fall/winter 2022

The Best Modest Looks from Paris Couture Week Fall/Winter 2022

The Best Modest Looks from Paris Couture Week Fall/Winter 2022

Jean Paul Gaultier
A great season for modest fashion, the Fall/Winter 2022 Paris Couture Week explored demure looks in all shapes and forms.
They were in abundance at Dior, where Maria Grazia Chiuri collaborated with Kyiv artist Olesia Trofymenko on a collection themed around folklore from Ukraine, the Tree of Life. Chanel, too, incorporated many full-length pieces like long skirts and trousers paired with coats and jackets. A gold ankle-length coat with the black Chanel monograms all over stood out in particular, as it is sure to be a hit in the Middle East. Hints of the region were also present at Alexis Mabille, where kaftan-inspired pieces and dresses with capes came down the runway. At Armani Privé, the designer explored his signature blazer and trouser silhouette in glitzy fabrics, including one in shocking pink. As for Balenciaga, Demna’s version of modesty came cloaked in anonymity as models wore futuristic headpieces and were dressed head-to-toe in cutting-edge fabrics.
Arab designers like Georges Hobeika, Elie Saab, and Ashi Studio touched upon modesty in statement and festive dresses that stood out amongst the sheer, embroidered pieces. Other party-appropriate looks were offered by Giambattista Valli, Rahul Mishra, and Schiaparelli using elements like feathers, golden-thread leaves, and velvet.

Below, check out all the best modest looks so far from the Fall/Winter 2022 Paris Couture Week.
Chanel
Dior
Balenciaga
Armani Privé
Jean Paul Gaultier
Giambattista Valli
Viktor & Rolf
Alexandre Vauthier
Chanel
Maison Rabih Kayrouz
Elie Saab
Alexis Mabille
Rahul Mishra
Alexis Mabille
Giambattista Valli
Balenciaga
Dior
Georges Hobeika
Armani Privé
Giambattista Valli
Jean Paul Gaultier
Dior
Armani Privé
Ashi Studio
Alexandre Vauthier
Schiaparelli
Georges Hobeika
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Saudi Model Amira Al Zuhair is Taking Over the Paris Couture Week Runways This Season

Saudi Model Amira Al Zuhair is Taking Over the Paris Couture Week Runways This Season

Georges Hobeika
We’re only a couple of days into the Fall/Winter 2022 Paris Couture Week, and Arab representation on the runway has already had a moment. Walking the shows for not one but four coveted designers, Saudi Arabian model Amira Al Zuhair is taking couture week by storm. If she looks familiar, it’s because Al Zuhair has previously fronted one of Vogue Arabia’s December 2020 covers celebrating up-and-coming models in the Kingdom, and continues to feature in the magazine’s editorials since.
Giambattista Valli
On the first day of couture week, Al Zuhair modeled the Fall/Winter 2022 couture collection of fellow Arab, Georges Hobeika. The Lebanese designer’s Mother Nature-inspired collection saw Al Zuhair dressed in a multi-colored piece, featuring a sheer blue top with floor-grazing sleeves, and a two-toned embellished skirt. Bringing the day to the end, Al Zuhair was spotted at the Giambattista Valli show next, where she took the runway in a maximalist number—a brown dress with a voluminous, layered skirt.
Armani Privé
The next day, the model walked the runway for Alexis Mabille twice in two distinct looks—one, featuring a collared shirt and corseted skirt, and the other, a minimalistic, slinky dress. Later, she was a part of Giorgio Armani’s Armani Privé show—one of the most revered ones in the fashion calendar—which saw the octogenarian designer met with a standing ovation. “Thank you for this magical moment!” wrote Al Zuhair on a clip of her walking the runway in a sparkling blue look shared on Instagram.
Alexis Mabille
Looking at the model’s busy start to the shows and with two more packed days left in Paris Couture Week, it is safe to say this may not be the last time we will see Al Zuhair on the runway this season.
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5 Things to Know About Georges Hobeika’s Mother Nature-Inspired Fall/Winter 2022 Couture Collection

5 Things to Know About Georges Hobeika’s Mother Nature-Inspired Fall/Winter 2022 Couture Collection

Photo: Courtesy of Georges Hobeika
The first Arab designer to stage a runway show at this season’s Paris Couture Week, Georges Hobeika‘s Fall/Winter 2022 collection is titled ‘Eternal Gifts’. Below, are five things to know about the presentation.
Georges and Jad Hobeika. Photo: Courtesy of Georges Hobeika
1. It was the first show with Jad Hobeika as co-creative director
Earlier this year, ahead of the Beirut and Paris-based brand’s 27th anniversary, designer Georges Hobeika announced that his son, Jad, will join him as co-creative director of his namesake label. “Jad was born in this universe and over the years I gave him more and more space to create because I trust his ideas and hard work,” Hobeika had stated at the time. “He brings something very youthful and modern to the brand.” This was evident in the duo’s debut show since the partnership, which also marks a new chapter for the storied maison.
Amira Al Zuhair. Photo: Courtesy of Georges Hobeika
2. The collection is an ode to Mother Nature, the planet Earth, and humanity
The show notes for the collection read that the pieces were inspired by a need to pay tribute to Earth, humanity, and the “rare gifts” of Mother Nature. Reminded by Georges Hobeika this season, the sentiment continues to be one of the biggest to come out of the Covid-19 lockdowns around the world, as the fashion industry does its bit to honor the planet. Presented on the runway by models like Saudi talent Amira Al Zuhair and influencer Leonie Hanne, art-like pieces in mesmerizing hues aimed to capture the natural wonders of the world, from waterfalls to the sun.
Photo: Courtesy of Georges Hobeika
3. Maximalist details reigned supreme
Among other things, it is Georges Hobeika’s jaw-dropping elements that have led its pieces to be a celebrity-favorite, having been worn by Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and many more. These very details were championed this season by employing “innovative techniques” inspired by the ever-changing world, from airbrushed fabrics to metallic spikes. On the runway, pieces came dripping entirely in crystal embroidery, lined with feathers, showcasing daring cuts, and others blooming with a bunch of flowers. Expect to see some of these on your favorite stars walking the red carpet soon.
Photo: Courtesy of Georges Hobeika
4. The collection evoked a Mediterranean sunset for Fall/Winter 2022
Borrowing from “Mother Nature’s palette”, Georges Hobeika painted a Mediterranean sunset in the collection that rekindles the cheerful spirit of summer in the colder season. Think, fresh hues of ocean-inspired blues and sunset tones of peachy orange, and yellow, merging with fuchsia and pink, and punctuated by a delicate pistachio shade and glittering black.
Photo: Courtesy of Georges Hobeika
5. The Georges Hobeika woman values self-expression
A constant theme in the collection was that of the freedom to express yourself—whether that is in a spiky mini dress, or a floor-grazing gown with layers of ruffles jutting out. According to the brand, the Georges Hobeika woman is one who is “valiantly navigating a new world taking shape in front of our eyes,” and what better than pieces meticulously crafted by the seamstresses in the brand’s Beirut atelier as the wardrobe?
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Burberry Serves Live Fashion Again—And it’s Delicious

Burberry Serves Live Fashion Again—And it’s Delicious

Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
First Covid, then Brexit officially happened, and now war in Europe… It is fair to say that the world has been through some tough times. Naturally, as history proves over and over again, in moments of instability designers turn to creativity, but also look inside, searching for codes that give its followers reassurance and a feeling that, while all might be collapsing, clothes can provide a sense of belonging and some sort of soothing familiarity. Maybe that’s why Burberry’s FW22 show, presented last Friday in London outside of the official fashion week calendar, was one of the most British – and might we add strongest – collections by Italian designer Riccardo Tisci, who joined the brand in 2018.
The invite. Photo: Manuel Arnaut
The sense of feeling at home started way before the event, when guests received invitations in the form of embroidery hoops emblazoned with the words “Thank You Very Much.” The message was clear: even though Tisci is known for his modern, streetwear approach, this collection also aimed to celebrate the importance of the human touch. After all, London has just lifted all its Covid restrictions, and this was the first in-person show for Burberry since the pandemic started.
Photo: Getty
Attended by Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Kate Moss, and Euphoria star Jacob Elordi, the Burberry show took place in a majestic room at Westminster Hall, which also houses a century-old organ. Without any seating, guests stood in front of an elevated stage, leading to different tables set with all types of silver cutlery, porcelain plates, and crystal glasses that could have been borrowed from a scene of Gosford Park. It was on these dining tables covered in white linen and spread across the room that models stood showcasing the new designs, reaching each table by walking in between the guests.
Kate Moss. Photo: Getty
While fashion was about to be served, music was also a key ingredient at this runway show. And not any music, but magnificent, epic melodies by composers Max Richter and Michael Nyman, interpreted live by the London Contemporary Orchestra, and a 100-person choir.
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
Although the setup was quite maximalist, Burberry’s designs didn’t get lost in the drama. On the contrary, the designs were equally grand – from deluxe streetwear to lavish feathered ballgowns – and seemed in tune with the ambiance. Being faithful to the real DNA of Burberry, all the main signature codes of the brand were revisited, and deliciously twisted: the Burberry check first used in the 1920s took over looks from head to toe; trenchcoats became long dresses; and kilt and red hunting jackets got urban twists. There were also light trenches dressed with orange polka dots, something you could imagine Diana, Princess of Wales wearing if she was still alive today. Accessories wise, baseball caps, XL headbands, over-the-knee boots and glasses straight out of a very glamorous science fiction movie completed the looks.
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
As any fashion banquet requires a tasty dessert, one of the most Instagrammed moments of the show (besides Gigi Hadid’s new platinum blond ’do), was a sequence of looks bejeweled with sparkles and crystals, starting on the models’ faces and ending in confident shirts that seem perfect for a night out in a London that is finally buzzing again. This was fashion that fed the soul – and a promising new chapter for Riccardo Tisci’s take on Burberry.
Discover more key moments from the show below.
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
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