Beirut-ALSHARQIYA January 22: Lebanese designer Elie Saab decided to withdraw from the calendar of Paris Fashion Week, which starts on January 25 and runs until 28.
The main reason behind this withdrawal is the delicate health situation in Lebanon due to the high number of deaths and cases of Covid 19 virus. This is confirmed by Elie Saab Jr., son of the designer, who is CEO of Elie Saab. He revealed the postponement of the fashion show for spring 2021, pending the improvement of the health situation in the country.
Elie Saab Junior told the fashion newspaper, WWD, "Our new collection of high-end tailoring is ready, but the logistical steps that allow us to photograph it are not secured. So we decided to take a small break and wait for the right time to secure the conditions for photographing and presenting it to the public. In recent weeks in Lebanon there has been a significant increase in the number of injuries and deaths, in addition to a scarcity of hospital beds. Things are really out of control, so we have to be careful and responsible. Frankly, the risk is very great and we give the safety of our employees and our work team a priority at the present time. "
It is noteworthy that the work team of the house and its workers in Beirut exceeds 400 people. The house was also severely damaged during the Beirut Port explosion last year.
Elie Saab isn't alone in recently announcing it's pulling out of the Paris Tailoring Week calendar. A spokeswoman for Zuhair Murad also announced that the latter would not be able to provide a complete set in these circumstances. She will only present a summary of it at Fashion Week, and Maison Rabih Kayrouz also announced that she will not participate in this week's events.
The designer, Elie Saab, had recently finished preparing his preparatory collection for Fall 2021, which he would soon exhibit in Paris, and his concerns would continue to work on special requests. The new business plan adopted by his company since 2019 helped him overcome the crises he faced during the past year.
It reduced its dependence on retail trade, contenting itself with seven direct-operating stores in various parts of the world, and expanded into new platforms such as Amazon luxury stores, and launched new categories of goods, including household products and children's fashion.