PARIS, June 26, 2008 /FW/ — Georges Chakra is one of the few designers from Lebanon who regularly puts his outfits under the spotlights of Paris Couture Fashion Week, striking a particular balance between the satisfaction of his demanding Couture customers and an innovative spirit, integrating in the field of luxury new materials and sometimes aiming at dressing a younger woman than the traditional clients of top luxury made-by-hand garments.
Who wears his designs in the western world? The British actress Helen Mirren, for instance, is among the houses’s “habitués”, just like Keisha Whitaker (Forest’s wife). They are both expected to attend Georges Chakra’s runway show, on July 1st at Paris Couture Week. They would never miss the event of seeing close up the wonderful creations for Fall 2008 by the Lebanese designer shown in the City of Lights, among other guests, customers and fashion writers.
Just a few days before his show will take place, Georges Chakra has accepted to answer the FashionReporters “Seven Questions Interview”.
What is fashion for?
Fashion is more than an accessory worn on the outside, used to make a person look better (or worse). Depending on the person concerned, and on the kind of relationship they have with fashion, it can be a way to satisfy oneself, to please others or to become part of an identified group. Fashion is first an essential means of expression in social hierarchy. It is a universal principle, one of the elements of civilization.
If you were not a fashion designer, what would you be?
A painter, I think. I love painting. After fashion design, it certainly comes in the seocnd place, as a personal tool of expression.
What are you proud of?
I would say that first of all, I am proud of my children. Both my daughters are all my pride.
What are you ashamed of?
As a young man, I was ashamed of my mistakes, I was trying to hide them. With time helping along the way, I have learnt to drift away from being ashamed of them and to integrate mistakes as a part of the enriching process of experience.
If you could keep just one garment or accessory, which one would you pick?
Shoes. I think that beautiful shoes always give the elegant touch both to the persons and to their outfits.
What do you no longer believe in?
What do you still believe in?
In God and in honesty as an essential value.
More information on Georges Chakra’s official website: www.georgeschakra.com
JEAN PAUL CAUVIN