Climbing the stairs to the Rabih Kayrouz atelier in Paris’s Saint Germain neighborhood, guests were met with a surprise. There were no seats. Instead, the floor was packed with people, eyes turned towards the elevated platform, where a piano was positioned. Christophe Bevilacqua, a 71-year-old French singer, exited from behind a white wall to play a string of hits, among them “Les mots bleus” (1974). Unfortunately, the majority of the guests didn’t realize they were witnessing a veritable French pop icon play for them. They braved the increasing heat inside the sun-drenched room out of respect for the beloved Lebanese designer. While Bevilacqua sang, dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet twirled on the stairs in an interpretive dance showcasing looks from the Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection by Maison Rabih Kayrouz.
This is something Kayrouz has showcased before and allows guests to witness a live performance that conveys the mood of the house. Free-spirited, at one with the earth, at one with oneself. Kayrouz women are confident in their bodies, but prefer a silhouette that is loose and free-flowing.
The clothes the were showcased (albeit we only saw a handful of looks) were in the same vein as the Spring 2017 collection.
The colors were softer, however. Except for a neon green trench that held everyone’s gaze like the wistful light of The Great Gatsby‘s East Egg dock, representing hopes and dreams, now attainable in a tailored, classic silhouette. The full collection is striking, dotted with bold colors and dialed down with wearable key pieces.