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April 16 2014

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Caroline Seikaly: NYC, The Place For Pretty

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If you get married while employed by a maison couture, they’ll make your dress for free. That’s a fun fact I learned when new designer Caroline Seikaly brought her dresses to our offices last week. Seikaly should know. The RISD grad tied the knot near the end of a six-year stint working for Karl Lagerfeld, though she (not Karl) actually designed her dress, a lovely ballerinalike puff of tulle. The petite blonde designer, who launched last year with a small collection of gowns, is based between Beirut and Paris. But she’ll be doing a presentation here in New York this September. As for why not Paris, Seikaly explained, “I do pretty dresses. [In Paris] you have to be edgy. I feel people are more open to it here.” (Well, actually we do like a little edge stateside, but we see your point.) At any rate, Seikaly’s dresses should be lovely to take in. She has a penchant for expensive French laces and silks and is employing seamstresses from Lagerfeld—working on their lunch hours—to make her samples. Though Lebanon has quite a few designers—names you’ll recognize from the red carpet like Elie Saab and Georges Chakra—Seikaly sets herself apart. “They’re all very bling-y,” she says. “I’m different. I’m light.”

Photo: Courtesy of Caroline Seikaly

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