Model walking Maison Rabih Kayrouz Spring 2014 Runway
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You can find Maison Rabih Kayrouz in designer retailers Neiman Marcus, Farfetch and read countless glowing reviews about the labels outstanding designs on WWD, Vogue and Style.com. As Fashioning writer Nicoleta Parascan writes Envisioned for a woman “who is not afraid of simplicity” (see review on Fashioning.com here). Fashion has always been a calling for Rabih Kayrouz, at the age 16 he moved from his home town of Lebanon to Paris where obtained his degree at École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. After his studies the fashion dream continued with him working for Dior and Chanel.
In an interview with Savoir flair he revealed where his elegant design inspirations flourish from “I love women and I love to dress them. I like looking at people in the streets of Paris. Paris is so inspiring, and people living in such an urban city inspires me. I walk around looking at people, their way, their gestures. When I start a collection, I start with the fabrics. Then, while choosing the fabrics, my mood gets involved. I start playing with the fabrics and the way they move.” (see the full Savoir Flair interview here)
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Image 2: Rabih Kayrouz himself
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Creating his own fashion house in 1997 specifically for exclusive pieces for clients, after eleven years he ventured on to creating his own Ready-to-wear label. His extensive knowledge in fashion has created a unique fusion of couture and ready-to-wear with the label Maison Rabih Kayrouz. This passion sparked the beginning of the Starch Foundation, which he and two other collaborators founded in 2008. The Starch Foundation is a non-profit organisation for emerging Lebanese designers, giving them the marketing and tools to showcase their designs.
Although a highly accomplished international designer, Rabih loves his Lebanese heritage and continues to help breathe life into the fashion industry. The Starch foundation is one avenue for him alongside his boutique in Beirut, when speaking to Time Out Beirut he expressed his love for his country “I’m proud to be Lebanese, coming from this country where we believe that everything is feasible. This is the place where we learn values. We Lebanese are designers, we are doers. Nothing stops us from designing, speaking, experiencing all what we believe in.” (see full Time Out Beirut article here)
Model wears Maison Rabih Kayrouz Haute Couture 2009/2010
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With such an in depth understanding of fabrications and simple elegance in his designs there is no slowing down Rabih. His designs have been splashed across magazines such as Elle, Grazia and Interview. His talents have given him the chance to collaborate with La Redoute France, an online parisian fashion retailer, where he played with prints drawn by hand and was able to express his designs to a new audience as seen in one of his beautiful designs below.
Edited: Florence Bailey