Lebanese designers recently showcased their spring collections in Rome last week.
Designers Tony Ward, Abed Mahfouz and Mireille Dagher all participated in the Alta Roma spring-summer couture fashion week, just as the main week of haute couture shows wrapped up in Paris.
Ward showed a highly eclectic lineup without any obvious theme, with each individual piece instead exhibiting expert beading or embroidery, cutouts and the full gamut of colors.
He warmed up a black, floor-length gown for summer by adding delicate floral embroidery in yellow, red and lilac that popped off the dark fabric, and was the only one of the three designers to show an array of jackets, which he paired with short cocktail dresses.
Ward used the same technique on the elbow-length sleeves of a wedding dress, with white sprays of beading sewn around the arm.
A clear theme dictated Mahfouz’s line, as the designer played with a fishnet material in pale banana yellow, sea-foam green, poppy red, and black.
“The designer has enriched the gowns with precious stones and gems that give an aristocratic and sophisticated flair to women,” said a statement explaining Mahfouz’s work.
Mireille Dagher’s collection was also sprinkled with cap sleeves, many of them completely covered in gemstones and studded decoration. The epaulettes, or embellished shoulders, “lift the shoulder and accentuate the beauty of the upper body,” according to Dagher’s news release for the collection.
Dagher has built a number of belts into her gowns, a classic slimming trick though it was certainly lost on the models.
Dagher used appliqué for her spin on cutouts, sewing pieces of fabric into spiraling designs on a lace base.