|FASHION WEEK EL PASEO|
2013 FEATURES COUTURIER GILBERT A. CHAGOURY AS DESIGNER OF THE WEEK
AT THE BIG WHITE TENT
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 12, 2013) – Designer Gilbert A. Chagoury, in association with Integrated Wealth Management Fashion Week El Paseo, unveiled his new collections with a distinctive, elegant and electrifying runway show on Saturday, March 23rd at 7pm. As the prestigious Designer of the Week, more than 1,000 guests attended the Chagoury fashion show in the main tent at the heart of the Coachella Valley’s most celebrated shopping district.
The showcase for marquee designer Chagoury consisted of 68 looks that ranged from haute couture Fall/Winter 2013 to his very first ready-to-wear capsule collection.
“It is a great pleasure to be part of El Paseo Fashion Week this year,” says Chagoury, who skyrocketed into the fashion stratosphere after creating custom couture gowns for celebrities such as Katy Perry, Milla Jovovich and Eva Longoria.
“Being named Designer of the Week is truly an honor, and I look forward to
unveiling my vision of prêt-a-porter here for the first time.”
The runway show opened with a range of exquisite ready to wear designs that are a seamless adaptation of Chagoury’s couture aesthetic, incorporating techniques like paneling and pleating with his signature lace details and intricate work. Chagoury’s first ready-to-wear collection is inspired by French elegance and
sophistication, skillfully teasing the fortitude of the female form with
brocade trousers, hourglass blazers and variations on the female tuxedo. The
show was divided into two segments, culminating in a showcase of Chagoury’s
couture collection titled “Shattered Innocence”. The collection is a portrait
of lavish gowns reminiscent of the grandiose Victorian era, featuring fire red
embroideries, shades of nude and black, adorned by imported French lace and endless yards of silk and tulle.
Born in Lebanon and raised in Paris, Gilbert A. Chagoury created a new
paradigm in fashion, melding French refinement and Middle Eastern opulence.
After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Chagoury worked for legendary
designer Christian Dior in Paris, where he not only advanced his skills as a
couturier, but also acquired an air of French refinement that continues to
translate through his work. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Chagoury recognized
an untapped market for his trade. With no European-style ateliers or truly
custom couturiers, the designer successfully filled this void with the launch
his eponymous Beverly Hills-based collection in 2009. Today, Chagoury continues
to build a loyal following of elite clientele, who are drawn to his instinct
for luxury, distinguished skill and unique, personalized service.