Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk shine at Bottega Veneta’s NYFW show

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Model Gigi Hadid presents a creation from the Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 9, 2018. (Reuters)
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Gigi Hadid walks the runway at Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2018 Collection at the American Stock Exchange on February 9, 2018. (AFP)
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Irina Shayk walks the runway at Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2018 Collection at the American Stock Exchange on February 9, 2018 in New York City. (AFP)
Updated 10 February 2018
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Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk shine at Bottega Veneta’s NYFW show

NEW YORK: The Italian brand Bottega Veneta made its debut Friday at New York Fashion Week with the help of Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk on the runway and Salma Hayek on the front row, skipping the traditional finale for models lounging on a set designed as a swanky apartment.
The company came to town for one season only (it usually shows in Milan) to mark the opening of its Maison flagship housewares and furniture store on Madison Avenue. Hence, the company’s chairs, couches and other pieces mixed with vintage furnishings at the cavernous American Stock Exchange Building downtown.
On the runway, with Hayek joined in the crowd by Julianne Moore and Priyanka Chopra, the company showed fall and winter collections for both men and women, from floral silk pajamas worthy of lounging in such a space to a black velvet lace dress with diamond cutouts for Hadid.
She joined the company’s creative director, Tomas Maier, at the end.
Bottega Veneta said in show notes that the building, in a Renaissance Revival style with Art Deco elements, was chosen to showcase the company’s Italian roots and its New York coming out.
Of his multicolored coats, animal prints for shirts and soft evening dresses, Maier said he wanted to express the “real bravery and boldness” of New Yorkers.
“Nothing stops them. Nothing seems impossible,” he said.
That meant, for some of his models, a touch of fur and some soft evening dresses in satin and silk. But it was some of the men who scored big. One walked in a bright orange suit and another in a hipster plaid purple jacket with a tiger print back collar. Still another had on comfy black loafers over yellow socks, wearing narrow-cut black trousers paired with coat of many colors (green, yellow, red and gray among them) in a bold geometric design.
These apartment loungers must eventually hit the New York City streets. There were poppy wool jackets, multicolored shearling coats and cashmere sweaters for that. Maier didn’t forget the toll this concrete jungle often takes on the feet, adding for good measure what he described for women as “statement-making boots on a pavement-friendly low heel.”


Huda Al-Nuaimi’s Ramadan edit is giving us real nautical vibes

Updated 20 May 2018
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Huda Al-Nuaimi’s Ramadan edit is giving us real nautical vibes

  • The capsule collection focuses on paisley prints in playful shapes
  • The outfits are ideal for iftar and suhoor gatherings

DUBAI: This Ramadan, Huda Al-Nuaimi, the designer behind the eponymous Emirati contemporary label, has launched a holiday/Ramadan edit, and “summer” is clearly the theme of the day.

Featuring a complimentary color palette of fire engine red, seafoam white and cobalt blue — not to mention the stunning backdrop of the sea in the collection’s look book photographs — the Holiday Collection is all about how rising summer temperatures call “for print and texture to warm up your wardrobe.”


The label notes that the capsule collection focuses on “paisley prints in playful shapes, with bell or flounce sleeves (and) Chikan embroidery (a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India) with accentuated shoulders and button details.”

The dresses and abayas are gorgeous. We’re huge fans of the nautical striped dress, which the designer advises to wear with trainers during the day or heels in the evening. We’re also loving the hand-beaded, striped linen abaya-overcoat style outfit, complete with 1990s rendition earrings.
As with any of her collections, women should not be afraid to accessorize.

“I truly believe accessories make an outfit,” Al-Nuaimi — who studied at the London College of Fashion — told Emirates Woman magazine. “It is the piece that takes a look from simple to fun, from day to evening, or from casual to polished. It’s key to get the right balance and know how and when to accessorize.”

Almost every piece in the collection works as a wardrobe staple and can be re-worn again and again, so whatever you decide to invest in will probably come in handy for the rest of the summer season. The blue-and-white printed kaftan and drop shoulder red-and white dress are both particularly handy, even beyond Ramadan. Both flowy, loose dresses are slightly fitted at the waist, boast V-shaped necklines and feature hemlines that end just above the ankle, making them perfect for summer travels and evening iftar gatherings.

Al-Nuaimi is one of the few UAE-born brands to impress international buyers so much that it secured a partnership with a global e-retailer MatchesFashion.com, after the website’s co-founder complimented the designer on her handbag.

She recalls the incident in a conversation with Vogue Arabia, saying: “I was at a MatchesFashion.com event where I met (co-founder) Ruth Chapman, who told me, ‘I love your bag.’ It was my own design and featured embellished pins. She gave me her business card. I gave her a call and she told me that she really liked the concept. That’s when I thought to myself, ‘How can I get them to her?’”
Securing a spot on one if the world’s leading e-retail websites isn’t bad for a brand that was established in 2016.