June 29, 2022

Renowned Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab after nearly two years has returned to the Paris Fashion week with a collection of vibrant, red carpet-ready looks.

According to Saab, he sensed a need to release a new collection for his clients, as they want things that are flashy, with colours, lively things whilst turning the page on a difficult period marked by the Beirut port blast and COVID-19.

The designer for his latest collection has drawn on the influence of the Mediterranean region’s colours and civilizations, and also worked with bright hues into his collection.

The models wound around the room in tulle ball gowns and capes covered in bright Bougainvillea flowers, which contrasted in texture and colour with shimmery blue-toned dresses covered in embroidery.

Saab’s previous runway show in the French capital took place just before the novel coronavirus swept across the globe halting travel and prompting lockdowns in February 2020. While key events, such as weddings and awards ceremonies that send clients to the brand remained cancelled for months.

Then, in August, Beirut was rocked by the explosion that killed more than 200 people, wounded thousands and laid waste to entire neighbourhoods.

The offices of the designer’s namesake label were badly damaged, as was his home, its arches and marbled columns covered with dust and rubble.

However, work continued on his home.
The designer, who founded his label in 1982, at the height of the country’s 1975-1990 civil war commented that there’s still my house that was destroyed as well, but they are still finishing the works.

Lastly, he mentioned that the Lebanese, when they go through difficult times, each time they experience difficult times, and transform the challenge into something better.