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Candles, blue lights and moving white spotlights set the mood for the third annual fashion show put on by the Lebanese American University's fashion school. Taking place at La Magnanerie, a reconstructed 19th-century silk factory in the Metn area just outside Beirut, the event showcased the work of 13 students presenting 10 pieces each to a jury that included designer Elie Saab, the program's honorary chair.Saab and Joseph Jabbra, LAU's president, said the program, founded in 2013, was established with the hopes of benefiting Lebanese students in the long run.Among them was Mickaella Nassar, whose "Marie Noel" collection made a personal fashion statement that had attendees taken aback. Inspired her mother, who passed away when Nassar was young, the collection included pieces portraying various phases in her mother's life.Steel told The Daily Star he believed that the students should challenge themselves to create daring designs and be outsiders.Philippe El Riachi upcycled objects and used zero-waste pattern drafting to create his designs.He created a tribal collection inspired by four different tribes, and his design choices were unique in terms of craftsmanship.Saab and Jabbra said they applauded all the students' work.
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