Rula Galayini’s Fall 2018 collection can best be summarized with one simple quote: “Less is more.” The Lebanese accessories designer, who looked to influential German architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe for inspiration this season, explains, “We wanted to create impactful forms with the least number of aesthetic focal points. On a more metaphorical level, we wanted are designs to reflect youthful idealism and purity of being, through the purity of shape and form.” Those looking for embellishments, prints, and vibrant colors won’t find them here. Since relaunching her handbag label from Poupée Couture to her own name three years ago, Galayini has totally revamped the formerly ultra-feminine label, purposefully toning down the brand’s DNA a notch, and transforming it into a line-up of power accessories. Cue: Fall 2018, which champions classic, everyday bags.
Punctuated by subtle gold hardware and intricate detailing on leather straps, the versatile pieces come in five different designs and colorways, and can be worn as a top handle or crossbody. In addition to the Leia and the Jude bags, named after her newborn twins (they were designed whilst she was pregnant), the collection also comprises photogenic leather clutches big enough to carry your lipstick and credit card for an evening option.
The Lebanese accessory designer’s pieces have been championed by the likes of Tunisian actress Hend Sabri, Ascia Akf, and Joelle Mardinian. However, as for the woman she envisioned wearing her designs when she was creating her newest range, Galayini reveals she “may not be a woman of many words, but is definitely someone with weighty impact”. “She is focused on what matters the most to her, and is not swayed by social or cultural expectation. She constantly thrives to be the best version of herself, and in doing so earns the admiration and respect of those around her.”
So what’s next for the 2016 DDFC/Vogue Arabia Fashion Prize alumni, whose brand has just launched on Farfetch and in boutiques dotted throughout China? “In the coming months, we’ll be working with our retail partners on creating Rula Galayini bespoke bag workshops for their customers.” Eco-conscious fans of the brand will be even more pleased to learn the rest of the exciting news coming from the Rula Galayini studio: “Customers can expect all designs to be socially and environmentally responsible as we now place heavy effort on ensuring the sustainability of our products.”
In the gallery above, find your first look at the Rula Galayini Fall 2018 collection, photographed by Mark Ganzon and styled by Lara Akkari.