Cedric Haddad is one of the most renowned stylists in the Middle East. With almost a decade of experience styling celebrities in his beloved Lebanon and worldwide, Haddad is a well-established fashion authority that understands the importance of impeccable personal appearance. Born and raised in Beirut, the hometown of respected fashion figures such as Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and Georges Chakra, Haddad has been long known outside his home country as he continues to set standards in his upscale profession.
Here is an easy way to understand his fashion power: Whether he’s in Beirut or in Paris, he’s the man of the hour. Cedric Haddad is the most sought after fashion consultant that can assist you in finding your own unique fashion voice, and style.
We met Haddad in Paris during haute couture week, an event he simply cannot miss. We were there to do an exclusive interview and a photoshoot with Haddad and Cristina Ehrlich, his colleague and a renowned stylist living bicoastal between New York and Los Angeles. It was already late evening when we met at Le Derrière, Parisian restaurant particulier. Haddad arrived in a black and white ensemble, looking classy and elegant. We will learn in the following days that this is his signature style. As we complimented his look, he told us that this was his third outfit of the day. “This weather in Paris is just crazy. I attended three shows today, and it was just too hot not to change.”
As we enjoyed the touch of cool breeze, we asked Cedric what led him to the world of fashion. “Well, it wasn’t always an easy ride. It wasn’t always as glamorous as today. When I first started, I couldn’t even dream of being where I am today. It was a tough road, but I am proud of each step I took. This might sound funny, but it was a Victoria’s Secret event I attended in Beirut, held eight years ago, that helped me carve my career path. There I met Hilda Khalife, that recognized my talent and helped me land my first ‘real’ job at a local TV station. I was young, but luckily I recognized the opportunity and took it from there… One step at a time.”
This might sound funny, but it was a Victoria’s Secret event I attended in Beirut, held eight years ago, that helped me carve my career path.
When asked about the people he works with, Haddad says that he despises the word ‘client’. “They are so much more than clients to me. They are my people. I currently work with seven of them, all with whom I’ve been working on a long-term basis for years. Have in mind that these are my friends, my family members almost. I visit them at least two, three times a week in their homes. I spend a lot of time with them and their families. Working as a stylist, you have to be a good listener and observer. Today, I am not only a stylist. I’m a psychologist and a therapist, as well (laughter). What I would say to everyone who aspires to become a stylist is that you have to be good at understanding people and their wants and needs.”
Like any other creative soul, Haddad is on a constant search for inspiration. “Italy is my dream! The scenery, the nature, the people… I love Italy. I can sit at a local cafeteria and observe people passing by for hours. Everyday people, not celebrities. The way they dress, the way they style themselves, that is an amazing thing to witness. They are so detail-oriented, their style is impeccable. That ‘gioia di vivere’ is really something special.”
There are different brands and different people. Not every brand goes well with every person.
As expected from a stylist, Haddad does not have a preferred brand. “There are different brands and different people. Not every brand goes well with every person. There is a story to each brand that I tend to connect with a certain person I work with. The brand has to match their character and their personality.”
He is a proud Lebanese and one would assume he works preferably with Lebanese designers such as Murad and Saab, but Haddad believes that, “They are already acclaimed. They are famous, and rightfully so, and of course I work with their designs as well. However, I love to give back to my community. Like the opportunity was once offered to me, today I want to provide opportunities to young and upcoming designers from Lebanon whose work I truly admire. Rami Kadi, Hussein Bazaza, Jean Pierre Khoury, Azzi & Osta, Ali Younes, Sandra Mansour… These are all talented designers that deserve to be recognized, as well.”
To his ‘people’, he is already more than a stylist, but what he does that makes his work stand out is the experience he provides. “I love meeting my clients… Ugh, that word again (laughter) with designers, especially during the couture week. The atmosphere is much more exclusive and intimate than during haute couture than the prèt-â-porter week. There’s magic to haute couture, and it is much more precious to my clients to witness these one-of-a-kind moments first hand.”
Today, Haddad works with many celebrity TV hosts, actors and actresses and signers: Cyrine Abed El Nour, Najwa Karam, Rym Saidi, Wael Kfoury, Aimee Sayah, Hilda Khalife, Raya Abi Rached, Sherine Abed El Wahab, Ahmed Helmy, Wafaa El Kilany… He admitted to us that working with men is less challenging than working with women, but he still enjoys every aspect of his work. “The approach is always individual, depending on what is aimed to achieve for a specific look. I must admit that I am very selective when it comes to working with new people. I truly believe that being everywhere will lead you nowhere.” However, he still does styling projects on a short-term basis.
You can contact Haddad via his social media accounts, preferably via Instagram, or schedule an appointment with him at the Four Seasons hotel in Beirut where he offers a concierge service of personal shopping and styling experience. Perhaps you will become the lucky one who gets to become a part of his ‘people’ squad. For CIIN magazine photoshoot, he stayed true to his signature style− the unmistakable black and white aesthetics with focus on subtle detailing such as the Tom Ford bow tie, or Dior Homme Oblique sneakers.