Breaking fashion news this morning from the Oscars, Giuliana Rancic is wearing a dress by Lebanese designers Azzi & Osta
Some of the finest Lebanese designers such as Elie Saab, Zuhair Mrad, George Chakra and Reem Acra have made international headlines with their unique couture and ready to wear creations dressing up the world’s biggest names. They have taken the fashion scene by storm as they represent lebanese beauty, refinement and elegance.
In recent years, a new dynamic crop of lebanese designers have been on the rise. Many of whom’s careers have been launched thanks to the Starch Foundation and it’s co-founders Rabih Kayrouz and Tala Hajjar. Starch is an NGO that helps designers produce, promote and sell their collections in Lebanon and abroad. They have helped them find a home. This organisation has been the key to kickstart many young designers careers, some set to become household names.
This year’s International Fashion Showcase in London, which gives an insight on the industry’s future, featured works of 80 emerging designers from 24 countries. The Starch Foundation, in partnership with the Arab British Center, presented “Blueprint Beirut”, an exhibition curated by Tala Hajjar, designed by Elie Metni, showcasing Bashar Assaf, Bird on a Wire by Rayya Marcos, Das by Sevag Dilsizian, La Terre Est Folle by Joe Arida, Margherita by Margherita Abi-Hanna, Mira Hayek, Nour Najem and Timi Hayek. And they took home a well deserved “Best Curator” award ! We applaud and salute such initiatives that shed light on lebanese creativity and talent.
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