US fashion brand shows off collection inspired by architect Zaha Hadid at NYFW

The label — renowned for its sleek, figure-skimming designs — decided to pay homage to the late Iraqi-British architect. (Photo courtesy: Instagram.com/cushnieetochs)
Updated 13 February 2018
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US fashion brand shows off collection inspired by architect Zaha Hadid at NYFW

CAIRO: American brand Cushnie et Ochs took inspiration from Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid for their 10 year anniversary collection shown during New York Fashion Week.
The label — renowned for its sleek, figure-skimming designs — decided to pay homage to the late Iraqi-British architect, dubbed the “Queen of the curve,” for its anniversary collection.
The label, launched by Parsons School of Design graduates Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, has in fact long been influenced by the late architect, the duo revealed in a post-show interview with UK-based Elle.
“Since day one, we’ve been inspired by art and architecture,” Cushnie told Elle following the show.
“Our collections are inherently very clean, so it’s always been a good starting point for us, and we’ve looked at Zaha over the years but never properly focused on her.”
Hadid passed away in Miami, Florida, in March 2016, following a heart attack at the age of 65.
The Baghdad-born architect was the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, as well as the first woman awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Cushnie and Ochs, who have been described as “queens of body-con” throughout their careers, decided it was a perfect time to pay tribute to their muse.
“She’s known as the ‘Queen of the curve’ and, as we’re known for designing clothes that fit sculpturally around the body, it just felt right,” Cushnie added.
The label has been worn by former US First Lady Michelle Obama and “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively among other celebrities.


Lady Kitty Spencer makes a whirlwind trip to Dubai

Updated 20 October 2018
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Lady Kitty Spencer makes a whirlwind trip to Dubai

DUBAI: Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer has joined Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Australia, but not before she jetted into Dubai last week to add a touch of royal glamor to a Bulgari jewelry event in the city.
While in Dubai, the model took to the desert where she posed for photos in a cinched-at-the-waist white dress by Australian fashion house Zimmermann.
She then attended a launch party at the swanky Bulgari Resort and Hotel in Dubai, at which Spanish actress Úrsula Corberó, who shot to fame in Netflix drama “Money Heist,” was announced as the new face of the brand’s Fiorever jewelry line.
Spencer, who has been a Bulgari brand ambassador since May, was seen spending time with Lebanese actress Nadine Nassib Njeim at the party, which the British beauty attended in a sparkling, figure-hugging gown and layers of Bulgari jewels.
The model then flew to Australia, where she visited a children’s hospital.

“What an emotional morning meeting the courageous and inspirational children at the world class new Perth Children’s hospital,” she captioned a photograph on Instagram.
She isn’t the only British royal down under at the moment, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — who is pregnant with the couple’s first child — are currently on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.
Prince Harry scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Friday to raise a flag marking the arrival of the Invictus Games, his brainchild and the focus of the tour, The Associated Press reported.
The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, started on Saturday. It gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and to find inspiration to recover.
Harry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, four members of the Australian team and the widow of an Australian veteran climbed more than 1,000 steps up the back of an arch to raise the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 flag.
“The Sydney Harbor Bridge is an Australian icon and I can think of no better place to raise the ... flag,” Morrison said in a statement.
During the descent, Harry hugged fellow climber Gwen Cherne, a games ambassador whose husband Peter Cafe, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, took his own life in February.