She’s young, she’s talented and has an extremely good eye for perfection! Lebanese Designer Mariane Bechara began her dreamy career at a very young age and quickly became known for her fine craftsmanship and diaphanous pieces.
It’s hard to believe that this is only Mariane’s second season; indeed, armed with endless passion and a knack for sophistication, the successful designer has now established herself as a purveyor of exquisite style and glamor – we’re talking straight-up, exquisitely made Ready-to-Wear and Haute Couture pieces.
But who’s really the woman behind those wondrous designs? We caught up with the designer to find out more about her brand, her new collection and of course her upcoming plans!
Could you tell us more about yourself?
I graduated with a BA in Advertising and Marketing here in Beirut and decided to pursue another degree in Fashion design in Milan. Before following my passion, I actually wanted to acquire a solid background in Business in order to eventually open my own atelier. I have always considered that education is extremely important and so I enhanced my professional experience with a series of internships in several Couture Houses.
What influenced your decision to go into design? How did you decide to launch your own brand?
I was always very passionate about fashion design and it was my absolute dream from a very young age. I’m actually a firm believer that when you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. Armed with this belief, I started designing dresses and gowns for myself and shortly enough, after being praised for my designs and being asked to design other pieces, I realized I wanted to further develop my talent. Having my own brand was inevitable, and that’s when I decided to dive into this endeavor and embark on this new journey.
From where do you usually draw inspirations when designing a new collection?
I really do believe that inspiration can be found literally anywhere. My trick is to always put my aspirations down on paper every time an idea pops into my mind. I then gather them, brainstorm some more and put the puzzle together to finally end up with one theme. After that, I start doing a moodboard, an inspirational chart, a color chart and draw the full collection.
Describe your Fall/Winter 2017-2018 collection in a few words.
Refined, sophisticated with a hint of intrigue!
What are the challenges you had to face as a designer?
I started my business and took on a lot of responsibilities when I was just 24 years old and I have learnt a lot from these past 7 months. Even though I already have a staff to handle these parts, I value my independence a lot and I personally love to control every aspect of my business, from designing to production and finally marketing. I feel very blessed that since day 1 my business has been thriving. The whole experience has been a challenge for me; I can’t think of specifically one challenge because it was like delving into a new world. But I also believe that nothing in life comes easy and in order to reach a goal, one should always work hard and dream big.
Who is the woman wearing Mariane Bechara?
The woman wearing Mariane Bechara is always up to date, unabashedly elegant and forever unique. She attracts all the attention with her glamor.
What’s next for you?
Since I’ve already developed Ready-to-Wear and Haute Couture collections, I’m aiming to foster new lines and of course, watch my brand reach new heights!