Georges Hobeika Fall 2020 Couture: Madame President

Fashion has always been political and a sign of the times and in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic Georges Hobeika designed his Fall 2020 Couture collection as his vision of a female president. This collection is a glimpse into a new era of aspirations, where women and men lead in collective strength to demand respect, equality, and a better tomorrow. In a world where our political leaders aren’t exactly known as fashion plates, so thinking of the Hobeika woman as a president definitely a welcome distraction. I’m not sure a woman in political power would wear the bulk of the uber sexy looks from this collection, but I definitely believe they should. While the video of the collection debuted during the first ever Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Online Georges Hobeika opted to film his show home in Beirut, Lebanon. There is no denying the world is collectively going through a hard time, and that feeling is still being felt in Hobeika’s dear country. Though the global travel restrictions pose many inconveniences, he was happy for this unique opportunity to present this couture collection to the world from his homeland. Fashion has always been utilized as a launch pad for what ‘could be.’ The show itself was staged in a great space that embodies ‘what could be’ taking place in the unfinished modern ‘ruins’ of the Tripoli International Fair designed by iconic Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. I was such a moment.The collection was chock full of looks that I am dying to see brought to the red carpet and knowing the brands VIP PR Wizard Mohieb Dahabieh he will be making sure the collection is well represented headed into fall film festival season. This blue and purple watercolor print asymmetrical gown which features a single caped sleeve, mock neck, fit to flare silhouette, and a daring thigh high split would SCREAM Priyanka Chopra. Over the years we have seen Priyanka shut down red carpets wearing Georges Hobeika and I really do think that this look would be her best with the brand, especially if styled with a sleek bun updo, deep purple and black smokey eyes, deed ruby red lips, a pair of purple Sergio Rossi ‘Godiva Still’ strappy sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection amethyst and ice blue topaz drop earrings. While each collection’s theme is different, our inspiration has always been rooted in the strength of the Middle Eastern woman. The collection represents an anthology of embellished silhouettes and faux-fur creations for a more sustainable cruelty-free future. The silhouette’s in the collection were definitely not ground breaking. They were riffs on styles we have continued to see Hobeika send down the runway over the recent years. While I adore the glamour of this collection it did feel very been there done that. I don’t know what a new look for Hobeika would be, but I am hoping that he takes the time while in lockdown to think about it and delivers it for us when he returns to the runways in January. While overall I definitely think that this collection was more of the same it delivered moments I cannot wait to see stars bring to life on the red carpet. One of the more innovative looks from the collection white this black and gold Jekyll & Hyde gown which is half starry night long sleeve black velvet and other half black, white, & gold beaded asymmetrical fringe. It spoke to me. It screams edgy glamour and I would imagine it being a major moment on Beyonce. I can definitely see her rocking this look with a sleek high ponytail, defined eyes, antique rose pink matte lips, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Max 150’ stiletto platform peep toe ankle strap sandals, and OFIRA ‘Gold Shield’ 18k gold and white diamond triangular earclips making it a superb glamour moment from head to toe.

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