Hollywood A-listers have been spotted donning Arab designers this week, and Lady Gaga stunned in a dress by Georges Hobeika. Adorned in a crystal embellished dress, Gaga looked every bit the Hollywood starlet, as she joined legendary singer songwriter, Tony Bennett on stage to commemorate her longtime collaborator’s 95th birthday.
Leaving Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall, the singer and actress, dazzled in the custom gown, which featured crystallized silk-tulle and silver floral appliqués and a plunging neckline, delicate straps and 3-D ruffles at the hem. This was the first time the “Just Dance” hitmaker had stepped out in a creation by Baskinta-born Georges Hobeika.
Taking to Instagram to share the look, Hobeika captioned an image, “The one and only Lady Gaga wows onlookers in a Georges Hobeika custom-made dress after her dazzling One Last Time concert at Radio City Music Hall.” In the designer’s sketches of the gown, the dress was to be worn with a white feather stole, but Lady Gaga opted to go without whilst on stage, but wore it as she took photos Bennett back stage.
Elated about seeing Gaga in the label, co-creative director Jad Hobeika said on Instagram, “Can’t breathhhhhh!!!! Lady Gaga in custom Georges Hobeika (sic).”
Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s real name, wearing Georges Hobeika for the first time, wasn’t the first time she had worn an Arab label. In fact, she has championed regional designers on red carpets, during performances and on-screen on plenty of occasions, such as Emirati fashion house Khyeli and Saudi label Ashi Studio.
Germanotta also noted Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaia as one of the closest people to her and was devastated when he passed away in Paris in 2017, as she paid tribute to the iconic couturier, captioning, “I’ll mourn forever the loss of my friend. I’d watch in awe as he handmade each and every piece, his fingers touching the fabric like poetry. Then he would want to feed us all, and cook with his own hands and talk for hours at the table while his dogs would run around joyfully smelling the delicious food he made us. To say he was special would be an understatement. To say he was integral, important and influential to fashion is simply not enough. There was no one who did what he did.”