What do princesses, actresses and modern fairies wear to cocktail parties and gala events? Have a guess, or simply take a look at Georges Hobeika’s Signature Collection for fall/winter 2013/14.
The Lebanese designer focuses on a limited palette of strong colours: petrol, black, navy blue, bordeaux magenta, red, anthracite, gold and yellow. White and pale grey complete the collection. The magic, as usual, is in the mix of textures, embroideries and cuts. My favourite looks of Georges Hobeika’s new Signature Collection? A short white dress with trousers, a semi-transparent and embroidered lace blouse in black, a sleeveless embroidered top in gold with yellow silk trousers, and a one-shoulder evening dress in petrol with golden embroideries on the right side. It’s the first time the designer includes trousers in his Signature Collection. In January 2013, he presented for the first time in a haute couture show a pair of trousers combined with a semi-transparent short dress.
Most of Georges Hobeika’s semi-couture gowns are embellished by hand-made embroideries. Therefore, the production time is longer than in the case of classic prÃªt-Ã -porter. The new Signature Collection features elements of Georges Hobeika’s haute couture collections, but prices are more accessible. They range from 2500 to 11 000 Euros.
“It takes three to four working weeks to finish an embroidered evening gown of Georges Hobeika’s Signature Collection,” explains Nandini, Georges Hobeika’s PR. The whole collection is made in the designer’s ateliers in Beirut, where he employs 60 to 80 people, according to the season. Another 10 people are in charge of the administration. Having his production site in Beirut is an advantage for the designer, given the fact that he can control the whole process.
The Signature Collection also includes shoes and bags.
PHOTOS: GEORGES HOBEIKA’S SIGNATURE COLLECTION FALL/WINTER 2013/2014
Photos: Courtesy of Georges Hobeika
VIDEO: PHOTO SHOOT IN PARIS FOR GEORGES HOBEIKA’S SIGNATURE COLLECTION FALL/WINTER 2013/2014
VIDEO: GEORGES HOBEIKA FASHION SHOW HAUTE COUTURE SPRING/SUMMER 2013
Video: Courtesy of Georges Hobeika