When I discovered French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, it felt like I finally discovered one of the greatest masters of all time. It was back in 2013 – yes pretty recently considering his career and greatest fashion moments – in Paris where I was mesmerized by his unique creations which were exposed at Galliera Museum and displayed at Galeries Lafayette. I remember the precision of his cut – never trust a designer who can’t handle a pair of scissors! , his timeless close-fitting designs – could be worn anytime and throughout the years – and the architectural shapes. The latter could have been influenced by his early career as a sculptor and his fascination for the human form.
Alaïa was known as a rebel in the fashion industry. He never abided by fashion weeks’ calendars, organizing his own shows according to his own schedule. The man in black who greatly impacted the 80s and could stand out on the runway despite his small figure was one of the most independent designers yet one of the most influential.
I can’t recall Alaïa through the hundreds of public figures who wore one of his designs. Because what makes Alaïa so special is his own design not who wore it as well as the statement he made: fashion is more than a piece of clothing: it is a way of empowering women.
Sonia Rykiel’s influence in the world of fashion was seen and often compared toCoco 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.
Francoise Hardy in Sonia Rykiel
Sonia Rykiel for H&M
Le Poor Boy sweater
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.
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.
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 herWilliam Khourymasterpiece.
William Khoury is gone… On Thursday, January 21st, 2016, the famous designer died in his home in Beirut. He was 75.
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.
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.
William Khoury, the King of elegance and boldness … RIP
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
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
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
Oscar de la Renta and Audrey Hepburn, 1989
Audrey Hepburn eating pasta with Oscar de la Renta in Estoril (Cascais), Portugal, 1968
The ODL mythic gown Audrey Hepburn wore in Sabrina
Jacqueline Kennedy wearing an Oscar de la Renta’s dress for her wedding to John Kennedy
A style that never fades: Jacqueline in ODL
Oscar de la Renta with Princess Diana
Amy Adams, 2013 Academy Awards
Cameron Diaz, 2010 Oscars
Kerry Washington at the 44th Annual NAACP
Oprah in an Oscar de la Renta
Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta – MET GALA 2014-Red Carpet
Amal Alamuddin in ODL
What would be the most remembered picture of the designer before his death : Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress fitting