Lebanon lost today one of its renowned fashion designers Basil Soda. Soda unfortunately lost his battle against cancer after a couple of years and died today aged 47 only. I don’t know much about the man or about fashion in general but I remember he designed one of our friend’s wedding dress few years back and how it was a big deal back then. Also, I used to notice Lana (From L’armoire de Lana) posing in his dresses and it didn’t take a fashion expert to notice how gifted he was. Basil Soda’s brand is found in major international cities, including New York, Washington, Cannes, Toronto, Vienna, Moscow, Dubai, Beirut, all the way to Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Some of the celebrities that wore his dresses included Katy Perry, Emily Blunt, Marion Cotillard, Jiang Yiyan, Morena Baccarin, and Giuliana Rancic.
Here’s how Basil Soda’s page announced his death today:
We are sorry to announce the loss of Basil Soda, the great international designer, he who built his company single handedly from the ground up. A great man who will always be remembered for his craft and beautiful soul.
And the beautiful testimonials posted by my friends Lana and Samar.
Sincere condolences to his family.
It won’t be easy for Miss Lebanon to win Miss Universe anytime soon but since we have all these world renowned Lebanese fashion designers, it shouldn’t be hard to come up with a nicer national costume and have a chance at winning the Best National Costume award.
Sally Jreij’s costume was way too simple when compared to the [extravagant costumes] other Misses wore. Maybe we should let Madonna design the national costume for next year lol!
Here’s a sample of what other national costumes looked like:
I had posted back in September that Forever 21 is set to open early January and today is the official opening.
I first thought it was Elie Saab until I re-read and noticed it’s Saba not Saab. However, I’m almost sure Elie Saab had the same logo with the same font and different thickness for the first and family name. Too bad I couldn’t find it online to compare the two as it must have be long time ago.
Spotted in Zahle.
Madonna of course! I can’t actually believe she was dressed as a Christmas tree but it looked nice.
Who needs Lady Gaga when we have Lady Madonna?
I spotted a picture of Christian Louboutin on Le Gray Beirut’s Facebook page. I don’t know what he’s doing here exactly but he posted a picture of Elissa kissing him and complimenting her “soft singing” lips. I wish he had asked her what the hell happened to those lips? Specially the upper lip?
Haifa’s sexy dress has made it all the way to the Figaro website who’s claiming that Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi is upset and wants to blow up Star Academy.
I had no clue ISIS members were allowed to watch Star Academy haha!
I don’t like Haifa but she can do whatever she wants and wear any dress she likes. Those who don’t like such dresses can switch to Tiji or the Disney channel. Claiming that Haifa crossed the line and disrespected women by wearing a sexy dress is pure ignorance. I wish Arabs (men and women) would react the same way to daily violations and malpractices against Arab women instead of focusing on Haifa’s ass (It looks better than Kim’s ass that’s for sure).
Moreover and like Dana said, I’ve seen girls wearing similar and even more provocative dresses at night clubs in Beirut and their pictures showing in magazines yet no one complained about it.
Dana Khairallah, a Lebanese lifestyle blogger, says that people kicked up a fuss about this outfit because of an ongoing struggle within Arab culture. “They think if women dress this way it would misrepresent our culture,” she says. “I find that hypocritical. I see Arab girls dressing more provocatively in clubs but no one cares because there are no cameras.”
“There’s also an element of social media meanness in what is happening that drives this bullying of celebrities.” she adds.
That’s the V from Bulgari though.
Spotted at Citymall
France24 filmed an episode in Beirut with Lebanon and one of the world’s best fashion designers, Elie Saab. You don’t know need to know much about fashion to appreciate Saab’s work and the fact that he dressed the likes of Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda, Sandra Bullock, Emma Watson, Katy Perry, Meryl Streep and many other celebrities. For those interested, you can get an Elie Saab degree now at LAU.
On another note, I was wondering what that new exhibit at the Beirut Souks meant, now I do thanks to this report.