It was only a few decades ago that the Middle East had virtually no representation at Paris Haute Couture Week, but the pioneering efforts of Elie Saab changed all of that. In the present day, both off-calendar presenters and officially sanctioned members of the couture calendar from the Arab world showcase their tremendous talents at Paris Couture Week, thereby elevating the profile of the Middle Eastern fashion industry.
See the best looks from each of their collections, below.
For Spring 2017 Couture, Elie Saab paid homage to one of his constant sources of inspiration, the golden light of Lebanon, with a glittering, ethereal parade of finely crafted gowns.
After showing in Paris as an invited guest for many years, Georges Hobeika showed at Paris Haute Couture Week as an invited member for the first time during the Spring 2017 Couture season. The beautiful craftsmanship of his collection proved the merit of his new status.
Mohammed Ashi of Ashi Studio enchanted us with a brilliantly engineered Spring 2017 Couture collection that turned his models into living sculptures.
A rainbow-brite collection from Rami Kadi entitled ‘Tourbillon Céleste’ featured impressive embroidery skills and delightful multi-colored patches shot through with Swarovski crystals.
Rami Al Ali
Rami Al Ali dedicated his exquisite Spring 2017 Couture collection to the Sakura tree and the cherry blossom with an inventive take on Eastern styles displayed in magnificent, architectural silhouettes.
Pastoral florals, sweet pastels, and beautiful draping at Georges Chakra Spring 2017 Couture left a refreshing impression of femininity.
Zuhair Murad’s stunning Spring 2017 Couture collection brought sizzling drama and an eye-popping color palette to the Couture Week catwalk.
Maison Rabih Kayrouz
Maison Rabih Kayrouz has developed a knack for creating finely tailored and draped couture clothes that are also incredibly easy to wear, timeless, and effortlessly chic.