Part 1 whirlwind trip to Beirut to attend Basil Soda’s couture exhibition



Basil Soda at his exhibition in his wonderful showroom in Beirut

This was my favorite piece, who wouldn't love a black butterfly?

Basil is very concerned about the backs of all of his dresses

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I just got in from a less than 24 hour trip to Beirut,my first trip to that region and I was the guest of the couture/rtw designer Basil Soda. The collection was inspired by an xray of a butterfly and that idea was interpreted in layers of sheer fabrics and embroideries. Basil was an architect before becomming a designer and the linear aspect plays into everything he does.

France 24's Pascal Mourier hard at work at Basil Soda's exhibition

France 24 shoot
Actually not a minute was wasted this is France 24 cameraman at work on the ride from the airport to the Hilton where we all stayed.

Beirut at Basil Soda's new friends
I enjoyed meeting Basil Soda's VIP clients

Basil Soda's wife
And his beautiful wife, sweet as she is charming wearing Basil Soda's RTW.

Beirut icon
Beirut's icon

Fashion student and journalist
Some Shaded Viewers

Smallest digital camera
The smallest digital camera I've ever seen, everything is a surprise as there is no place for a screen.

Make up VIP
VIP's I was told that the man on your left is "the" make-up artist in all of the Middle East and that he has just came out with a beauty line.

Louis Bonpard  Pascal Mourier
L'Official's Louis Bonpard and France 24's Pascal Mourier

We ended the night with what I can only describe as a "feast" there must have been at least 24 dishes and each was amazing. 



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.