It was my pleasure meeting up with the ‘in-vague Parisian designer’ behind the thriving French label ‘Hayari Couture’ during his first visit to Egypt. He travelled to Cairo to throw spotlight on Hayari’s best pieces on Ramses Hilton’s fashion show for Autumn ‘15. The show is one of a series of glamorous fashion events been held at the renowned hotel and organized by the well-known Onsy Barakat for more than 30 years now! And some of what the very decent, down-to-earth gentleman had to say to our precious fashionistas!
First of all, welcome to Egypt Hayari! Let us know more about this glamorous show you’re holding in Egypt.
I am very excited and thrilled to be here in Egypt for the first time. The best thanks to Mr. Onsy Barakat who invited and encouraged me to come and do a show here. I am really enjoying it! And I’ve prepared a special set from my Haute Couture collections; which I showed in Paris, Europe, Moscow, to bring to view here in Cairo. It’s my selection of the best gowns of Hayari collections.
Tell us about yourself and how you started your career in Fashion!
I’ve this gift that I imagine the designs in my head and then translate them on paper. When I was six or seven years old, I used to draw dresses. My grandma, mother and sister, seeing that I draw and create easily on a paper, encouraged me to follow my interest, and study fashion.
Do you have someone in the family who’s in the fashion field?
No, but my mother is Parisian! She likes Dior and Chanel. So I was raised in this culture; Haute Couture Culture. When my mum went to theatre, Opera or any event in Paris, she always wore fabulous haute couture outfits. As a child, I used to go to her closet to see and feel her dresses; I think that helped me develop a good fashion sense.
Sounds unfamiliar for a little boy to be very much interested in fashion!
It was mainly the influence of my grandma, who was working with embroidery. She always used to talk to me about elegance, fashion, and stylish women. I grew up with such ideas about glamour, femininity, and haute couture. I guess that’s why I was interested in this field in such a very young age.
Where did you study fashion?
When I went to Paris, I entered the prestigious fashion school; ‘La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne’. I was a top student there. After graduating, I worked with luxury haute couture house in Paris. Then in 2009; I decided with my friend ‘Hugues Alard’ to stop working with this house and to create Hayari Couture. I already had my history in haute couture, and numbers of celebrities were already my clients; so we created Hayari Paris to make a name for my creations, which are by Nabil Hayari.
How do you find the Egyptian fashion style?
I was so surprised when I saw the models for my show here in Ramses Hilton! I really liked the Egyptian models here, even more than the Russians. They look very stylish and in tune with the fashion trends.
Do you find them following fashion correctly or taking it to extremes?
They’re doing it in a very elegant way. You know, it’s very easy to follow fashion these days; via social media and internet. And if someone is well-educated, she will be open to fashion trends and know how to dress, wear makeup, and to choose only what fits her.
Any Egyptian Fashion designers you like their work? And what’s your advice for young Egyptian designers who are creative but can’t make it to Fashion Weeks?
Find the thrilling answer to this question along with details about Hayari’s experience with first-rate celebrities, and his bridal trends & top tips for the brides-to-be on Magnificent’s Cinderella Wedding Issue.
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By Ghada Sakr