Category Archives: Legends

Sonia Rykiel: The Queen of Knitwear Dies at 86

Sonia Rykiel’s influence in the world of fashion was seen and often compared to Coco Chanel’s. Both advocated in favor of liberating the woman’s body from sombre tones and skirts. She was seen as a symbol of eccentricity with her designs and it fitted her well since she wanted to make clothes to stand out from the crowd.

Known as the “queen of knitwear”, Sonia Rykiel opened her first boutique in Paris in the 60s. She dressed major figures like Francoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan and Audrey Hepburn. She will be remembered through her stripes, her flame hair and her perseverance despite her illness.

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Vincent Through the Eyes of Van Gogh!

We have seen so many innovative and creative styles of films in the past few years, but this one is a mind blowing work of art in the history of cinema! The creative and incredibly talented team of Loving Vincent brought Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings back to life in a long feature film directed by Polish painter and director Dorota Kobiela and Oscar-winning producer Hugh Welchman. This film is the resulting work of a large crew, composed of 100 painters trained to work on the same method of painting, in order to create the homogeneity of the film. It is also produced by Oscar-winning studios: Breakthru Films and Trademark Films.

Loving Vincent tells the story of Vincent Van Gogh’s life through his animated paintings. It is worth mentioning that are 12 oil paintings per second in the movie.

Also read: Vermeer and Van Gogh visiting the Lebanese University

The creators are looking for talented painters to join their team, and they are inviting them to submit their art portfolio through their website.

As Van Gogh once said:

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”

and that’s the case of this piece of art that we’re impatiently waiting for.

Post written by Nadine Asmar

 

A Doll Box at Chanel’s Fashion Show

At a doll house-themed fashion show in Paris, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld launched his SS Couture Collection surrounded by Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow and Diane Kruger among major figures attending the show which featured Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.

Ivory, gold, sequins, capes, a new accessory we identified as what could be a phone case on the models’ waists and a stunning Jenner in a plunging black dress were the main signature of this event.

You can follow all our Paris Fashion Week coverage on our hashtag #CineTrotterPFW

 

The King of Elegance and Boldness is Gone

We all remember the glowing Georgina Rizk at the 1971 Miss Universe Pageant, wearing a daring emerald costume which matched the color of her beautiful eyes. The amazing look is still considered one of the few looks which shattered pageant stereotypes worldwide (Girls Who Shattered Pageant Stereotypes).

Thanks to that unforgettable look, Georgina stood out among all contestants and won the title and the crown. Since then, few, I could even say no Miss Lebanon was able to stand out the way Georgina did in her William Khoury masterpiece.

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William Khoury is gone… On Thursday, January 21st, 2016, the famous designer died in his home in Beirut. He was 75.

William Khoury is locally known for his collaborations with great figures like Sabah, Majida El Roumi, Salwa Katrib, Najwa Karam, Najah Salam, Samira Tawfik and Iran’s Empress Farah Diba making him one of the very first Lebanese designers to step into the fashion world internationally.

He designed more than 400 dresses for Sabah, making her the queen of elegance and matching her style with empresses’. He was well-known for his abayas as well as for his bold and unforgettable creations.

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Sabah’s fitting session with William Khoury

He organized an exhibition for Sabah’s gowns and displayed at Beit Eddine venue 25 dresses he carefully chose from a collection of 100 dresses he cherished and preserved.

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Sabah’s growns in the exhibition

William Khoury, the King of elegance and boldness … RIP

The Everlasting Star: SABAH

Even at 87, Sabah didn’t stop dazzling the audience with her great sense of fashion and her daring choices of colors, fabrics, styles and designers. She will always be remembered as a fashionista with bold choices that made her a worldwide renowned star.

At the time Sabah rose as a young star of the gold black and white screen, fashion choices were limited. Colorful, sparkling, and above all expectations, Sabah was always glamorous. In the 70s, Sabah made a scandal when she wore tiny shorts on stage. She was considered a fashion icon in the Middle-East and abroad.

Sabah collaborated with many famous fashion designers like William Khoury, Robert Abi Nader, Ella Zahlan, Zuhair Murad and Nabil Younes. She was an inspiration for many fashion designers like Ella Zahlan and Sarah’s bag. Many designers owe Sabah their success who was always generous towards them. She never gave importance to a designer’s fame: she only wore what made her beautiful, happy and shining.

Fashion tip from Sabah: Whatever you are wearing, don’t forget to add your smile because it’s what makes a woman truly beautiful.

  • Sabah in William Khoury

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  • Sabah in Ella Zahlan

  • Sabah in Nabil Younes

  • Sabah inspired Sarah’s bag

  • Sabah making an appearance in a beautiful colorful dress in Aractingi’s movie Bosta

At that time, everyone wanted to be like Sabah…. Everyone wanted to be Sabah

Rest In Peace Sabah, the Legend

Fashion is a trend, style lives within a person: From Jackie and Audrey to Diana and Amal

Oscar de la Renta rose as a major figure in the fashion world thanks to dressing the former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy

He worked for major fashion houses – Balenciaga, del Castillo, Lanvin and Balmain – before founding his own fashion house. At Balenciaga, he used to pick pins up from the floor”. At Lanvin, they asked him to run a gig: to drape, though he never did it! He called a fashion school and asked them to teach him in a month what they teach in a year!

He was the costume designer of one episode of “Great Performances: Dance in America”

He appeared as himself in many documentaries, TV shows and movies

He was a major contributor to the internationalization of the American style, hitting runways after runways with style, elegance and taste

He crafted a dress like a piece of art: embroideries, lace, and all the delicateness a woman could inspire him

Some of the best and rare moments of Oscar de la Renta