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story by Lo Gray
photos by Adrianna Favero
The Jad Ghandour Spring 2012 show in the tents at Lincoln Center took a cue from P.T. Barnum. Bolstering the designer’s “safari” theme, two baby Bengal tigers flanked either side of the mini-runway. “It’s a safari collection. It has a 60s feeling” said the designer backstage before the show. Designing for the “femme fatale,” silk satin, chiffon, and tulle were the ring-masters in the menagerie of looks.
Flowing soft-gold, one-shouldered chiffon dresses were followed by more polished all white pantsuits.More structural looks included body-con dresses with deconstructed disco ball-mirrored shoulder pads and navy blue short-suiting.
Then there were the gowns, through which Ghandour is becoming increasingly popular (there was that $1.5 million Danasha Luxury gown in February). A red strapless, corseted bodice/chiffon skirt number proved attention-worthy, as did a beaded blue and black bondage-inspired gown.
A gilded high-waisted pantsuit with belted high-collared blazer, topped off with a pilot hat and fashionable insignia, was a runway show-stopper, holding audience members’ attention in full arrest.
“I do everything. The shoes, the accessories, the clothes, everything is produced back home in Beirut where I have my showroom and my atelier over there.”
This marked the Lebanese designer’s sophomore showing at the tents, with a collection suggesting the fiercest safari west of the Serengeti.