Today Johnny Walker named Bernard Khoury a Giant...
I attended the event, which was awash with blue and gold label walkers, suits and skirts, and of course The Yellow Monkey.
A successfully executed event by any measure, but most notably, and predictably, the star of the show was Bernard Khoury... actually, it wasn't Bernard or his creations, surreal as they may be, but rather his spirit. Rarely do I see men make non-self-congratulatory statements during their moments of fame. He said little about walker and walking, choosing to focus more on the role of architecture in life, in shaping lifestyles, and the quality of life. He warned his audience that the lack of planning, oversight, respect (cultural, environmental, etc), and plain simple common sense is going to be the end of Lebanon as we know it.
So perhaps Bernard Khoury is a Giant, at least I'd like to believe that his spirit is, as we need a Giant spirit to take on the [mindless architects] of this country before we lose ourselves amidst grey boxes.