With Fashion Forward Dubai, kicking its second season with an array of local catwalk designers and heaps of local talent at the Exhibition hall, our eyes were firmly on Starch Foundation‘s designers, a collective of young Lebanese talented kids who are mentored by one of Lebanon’s fashion legends, Rabih Keyrouz. After having built his career on couture wedding gowns and intricately cut evening wear, he has been mentoring a group of young Lebanese designers to help them kick start their career. Below is our edit of the best pieces shown on the catwalk.
Our hearts stopped during Hussein Bazaza’s ethereal show of wispy dresses in glorious patchworks of lace, crepe and silk. We particularly loved the full-skirted lace dress with a red back detail, the short white cocktail dress and a demure golden dress with a button cut detail on the back. but the true showstopper of the night was a long evening dress in layers of red silk.
The next young designer who showed his collection was Bashar Assaf, with a clearly different feel to the collection and a more minimalistic and geometric direction. The colour palette was a harmonious blend of concrete grey, sky blue and crisp white. We are particularly coveting the mini cocktail dress with the white collar.
Lara Khoury who was part of Starch 2008edition , stunned us with a Swan-like costume made of an intricately constructed concrete grey skirt and a mushroom bandeau top. We just wish we could have seen more variations on this stunning creation, perhaps in the form of a dress or additional skirts in different colours.