Nour Abdel Baki
If you’re wondering about “Project Runway Middle East”, the new season for this year aired last Sunday, Nov. 19. Appearing on MBC 4 every Sunday at 9:30 pm Beirut time, “Project Runway Middle East” is the show you want to watch if you’re interested in the art of fashion.
If you don’t know, “Project Runway Middle East” is the Arab version of the booming American reality TV show “Project Runway” which is hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum and features a fancy list of jurors.
After the original show was aired on MBC 4 for quite a few seasons, the Arab version has emerged and taken the spotlight for the second year in a row. Including the most interesting panel of judges, it features the world famous Elie Saab, the Lebanese designer who has made it across the globe, as well as Afef Jnifen, the Tunisian/Italian fashion model, actress and TV presenter, and this season’s new member Yousra, the Egyptian actress who is known for her unique and elegant style.
To top that, this year’s host is Miss Lebanon’s Valerie Abou Chacra who has exhibited diverse and exceptional talent in many domains and is now hosting MBC 4’s blockbuster show.
The show presents 12 contestants from all across the Arab world who compete over the course of a few months to become the “next top designer” and of course be taught under the supervision of Elie Saab.
Contestants are eliminated one episode after the other, after they face interesting and challenging situations that test their ability to tolerate stressful workload while producing a beautiful garment. The degree of difficulty increases with every episode as more limitations are added, such as time, budget, materials or overwhelming themes.
However, contestants this year are mentored and aided by Saudi fashion designer and entrepreneur Reem Faisal, who follows up with them and helps them through the design process before the runway.
Last season’s winner in the fashion show finale was Lebanese designer, Alaa Najd, winning a good amount of money for his startup company. Who do you think is going to make it this year?