Jad Ghandour Fall 2011 Review
Lebanese designer, Jad Ghandour, presented his Fall/Winter 2011 collection at Exit Art to an enthusiastic group of fashion tastemakers. Ghandour, whose collection was inspired by 1940’s actress Joan Crawford, created gowns with exaggerated shoulders and defined waistlines, while incorporating unique twists that translated into modern-day show stoppers.
From the first gown to the last; all eyes were entranced by the parade of gowns embellished with gold, platinum and topaz crystals skillfully placed to create flattering silhouettes. Accessories such as elbow-length leather gloves, black opaque leggings and wide-brimmed wool hats added an edgy contrast to an otherwise glamorous line. However, while those accessories complimented many of the looks, it at times contradicted the elegance. This may have been purposeful in an effort to make a statement beyond superb craftsmanship.
There is no doubt that Jad Ghandour is masterful in manipulating delicate fabrics like silk, satin, tulle and organza. This collection showcased structures that evoked strength and confidence while remaining true to his design aesthetic-of over-the-top glitz. His ability to conjure a ‘wow’ effect was not limited to the $1.5 million gown he created for Miami fashion week, as he undoubtedly brought the same passion to this 2011 Fall/winter collection.
Jad Ghandour is a native of Beruit, Lebanon who garnered his design ability from the prominent Esmod School where he became a protégé of Elie Saab, one of the first to recognize Ghandour’s talent. From there, the budding designer quickly rose to fame in the Middle Eastern markets when he began creating luxury gowns for royalty and dignitaries. His one of a kind gowns have prompted buzz in the US and is certain to grace the red carpet during this year’s award season. This is his first ready-to-wear ‘black collection’ to debut during New York fashion week and seemed to be well received by fashion insiders.
-By Lisan J. Simpson
(Images below via “Randy Brooke / Runwayresource”)