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Exclusive: Beirut Couture House Azzi & Osta Ventures Into Ready-to-Wear

Rising Lebanese eveningwear label Azzi & Osta is presenting its first Ready-to-Wear collection at Paris Fashion Week. The couture brand, which is headed by design duo George Azzi and Assaad Osta, is set to showcase its debut Spring 2019 RTW collection at the Plaza Athénée in Paris on September 27 to 29.

Entitled “The Baroness With a Brush”, the designers drew inspiration from the iconic works of renowned Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka for the brand’s debut ready-to-wear offering. Lempicka, who was active in the 1920s and ’30s, is best known for her Art Deco portraits depicting the high society world. The artist, who passed away in 1980, will forever be linked to the undisputed glamour of the Roaring ’20s, an era which Azzi and Osta aim to encapsulate with their first ready-to-wear offering.

Azzi & Osta Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear. Courtesy of Azzi & Osta

“The collection speaks to the free-spirited woman; the trend-setter who is unique, unconventional in her way of living, and independent” say the Esmod Beirut alumni speaking about the new range of inimitable jumpsuits, gowns, and expertly tailored separates in a vibrant color palette of canary, emerald, crimson, and monochrome.

The couturiers, whose designs have been worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Cardi B, Eva Longoria, and Léa Seydoux, know their way around covetable clothing. Much like their signature couture range, the new collection is punctuated with a high-dosage of glamour, boasting sculptural silhouettes, embroidery appliques, and rich fabrics such as Lurex, double satin, and tulle. Thin blouses with open sleeves could be worn neatly tucked into sharp, high-waisted trousers or maxi skirts, while elegant, form-fitting gowns with high slits can easily be envisioned on red carpets to come.

Azzi & Osta Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear sketch. Courtesy of Azzi & Osta

There are also sheer, long-sleeved dresses delicately embellished with gold embroidery, masterfully cut capes with long, slit-sleeves, and ruffled, high-waisted skirts that women in our region are sure to swoon over. Those looking to get their hands on the covetable collection can purchase when it hits shelves in stores worldwide in March 2019. To see more of the collection before it lands, scroll through the gallery above.

Creative Director: Amine Jreissati

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