It was with great pleasure that I attended the Ghassan Yazbeck FW 2012 press preview, made possible by the folks iConcept Media. A native of Lebanon, Yazbeck’s path to design was quite unconventional. He studied engineering, transitioned to pharmaceutical sciences (which served as his career for many years), and in 2010 decided to take the leap into fashion design. FW 2012 is Ghassan Yazbeck’s first runway collection.
I spoke with Yazbeck about his inspiration for the collection, which he attributed to samurai, citing the film The Last Samurai as a reference, along with smoke photography. We see these inspirations in the shapes of his clothing, lots of asymmetry, billowing sleeves, watercolor prints, high collars, overlay detail, and slit pants. He mentioned that he believed for a first collection that the garments may be too “avant garde”, which is a natural feeling for new designers. I assured him that the collection was very bold, and sets itself apart from other designers in a good way, because it looks unique.
I’m a textile nerd, and was happy to see that Yazbeck used tons of natural fibers in his collection, mainly that of silk and wool. His eye for color is quite strong (which I appreciate) , and is seen throughout in jewel tones of ruby, violet, wasabi, and navy, contrasted with black and ivory and a few jacquard and watercolor prints. You can take a closer look at the designs in the video below.
For more info, be sure to check out GhassanYazbeck.com