Meet the Regional Designers Taking Over Paris Couture Week

Arab design is on the rise

All eyes are on Paris as Couture Week takes over the city. And this season, Arab designers have taken over the runways, marking a season of momentous firsts for regional talent.


From Sandra Mansour to Azzi and Osta, stakes were high as showcases came underway— and the newcomers certainly did not disappoint.


In case you missed it, MILLE brings you the regional designers to keep on your radar.


Sandra Mansour



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L’ombre d’un miracle Collection ✨Créatures Fantastiques Dress & Vent Cristallisé Earrings #sandramansour #sandramansourbridal| photo @thedrewolff

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For this season, Sandra Mansour turned up the volume with her first bridal collection, titled “L’ombre d’un miracle’. With a whimsical line-up of otherworldly designs featuring a myriad of looks—from intricate, embellished to light and flowy and even structured suits—the Lebanese designer exceeded expectations with her first Paris Couture Week showcase.


Azzi and Osta



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AZZI & OSTA Spring-Summer 2019 Couture Presentation | January 24th | Hôtel De Crillon | Paris, France

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With their “Memoirs from the Silk Road” presentation for their Spring 2019 collection, the Beirut-based duo Azzi and Osta solidified themselves as a force to reckon with when it comes to designers coming out of the region. With a colourful palette of blues, greens, and lighter lilac hues in a mix of silk and organza, paired with intricate embroidery—the understated collection hit the mark.


Ashi Studio



For his first Paris Courure Week presentation, Ashi Studio certainly did not disappoint. Taking over the Ritz, the Saudi designer took inspiration from the 1950s and the 1990s for a stunning, feminine showcase full of colourful hues.


Rami Kadi



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@azzaslimene Walking With Textures, Volumes And Thousand of Embroideries To Create A Synergy Of Shapes. #RamiKadi #Couture #PFW #PFW19 #RKSS19

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With Rami Kadi in play, Lebanese design looks to be taking over Paris Couture Week. In a bold presentation at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Kadi looked to burning man for inspiration. Opening with supermodel Coco Rocha, models strutted down the runway in an impressive collection of eccentric, ultra-embellished looks.


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