We’re not name dropping here, but some of the biggest designers in the fashion industry at the moment have emerged from Lebanon – think: Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, and Reem Acra. If you’re curious to know who might be following in their footsteps, or just want to keep up to date with the fresh, new talent coming out of the country, and you happen to be in London between the 19th and the 23rd of February, a visit to Somerset House should be on your agenda.
The Arab British Centre, an organization that promotes Arab-related arts and cultural events in London to encourage a better understanding of Arab culture, has teamed up with the Starch Foundation, a program started seven years ago in Beirut by fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz and fashion entrepreneur Tala Hajjar that aims to mentor and nurture talented up-and-coming designers from Lebanon, for an exhibition not to be missed during London Fashion Week, Blueprint Beirut.
This year marks Lebanon’s first participation in Fashion Utopias, which is the fifth edition of the annual International Fashion Showcase celebrating the universal relevance of fashion in contemporary culture, with Blueprint Beirut. Curated by Tala Hajjar, Blueprint Beirut will be an exhibition of customized pieces from eight exciting and emerging names like Mira Hayek, Joe Arida, Bashar Assaf, and Timi Hayek, to name a few, reflecting on the Lebanese fashion journey towards a future that is grounded in Mediterranean heritage. The fashion items will be displayed inside architect Elie Metni’s interpretation of a traditional Lebanese home.