INGIE Paris Fall Winter Collection highlighted the closing day at Arab Fashion Week 2017

INGIE Paris Fall Winter Collection highlighted
the closing day at Arab Fashion Week 2017

  • Ingie Chalhoub appointed Chief Creative Officer of Arab Fashion Council

Dubai, May 23, 2017: The Fall Winter 2017-2018 Collection from INGIE Paris was the closing day highlight at Arab Fashion Week 2017. An array of models wearing designs inspired by the union of Arab tradition and Parisian chic glided down the catwalk during the closing day of this leading global festival of fashion and style.

Ingie Chalhoub, Creative Director of INGIE Paris and Chief Creative Officer of Arab Fashion Council, envisaged the collection as an animation of contrasts. Between ample volumes and urban restraint, metallic tones and nature’s textures; generous, romantic silhouettes carry a late 70s sophistication. Undulating capes, floor-length skirts, oversized bows and sleeves in flows of silk crepe add poetry and move freely. The season’s colour palette, sombre yet sensual, features Parisian zinc, bronze, ink, amaranth and crème. Black, in nuances of night, underscores the collection as light emphasizes the material textures across lacquer, mat, satin and Pekin stripes.

In addition to unveiling its Fall Winter Collection 2017, INGIE Paris also installed the SS17 pop-up store in the boutique area for the entire duration of the event, from 16th to 20th May 2017. The boutique was open to international press, influencers, celebrities and client prospects. It entertained buyers, who discovered and appreciated the current and upcoming INGIE Paris collections.

Ingie Chalhoub was recently appointed Chief Creative Officer of Arab Fashion Council, the organising body of the Arab Fashion Week. In her added role, she will augment the council’s mission to promote the Middle East fashion industry on a global scale and identify, nurture and support Arab talent. Last year, she was honoured with the Fashion Award for the Business of Fashion for her contribution to turning Arab Fashion Week into one of the five most important fashion events in the world.

Commenting on her appointment as Chief Creative Officer and the activity packed schedule at Arab Fashion Week 2017, businesswoman and fashion designer Ingie Chalhoub said: “I am thrilled to lead the creative efforts of Arab Fashion Council as I am part of an initiative that is bringing to life the vision to put Dubai on the map of the world’s most prominent fashion capitals in the world. It is also exciting to be able to identify and nurture regional talent and I look forward to helping them surmount the several challenges they face. The Arab Fashion Week this year is also fantastic for my brand, INGIE Paris, as we revealed our Fall Winter Collection and pre-collections during the only Ready-Couture Fashion Week in the world.”

The INGIE Paris Fall Winter 2017-2018 Collection features fabrics that are super fluid, airy and transparent or, warming like an opulent interior in tweed or floral jacquard – used inside out – of gold and tangerine tones. Brilliant flies and dragonflies alight upon looks in embroidered brooches, while oversized pearls – an INGIE Paris signature – sign buttoned sleeves, long layered chain necklaces and the collection’s jewels: crystal clusters cast from real “desert rose” mineral formations in pale yellow and white gold. Footwear in silk and jacquard are equally adorned with pearls, and asymmetrical ruffles.

While New York, London and Milan continue to remain the global fashion capitals for Ready-To-Wear and Paris for Haute Couture, Dubai pioneers Ready-Couture as part of Arab Fashion Council’s exclusive Ready Couture international license. For the first time ever, the Arab Fashion Council will host its first annual Ready-Couture Congress in order to define its regulations which will be made public and used for future reference. The event will be attended by global fashion industry leaders including Honorary President of National Chamber of Italian Fashion, H.E. Cav. Mario Boselli, Chief Executive of British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush CBE, Ingie Chalhoub, Creative Director INGIE Paris and Creative Directors of global fashion houses along with international media experts from Vogue, WWD, L’Officiel and Grazia. One of the leading international fashion trade journals, WWD, will also publish its first ever Middle East edition dedicated to Arab Fashion Week offering extensive regional as well as international coverage.

Video and images of the show can be retrieved here:

About Ingie Chalhoub

Ranked #66 by Forbes on the ‘100 Most Powerful Arab Women” list of September 2016 and a leading global style icon, Ingie Chalhoub is a well-known fashion innovator who constantly pushes the boundaries of high end luxury. She founded the Etoile Group and opened the first ever Chanel boutique in the Middle East in 1983. Her recent accolades include being guest of honor at Beirut Fashion Week in October 2016 where she presented her latest collection and received the International Achievement award from Michel Pharaon, Minister of Tourism, and the Fashion Award for the Business of Fashion at Arab Fashion Week where she closed the show with an INGIE Paris presentation.

Ingie has received numerous awards that celebrate her sense of style, business acumen and profuse creativity. Noteworthy among them is the title of Woman of the Year by L’Officiel and Emirates Woman in 2008 and 2009 respectively. She was named ‘ELLE Business Woman of the Year” in 2013. CEO Middle East and Arabian Business included her in their lists of the ‘100 Most Powerful Arab Women’ from 2011 to 2015. In 2014, Forbes Middle East ranked her #10 among the ‘200 Most Powerful Arab Women’. In June 2015, she received the prestigious Murex D’Or award for ‘Lifetime Achievement of a Lebanese Pioneer in the Fashion Business Worldwide”.

Ingie has founded and guided the Etoile Group to be recognized as the gold standard for luxury retail in the Middle East. Over the past 25 years, it has built a strong presence in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Lebanon and has grown into several verticals. It has franchise agreements with Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Anya Hindmarch, TOD’s and Hogan among others, and a joint venture with Valentino.

In 2005, Ingie presented a retail innovation that revolutionized the regional fashion industry and took customization to a new level. She launched Etoile “La boutique”, a concept store now in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait Jeddah and Riyadh, which presents a selection of styles and international brands in such a way as to reflect the cultural milieu of each city to a finer detail.

INGIE Paris, her own label, was launched in 2009 and combines French craftsmanship with the glamour of the Middle East. It creates four collections yearly, of exquisite luxury ready-to-wear, encompassing delicate evening gowns, red carpet dresses, daywear ensembles, knitwear pieces, accessories, and a complete shoe collection. It is available throughout the GCC and in Le Bon Marché Paris, LUISA VIA ROMA in Florence and in several other European locations. In 2013, it opened its first flagship store in Kuwait in the prestigious The Avenues Mall alongside high-end international luxury brands. It is now open at The Galleria Mall, Abu Dhabi, Kingdom Centre, Riyadh and will soon open in the new luxury extention of Dubai Mall, the e-boutique launched in 2015.

Loved and recognized by the global glitterati, Ingie’s creations have been worn on the red carpet by numerous celebrities including Olivia Wilde, America Ferrera, Pamela Anderson, Busy Philipps, AnnaLynne McCord, Karen Fairchild, Melora Hardin, Sophie Marceau, Valérie Kaprisky, Sarah Wayne Callies and Rhea Seahorn. International supermodel Natalia Vodianova and regional artists and icons Lolo Al Aslawi, Nancy Ajram, Nelly Karim and Haifa Wehbe are fans.

Ingie Chalhoub is committed to sharing her experience and knowledge with other entrepreneurs, policy makers and artists and to partner in the development of the luxury sector in the Middle East. She is advisory board member at Dubai International Fashion Week, a panelist on Mission Fashion on LBC1 for the last three years and participated in Project Fashion on Future TV in 2007. Ingie is a regular contributor and editor to the Middle East’s leading fashion website and features in “Voices”, a new initiative that represents the voice of the region as it pushes the boundaries of style and culture.

Ingie is also involved in a diverse portfolio of humanitarian activities. She supports research in breast cancer as an ambassador for Pink Caravan and the 10KSA project. She also supports Dubai Cares and actively contributes to their charity programmes across the world.

About INGIE Paris

Set up in 2009 by Ingie Chalhoub, INGIE Paris develops prêt à porter collections in her Parisian workshops with a team of exceptional, highly skilled, top quality craftsmen. The underlying values of all INGIE Paris’s fashion creations are elegance, sophistication and quality.

With four collections a year, Ingie Chalhoub proposes day wear, cocktail dresses, evening dresses and accessories, for women with high-powered social lives, who are always on the go and who appreciate female fashion with a truly individual approach.

INGIE Paris designs are recognized for the quality of their fabric, their embroidery, and their attention to detail; for their dresses – whether they be in satin, jacquard, or with “haute couture” silk finishes -, whose contemporary lines beautifully enhance the figure of the women who wear them.

INGIE Paris Boutiques are available in:

  • The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Prestige Mall, The Avenues, Kuwait
  • Ladies Kingdom Tower, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

INGIE Paris is also stocked at:

Etoile “La boutique”:

  • Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, UAE
  • Dubai Mall, Galeries Lafayette, Dubai, UAE
  • The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Bahrain City Center, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Al Khayyat Center, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Robinson, Dubai, UAE
  • Le Bon Marché, Paris, France
  • Luisa Via Roma, Florence, Italy
  • Soho Rooms, Ukraine, Odessa
  • 51 East, Doha, Qatar
  • Saks 5th Avenue, Manama, Bahrain
  • Glamour 6, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Podium Italia, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Christ Boutique, Makhachkala, Russia