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
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).
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.
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.
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