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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

“Fairouz” Dazzles the Audience at the first Edition of the Beirut Art Film Festival in Lebanon!

After a year of preparation, the first edition of the Beirut Art Film Festival came to life with a great selection of documentaries from around the world. On Wednesday November 4 the festival was inaugurated with the presence of the organizers, partners, cinema professionals and public figures, all gathered at one place: Metropolis Cinema – Sofil, Ashrafieh (Lebanon).

Fairouz (1998) by Frédéric Mitterrand

The opening was consecrated with the 1998 documentary Fairouz by French journalist Frédéric Mitterrand. The documentary features interviews with our ambassador to the stars as well as a roundup of her life: from Al Basta invery where she led a modest life with her family, till her international huge success. Fairouz herself talked about her early life, her first steps in the music world and the crucial moment when she met Assi who would become her husband and lifetime partner and his brother Mansour Rahbani, a turning point in her career and life.

The message that was carried by the 1998 documentary is kind of prophetic. It tells the great deception of Fairouz who disappeared after her last ovation in 1994 in Beirut and wouldn’t return until her faith in Lebanon is restored.

Dalí’s Last Masterpiece (2015) by David Pujol
Dalí’s Last Masterpiece (2015) by David Pujol

The festival will screen a well-chosen bouquet of great documentaries that meet all people’s tastes and likings. A worldwide premiere of David Pujol’s Dalí’s Last Masterpiece is happening on November 5, 2015. Check the full program of the festival.

For more information, visit www.bafflebanon.org

The opening ceremony was organized by Luxury Limited Edition by Cynthia Sarkis Perros

Post written by Nadine Asmar

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