As the curtains rose on couture week, the spotlight shone on the contributions of some of our favorite regional designers.
It wouldn't be Paris Haute Couture Week without Arab couturiers. So renowned for their ability to create astonishing creations that they have singlehandedly carved the region's reputation for couture on the global stage, designers like Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and Rami Al Ali are now the gold standard in the haute couture game. With roots embedded deeply in the rich tapestry of Arab culture and a legacy of craftsmanship, each presented their new collections and unfurled their visions for the Spring 2024 Couture season. Follow along below to discover their latest collections.
In his latest couture collection, Zuhair Murad pays tribute to the Phoenicians and their deep connection with the sea, blending the ancient civilization's spirit with design. The collection features a sensual and radiant celebration of strong female figures adorned with drapery, Greco-Roman pendants, and sea-inspired motifs across luxurious fabrics. Murad's creations, from fluid cuts to intricate embroideries, evoke the joy of waves and the mystical allure of the Mediterranean, embodying a timeless elegance for the modern woman.
Inspired by the mythical desert rose, a mesmerizing journey unfolded at Elie Saab's Spring 2024 Couture show. Weaving its narrative through the enchanting alleys of Marrakesh, the collection brings together lavish textures and sculpted lines with a sumptuous color palette that mirrors the hues and warmth of a desert sunrise. Saab masterfully combines the allure of Marrakesh's vibrant medina with the ethereal beauty of desert landscapes, creating a captivating tapestry of textures, embellishments, and stunning silhouettes.
Georges Hobeika's collection is a heartfelt tribute to the Arab world that brought elements of Middle Eastern glamour and storytelling together. The collection merges childhood nostalgia with the vibrancy of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, echoing the joy of bygone eras while infusing modern sensibilities into each look. Keying in on the spirited glamour of Beirut (the "Paris of the Middle East") in the 60s, the collection features elegant silhouettes and playful cultural elements.
Rami Al Ali
As a poetic tribute to Bedouin heritage, Rami Al Ali’s Spring 2024 Couture collection was a blend of traditional elegance with contemporary design. This 30-piece collection, infused with Al Ali's childhood memories, showcases a range of silhouettes from refined dresses to an exquisite bridal piece, emphasizing the demure elegance and mystique of the Bedouin lifestyle. The collection was marked by its use of light, airy fabrics, and a sophisticated color palette.
Ziad Nakad's return to Paris Haute Couture Week had our expectations high – and he did not disappoint. Inspired by the City of Light's iconic architecture, particularly the Panthéon, his collection featured sculptural designs in a palette from monochrome and shimmering metallics to blush pink and royal purple. With an emphasis on geometric patterns and mosaic-like embroidery, the collection represents Nakad's affection for both Paris and Beirut, presenting grandiose yet intimate pieces that demonstrate his unique blend of cultural influences and design prowess.