CHAR­LOTTE LICHA

In Jan­uary, the fash­ion de­signer Char­lotte Licha be­came the first Le­banese woman to show a col­lec­tion dur­ing Paris Haute Cou­ture Week, with a line of dresses that was el­e­gant, sculp­tural and mas­ter­fully put to­gether. The de­signer first started sketch­ing a

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IF YOU COULD WAKE UP ANY­WHERE IN THE WORLD

TO­MOR­ROW, WHERE WOULD YOU BE? Tokyo. For me, it’s one of the

most ad­vanced ci­ties in the world. YOU ARE SIT­TING DOWN TO THE

PER­FECT DIN­NER. WHAT ARE YOU EAT­ING, WHERE ARE YOU DIN­ING

AND WHO IS WITH YOU? I love dis­cov­er­ing new restau­rants, but when I love a restau­rant’s

food, I stick to it. Three of my favourite dishes are: steak at L’Av­enue in Paris, grilled sal­mon at

Cocteau in Beirut and Le­banese food at Em Sherif in Achrafieh, Beirut. Al­ways, of course, with my best

friend – my hus­band. WHAT DOES YOUR DREAM HOME LOOK LIKE? I am in love with Down­town

Beirut since they re­newed it. I can see my­self there in a house with a gar­den, which will have a warm Parisian feel. DO

YOU COL­LECT ANY­THING? Per­fumes, tum­blers from ev­ery city I visit, and books. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST

LUX­URY PUR­CHASE? I bought my­self a watch on my 19th birth­day and I still have it. WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE

DE­SIGNER AND WHY? I re­ally like Roberto Cavalli’s lat­est col­lec­tion – it is fem­i­nine, mod­ern, sexy and classy. WHAT ITEM OF

CLOTH­ING WOULD YOU FIND IT HARD TO PART WITH? As a de­signer, clothes, shoes and bags are ob­vi­ously my thing. But they

don’t have to be fancy to have a mean­ing. It will be hard for me to let go of a sim­ple shirt or a pair of jeans. IF YOU WERE TO INVEST IN ONE

PIECE OF COU­TURE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? A Roberto Cavalli cus­tom-made dress. WHAT IS YOUR MOST TREA­SURED

POS­SES­SION? An emer­ald from my fa­ther. WHO IS THE MOST IN­FLU­EN­TIAL DE­SIGNER OF ALL TIME? The leg­endary Yves

Saint Lau­rent. For me, he is one of the peo­ple that built haute cou­ture. His pic­tures are all over the walls in my stu­dio. WHAT IS THE

MOST OVER­RATED LUX­URY? I be­lieve that go­ing to the ex­treme of lux­ury, what­ever the item is, is over­rated. WHAT IS

YOUR FAVOURITE HO­TEL AND WHY? The Shangri-La Ho­tel in Paris, be­cause that was where I took my very first

step into the real world of cou­ture. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST SIG­NIF­I­CANT IN­VEST­MENT? My large

in­vest­ments are al­ways re­lated to my work. I invest all the money I make into my business. WHAT LUX­URY

ITEM HAVE YOU GOT YOUR EYE ON AT THE MO­MENT? Since di­a­monds are a girl’s best friend,

I would like a new Chanel di­a­mond ring. WHAT IS THE MOST EX­PEN­SIVE DRESS

YOU HAVE EVER WORKED ON AND WHY? A wed­ding dress made for a princess. It was

fully em­broi­dered in di­a­monds and gold strips with a big beaded cape – it was mag­nif­i­cent.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR FREE TIME? My free time is when I lay down

in my bed, turn off the lights, watch movies for hours and eat any­thing I de­sire.

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