Lindsay Lohan sports halal make-up, hijab at London Modest Fashion Week

Lindsay Lohan was spotted wearing a hijab. (Photo courtesy: Instagram)
Updated 19 February 2018

Lindsay Lohan sports halal make-up, hijab at London Modest Fashion Week

DUBAI: US movie star Lindsay Lohan was spotted wearing a hijab while she attended events at London Modest Fashion Week, sending social media users into a frenzy.
The “Mean Girls” star, who recently revealed plans to shoot a film in Saudi Arabia with an all-female cast, as well as “design” an island in Dubai, spent time talking to Saudi abaya designer Samah Khashoggi at the event.
Lohan, 31, was seen wearing a silky black hijab and also claimed to be wearing halal make-up, according to a social media post by halal make-up company Hawa Cosmetics.
“Oh my days!” the post read. “As if Lindsay Lohan came over to say hello to Team Hawa! She was so lovely and was saying how she’s into halal cosmetics and what she’s actually wearing on her face today was all halal! Well all I can say is if it’s good enough for Lindsay Lohan, (girl, what are you) all waiting for?”
The actress, who lives part-time in Dubai and also owns a nightclub in Greece, was in London to attend London Modest Fashion Week, which took place from Feb. 17-18 and saw two days of seminars, runway shows and panel discussions on modest fashion.
With collections curated to focus on less skin and body shape, the exhibited range included designs by leading names such as Amal Al-Raisi, Kiran Fathima Ayub and Till We Cover.
Front rows to the catwalk shows were solely reserved for online lifestyle and fashion bloggers who have played pivotal role in bringing modest fashion wear as a concept to Western fashion consciousness.
Fashion icon Mariah Idrissi, the world’s first Muslim woman to model in hijab for the high street retailer H&M, explained her excitement about an event like LMFW: “This is perfect time, where women come together to join the wave of women demanding they be respected and not just be sexualized.”
With faith and fashion increasingly becoming intertwined via modest fashion ranges, experts and key influencers were at hand during the two-day event to answer questions about the role of influencers in young women's lives, entrepreneurship and even the evolution of Muslim men’s fashion trends.
This year, the event not only showcased designers from 20 countries from as far as Australia and Singapore, but also a designer of Jewish faith from the brand House of Lancry.
The event provides an opportunity for brands to meet buyers, consumers, industry experts and investors. “Many pieces from my collection sold out within two weeks of the show after which I secured a segment on Sky News and then a trial on ASOS for our brand,” said Bushra Sheikh, from the hit reality British TV series The Apprentice, who took place last year. This year also featured exciting new releases from emerging design talent.
It was not limited to luxury brands, headscarves and long robes, however. The range on display also included sporting and active-wear clothes.
In a press statement for the event, Romanna Bint-Abubaker, CEO of organizer and e-retailer Haute-Elan, said: “London Modest Fashion Week has demonstrated the power of grassroots revolution in fashion. Attendees have buying power and are expected to spend in the three-figures during the course of the two days on shopping experience.”
Given the immense success and demand for LMFW, Haute-Elan has decided to deliver the event twice a year and will return on Sept. 15 and 16 with global brands already in negotiation to sponsor this fixture.

Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

Updated 20 June 2018

Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

DUBAI: Beyoncé and Jay-Z stunned fans by dropping a surprise joint album this week, and the artistic video for the lead track, “Apes***,” sees the Grammy-winning queen of pop wearing a turban by French-Tunisian milliner Donia Allegue.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns, before the couple released it on Spotify on Monday.
The pop diva and hip-hop superstar announced the album from the stage in London as they wrapped up the British leg that opened a global tour.

The couple also put out an elaborately choreographed video that takes place inside the Louvre museum in Paris for “Apes***,” AFP reported.

The video opens with the couple standing regally in front of the “Mona Lisa” — Jay-Z in a light green double-breasted suit, Beyoncé in a lavender pantsuit — and features a squad of scantily clad dancers moving sensually in front of Jacques Louis David’s “The Coronation of Napoleon.”

In a later scene, Beyoncé dons a floor-length black turban by Donia Allegue with a nude-colored bodysuit by French design house Cadolle. According to Vogue Arabia, Allegue revealed that the headpiece took eight hours to create and is made of six meters of tulle.

“Honored and proud to have adorned Queen @beyonce (with) an exceptional headpiece for her grandiose clip,” the design house posted on its Instagram page this week.

The video is a veritable treasure trove of sartorial high points chosen by stylist Zerina Akers, who scored the latest designs from international runways, as well as custom pieces from various high-end brands.

Fashion aside, the album, driven by warm, sultry soul with a largely hip-hop cadence, marries the styles of the two artists but is more consistent with the recent direction of Jay-Z.
The two stars have recorded together previously, notably on the Beyoncé-led single “Drunk in Love,” but the album comes after an especially public window into their marriage.
Beyonce on her last solo album “Lemonade” in 2016 revealed infidelity on the part of Jay-Z, who a year later asked forgiveness on his own album “4:44.”

This year, as the title of “Everything is Love” implies, their relationship is apparently swell.

On the final track, the joyously brassy “Lovehappy,” the two acknowledge past pain but also their efforts to reconcile.

“We’re flawed / But we’re still perfect for each other,” Beyoncé sings.

As two of the most prominent African Americans in pop culture Jay-Z and Beyoncé have played increasingly visible political roles, from campaigning for former president Barack Obama to championing the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Everything is Love” offers a paean to African American identity in “Black Effect,” which opens in Beyoncé fashion with a monologue about self-love before a haunting soul sample.
Jay-Z on the song name-checks Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American shot dead in 2012 by a neighborhood watchman in a Florida gated community, and raps, in a twist on performers’ rote calls for crowd gesticulation, “Get your hands up high like a false arrest.”