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Nicolas Jebran Shares an Uplifting Message on the Power of Creativity

Nicolas Jebran

Nicolas Jebran photographed by Julian Torres for Vogue Arabia September 2019.

While most of the fashion world is still reeling from the likely longterm effects of Covid-19‘s global lockdown, Lebanese couturier Nicolas Jebran is optimistic about a better and brighter future ahead for his beloved industry. Infusing a ray of positivity into the often daunting state of the unknown, Jebran shared a short film on his Instagram feed yesterday “dedicated for a colorful tomorrow”. The brief video montage showcased some of his most vibrant designs—including a rainbow-embroidered Lebanon—woven between clips of the Arab designer strolling down sunlit streets of Beirut. In the background, Jebran voiced an uplifting message on the power of creativity, all the while encouraging his fellow community of creatives to remain confident in their ability to overcome life’s momentary challenges and continue crafting beauty from the ashes of darkness.

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“No matter how severe the celestial changes are…
No matter their harsh effect on planet earth…
Even if the now is devastating…
And even if we cannot often see the smiles of our beloved…
We will keep on trying…

We will keep creating beauty from the ugliness of the moments…
We will keep seeing the colors regardless of the deepness of the black…
The infinite colors of this eternal city…

Let’s think deeper!
All dreadful times come to an end…
And all hardship shall go…
And all over again, we will be able to create from all this blackness an ultimate color palette, full of life!”

After designing his second Paris Couture Week collection amidst debilitating political turmoil in Lebanon this year, Jebran is unfortunately well-versed in the “schizophrenic” and “heartbreaking” struggles of creating while the outside world is undergoing extreme trauma. However, it’s because of this tumultuous past and what he describes as a Lebanese fighter mentality that he is passionately hopeful of the fashion industry’s will to rebuild and transform into a promising landscape of progress and new beginnings.

“When you have to sit and create while at the same your heart aches for your beloved country…it’s schizophrenic indeed and heartbreaking,” Jebran previously told Vogue Arabia. “But, our will to keep our country alive is much more powerful. We pray, we work hard, and definitely things are going to get in place. It’s in our DNA as Lebanese to be fighters, reflecting a much better image than the reality we are living.”

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