The Little Black Dress as envisioned by Lebanese designer Lara Khoury
AW16 is a nod to the designer's heritage and offers a complex entanglement of silhouettes as a metaphor for the fragility of her home city. Fraying hems and asymmetric cuts are symbolic of the destruction of the country's capital and are visualised in a capsule collection of floor skimming, or oversized dresses and separates.
However it is not all doom and gloom, as Khoury is keen to recognise that fashion has a conscience and can retain an important political message, which she feeds upon from her workshop in the centre of Beirut.
Her AW collection takes on board the dark and hopeless atmosphere that she sees in every day existence; But rather than using this depressing sentiment for a gloomy collection, the oversized cuts and exaggerated designs challenge the traditional notion of a passive female ideal, and offer hope and aspiration for a better future.
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By Sara Darling