DUBAI: The one lady from the Center East and North Africa area on the official Paris Haute Couture Week calendar, Moroccan designer Sara Chraibi flew her newest assortment to the UAE on Monday for a showcase at Dubai Trend Week, simply days after the road debuted in France.
Based in 2012, her Rabat-based label was considered one of simply 5 Arab-helmed manufacturers to hit the runway on the January version of Paris Haute Couture Week. Lebanon’s Georges Hobeika, Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, in addition to the Saudi Arabia-led, Paris-based label Ashi Studio, rounded out the checklist.
Different notable names on the coveted official calendar included Chanel, Valentino, Giorgio Armani Prive, Jean Paul Gaultier and Schiaparelli.
Her accountability as the one girls from the Center East and North Africa area on the hallowed checklist is just not misplaced on Chraibi, who spoke to Arab Information backstage at her present in Dubai.
“It’s a really huge factor, particularly that I’m the one lady. Presenting as an Arab designer, I’m very happy with that and I need to give extra as a result of I really feel that I symbolize one thing,” she mentioned.
Chraibi is understood to take inspiration from her residence nation and that ethos was on show at her Dubai Design District present.
“That is impressed by Moroccan resilience, particularly after (the) earthquake, and I wished to pay a tribute to that resilience,” the designer mentioned, referring to the September 2023 earthquake that struck the nation’s Marrakesh–Safi area.
“I used earthy tones and I wished to do one thing very private and to share (it) with Dubai,” she added of the gathering, which is titled “La Terre,” or “The Earth.”
Coppery browns, blush tones and deep, darkish corals have been offset with lavish gold and bronze gildings in a group that featured intricate beadwork recalling layered rock formations.
Chiffon was used to nice impact, whereas kaftans and coats got here in semi-sheer materials overlain with trailing beadwork.
The night time’s opening look featured an outsized coat with the motif of the brick arcades and columns of the Tinmel Mosque within the Atlas Mountains that was destroyed within the earthquake.
“Once I began engaged on my assortment, it was crucial to have my very own tone of voice,” the designer mentioned of why she seems to be to Morocco as a supply of inspiration, each for the story behind every assortment and for the age-old Moroccan craftsmanship methods she employs.
“Bringing part of my legacy and bringing the a part of who (I’m) as a designer was part of this problem … it’s crucial for me to symbolize my tradition, however in a up to date manner. In a manner that (is just not) cliched and creating my very own tone of voice,” she added.
Chraibi counts Moroccan singers Manal and Asma Lmnawar and French-Moroccan actress Ouidad Elma amongst her followers and is rising her shopper checklist to incorporate discerning clientele from throughout the area, together with the Gulf.
The designer studied structure in Rabat after which in Paris, the place she graduated in philosophy and architectural principle. Her Paris Haute Couture Week debut in January 2023 confirmed off a group that mixed conventional Moroccan craftsmanship with trendy components and supplies.