Amongst fashion insiders Monsieur Kayrouz is arguably Lebanon’s greatest fashion export. Yet what is not readily known is that he is also firmly entrenched within the Paris fashion establishment, counting Lou Lou de la Falaise amongst his ardent fans. At 16 he left Lebanon to study at Paris’ prestigious Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne; cutting his teeth at both Dior and Chanel before opening his own house in Beirut in 1997.
Unlike his Lebanese peers plying the couture circuit, one doesn’t come to Kayrouz for over stuffed and embellished evening gowns. Here the house specialty is a seductive blend of expert tailoring and innovative draping, combined with the savoir-faire of Paris’ fabled couture workshops. One ingeniously pin-tucked dress in his latest couture collection quivered with thousands of tiny feather; put in place by the expert hands of Lemarié.
In 2009, Kayrouz was officially inducted as a member of Paris’ Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, a notoriously tough club to break into. To mark his official arrival on the French couture scene, he unveiled a new Paris showroom housed in the historic “Petit Théâtre de Babylone.” The light-filled space once served as an experimental theater that witnessed the premier of Samuel Beckett’s 1953 play “Waiting for Godot.”