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My Beirut favourites: Milia Maroun

Lebanese designer Milia Maroun talks us through some of her must-have items this season, from the perfect lipstick to her favourite fragrance, as well as sharing some insider tips on shopping in Beirut

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Hannah Lewis,

Milia Maroun is the designer behind Lebanon-based fashion label Milia M. Her aesthetic is feminine and contemporary, evoking a free-spirited, elegant, sophisticated woman. Her clothes are designed to empower the women who wear them, and her expertise in fabric is used to great effect to produce bold yet wearable designs that flatter the figure. She shares some of her must-have items for  the season, her insider tips for shopping in Beirut, and the items she always has in her handbag.

‘This season I love the Aquazzura Linda metallic leather sandals. My all-time favourite shoe designer is Manolo Blahnik. He creates shoes where glamour, design and comfort meet.

‘From my current collection, I love the feather top, a thin top made of silky fabric with a laser-cut finish. It fits all purposes, it’s easy for travelling and it’s super-low maintenance.

‘My favourite collection this year is the Christian Dior fall couture collection by Raf Simons.

‘My favourite handbags this season? I think the Anya Hindmarch perforated leather smiley bags will really make a statement. Hermès handbags go beyond bags. They tell a story. On a personal note, the Sarah’s Bag Bonjus bag ignites childhood memories, and probably does so for every Lebanese person!

‘Comme des Garçons 3 is the sexiest unisex perfume I’ve found.

‘I use By Terry’s lip colours, which you can find at Plum in Beirut. The lipsticks are sexy and textured and great for parties. Plum is a beautiful, dynamic store that always has beautiful collections. It’s both fresh and refreshing.

‘I love Orient 499, especially its pomegranate glasses with glass straws.

‘Visit the Papercup store and pick up the Alexander McQueen book. It has beautiful images and a great insight into a great designer.

‘Lina Audi has reinvented the traditional Saudi Liwan slippers in various colours and materials. They give a touch of difference to any outfit and are perfect for warmer climates. My advice is to buy one size bigger than normal.

‘Try Atelier du Miel’s cedar honey to experience the yummy taste of our Lebanese cedars.

‘I always carry a Red Square velvet matte lip pencil from Nars in my handbag.

‘Whenever I travel, I always take Muji slippers. There is a pair in all of my suitcases. And wherever I am in the world, I always carry a finger puppet. It keeps me and my daughter company in airport waiting rooms.’



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