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April 21, 2018
Beirut Young Fashion Designers Competition (BYFDC)

Beirut, April 21, 2018 – L.I.P.S. Management, in collaboration with ABC Lebanon and ELLE Oriental, presented the fourth edition of the Beirut Young Fashion Designers Competition (BYFDC), headed by the Lebanese International designer Rabih Kayrouz and in the presence of the international guest star celebrity Victoria Bonya; The first competition of its kind that has established itself as the only platform for fashion design students and young designers who seek the right exposure to begin or promote their careers.

The competition took place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at ABC Verdun - L3 Gardens, in the presence of various celebrities, public figures, media, universities, diplomats, families and friends of the contestants. Guests were greeted to a cocktail reception provided by G. Vincenti & Sons s.a.l., on the Red Carpet, after which they entered the Garden where the competition took place.

In the jury lounge, the Lebanese presenter Cynthia Zeinoun, introduced the BYFDC’s judges:

  • Mr. Rabih Kayrouz: Lebanese International Designer & Head of Jury
  • Ms. Victoria Bonya: International Model, Public Figure & Celebrity Guest Star
  • Ms. Desiree Sadek: Journalist & Director of ELLE Oriental
  • Ms. Tania Azzedine: Head of Real Estate for ABC Lebanon.

Twelve young designers who are fresh graduates from various fashion design universities across Lebanon participated in the competition, which was transmitted LIVE worldwide on Web-En-Direct. The contestants were given the theme ‘Cyborg Couture’ according to which they had to create, design and execute four full outfits.

The contestants – Ahmad Hawali / Assaad Bou Mjahed / Badwy Nicolas / Christia Saad / Christophe Semaan / Hawrae Awali / Jean Pierre Khoury / Judas Mordache / Leon Arapguirlian / Mirella Nemr / Nayla Obeid / Saro Jacque Tchaparian all competed for the winning title in front of the jury panel. Post-competition, all these designers will be displaying their designs in a Pop Up store in ABC Verdun – GF Floor for a period of one month, open to the public, which was launched when the competition was over.

The BYFDC winner will receive in collaboration with L.I.P.S. Management:

  • 1 year consultancy with Rabih Kayrouz
  • A full sponsorship by Toufic N. Takchi for garments to produce his first collection (15 outfits) with the consultancy and approval of Mr. Takchi, Mr. Kayrouz and Mr. Johnny Fadlallah.
  • A fashion show for his collection that will be revealed at the third edition of the Designers & Brands – Beirut in October 2018 at Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand granted by L.I.P.S. Management – Johnny Fadlallah + media interviews and PR.
  • Creating a brand and identity with Samantha Fadlallah (graphic designer, concept/identity creator, and Partner/COO at L.I.P.S. Management)
  • ELLE Oriental – May 2018 cover issue with the winning outfit on international guest star celebrity Victoria Bonya + interview to be featured in ELLE.
  •  A full photo shoot by Roger Moukarzel, for his BYFDC outfits, organized by L.I.P.S. Management to appear in the ELLE Oriental May 2018 issue.
  • Bust Mannequin by Giscardo.
  • Cinema tickets by Grand Cinemas.

In addition to various other prizes.

A special appreciation to our main partner in all our events: AUBRILAM and our supporting sponsors, who helped make this BYFDC possible, at no cost to the participants – ABC Lebanon, ELLE Oriental, Web En Direct, Roger Moukarzel ‘Mini Me Production’, G. Vincenti & sons s.a.l., Korus Bar-Lounge, Zeina Fadlallah Professional Makeup Artist, Michel Zeytoun Professional Hair Stylist, Toufic N. Takchi, Raidy Printing Group, Diffa, DiaLeb, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand, Giscardo Group, Grand Cinemas, Solicet, Canada Alyoum,and Trihaus.


Finally, L.I.P.S. Management would like to announce that the fifth edition of the BYFDC will take place in 2019.

For bookings, reservations and sponsoring please contact:
+961 (4) 716417/18 or +961 (3) 778686  or info@lips-int.com