We love Ziad Ghanem. We love every single piece of his great Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. And we can´t wait to see a good looking human being in his design. Yes! Mister Ghanem is a master of fashion! Watch the full fashion show here. Styling by our own UK Fashion editor Aiden Connor. Interview by Jackee Word.
” I want my clothes to scream loud: LOVE ME LOVE ME LOVE ME! “
Ziad Ghanem is a Lebanese fashion designer who is based in London and is currently one of London’s hottest topics, His collections range from Ultra-luxurious haute couture dresses to his ready to wear collections consisting of a heavy punk feel. Ziad uses real people to walk for his shows and each model is someone in the creative world, Previous models have been world renowned burlesque artiste Immodesty Blaize, international DJ Scarlett Etienne and many many more. His shows are noted as the most anticipated and creative shows of the whole London Fashion Week due to the fact they are purely theatrical and all about drama, drama, drama. Not to mention the interest from celebrities, for example an infamous image of Naomi Campbell wearing his “VOGUE” piece. We had a chat with Ziad to find out a bit more about the man who is shaking the fashion world by their ankles…
Jackee: So Ziad, You certainly like to emulate the “Drama” factor in your work, Your garments are extrovert, over the top and gorgeous as apposed to simplistic and bland, care to explain why you rather things this way?
Ziad: I believe that every moment in life is a special one and worth a celebration. And my work reflects this. I love all colours and shapes and I am happy to show off. Also I believe that we live in the time of “short attention spam” so that is why I want my clothes to scream loud: LOVE ME LOVE ME LOVE ME!
Jackee: You don’t use regular size 0 superhero models on your runways, you use real people, why did you decide to go down this route and what bonuses do you think it brings not only to your garments but to your brand?
Ziad: I make clothes for people so why not using ‘real ‘people to display those clothes? Simple Philosophy- I love my models they are my ultimate inspiration.
Jackee: A question I always like to ask in my interviews is, if your work was a sexual position, what would it be, and why? Daisy Chain because it is about the connection with each others.
Ziad: Personally for me I can’t go near velours, Ugg boots or the colour peach. What are your most hated fashion DON’Ts and why? I dislike the uniformity and the “must haves” rules in fashion. I don’t like Dark brow and Ugg boots make me throw up. And I have a phobia for hair. Also I hate, fur feathers and tweed.
Jackee: If there was any red carpet Diva you would want to create a garment for who would it be and why?
Ziad: I am Anti Celebrity and all that …. But If I must…
Barbara Windsor cause she is gorgeous. Jessye Norman cause she is a Diva. Boy George everyday… And Joan Collins I will faint before I dress her from excitement.
Jackee: Your work, wether it’s your ready to wear collections or your couture dresses, always has a punk streak running through it, who are you influenced in that sense and would you say it was a very important part of your work?
Ziad: I am a Punk at Heart and a skinhead too. I must admit British early 80′s Music Culture has a big influence on my work.
I love London too. I am ever inspired.
Jackee: Can you reveal any gossip about what will be coming soon in the world of Ziad Ghanem? Will you be taking over Paris or New York? Who will you be dressing?
Ziad: Honey I will be taking over no one. If you want me … Come and find me. www.ziadghanem.co.uk
And will dress anyone that pays for my dresses. But if they are poor and nice then will make it for free. I am really happy with everything at the moment and tomorrow is another day.
Jackee: From one Diva to another, I would love to thank you for answering my questions and I wish you all the very best for your next season and all of them after that!
Ziad: Thanks Jackee I love you.
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Special thanks to Ziad Ghanem and Jackee Word.
The interview was published in our DIVAS ISSUE.