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Designers across the program, from Dior to Versace, approached this season's haute couture, their most expensive and critics would say excessive collections, with unified determination to modernize an antiquated exercise in handmade evening wear.Cue Lebanese designer Georges Chakra, who drew inspiration for his fall-winter couture collection from two American photographers who revolutionized fashion photography in the 1950s.Unlike so many designers who showed this week, Chakra did not reform the old but revived it.Chakra has in the past put out quite daring couture collections, particularly when compared to fellow Lebanese designers like Elie Saab or Georges Hobeika, both of whom have found a reliable thing and stuck with it.That's not to say there weren't moments of quirky, contemporary design in Chakra's collection.
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