Jad Ghandour: head turning glamour

Updated: All our catwalk pictures from Jad Ghandour’s showing are now online and can be found at the bottom of this article.

When your show begins with “I used to dream about cars and things, ’bout being a star and things” playing over the music system courtesy of performer Jazmine Sullivan’s Famous, you’re setting the tone for a collection aimed at those with aspirations. And that was precisely what for Jad Ghandour, protege to Elie Saab, did with his latest offering. Showing at New York fashion week, Ghandour revealed a glamourous take on fall 2011. One of party dresses and long gowns. One that mixes blacks with colours and embellishments. One that allows the woman wearing it to set the tone for how she wants to be perceived. One that had a distinct and welcome point of difference from the casual offerings that have so far dominated this city’s latest offerings to the fashion world.

Ghandour’s newest collection is one based on the romanticised glamour of yesteryear, something that the designer readily admits to when he cites 1940s screen siren Joan Crawford as the inspiration behind it. More so, it’s a collection inspired by Crawford’s era. Hence this is one of the few collections to steer away from the 1970s fashion elements so prominent in autumn / fall 2011 and instead stick to trim and classical cuts. While we at Fashionising.com are pegging our money on another 1920s revival in the near future, fashion inspired by the Hollywood of the 1940s can be so beautiful that we’ll take it all the same.

But while there is much in the way of classical glamour to Ghandour’s collection, be it the pieces themselves or the styling of the models’ waved hair, the collection doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to including pieces that can help heighten the sense of sexual attraction oft desired by the young women this collection is best suited to. Just as Joan Crawford herself, alongside all the classical elegance this collection has it also has pieces, from little black dresses that surpassed being dangerously short to provocatively placed cut away detailing, which ooze sexuality and confidence.

All of Fashionising.com’s pictures, including some snapped from the front row, of Jad Ghandour‘s autumn (fall) / winter 2011 / 2012 showing can be found at the bottom of the article. See them all by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through.