Georges Hobeika's FW15 Collection stole the show at this year's Haute Couture Week in Paris. EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk was covering live on the scene as the showroom erupted in applause as the collection was showcased. She got the chance to speak to Georges Hobeika about his inspiration for creating such a brilliant collection.
Internationally known for his signature expression of femininity, romance and elegance, haute couture designer Georges Hobeika has captivated the fashion world with his creative style and his consistent crafting of statement pieces admired as works of fashion art. During his civil engineering studies, Georges Hobeika discovered his innate passion for fashion design when he began sketching dresses to assist his mother who owned an atelier business with a growing clientele. Pursuing his passion, he left to Paris during the height of the Lebanese War and was immersed in the world of fashion via his internship at Chanel.
Georges Hobeika returned to Beirut, established his atelier and was ready to debut on the Paris couture runway in 2001. Today, Georges Hobeika enjoys an ever-growing couture clientele and has successfully established three ready-to-wear lines – Georges Hobeika Bridal, Georges Hobeika Signature and GH by Georges Hobeika. Taking his renowned talent into another realm of design, Georges Hobeika anticipates the official launching of his couture furniture line in the near future. Located in a luxurious neighborhood of Beirut, Georges Hobeika’s main atelier hosts couture clients, bridal clients and ready-to-wear buyers from around the world. The atelier now employs more than 150 people, half of those located at the fashion house’s newly opened second production location dedicated to Georges Hobeika’s ready-to-wear lines. Georges Hobeika also operates an official showroom in Paris on prestigious rue Royale.
Authentic haute couture craftsmanship is a quintessential signature of the Georges Hobeika fashion house. Exquisite hand-sewn embroideries, hand-tailoring of the finest unique fabrics and pristine finishing attest to the superior execution of every atelier design. Distinguished for his dedication to the timeless art of French couture dressmaking, Georges Hobeika is renowned for his creative and technical talent, which has identified him as one of the most respected couturiers worldwide.
With sequined tulle, feathered tulle and lace, the designer played with elegant peekaboo effects, while keeping his silhouette close to the body. Waists were gently clinched to create hourglass figures, sometimes enhanced with varnished corset belts, while the shoulders were round, covered or bare, and skirts were either flirting right above the knee or were full length with a thigh-high slit for some added va va voom.
Feathers took pride of place gently highlighting a shoulder, boldly decorating an entire bustier or cascading to form beautiful skirts. Colourful rhodoids were also shaped and placed to create a more modern feathered effect on several gowns.
About Georges Hobeika
Georges Hobeika is an internationally known couture and ready-to-wear design house established in 1995. Globally recognized for his exquisite, original creations, Georges Hobeika has presented on the Paris runways for over a decade. His burgeoning fashion label also features the Georges Hobeika Bridal and Ready-to-Wear lines.
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