- Lebanese designers
- fashion design
Karen was born and raised in Lebanon. After finishing her psychology degree, Karen went to London to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer. Central Saint Martins was the first step towards achieving her dream. She graduated in 2006 and presented her collection in the final year press show in which she received numerous publications. During her placement year, Karen decided to go into a mini-adventure where she would move from one fashion house to the other in order to have a fully rounded training. She started at Alexander McQueen in London and then moved to Paris to work at Chloe and ended her year at John Galliano. “It’s been probably one of the best years of my life” says Karen “to be surrounded by so much talent and creativity was overwhelming at times. I felt like I was Alice in Wonderland.”
Much of her work in all three fashion houses was used for the ready to wear and catwalk collections. During her last year at school, Karen won the Mulberry Bag Award competition and was a finalist at the ITS 5 Young Talent Competition in Trieste and at the YKK Zip Award. She was also a finalist at the Mango Young Designer Competition. In 2006, Karen’s accessories that were part of her final year collection were sold at Colette in Paris. S/S09 was the debut collection for Karen. Her collection got instant recognition from both buyers and press and saw some gorgeous celebrities wearing her creations. Karen's girly, quirky look has set her as one of the new young designers to watch.