Taking us up close into a floral bouquet, Georges Hobeika showed a series of dresses like an arrangement of flowers with a wintery richness then iciness in colors and textures. Switching between deep rose and turquoise to minty green, and periwinkle, his crystal embroideries mixed with petals of velvet added frosty texture to the floral appliqués cut of organza.
Untreated surfaces, like velvet collars were in low ‘V’s and sometimes finished in soft bows. Ostrich feathers, scattered along the hem of one dress were the only embellishment in the long sleeved gown with a low neckline. Flowing skirts of opaque georgette were finished in lettuces edges ruffling the hems that dragged in trains on the floor. Inserted flares of fabric rose asymmetrically up to the hip in the front, billowing out with each step. Geometric patterns also graced the stage, in particular in one aquamarine dress with cris-crossed bands of velvet filled in with tone on tone crystals. Lace panels were inserted around the armholes and at the back and sides in the same geometrical fashion.
While the deeper colors and long sleeved styles spoke to a more demure sensibility, especially one deep green velvet tie high around the neck, lighter tones towards the end of the show shaved some years off, and would appeal to a younger clientele. While the overall impression was slightly Gone With the Wind, this modern image of couture and decadence will surely please his fans.
- Lee Anderson, Parisian Correspondent
Designer website: www.georgeshobeika.com
What we’ve said: Fall 2013 Haute Couture