Showcased on the second day of Fashion Forward, Charbel Zoe’s collection was all about a woman who dares to flaunt it. Most of his collection was lighted up with sequins and sparkling beads on second-skin chiffon. His color palette comprised solid colors, with contrasts thrown in here and there, with barely-there to floor sweeping hemlines.
Most of the collection that paraded Fashion Forward’s runway had an eccentric visual appeal, however a few went off the mark (cliche palette with done-a-century-ago design). The excessive bling and experimental palette compromised the collection’s appeal for many, and like Sofia Guellaty said, it will be most well-received amongst “seductive divas, stage dancers, figure skaters, or Brazilian carnival show performers”.
Having said that, the show still managed to creep up to the fourth position in CC’s list of Best Fashion Shows at Fashion Forward. Choreography and styling was on the mark, and I particularly liked a few glittering silver gowns and red-orange cape.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER:
When young, Charbel Zoe was influenced by the couture of his grandmother, his fashion idol. His passion for fashion drove him to copy her style and implement her fashionable touch on doll dresses. To pursue his dream, Charbel traveled to Paris and managed to finish his studies between France and Lebanon. He then worked for several international and Lebanese fashion houses, including Givenchy and Elie Saab. In 2013, Charbel received the “International Fashion Designer of the Year 2013” award at the Miami Fashion Week. His success has led many international celebrities to endorse his fashion line, most notable of which being the diva Haifa Wehbe, the first icon to wear his creations.
(P.S I personally met Charbel at the after-party and found him to be a gem of a person. Absolutely human, sans tantrums and star antics. A beautiful person).