Rabih Kayrouz celebrated his 20th anniversary with a upbeat, optimistic collection. Filled with eye-popping colours and walked by many of the Lebanese designer's friends, Kayrouz's trademark architectural approach was put aside in favour of more relaxed and wearable pieces.
Lebanon's Jebran marked his Couture Week debut with a technically skilled collection that showed off his remarkable cutting skills. Already a hit with A-list celebrities, this beautiful opening salvo will no doubt attract a whole new audience of devotees.
Lebanese designer Hobeika offered a truly dreamy show, filled with all the romantic froth we have come to expect. A charming blizzard of sequins, silk and feathers, this was very much aimed at the woman who dresses for dinner.
A relatively new arrival on the haute couture circuit, the Lebanese duo of Azzi & Osta nonetheless delivered an assured show brimming with sharp detailing. Known for dresses with well executed cut-away panels, this show instead offered something more elegant and more refined, hinting at a new direction. Thankfully, the skilled construction was still much in evidence, but now within a more formal silhouette.
A experienced hand at Haute Couture week, Al Ali once again delivered a concise yet broad-reaching collection. With a deep understanding of what his clients really want, the Syrian designer moved from classical goddess gowns to ultra modern cocktail dresses by way of full skirts and boat neck collars. Little wonder, therefore, that so many women turn to the house when they want to ramp up the glam.