Lebanese couturier and master of the red carpet Georges Hobeika looks to the melting pot of cultures that is Andalusia.
At the bottom of Spain lies Andalusia, a region that stretches out to greet the northernmost tip of Morocco, thereby connecting Europe to North Africa via the Strait of Gibraltar. Given its unique position as a gateway between continents, Andalusia is a melting pot of influences reflecting the reach of Roman, Byzantine, Visigothic, and Islamic Berber empires. To say that a design is “Andalusian” in origin is to denote the impact of overlapping cultures.
When Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika named his Fall 2017 Couture collection ‘The Magic of Andalusia’, he was referring to the region’s spectacular array of fusion-driven design, which combines vivid colors, mosaic tiling, honeycomb structures, and symmetrical patterns. These elements informed a vibrant patchwork of embroidery and embellishment, which create intricate patterns on the surface of elegant gowns, cocktail dresses, and more.
As a master of the red carpet, Hobeika is an expert in translating his vision in the most lavish way possible.
As a master of the red carpet, Hobeika is an expert in translating his vision in the most lavish way possible, but this Fall 2017 Couture collection felt slightly more experimental than usual. Many of his looks came with attachés, like capes, trains, hoods, and sheer sashes wrapped around the arms, which brought enhanced volume and movement to traditional hourglass silhouettes. In particular, a beaded purple gown with a silk hood and cape imparted a dramatic impression, while a halter-neck gown with a thigh-high slit and floral-embroidered cape amplified the collection’s exotic origin story.
A finale of metallic, gossamer gowns departed from the theme. One showed a fan-shaped arc of microscopic crystal beading spreading across the body from the hip, while another “cold shoulder” look featured an ethereal, glittering finish and billowing sleeves. These standalone looks were so finely engineered that they appeared to have been spun from celestial thread, demonstrating Hobeika’s skill at bringing fantasy back to fashion.