The acclaimed ballet Swan Lake inspired the Fall 2018 haute couture collection of Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika. Crystals, feathers and sculptural silhouettes pay homage to nature and the beauty of the swans. Magnifying the allure of gestures and the finesse of movements, the designer created an enchanting collection using nothing but fluid lines, poetic shapes and effortless charm. Like the grace of floating feathers on a shimmering lake, the dresses portray a story worthy of the most enraptured dream. The collection is embroidered and encrusted with sparkling crystals that glinted on the Parisian runway. Playful, with a lot of beads, fringes and feathers, it felt like a new direction for Hobeika, far away from the traditional flower embellishments the designer is known for.
An array of multihued gowns— light blue, creamy ivory, warm champagne, rose powder, aquamarine, royal blue and frosty— breathtakingly amaze with intricate detailing, all designed “by imagining evanescent silhouettes that transform precious fabrics into the swirling lightness of Swan Lake and the poetic sensation of renewal enhanced by the spectacle of nature.” Ultra-fluent and sculpted, the gowns hold an icy coolness complemented with rich touch of dark amethysts and navies. Aside from the gowns, the designer offers gem-encrusted jumpsuits, asymmetric peoplums and fringed minis, a plethora of caped shoulders and graphic beading. Highlight of the collection, the exquisite bridal gown, is designed as an illusion. A long sleeved top, pleated mermaid skirt, both embroidered with crystals and feathers, are accompanied by a tulle veil and a crystal headband.
Photo credit: The Cut (runway), The Impression (cover)