On National Pride, Solidarity and La Mode A Beyrouth

Over 400 different media outlets covered “La Mode A Beyrouth”, which is our currently official Beirut Fashion Week; so adding one more feature, over a week later, isn’t exactly added value. This feature is not about La Mode A Beyrouth as a fashion week; but as a moment of solidarity, national pride and Beirut.

Media personalities, media outlets, bloggers, socialites, and VIPs from all around the Middle East showed up to support La Mode A Beyrouth, in a moment of solidarity with the most beautiful, historical and creative city of the region. Politics was cast aside, religion was cast aside, rivalries were cast aside, and every little petty thing that is beneath our Beirut was cast aside; something was suddenly more important: putting and keeping Beirut under the spotlights, for all what this gem of the world deserves.

Out of everything I expected in this evolved second version of “La Mode A Beyrouth”, it saddened me that some of the people who were invited (and were in the country), chose deliberately not to make it, or not to cover it fairly. A million questions popped in my mind concerning this: Why? What other features are more important than the only fashion week we have? What is more important than Beirut? What is more important than supporting our capital and ourΒ country? How else can we -as influencers- contribute to balance the already pretty grim image Lebanon currently suffers from? How do you define national pride? And do you have any of it?

Casting that -and you- aside, La Mode A Beyrouth in its current version was truly a success story, on and offline. I am very proud of those behind the event (they know themselves, I thanked them personally), and of those who went out of their way to support it day by day, and cover it as extensively as they could.

Awaiting the next edition, impatiently, until then, catch a few pics I snapped!!!Β 

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Patricia

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