Palestinian-origin Instagram stars Simi and Haze are doing NYFW in style

Vogue magazine even commented on the pair’s daring beauty look, describing their eye make-up as a ‘game-changing.’ (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
Updated 11 February 2018
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Palestinian-origin Instagram stars Simi and Haze are doing NYFW in style

DUBAI: Born in Saudi Arabia and having grown up in Dubai, Simi and Haze Khadra, known around the world by their moniker “SimiHaze,” are taking New York Fashion Week by storm as they strut their stuff off the runways and straight into the best-dressed lists of international media outlets.
The sisters — who are regularly seen with the likes of Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez and the Hadid sisters — sat front row at Saturday night's Alexander Wang F/W 2018 show.
Vogue magazine even commented on the pair’s daring beauty look, describing their eye make-up as a “game-changing swipe of turquoise pigment across their lids.”
The pair regularly play DJ sets at parties and festivals and have even played for eager crowds at the Instagram-famous Coachella festival in the US.
The fashionable duo enjoyed an envelope-pushing show, in which the ex-creative director of Balenciaga gave an ode to power dressing and the working woman in his trademark black.
His models, including Kaia Gerber, powered out under strip lighting on an office-cubicle set — the kind of dull grey space that no one who can afford his clothes would ever get paid enough to work in.
For his final shebang before going off piste and showing in June and December, outside the traditional Fashion Week calendar, Wang’s woman is very much post-#MeToo and the sexual harassment watershed.
She is no nonsense, zipped up and dressed for business, predominately kitted out in leather, and a sprinkling of hot pink — the same color of the hats worn by women marching against the Trump administration.
Hair was swept back by banana clips, skirts short, tights black sheer and eyes hidden behind dark glasses. Silver studs covered backpacks and gloves, almost like armor.
There was little cleavage, but high necklines, sporty anoraks and digital bank account-style numbers printed onto leggings.
- With AFP


From genetics to fashion design, glamor is in Fidda Al-Marzouqi’s genes

A gown designed by Cabochon’s Fidda Al-Marzouqi.(Supplied)
Updated 18 October 2018
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From genetics to fashion design, glamor is in Fidda Al-Marzouqi’s genes

  • Fidda Al-Marzouqi talks about her label Cabochon
  • The label is known for its elegant evening gowns and fitted looks

DUBAI: She may have studied genetics and public health, but Fidda Al-Marzouqi has found success in a decidedly more creative field in her home town of Abu Dhabi.

The designer and founder of fashion atelier Cabochon spoke to Arab News about her personal style and the challenges she faced while making the transition to the studio.

“I’ve always loved anything to do with design and I’ve also always loved fashion, dressing myself up,” she said, explaining why she chose to test the waters of sartorial design while maintaining her day job as a senior health officer.

“A lot of people would always ask for my advice on how to style a certain look and my friends encouraged that, because I have natural flair — it’s not something I studied — I should pursue it.”

So, Al-Marzouqi hired a team of master cutters, tailors and hand embroiders and set up the brand Cabochon in 2016.

Named after a gemstone that has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted, the label is known for its elegant evening gowns and fitted looks.

“It’s all about femininity. I love history, I love all aspects of design, traveling inspires me,” Al-Marzouqi said of her creative process.

However, inspiration and a knack for design will only take you so far in a notoriously competitive industry.

“If you have natural flair at designing or creating a look, there’s the other technical stuff that you’re not aware of like running a team of staff, the facts and figures — that was the challenging part,” the designer said, referring to the obstacles she has faced on her journey so far.

But she learnt the ropes and now oversees all aspects of research, design and production and is particularly keen to ensure the women she dresses have the “full Cabochon experience,” including “the attention, the care (and) the fit.

“I create and I design, but obviously every woman has a certain style so you respect the personality that comes in — her style, the shape of her body, her attitude, what she likes and, accordingly, you get inspired as a designer.”