Lebanese Designers’ Golden Age

Yara El Banna
Staff Writer


  Miuccia Prada once said: “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.”

   Fashion is an instant language. It’s more about self-expression, making a statement, and evolution than anything else.
   Fashion designers are definitely the ones who pave the way for this evolution, and there could be no better time to see their creations than at celebrity red-carpet awards and events. Fortunately, some Lebanese designers have become favorites and have had a huge share in the fabulous looks of many celebrities at such events.
  Recent award shows, such as the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, were a showcase for some major Lebanese designers.
  On January 6, for example, Julianne Hough wowed in a sparkling Tony Ward couture dress while Lea Michele made an appearance in an Elie Saab ready-to-wear short dress.     Few days after on January 10, a great number of celebrities dazzled the paparazzi and their fans in glamourous Lebanese designer dresses at the Golden Globes.
  Jenna Dewan Tatum, Channing Tatum’s wife who is of Lebanese origin, strutted a starry gown by Zuhair Murad. Malin Akerman, on the other hand, put on a light hued dress by Reem Acra.
  Joanne Froggatt also chose to appear in one of Reem Acra’s designs and wore a dusty blue gown, whereas Eva Green showed off in a shimmering dress by Elie Saab Haute Couture. The last Lebanese look of that night was a phenomenal dress by Georges Hobeika worn by Eva Longoria.
  One week after, on January 17, the Critics’ Choice Awards unveiled another parade of Lebanese-designed gowns. Rachel McAdams stunned in an Elie Saab dress. Both Krysten Ritter and Marisa Tomei chose to be dressed by Zuhair Murad.
  Also, Alexandra Daddario was spotted in a gold sequin dress designed by Reem Acra at the Critics’ Choice Awards after party.
  The month of January ended with the SAG awards, where Rachel McAdams wore a stunning Elie Saab dress again while Marisa Tomei was dressed in Zuhair Murad. The first set of awards showed a promising future for many Lebanese designers, proving once again that the Lebanese can shine here and abroad.
  It’s worthy to note that many celebrities choose to wear Lebanese designer gowns. Jennifer Lopez, for instance, took off her oversized fur coat during her most recent show to reveal a Zuhair Murad sparkly bikini fitted over a mesh bodysuit. Let’s not forget Miss France’s choice of wearing Tony Ward.
  As the new season of awards approaches, one can only hope Lebanese designers always have a fair share of the red carpet!

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