Sahibzada Ateeq

Paris

This year again, the Oriental Fashion Show, French reference of the artistic oriental creations, stunned audience with beautiful creations from designers around the oriental world in the imposing salon of the prestigious Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris. From its beginnings in 2004, the OFS has always been a wonderful platform where talented designers from the Middle East present their magnificent creations. But far from simply presenting a succession of collections, the creators of the event successfully strive to make it a window on the grand diversity, wealth and aesthetics of the oriental culture and display an unprecedented uniqueness: the striking mix between culture and luxury. The splendid show was opened with the equally splendid creations of Lamia Lakhsassi, a Moroccan designer who stayed faithful to the Moroccan tradition with her classical, yet timeless cuts (called Makhzani style in Morocco) but added her beautiful personal touch through the intricate embroidery and bold colours she adds, brilliantly balancing between tradition and modernity.

Saher Dia, a young promising designer from Lebanon revealed his classical, elegant collection of dresses, that captured the attention of royalty from Gulf countries and the middle east, he counts among his clientele. His utterly chic creations beautifully reflected the designer’s attention for detail and love for beautiful fabrics. Majestic, ageless, and refined, the creations of the young designer gracefully paraded on the OFS catwalk, matching the grandiosity of the location. The skilful Hany El Behairy was also present for this edition of the OFS, where he once more, stunned with his mesmerizing style embodied by a beautiful frame for the body and utter extravagance that only sobre elegance brings. The gifted designer created handsome dresses that make women feel and look their most confident. His exquisite sparkling designs shined bright on the OFS catwalk, and spoke loud and clear why Hany El behairy is considered one of the best Arab designers in the world. Hoda ElHaddad was also among the designers in this edition. Through her line, she expresses herself and her particular style freely. The designer combined many elements in her creations : the lightness of Feathers, the sensuality of lace, the softness of pastels and the powerfulness of bold colors making a curious, and effective combination. Hindi Mahdi is another designer who caught our eye this edition. His unique designs stood out with their transparency and lightness. The dresses of Hindi Mahdi are playful, exquisite, sensual, feminine, soft and daring all at once. His collection was truly captivating, and the sheerness of his designs was a bold addition to his creation, which proves his sheer talent.

Another brilliant designer present this edition is Firas Abou Hamdan. In his collection, the Lebanese artist remarkably shows off the feminine figure and makes elegant dresses that sublimate the wearer. His tasteful, body oriented designs are an evocation of nature and display some of its elements in the utmost refinement. Branches, floral, exquisite creamy rose tones and beautiful vibrant colours, this line was rife with details that showed the artist’s inspiration by nature. The last dress from this remarkable designer was a sumptuous wedding dress which opened the ball for wedding gowns. Diamant blanc couture was a collection of sumptuous wedding gowns. The silhouettes of the dresses ranged from the ball gown for the classic elegant bride or mermaid for the daring sensual one. Adiba Almahoub bought the perfect ending for the show. Her opulent wedding gowns represented sheer luxury in terms of craftsmanship, feminity, and the highest quality fabrics she used. With her keen sense of style and vision for excellence, the designer shared her perception of the dream gown, and took us all on a journey to a world of romance, fairytales and ringing wedding bells.