What’s Beirut like? What’s the spirit of the city?
I am originally from Lebanon, but left due to the uncertainty and instability back in the 80’s. But I am very proud of coming from Lebanon. The spirit of Beirut is currently low due to the ongoing instability due to COVID-19 and the banking situation and so on. But I believe that things will get better soon.
How would you describe the fashion landscape of Beirut?
It’s growing a lot. We are in a pivot moment due to the pandemic. The world ist changing. People want to learn and discover new designers. Everyone is looking for young emerging designers from different countries across the world.
The FTA announced its finalists for this year. Who is your favorite designer?
We have a lot of amazing designers. The looks are very strong this year design-wise. I love the theme of mixing and matching that the designers presented this year. They are all very talented, so I can’t just choose one.
Apart from the Fashion Trust Arabia I am also co-chair of the BFC Fashion Trust. Personally, I like to mix middle eastern and British designers. So I wear everything from Molly Goddard, Roksanda and Ashish to previous FTA designers like Omer Asim and Youssef Akbar.