Black is the colour of despair.
Black are the hearts, heavy with mourning.
Black are the bin bags, the plight of Beirut.
Black are the sighs, seeping through walls, tall and threatening.
Black are the chants, echoing through streets tepid and foul.
Black is the fabric of their suits, foul with play.
Black is void.
Black is greed.
Black is dominance.
Black is perseverance.
Black is the final reckoning.
Black is never-ending, never accepting a fate which we do not choose, will not choose.
Black is ash, from which rises the Phoenix.
Black is a will, unbending.
Black is a foolish hope, blue, shy, but unfaltering.
Black is what emanates from the seams of our hearts.
Black is Beirut.
In this collection, the use of distinct panelling and borders reflects complex and conflicting tensions in Beirut, while fraying edges represent the Lebanese capital coming undone. Feminine asymmetrical cuts subtly depict disorder and imbalance, while string constructions characterize the city's fragility. Geometric cuts, strong fabrics and the use of controlled volume combine to hold the collection together, just as the people's spirit holds Beirut together.
Photography by: Samer Rawadi