Forget what you think you know about the state of the Middle East fashion world–let us tell you who we just discovered.
Krikor Jabotian Designer of Evening Wear was just celebrated and received an award during the Fashion Trust Arabia gala dinner in Doha, Qatar on Thursday, March 28th, 2019. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and co-chaired by Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and founder Tania Fares, FTA is the only initiative of its kind operating in the Arab world.
Krikor Jabotian, was amongst other designers, who were judged by an international panel of 25 influential fashion designers, models, and journalists including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Giambattista Valli, Diane von Furstenberg, Farida Khelfa and Haider Ackermann. The winners will be mentored by leaders of the fashion industry and awarded a cash prize — Krikor Jabotian will also be stocked at Harrods. This speaks volumes of the measure of talent that is coming from the region and their commitment to the arts–fashion and luxury.
We had the opportunity to interview the designer on his great design that is set to take the fashion world by storm with his vision of modern elegance for the women in the region and beyond.
As you were receiving the award– What does it mean to you as a designer to receive such an honor?
Besides the prize itself, and of course the contacts I managed to make during my experience, above all, it is the recognition. It is an honor to have my work acknowledged by such influential players in the industry after having worked so hard on building my brand for the past ten years.
What does it mean to your culture to be recognized in such esteem?
I think it is a great achievement for the Lebanese people especially due to that fact that there were four of us who came back to Beirut as winners- myself, the Mukhi Sisters, Roni Helo, and Salim Azzam. It’s a privilege for us. Lebanon is thriving with a lot of creatives who want to share their talents with the world.
What message do you want to send to other designers in the region?
The industry’s pace is so fast nowadays with a fair amount of competition. It is vital for designers to continue to innovate and improve from one collection to another – so to do this they must put in hard work, consistency and stay true to their brand identity amidst the fast-paced fashion industry.
What is next for you and your business?
I have different goals- showcasing during PFW would be one of those goals. I want to share my work with people who have not seen what we do and what we are about and expand our audience. Another goal is to eventually venture into RTW because it is a challenging endeavor- to come up with a design that adheres to the roots of a brand but is something that can be very wearable, commercial and more accessible at the same time.
What are some of the shows you want to present in New York, Paris?
Paris Fashion Week!
So it is with great pleasure we tell you we will be keeping an eye out for Krikor Jabotian.
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