Georges Hobeika Fall 2013 Couture Collection

Posted on July 02, 2013

Georges Hobeika Fall 2013 Couture Collection





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  • Fordzo

    *JUMPY CLAPS!!* I like it ALL!

    • quiltwombat

      With the exception of 5 looks which don’t actually thrill me, I too love it all! Classy stuff.

  • In_Stitches

    This kind of sexless ostentation isn’t really to my taste, but I certainly respect it. That’s some art.

    • siedhr

      Sexless, yes. I didn’t realize what was bothering me. These are almost all virgin dresses. Teen virgin dresses. Not one of them is styled for a woman. Demure in that stereotypical sexist way almost.

      • fiddlecub

        I am curious to know more about your take on this. I don’t find this collection “sexy” in the way we usually mean the word, but I don’t think that “not sexy” is akin to “sexless,” or indeed if “sexless” must in and of itself be pejorative. It is true that most of these dresses don’t do much to show off skin or curves, but I’m not sure how this collection’s aesthetic translates to almost-sexist. I have never felt that covering the body must translate to “ashamed of the body,” presuming that this is part of your feeling on the matter. (I don’t want to put words in your mouth, so my assumption could be off base.)

        • NOLA_gal

          I’m no fashion expert, but I’d say the sexist issue comes more from the fashion industry’s refusal to style for the more, ahem, womanly woman, ie the majority of American women. The models are almost exclusively flat chested and linear, and the dresses are designed to emphasize that smooth verticality. Most of the clothes would probably look terrible on a woman with hips or breasts, and therefore could be construed as sexist because they’re designed for the designer’s (probably twisted) ideal of “woman”, rather than for actual physical women. I would personally consider this more classist than sexist, but you could make a point either way.

          • NOLA_gal

            I also think they’re visually beautiful, but more sculptural than useful.

          • involving

            Your statement makes it sound like women who don’t have curves aren’t womanly, and are a “twisted ideal” of women.

          • SugarSnap108

            I actually think a number of these pieces, mainly the form-fitting dresses, would look far better — and far from “sexless” — on a woman with generous curves than they do on these models. I completely get the frustration over many designers’ work — like how they seem to forget that most women would probably want/need to wear a bra. Most of these dresses, however, actually allow for undergarments, to which I say “Hale yeah.” And as someone with no hips and a flat-ish chest, I don’t agree with the idea that curves determine how much of an “actual” woman you are.

          • NOLA_gal

            My apologies – my description was not meant to imply that curvy women are more feminine, just co-opting the fashion industry’s language. As you know, describing women’s bodies is a zero-sum game even when your intentions are honorable! Looking at those dresses with nary a dart to be seen in the bodice area, was what lead me to think they wouldn’t be too flattering on busty ladies, unless you’re going for the 12th century bosom popping look. (I don’t think I’ve ever written a blog post with more boob adjectives in my life!)

          • SugarSnap108

            Well, I was being overly sensitive, I’m sure. I just read/hear so many remarks along the lines of “real women have curves.”

            I hadn’t considered the lack of darting — good point. But I do think at least some of these looks would be elevated by the presence of boobs. 🙂 And I believe there are few things sexier than a pencil skirt on a woman with curvy hips. On me, pencil skirts always look like they’re missing something.

        • In_Stitches

          In addition to what NOLA touched on, I think Siedhr may be talking about the cultural association that this style carries. A lot of these dresses are Betty Draper dresses-designed to make the wearer look pretty, like a bird in a gilded cage, ready to be gazed upon. They aren’t the kind of dresses that I would imagine a powerful woman in. I do acknowledge that there’s a problem with that though; women should be able to wear whatever they want without having to worry about the historical message their clothes may carry.

      • Shawn EH

        Depends on the wearer, though. Was Grace Kelly sexless?

        • Coolekat

          Hell, no!

        • siedhr

          No, she wasn’t. It absolutely depends on on the wearer. And on how the dresses are worn and styled. But they seem to me similar to doll dresses. The choice of models and the way they’re styled skews significantly toward an infantilized image to my eye.

          • Shawn EH

            The models are emaciated teen vampires. But the skewing is all towards wealthy old ladies who lunch, wouldn’t you say? These silhouettes, as Nina Garcia might say, are hardly youthful.

        • Wendi126

          No, and if she had worn #9 from top she too would be showing all the goods. Unless I’m seeing funny the model is either fully shaven or 10 years old

          • ankali

            I think you might be seeing funny. That looks lined to me; I think shadows are being cast from the lace onto the lining.

      • barbarienne

        I’m feeling Elizabethan/Renaissance (not just because of the collars) + 1920s = interesting mashup. Both of those fashion periods idealized a woman with no bust, which may be why they work together here, but give that oddly sexless feeling.

        • Nicola Anna Molly Page

          Le sigh. I love the whole collection. So beautiful. I definitely thought Medieval Mid Century looking through these.

          Interesting idea about the sexlessness/object to be gazed upon theory – but after Shakira werqing the Anthony Vaccarello dress for ELLE I’m curious to see if a curvier body would elevate some of these pieces. Particularly the red dress, 13 down. Stunning.

          On the other hand, I would just package this all up and send it to Leelee Sobieski.

          • akprincess72

            A young Sophia Loren would set that dress ON FIRE.

          • Nicola Anna Molly Page

            Oh YES.

      • fursa_saida

        What’s weirding me out is less the clothes themselves (though they aren’t my bag) than the juxtaposition of clothes and models. Many of these girls seem even more young-looking and gamine than usual, and the feeling I get from these clothes is actually the opposite of yours–they feel very much “mature” to me, for a somewhat older woman. That feel being loaded onto these girls is giving me massive cognitive dissonance, and I feel like they look weighed down by the clothes–which is odd, since they’re all in such light colors and not in particularly heavy fabrics. Like they’re child brides on their way to the altar wearing big heavy dresses meant for an older person. I dunno. Like I said, it’s really weirding me out.

  • Frank_821

    There’s something kind of elizabethian costume-nish about it. I respect the craftmanship but it’s rather heavy looking. More like something you’d seen on the stage for an Opera

  • What a gorgeous, graceful, grown up collection. Virtually everything is something that a woman of taste and distinction would gladly have in their wardrobe forever. It is also superbly constructed in every detail, and while not wildly innovative, still manages to be fresh and inspiring. Bravo!

    • StellaZafella

      I even like the Van Dyke collars…and they would usually make me itch. Give me any of the Salmon peices just to look at.

      • MoHub

        I’m glad they’re reading salmon to you. That’s how they look on my monitor, but I was afraid they might actually be pink. From a purely selfish standpoint, I can wear peach, salmon, and coral, but true pink makes me look as if I have terminal jaundice.

      • librarygrrl64

        And I’ll take most of the reds, thank you. What a glorious ruby shade! 🙂

    • MemHey

      I like you. Just thought you’d want to know 😉

      • Thank you! I’m terribly flattered.


    • Trish

      Yes, yes! I like this so much it’s making me dislike the Dior collection even more by comparison.

      • The Dior collection was a tragic series of misfires. Virtually none of it is translatable into the ready to wear. And there is no real through line of comprehension to pull it all together. If we are to simply go with, “classic” Dior” as the inspiration point, the message is so muddied by being too slyly referenced that it loses all its impact. The Dior collection looks more like an assortment of odd bits that were thrown together. This collection, however, is a hallmark of what its all supposed to be about, in terms of presentation, finish, and detail.

        • demidaemon

          Well said!

  • Meg0GayGuys6


    If your pieces are going to be simple (silhouette, wise), they really have to be impeccable, and good golly are these impeccable. I’m not one for air filter neck pieces, but I LOVE this collection! I really hope I see these on the RC soon!

    (BTW, how hilarious is the facial expression on that last model?!)

    • Right? Can’t you just hear her? “Of COURSE I’m marrying him for the money, do you think I’m insane?”

      • Meg0GayGuys6

        Hahaha and, “in bed? eh. I guess he’s ight.”

  • raffe

    Gorgeous. The work of someone who knows what couture is for.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    Finale gown is a yawn compared to the others.

    • StellaZafella

      It’s the wedding gown, traditional at the close of a collection like this.

      • Jane Patterson-McGuire

        I bet half of the gowns in this collection will end up being used as wedding gowns by someone, or at least in a Grace Ormonde editorial.

        • StellaZafella

          If I ever got married, I’d do it in #13, RED, off-shoulder “killin’ it, bitches!” and I’d put all the brides maids in the #2 -Also RED, with pockets. I have no business wearing white again, and Ivory or Beige is too understated for the life I”VE led!

          But, in all seriousness, most of this would make excellent formal wedding wear for everyone from Maid of Honor to Mother of the Bride.

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  • Annarosa

    Sometime it looks like “announcing Christmas to come” but I have to say that I really like it!

    p.s. FGS, someone feeds the poor girls!

  • pippitypup

    It’s nice to see ruffs finally making a comeback.

    • barbarienne

      I’m still working my theory that codpieces will come back. Ruffs are a good step, timeline-influence-wise!

      • pippitypup

        Only if the codpieces come with LEDs and squeakers.

  • Nancer

    TLO, you just made me very, very happy. Lovely.

  • Kathryn Tewson

    Some of these are a little jacked up, but overall, I like it.

    Oh, wait, I forgot to put that into Fashion Person Language. Sorry: “The proportions on some of these are concerning, but overall, I’m responding very positively to this.”

  • AuntHo

    Some of these things are not like the others. But I’d wear all of ’em. Wow.

  • Tatiana Luján

    There might not be much new about theese clothes, but they all look well made, you can imagine the feel and the flow of the fabrics and the care put in every stitch. This, for me, is what real luxury is about: quality above outrageousness.

    I bet it feels amazing to have any of theese pieces in one’s closet.

  • Frank G

    I see A LOT of Valentino / Marchesa influence…but still gorgeous. Anna Hathaway could have worn any one of these and rocked it better than the pink apron.

    • imspinningaround

      Those were the exact references I was thinking of too.

  • Qitkat

    By and large it’s a stunning collection. But I am distracted with models who are clearly still children, and either look startled or blank or pouty instead of fierce. It’s like they haven’t grown up enough into their features to portray the sophistication these looks ought to be projecting. Most of them are just too young for these particular gowns and dresses.

    • Coleen

      I agree. So disgusted by the lackluster hair and blank makeup. Going with a sleek side part and a fresher face would make me love this collection even more than I already do.

  • susan6

    Starts strong, and then fades. Literally. Some of the pieces in the second half are gorgeous, if only they weren’t in such dull colors…..

  • joanna dash

    Some of it is a little ruff around the edges.

  • itsnotoveryet11

    I could really see Florence Welch wearing some of these pieces on the red carpet, what over woman could pull off a ruff like her

  • conniemd

    I think it’s gorgeous and very different looking from what we’ve been seeing. Not crazy about some of the pieces, but overall some very striking pieces and thankfully no cut-outs, see through, etc. etc etc.

  • SewingSiren

    Who would have thought that ruffs could look so appealing? I’m not sure that those whom can afford or have the privilege to borrow will go for these colors, but they look extremely sophisticated to my eye, especially the yellow chiffon over peach crepe. I am also swooning over the understated sheer putty colored gown.

  • MilaXX

    Very pretty and feminine. I like a lot here. The only clunker for me is the peach satin coat.

    • Reminds me of a bed jacket.

      • Rand Ortega

        I think I last saw it on Doris Day in “Pillow Talk”.

        • akprincess72

          I do love that movie!

          • Rand Ortega

            Me, too!

      • Coolekat

        But what a yummy bed jacket!

  • In_Stitches

    Most collections design for the same girl, in the various avenues of her life. I feel like this collection has designed for the same girl in the various STAGES of her life. There are looks that seem best suited to an 8 year old and others for someone nearing 80. They are so similar in taste though, it makes me feel like I am watching a person age and grow through the clothes.

    • fiddlecub

      That’s a lovely interpretation!

    • Bridget Smith

      It’s also interesting how various fashions from England’s history have filtered in. There’s Elizabethan, Regency, Edwardian, WWII, and more, and these influences are VERY clear yet not at all costumey.

  • Rand Ortega

    Perfect for the Ladystar As Princess set aka Nicole, Naomi, Taylor, Cate (though I’d like to think she’s more chic & interesting so she’d opt more for looks #26, 29 or 31).

  • jenrsmall

    Many of these are beautiful, and the craftsmanship and understanding of how fabric moves and handles is superb. I would just like to shed a single tear for the avalanche of nude and beige and peach dresses though. *sigh*

  • mjude

    i really like almost all of these looks!

  • Shawn EH

    Stanley’s boring ProjRun silhouettes have a place in fashion after all?

  • Snailstsichr

    I unabashedly love every look and desperately want to be a red mermaid (#4). That’s all.

    • akprincess72

      Cool, #13 is mine.

  • NoveltyRocker

    So finely detailed and artful. Really beautiful collection ♱

  • Coolekat

    Stunning. A surfeit of beauty and colors.

  • ccinnc

    Love love love. Esp. the red. I want them all.

    • akprincess72

      The red hue is so rich, not at all cheap. It just looks soft & expensive!

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Absolutely stunning. Want all of the coat dresses (minus the Elizabethan ruffs)

  • I want a ruff in my life. Also all these are beautiful.

  • Anniebet

    I shed a small tear as I scrolled down. For me, THIS is what couture should be.

  • jmorino08

    I LOVE that color red and almost all the pieces that feature it (except for that mermaid dress). I wish some of the neutral and yellow pieces were in that color or the lovely shade of pink. Overall, this is glorious, though.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Gorgeous. Full Stop.

  • barbarienne

    I feel as if there are three or four different shows intermingled here. But that’s working for me, because so many of the pieces bridge each other.

    Also: dresses with pocketses! When ladystars speak, the designers listen!

  • crash1212

    Exquisite. Love the color palate and the intricate beading/pleating. The entire collection speaks to me.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Can Kiernan Shipka in the 30th dress down happen??

  • ailujailuj

    I am suddenly wanting the sorbet.
    luscious colors.
    ultra-feminine and regal.
    some exquisite designs.
    but the colors…

  • Denise Alden

    A lot of this reads Charlotte York to me (excepting the ruffled collars) but I’ll take this over the Dior collection any day.

  • Miss WKS

    This is a very beautiful collection that would have benefitted from the addition of a few models with some meat on their bones to fill out the bodices…

  • Buffy


  • shawna

    That peach coat reminds me of Chloe’s winning project runway collection (that I hated).

  • SilentlyAmusedBK

    Did any one else’s brain connect to Laura Bennett when looking at these gorgeous garments? Not in the color story, but in the elegance, embellishments, and sleek shapes (especially found towards the middle)? My mind went there when I saw the off-white coat/jacket (23rd image down). Then I looked at every photo for visual support!

    I long for another Project Runway contestant that my mind associates with couture…

  • bertkeeter

    HA, I love the fact that you guys have this up before STYLE.COM!

  • bertkeeter

    Nice, sort of a less grand and luxe Elie Saab!

  • LipstickForPigs

    I bet this was stunning in motion.

  • MemHey

    A teensy bit dowdy and would have preferred more actual colour, but for once, an entire collection that I like! Miracles!

  • kimiakay

    Other than the red dresses, which I love, these colors are very sedate, restrained, as is the styling. I like a lot of it, I think. The Elizabethan ruffle is distracting and makes it hard to imagine what the outfit would look like without it, for me. Necklines are hard to predict. That “nekkid” dress is just strange to me. It seems unfinished, or something.

  • silaria

    They’re all really, really pretty. But, I don’t know, the longer I scrolled, the more bored I became. They’re beautiful, and miles ahead of the Dior collection, but they lack interest.

    EDIT: Let me add that any one of them, individually, on the red carpet would be stunning. I just think that as a collection, they lack punch.

    • makeityourself

      I think the collection would have benefitted from some editing. Too many peach dresses, then lace, lace, lace and sheer, sheer, sheer, then back to peach etc., etc., etc.

      Many of these are lovely, and the workmanship is superb, but my other takeaway is that there is nothing new on this runway.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    Luxurious, well crafted and obviously expensive. But also incredibly derivative. You can play “spot the inspiration” with most every one of these looks. Having said that, I would kill to get married in that last gown. 🙂

  • I’ll take just the third from the bottom, to waft around in at work. I would look so out of place, but who cares? I will leave the rest of the collection to everyone else. Aren’t I generous? 🙂

  • I absolutely love 95 percent of these clothes–without those awful Queen Elizabeth collars.

  • MissAmynae

    As per usual, I am utterly mystified as to why we don’t see more of his work on the various carpets. The work every season is impeccable, classy, and show-stopping gorgeous. I do see some of his work on the Asian fronts, but why oh why must we put up with Marchesa’s overdone schtick, granny panties from Valentino and Dolce, and yet another pretty Elie Saab…when we could have THIS?

    I don’t get it, really I don’t.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I love how the Cone Of Shame is becoming fashionable.

  • LaSylphide

    Wow! Who is this designer? Even the relatively bland ones (and there aren’t many of those) have style and cut.

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  • quiltrx

    WOW. Definitely my pretty for the day! I like most of it and love some of it.
    I don’t think they’re going to convince many ladies to wear the air-filter ‘ruffs’…but I’m in awe of the lovely details on these garments. I would have been in heaven getting to see these up close!

  • marlie

    Every single piece is gorgeous. Some are more interesting than others, but the whole collections is outstanding.

  • Candice Booth

    I am in absolute and complete love with the 12th from the top red gown and the 22nd feom the bottom pink gown. Such beauty.

  • ankali

    Exquisite. I don’t know that I’d wear every look, but I’d die to see these in person; you can tell just by looking at them that each piece was painstakingly crafted by, like, aging Carmelite nuns or something. And this is so soothing to look at after the aggressively eye-searing collections from Dior and Givenchy.

    LOVE the apricot gown with the ruff and, um, sequined stalagmites? — sure, go with that — flowering from the hem.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh, how wonderful if that rich claret red becomes a popular color that can be found on all the racks this year! I like the shapes of most of these, though ruffs that touch the chin and high collars do not thrill me.

    • akprincess72

      I agree, with my Snow White coloring, that claret red will suit me to a T!!!

  • jhedman

    Yawn. It’s pretty, but haven’t we seen all this before?

  • akprincess72

    If I am going to spend a bajillion dollars on a garment, THIS is how I want it to look. Off the shoulder, red #13(?) is exactly my sort of gown. Lovely!

  • DamH

    Queen of Hearts

  • mmebam

    What’s this? A cohesive collection with a defined color palette? Be still my heart!

  • PeggyOC

    TLo, I want you to do the celebrity matches for these!

  • AmeliaEve

    Many of the silhouettes are problematic, but the colors and fabrics make me purr. It all looks very luxurious and together gives a unified style sensibility. Most of these dresses would be disastrous for any woman with curves, but I definitely appreciate the combination of elegance and modesty here. They are, dare I say, ladylike. They are also tailored. The details are superb.

    I deeply desire the crimson suit with the fleurs de lys on the skirt.

  • That is some SERIOUS pretty! And one of the most beautiful wedding gowns I’ve seen in quite some time – I’ve always love the straight skirt with the big overskirt train-thing.

  • MaggieMae

    Pretty and very pleasing to gaze over all the details on the dresses. With some of those pale colors, I cannot believe they did not hire some magnificent bitches with dark skin to rock it. Can you picture it? Smashing!

  • Danielle L

    I LOVE the color palette. Sofia Vergara has six of the 4th dress on hold.

  • MoHub

    I want it all, and I want it now!

  • Anplica Fiore

    Lots of lovely! But the thing that kept running through my mind here was “Lace Dresses are dead! Long live Lace Dresses!”

  • Couture-Hoochie

    Serving Elie Saab for virginal teens realness.

  • j_anson

    What, you say? This is nothing but a collection of classic (though pretty) dresses, you say? But we put NECK RUFFS on them! They’re ELIZABETHAN!

  • Cat of the Canals

    The Fanning sisters are probably fighting over who gets to wear the pastel yellow knee-length dress.

    I’d love to see a mature ladystar rock #13 (red gown w/ sleeves). Nice coverage, but allows one to show off a graceful neck and collarbones.

    As for me, I’d kill for the red jacket and fleur de lis skirt. It reminds me (in a good way) of the suit Tricia Helfer wears in the very first scene of Battlestar Galactica, right before she blows up a space station. Definitely a power suit. 🙂

  • understateddiva

    Come to mama, clothes.

  • minnye

    In the distinct minority here, as usual… I scrolled down thinking “blecch” for most of these. However, I love the pale yellow with the holiday garland neckline (the one after the drapey sheer taupe gown). That one speaks ‘updated Barbara Stanwick’ to me. I hope an edgy celeb does it justice on the RC.

  • Rebecca Clifford

    The Virgin Queen indeed. At least, that’s what I’m seeing here. The dresses are lovely, and God, I would love to see them up close and personal. But I only see tween stars wearing a lot of them. Maybe chic-ing up those who badly need it. I do love the bodice and the sleeves on the wedding dress.

  • Louise Bryan

    No to neck ruffs. However, the pannier look (last dress) is amazing. Gotta be selective about the Elizabethan touches you deploy in clothing design.

  • Coleen

    This is everything that the Givenchy collection you featured earlier wasn’t. (And yes I know that compares women’s collections to men’s collections, but come on.)

  • MRT144

    It might be me playing so much Crusader Kings 2 but I love it all.

  • librarygrrl64

    I was not familiar with this designer, but now I would like to be. Stunning!!!