The collections of the two world-renowned Lebanese designers dazzled the public of the Fashion Week this Wednesday in Paris, during their respective shows presenting their spring-summer 2022 collections. And as always, the Lebanese "touch" is very noticeable in the creations of these two giants of haute couture.
They are two regulars of the Parisian fashion weeks, and they both come from Lebanon. They dress Hollywood stars, create wedding dresses for (real) princesses, and have made their names into world-renowned haute couture brands. You’ve probably seen their creations on the red carpets of the Cannes Film Festival, the Grammy’s, the Oscar’s, or during a show of the singer Celine Dion in Las Vegas. You’ve already passed by one of their boutiques in the chic 8th arrondissement of Paris, at Harrods in London, and of course, in Beirut.
In other words, you couldn’t miss these sparkling, colorful, asymmetrical but always perfectly ordered dresses.
A typical Lebanese touch
Because if Saab and Murad have each their own distinct style, it is clear that their dresses have a Lebanese label that seduces beyond the Middle East. And this Wednesday in Paris, in front of several celebrities from the world of fashion, cinema and social media, models adorned with the spectacular collections of Lebanese designers have paraded. After two years of the Covid-19 pandemic and the turmoil in their native country, a festive air emerges from these two collections, very worldly and glittery for Zuhair Murad, very Mediterranean and colorful for Elie Saab.
“We need to dream, today more than ever. We need to travel with our imagination, to forget a little of ourselves and the hardships that our reality puts us through.”
As for hardships, Zuhair Murad has experienced it during the past two years, with the collapse of his Beirut offices in the tragic blast in the port of the Lebanese capital on August 4, 2020. “Even if there are fewer opportunities than before, losing hope in the future is not an option for me,” he says, adding that he is ready to give back the desire for socializing to his many clients eager to wear his new creations – and we understand them.
Elie Saab has also experienced the same difficulties: the destruction of his offices in 2020, fewer opportunities to dress his famous clients for weddings and parties. But the Lebanese designer does not lose hope, far from it: “We, the Lebanese, when we go through difficult times, we turn it into something better…”
And it is indeed the best that came out of these magical collections unveiled by Saab and Murad in Paris, colorful, elegant, joyful: everything that makes Lebanese fashion so unique and refined.