Georges Chakra brings his couture touch to Fashion Houston

On an early morning call from Beirut, Lebanese couture designer Georges Chakra began the interview by offering congratulations on the U.S. presidential elections. The coverage was on every channel in Lebanon’s largest city, he said, adding “the whole world was watching.”

I asked his thoughts on the First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown, if he could design it.

“Ah, Mrs. Obama,” he said. “I would be a light, powdery yellow. Very pastel yellow. I see a picture in my head. Do you want me to sketch it out now?”

I’m certain Chakra would have emailed me a sketch. He speaks with a comfortable creativity that comes when designers really love what they do and want to share it with others.

Chakra, who will present his runway collection at Fashion Houston on Monday night, was born and raised in Lebanon and knew by age 16 he wanted to be a fashion designer. His family didn’t take his ambition seriously, so he studied interior design for two years. He eventually pursued a career in fashion. Ironically, his 22-year-old daughter, Jennifer, is studying fashion design at New York’s famed Parsons The New School for Design. Read more
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