黎巴嫩Beirut大爆炸重創當地高訂品牌 Zuhair Murad、 Elie Saab總部在爆炸中損毀
by Kammy Kam | 13 Aug 2020

2020 年相信對任何人是艱難的一年,當疫情還沒告一段落時,在早前黎巴嫩首都 Beirut 港口發生了大爆炸,死傷人數不斷增加中,對於當地經濟和民生的衝擊等更是難以預估,也影響了高級訂製產業。來自黎巴嫩的高訂時裝品牌 ZuhairMurad ,其位於貝魯特的總部和工作室也在爆炸中,可見大樓玻璃全碎和外牆被剝落,設計圖散落一地,損毀如夢似幻的禮服,損失難以計算。

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OMG I still can’t BELIEVE what happened to my OFFICES , my BEIRUT and my LEBANON #prayforlebanon

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#Repost @bof with @make_repost ・・・ An explosion that rocked Beirut this week damaged or destroyed the headquarters of internationally renowned couturiers like Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab and Rabih Kayrouz and came at a time when Lebanon was already facing economic collapse and the coronavirus. The blasts, believed to be caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at the city’s docks for six years, rocked the city on August 4, shortly after 6pm, killing 137 people, and injuring thousands. The impact was so strong that it devastated a great swathe of the port area, including part of the city’s fashion district. ⁠ ⁠ In the Gemmayzeh district, couturier Zuhair Murad’s staff of 200 left the 11-storey headquarters just 10 minutes before the explosions hit. “We lost everything,” says Murad, “all my memories. I built this building stone by stone, day by day, night by night. It was my dream to build my fashion house in Beirut, in my city, in Lebanon where I was born but in one second everything went and I lost everything.” The disaster comes at a time when Lebanon’s fashion industry was already struggling, having been slammed by inflation that saw the Lebanese pound lose 80 percent of its value since October. Designers’ businesses suffered more once the coronavirus pandemic started to dampen both local and global demand for their products.⁠ ⁠ For decades, Lebanon has played an important role in the regional fashion industry and an outsized role in the global fashion industry. In 2017, Lebanon’s fashion market was worth $1.5 billion, according to Fitch Solutions. However, the reality is that the triple crisis – economic, health and humanitarian – will be hard to overcome. The international response, spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the country, will be key to recovery but the growing consortium of international aid could be conditional on government reform in a country famous for its political instability. Meanwhile, the famed resilience of the Lebanese people — a population that has overcome civil wars and myriad crises in the past — will be tested like never before. Read Louise Nichol's full story on businessoffashion.com [Link in bio] : Co

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Zuhair Murad 是時尚界著名的高訂品牌,憑著精緻的刺繡和立體剪裁,一套又一套如夢似幻的禮服正是從黎巴嫩的象徵,品牌一直依賴深受女明星喜愛,是紅地毯的常客,Jennifer Lopez 更在去年結婚的時候就是穿著 Zuhair Murad 婚紗出嫁。Zuhair Murad 在事發後在 Instagram 上傳了總部的殘骸,包括所有客戶訂製中的婚紗、禮服,經過大爆炸之後,幾十年來累積的心血毀於一旦,並說多年來的努力就這樣沒有了。

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Exclusive interview with @vogue Link in Bio “You can’t imagine the damage.” Speaking from his house in the mountains 20 minutes outside Beirut earlier this week, Zuhair Murad was still in shock. On Tuesday, due to COVID-19-related restrictions, his entire team had left the house's headquarters near the port of Beirut by 6 pm, minutes before the explosion. “I cannot express my sadness,” he said. “We saw a fire in the port but we didn’t think it was that serious. We left, and then came the two explosions. Everything vanished in one minute. Thank God we did not lose anyone. But you can’t imagine the damage.” As followers of his Instagram have seen, with this tragedy Murad lost everything he had in Beirut: his offices were completely destroyed, along with 80% of his archives and all his work for the upcoming ready-to-wear and couture collections. A small portion of his work remains in the safety of his Paris offices. With his team gathered at his home to plan a way forward, the designer expressed his gratitude for the support of his team and his family, friends and clients. “I want to thank everyone who has given us moral support,” he said. “I have received so many messages and I feel very happy to be surrounded by so many caring people. They believe in me, and we need to continue despite all the tragedy, even if it’s from scratch. I have a message and a mission about beauty, happiness, love and peace.” Murad said that this week he would be organizing a fund to ask friends and fans – famous and otherwise – to help Lebanon. The designer plans to send out a personal letter worldwide in the next few days. “We are in a bad situation. We want to do something for Lebanon,” he said.

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同樣來自黎巴嫩,以仙女服聞名另一高訂品牌 Elie Saab 總部和工作室也在是次災難中被摧毀。像災難電影裡的場景一樣,好險總部的職員都平安,可以說是不幸中的大幸,盼望當地 人能克刻這艱難的時期,盡快回復日常生活。


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