Ingie Chalhoub reminded the world of the Mediterranean Sea’s dreamier side with a spring collection that sought to combine fluidity with vivid corals and turquoise. She pushed her message with flowing pantsuits and long skirts, employing satin, crepe, organza and tulle. A short coral-colored cocktail dress with a puffed out skirt and a blast of folds on the breast was softened by its shimmery wavy pattern. Bright ankle high fishnets and matching heels completed the look, extending the crimson orange tones to the tips of the pointy-toed heels.
“I am very fond of corals myself, I have them at home — and sea stars and mother of pearl as well,” said Chalhoub as she warmly embraced a steady stream of friends and well-wishers after the show. The French-Lebanese national, who shuttles between Dubai and her workshops in Paris, had the Eastern reaches of the sea in mind when she designed the collection, the shores near her native region in Lebanon that stretch along Israel, Syria and Turkey.
Sequins abounded and were especially cheerful in large sizes, adding iridescent pinks, greens and yellow to a pale pastel dress with shimmery pink pumps.
The most subtle pieces shined the most, such as the ultra-thin, black tulle ensemble that was completely see-through except for the embroidered patches of coral at the bottom of the legs.