Earlier this month, Maison Rabih Kayrouz was made a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture (just weeks after debuting its first bridal collection), joining 16 other fashion houses (including Givenchy and Alexandre Vauthier) as one of the 17 fashion houses that are officially on the haute couture calendar. On Monday, the Lebanese couturier, who was elected as a guest member in 2016, presented his first collection as a member of Paris’s elite fashion club — 10 year’s after showcasing his first Couture collection in 2009.
Indeed, this season also happens to be the designer’s eponymous label’s 10th anniversary, and he has plenty of reasons to celebrate a decade in the business. Before launching his brand ten years ago, the Lebanese designer studied at the reputed Chambre Syndicale fashion school and made his designer debut by working in the ateliers of Dior and Chanel. After being a guest member of the Paris Haute Couture calendar for almost four years, Kayrouz shifted his design focus to women’s ready-to-wear in 2012. Two years later, French politician Aurélie Filippetti, awarded Kayrouz with the prestigious Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters accolade. He would go on to open his first Parisian boutique — at the back of a courtyard in Paris’ 7th arrondissement — just a year later, and just last November debuted a brand-new bridal collection.
And so, on January 21, at the Parc André Citroën, a former automobile factory situated on the left bank of the river Seine in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, Maison Rabih Kayrouz showcased its Fall 2019 ready-to-wear collection. The show opened with a monochrome tuxedo shirt with slit sleeves and trousers combination, followed by a lineup of expertly-cut separates in a neutral color palette that gave way to saturated hues of hot pink, mustard yellow, and grasshopper green. The offering was also punctuated with tailored trousers in both slim-fit and loose silhouettes, knit turtlenecks, brocade dresses, striped kaftans, embroidered skirts, streamlined outwear, and slinky evening gowns that further proved why he belongs among the ranks of grand couturiers. We can’t wait to see what the designer will achieve in another ten years.