The world of International Fashion is a melting pot of the most talented and creative designers across the globe. From Chanel to Dior, to Balmain, we all know the big flashy names of course. What can be even more exciting is the discovery of newer, less well known designers. They are often just as amazing and create beautiful and fresh collections. They deserve the same amount of recognition and respect. I’m here to let the world know of one break-out designer that is installing her Beirut roots into some truly wonderful pieces and collections. Her name is Lara Khoury.
Born in Beirut, Lara Khoury, in 1985 joined the Ecole Supérieure de la Mode de Paris (ESMOD). She had a unique passion of drawing the world and dressing its residents while creating universes of textile. In September 2006 she joined Elie Saab in Beirut and the world of Haute Couture and Prêt-à-porter fashion and all the dynamics of the industry. Lara Khoury decided to start her own label by creating the brand ILK between 2008 and 2009. We recently spoke with this innovative designer about her unique brand.
The Fountain collection draws inspiration from Ayn Rand’s bestselling book The Fountainhead, whose protagonist is an aspiring architect up against a frustratingly conformist and collectivist world of ignorance. His struggle for understanding as well as professional recognition mirrors that of millions of creatives in our society today. Fountain champions the complexity of the creative’s mind and the precious values of individualism and integrity. Moreover, it highlights the brilliance and importance of an uninhibited and uncompromising imagination.
Check out the interview with Lara in our December 2016 print and digital issue, soon to be released!