a celebration of the future of couture.
Inspired by an 18th-century print portfolio, named ‘The Temple of Flora,’ Rami Kadi’s fall couture collection explored the flower in all its incarnations. The collection highlighted novel techniques of handcrafting, such as hand-painted plastic leaves, laser-cut techniques and 3D-knitted iridescent sequins in a range of sonorous textures and ethereal fabrics.
Drawing inspiration from East Asia’s rich culture, Elie Saab explored imperial volumes within the collection using signature touches that remain true to the Maison. Opulently jewel-toned in velvet and satin, or ethereally light in satin or tulle, the silhouettes were romantic and regal.
Maison Rabih Kayrouz
At this year’s fall couture, Maison Rabih Kayrouz celebrated his 20 years of designing by returning to the past. The collection was defined by breathable fabrics, pops of bold color and a variation on the designer’s signature tent shaped dresses.
Inspired by the traditional woven carpets of North Africa, Zuhair Murad’s fall couture collection added a new flavor to the world of decadent luxury. Named ‘Mirages et Oasis’, the collection came in deep reds and purples, infused with Lurex along with Murad’s solid-gold statement gowns.
Inspired by his love of fauna and flora, Georges Hobeika’s latest couture collection featured flamboyant colored feathers and references to birds of paradise. Exquisite silhouettes defined by the intricate embroidery and elevated elegance, were paired with embellished accessories that portray the beauty of nature.