Elie Saab has called off his haute couture presentation scheduled for the Paris season next week, as the couturier delays shooting any look-book video in the wake of the crisis in Lebanon.
Saab had been scheduled to unveil his next collection during the four-day fully digital haute couture week, on Wednesday, 27 January.
Saab’s headquarters located in downtown Beirut were partly damaged in the giant explosion that rocked the city in August 2020 and left 190 dead. However, the repairs were completed quite quickly.
“We were able to renovate immediately, and up and running 10 days after. We managed to deliver all our confirmed orders. We had a fair amount of business despite Covid-19,” said Saab Jr.
Currently, many of the Saab sales force are in Paris, showing the house’s ready-to-wear pre-collection for fall 2021, albeit much of it online.
Like the Paris ready-to-wear season itself, the house still has to see whether it can stage a runway show during Paris ready-to-wear week in the first week of March.