Key trends for fall and winter came together on one catwalk Tuesday night, at the exclusive MasterCard Aïshti Fashion Experience Beirut 2013. The annual runway show is -list guests take up seats in the front row before magnificent flagship boutique.
Set within the glimmering city skyline, the open-air show featured 14 male and female models flaunting the latest looks from Paris, New York, London and Milan down a 40-meter runway. Texture was the buzzword of the evening, with beading, delicate lace, lustrous silk and tweed appearing across collections. Complexity in cuts gave paired-down womenswear looks a contemporary spirit, while menswear basics the blazer, in particular came into the moment with relaxed pairings, likeV-neck T-shirts and wooly turtleneck sweaters. Forty-eight looks summarized the season, including pieces from Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Saint Laurent, Emilio Pucci, Celine, Ermenegildo Zegna, Chloé, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Etro, Agent Provocateur, Stella McCartney, Burberry and Bottega Veneta. An Alessandra Rich dress proved a breathtaking finale.
The beauty looks were understated. On the girls, loose, straight tresses complimented soft and radiant makeup by Giorgio Armani cosmetics. In line with the trend toward mid-century grooming, the boys sported slick, subtly styled hair.
After the last model had walked the catwalk, Aïshti owner and CEO Tony Salamé announced winners of raffle prizes from Aïshti, MasterCard, Bank Audi, Global Blue and Samsung. All guests were entered into a drawing for three Aïshti shopping vouchers worth $2,500 (provided by Global Blue and MasterCard), two Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phones and two Samsung Gear watches. Additional gifts included two $2,500 Aïshti vouchers, exclusive to MasterCard and Bank Audi Aïshti cardholders.
Before and after the show, guests socialized under the moonlight, sipping cocktails and enjoying hors d’oeuvres.