Elie Saab’s impressive career as fashion designer did not make him forget his home country Lebanon. I actually drove through the town he was born in; Damour, a city that was completely destroyed during the Lebanese Civil war in the seventies. He was the first ever non-Italian Fashion Designer who became a member of the National Chamber of Italian fashion. This year he launched an initiative that consists in donating a portion of sales to UNICEF’s “Integrated Education and Well-Being for Vulnerable Girls in Lebanon Program.
This man has dressed Kate Middleton, Halle Berry and Beyonce. And on top of all this, while his house was completely destroyed by the Beirut explosion of 2020, his newest perfume, Lumière, still speaks of hope, with an opening dedicated to light: Orange blossom warmed by the sun. Deeper into the scent we find jasmine, decadent and seductive, patchouli, tuberose. The base note takes us down to woody scents, the cedar – symbol of Lebanon – that adds character to the flowers. A masterpiece that gives us the important message and spirit of the Lebanese people: Never give up, there will be Light.
No better gift for Christmas, in our opinion!
xoxo Liza Brouwer for Frenchonista