“This season has creatively been the most difficult,” Beirut-based couturier Georges Chakra admitted post-show. “At the core of this collection is a message of hope focusing on purity: a white canvas to write a new and inspiring future, of joy to counter the darkness and celebrate the dynamism of energetic youth.”
In reality, this resulted in a collection of ethereal ‘bridal’ looks (Chakra’s focus on the aforementioned “purity” and innocence), and evening dresses constructed in exotic hues with a nod to 70s disco. Multi-layered chiffon, silk and satin ruffles, floral embroidery and feathers all played a starring role. Veils and capes – protection from Chakra’s “darkness”, perhaps – showed upon a number of looks including a Grace Jones-worthy hooded gold mini dress with skater skirt detailing.
Chakra knows his clientele, very well, and their love of sparkle. He adorned many of his looks with sequin or crystal detailing as if to acknowledge their loyalty and provided them with plenty of options in a Pantone that traversed all the colors of the rainbow. Dresses in aquamarine, fuchsia, coral, lime green and lilac, in tulle, iridescent silk and chiffon upped the glam factor, some with floor-skimming capes, others strapless or cut one-shouldered. Click through the gallery above to see some of the runway looks from the show.