VANCOUVER, March 19, 2014 /CNW/ - In every cut, stitch and
delicately-placed crystal, there is a distinct artistry from the hands
of Lebanese designer Gianni Maanaki. Those nimble fingers, decorated with over three decades of experience,
tell the story of a man who views the female silhouette as a canvas
from which he creates his glamorous designs. These designs have been
featured at the most coveted fashion shows in the Middle East. While
Maanaki has made his mark designing haute couture fashions for the
royal families of Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Qatar, his story is also of a
new designer on the North American scene, since recently settling in
Today, Maanaki announces the opening of his new Atelier, located at
1518-800 West Pender St., in downtown Vancouver. Inside these walls,
the designer and his team of experts create customized haute couture
gowns using the world's finest fabrics. By appointment only, the
Atelier creates an intimate experience where the client is invited to
participate in the creative process. Beginning with a consultation,
Maanaki sketches a design according to the client's style, adding his
own extra finesse to the piece. After a number of fittings and
adjustments, a made-to-measure garment -- and work of art -- is
produced, all according to the beauty of the female form.
"I always begin with the body and use it as inspiration," explained
Maanaki. "I never want to limit myself to a particular season because
once I focus on the woman's beauty, the sketches just flow out of my
fingers. I see the woman -- sometimes she wants to be sexy or sometimes
she wants to look a little traditional with a modern flair. My aim is
to reveal her own unique beauty."
That aim is also the sole purpose of the company: to provide the client
with an enriching, personalized experience. It's about creating pieces
that are tailored to a client's needs and lifestyle with a goal to make
them feel as special and as glamorous as possible -- that's why Gianni
Maanaki is an international fashion brand.
Using corsets, strong cuts and other techniques, Maanaki manipulates the
shape of the body to enhance its most striking features. For a bodice
dripping in crystals, he uses Swarovski stones. Most of this intricate beading work is completed by the team in
Lebanon but if required, Maanaki will do it himself at the Atelier.
That's the type of designer Maanaki is -- one who is intimately
involved with every step of the process.
"I do everything from A to Z -- cutting, sewing, tailoring, everything,"
he says. "It's crucial that I work in this way while also having the
support of my team because I want to ensure we go above and beyond the
client's expectations, especially if she has a special event or
occasion to dress for."
Mannaki also uses this extreme attention to detail when creating the
brand's Ready to Wear collections, which include professional clothing
for both men and women. Clients can also shop for these items
exclusively at the Atelier.
Gianni Maanaki Biography
Born and raised in Lebanon, Gianni Maanaki is a self-taught designer. He
opened his first workshop in Beirut at the age of 18 and by 24, had
established himself as a rising star in the Lebanese fashion scene.
Maanaki earned his reputation designing and creating one-of-a-kind
haute couture fashions for a growing list of prominent clientele,
including members of the royal families of Saudi Arabia, Dubai and
Qatar, as well as celebrities from Lebanon and Egypt. Prior to settling
in Vancouver in 2012, Maanaki showcased his designs at international
fashion shows in Lebanon, Qatar, and Dubai. www.giannimaanaki.com.
Image with caption: "Gianni Maanaki sleeveless embellished gown with floral appliqués (CNW Group/Gianni Maanaki)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140319_C5910_PHOTO_EN_38124.jpg
Image with caption: "Gianni Maanaki short evening dress with Swarovski crystals (CNW Group/Gianni Maanaki)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140319_C5910_PHOTO_EN_38117.jpg
Image with caption: "Gianni Maanaki sleeveless silver embellished gown (CNW Group/Gianni Maanaki)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140319_C5910_PHOTO_EN_38119.jpg
SOURCE: Gianni Maanaki
For further information:
1518-800 West Pender Street