Spring 2017 Couture represents the first time Georges Hobeika was admitted to the official haute-couture calendar as an invited member.
Since 2001, Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika has been patiently showing his gleaming, gorgeous collections in Paris, waiting for his moment to be welcomed into the Chambre Syndicale inner circle. While in previous years he has been an invited guest, this season, Hobeika was admitted to the official couture calendar for the first time ever, signifying a co-sign of his extraordinary talent by the most exclusive members of the fashion community. While he has long been a premiere figure in the Middle East, his star has risen swiftly in the global fashion industry, putting him in league with fellow Lebanese designer and spiritual godfather of Middle East fashion Elie Saab.
The majority of the collection felt traditionally red carpet-ready.
For Spring 2017 Couture, Hobeika embraced his moment with enthusiasm and took his signature aesthetic to wonderful places. Case in point: Silk trousers were a pleasant discovery amid a sea of sculptural gowns, as were festively embellished coordinated separates. Other elements felt equally fresh, like a blush-pink silk bed jacket with bell sleeves paired with a pale-lavender sheer maxi skirt or a clinging bodycon cocktail dress with a blue-to-yellow ombré that was constructed from delicate ropes of beading. However, the majority of the collection felt traditionally red carpet-ready. There were sleeveless teacup frocks, floor-scraping gowns with fully beaded surfaces, dresses outfitted with daintily embroidered capes, and multiple looks that favored waterfall ruffles.
Midway through, a shift occurred and looks took on a tropical tinge, which enabled Hobeika to display the full talents of his atelier. These striking dresses featured elaborately embroidered bird-of-paradise faces, branches of floral embroidery, 3D florets, feathered appliqués, and more. For the finale, the designer constructed looks for the bride, the bride’s mother, and the entire bridal entourage with sublime wedding options ranging from button-front maxis with gilded pockets and silk pant suits to an ethereal gown complete with a floral appliquéd train. For his first official outing on the Paris Haute Couture Week calendar, Hobeika cemented his standing among the world’s most elite designers.