A Story About A Dress

at the hidden stories, at the little details that make a certain piece. It’s time to throw it back to fashion week.

This round, I have to admit that the Azzi & Osta dress I wore was very special. I love wearing Lebanese designers when I’m abroad, it makes me so proud when people stop me to comment on the design and ask about the label.

Custom-made pieces always feel so personal when worn and I loved meeting with Georges and Assaad more than once to discuss the dress we would be creating together for my fashion week appearance. As you might guess, brainstorming together was very fruitful, we discussed different styles, they drew several options for my body shape and we took a closer looks at the different fabrics, the possible colors we’d go for and I loved choosing between different samples of embellishments and beadings. Everything is in the details and a piece becomes more beautiful when these details come to life. As I’ve never studied fashion, I love it when I get to learn more about fabrics, about the techniques used to embellish a piece, about the time it takes to perfect a dress. We take things for granted and we forget about how beautiful yet complicated couture is and it’s beautiful to live this experience and understand more the craftsmanship behind every gorgeous piece.

We went for the ‘halter” neck cut and a fitted silhouette as Georges and Assaad thought it would be the perfect combination between elegance and seduction, matching my body shape and personality. As for the color, after a lot of trials, we picked a light shade of emerald green, an intense yet sober hue that I’ve never worn before. Such a perfect color for the fall season and the perfect match with my skin tone and eye color.

My favorite part of the dress is without any hesitation the very thin, transparent yet crisp hand rolled silk flower embellishments. They are originally the crown jewels of the Azzi & OstaSS 2015 Couture collection, and they are inspired by the delicate art of “Pastillage” or Sugar Sculpture that used to ornament extravagantly the most aristocratic and royal tables of Europe such as Venice and Versailles. I know it sounds crazy but the dress is adorned with 70 beaded flowers made of hand-rolled silk organza petals that were manually applied on the silk crepe.

After our several meetings, it took a total of 40 hours of meticulous work between Lebanon and India to create this dress. Oh how much I LOVE couture!

I am wearing: custom-made Azzi&Osta couture dress, L’AFSHAR SS16 clutch, Gianvito Rossi pointy pumps, The Kooples black blazer.

Photography: Hana Levan

Location: Paris, France.

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Fashionably yours,

Lana xx

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