The first Arab designer to stage a runway show at this season’s Paris Couture Week, Georges Hobeika‘s Fall/Winter 2022 collection is titled ‘Eternal Gifts’. Below, are five things to know about the presentation.
1. It was the first show with Jad Hobeika as co-creative director
Earlier this year, ahead of the Beirut and Paris-based brand’s 27th anniversary, designer Georges Hobeika announced that his son, Jad, will join him as co-creative director of his namesake label. “Jad was born in this universe and over the years I gave him more and more space to create because I trust his ideas and hard work,” Hobeika had stated at the time. “He brings something very youthful and modern to the brand.” This was evident in the duo’s debut show since the partnership, which also marks a new chapter for the storied maison.
2. The collection is an ode to Mother Nature, the planet Earth, and humanity
The show notes for the collection read that the pieces were inspired by a need to pay tribute to Earth, humanity, and the “rare gifts” of Mother Nature. Reminded by Georges Hobeika this season, the sentiment continues to be one of the biggest to come out of the Covid-19 lockdowns around the world, as the fashion industry does its bit to honor the planet. Presented on the runway by models like Saudi talent Amira Al Zuhair and influencer Leonie Hanne, art-like pieces in mesmerizing hues aimed to capture the natural wonders of the world, from waterfalls to the sun.
3. Maximalist details reigned supreme
Among other things, it is Georges Hobeika’s jaw-dropping elements that have led its pieces to be a celebrity-favorite, having been worn by Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and many more. These very details were championed this season by employing “innovative techniques” inspired by the ever-changing world, from airbrushed fabrics to metallic spikes. On the runway, pieces came dripping entirely in crystal embroidery, lined with feathers, showcasing daring cuts, and others blooming with a bunch of flowers. Expect to see some of these on your favorite stars walking the red carpet soon.
4. The collection evoked a Mediterranean sunset for Fall/Winter 2022
Borrowing from “Mother Nature’s palette”, Georges Hobeika painted a Mediterranean sunset in the collection that rekindles the cheerful spirit of summer in the colder season. Think, fresh hues of ocean-inspired blues and sunset tones of peachy orange, and yellow, merging with fuchsia and pink, and punctuated by a delicate pistachio shade and glittering black.
5. The Georges Hobeika woman values self-expression
A constant theme in the collection was that of the freedom to express yourself—whether that is in a spiky mini dress, or a floor-grazing gown with layers of ruffles jutting out. According to the brand, the Georges Hobeika woman is one who is “valiantly navigating a new world taking shape in front of our eyes,” and what better than pieces meticulously crafted by the seamstresses in the brand’s Beirut atelier as the wardrobe?