The region is home to the most creative and talented couturiers of our time. From household names like Azzedine Alaia and Zuhair Murad to newly-established design houses such as Monot and Benchellal, there is no shortage of design talent from our neck of the woods making a tremendous impact on the world of celebrity.
In fact, we only have Arab designers to thank when it comes to some of the most memorable fashion moments in recent years. For example, when Halle Berry made history in 2002 as the first black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress wearing a now-iconic Elie Saab burgundy gown with a see-through corset and floral detailing.
Now with Paris Haute Couture Week right around the corner, Arab design talent will be placed center stage once more. Below, 5 homegrown designers set to display their exquisite couture creations during the four days of extravagant shows that you don’t want to miss.
Kicking things off is the Lebanese couturier who will be presenting his fall 2023 couture collection titled “Eternal Gifts” on July 4, which marks the first day of Paris Haute Couture Week. Those who won’t be able to make it to the French capital will be pleased to know that the runway show will also be livestreamed across Hobeika’s social media pages.
The Beirut-based Saudi couturier Mohamed Ashi is set to present the Ashi Studio fall 2023 couture collection at the American Cathedral in Paris on July 5. Expect dramatic silhouettes, voluminous sleeves, ruffles, and endless trains.
We can always count on the Ras Baalbek-born couturier to dial up the drama when it comes to his runway shows. One needn’t look any further than his last couture offering for spring 2022 in January, inspired by Byron-esque 18th-century pirates. Though little has been revealed about his forthcoming collection for fall 2023 on July 6, one thing is for sure: It will not fall short on glamor.
On July 6, the Beirut-born couturier is inviting his loyal list of clients, which includes A-listers and royalty, into his glitzy, model-filled world. The invitation-only runway presentation, which will also be livestreamed, is one of the most-anticipated tickets of the Haute Couture calendar without a doubt.
The Syrian designer’s upcoming fall 2023 couture collection is set to take place on July 7 at Artcurial, a French auction house in Paris, which is making headlines for auctioning real estate in the form of NFTs. The show venue could suggest that perhaps Al-Ali has an NFT collection up his sleeve. We’ll just have to wait and see.