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.”


Know your Arab jewelry designers

Updated 15 August 2018
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Know your Arab jewelry designers

DUBAI: The Arab world is known for its love of jewelry. Here are some emerging and established home-grown brands.

Alia bin Omair

Born in the UAE, Alia bin Omair’s collection, Leaf, is based on the ever-present palm trees found in the region.

Nuun Jewels

Nuun Jewels was founded by Saudi Arabian Princess Nourah Al Faisal, who opened a boutique on the shopping avenue Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris.

Mukhi Sisters

The Lebanese-Indian sisters Maya, Meena, and Zeenat Mukhi come from a long line of jewelers. Their line incorporates tradition with extravagant settings.

Bil Arabi

Lebanese designer Nadine Kanso launched her brand, Bil Arabi, in Dubai in 2006. It went on to quickly become one of the region’s hottest lines.

Jude Benhalim

Egyptian Jude Benhalim launched her jewelry brand when she was 17 in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since.

Azza Fahmy

The most well-known internationally, Egyptian Azza Fahmy began her trade in the 1960s when she became the first woman to serve an apprenticeship in Egypt’s jewelry district.