It’s a family affair as Gigi Hadid shows off collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger

US model Gigi Hadid (L) and US fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, acknowledge the audience at the end of the women’s Fall/Winter 2018/2019 collection fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger in Milan, on February 25, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 26 February 2018
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It’s a family affair as Gigi Hadid shows off collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger

DUBAI: It was a family affair this week as Gigi Hadid showed off the collection she designed with Tommy Hilfiger alongside her siblings, Bella and Anwar.
The TommyNow Drive collection, designed with Gigi, was inspired by racing and with many 1990s influences featured bright primary colors that played well off of each other on the runway.
Gigi — who also has a Hilfiger-clad Barbie doll in her image — opened Sunday night’s show with a pair of blue and black leather racing leggings and a Hilfiger bandeau top, and closed in a long diaphanous layered maxi dress with racing logo prints.
It was the fourth collection that Hadid designed with the Hilfiger team, with the first three showing in Los Angeles, New York and London.
“It is a bit emotional but it is so exciting,” Gigi told AP backstage. She said she learned with each season how to better execute her ideas, adding, “I feel like this collection is one that I really feel that I learned the most with.”
Hadid closed the show taking one last lap with Hilfiger — who said that while their TommyXGigi collaboration was ending that they would “always be close. We’ll always be family and friends.” And he held out the possibility of another collaboration in the future.
Gigi was joined on the runway by her brother Anwar and sister Bella, both of whom are making a name for themselves in the fashion industry.
All items of the collection were available on the brand’s online shop the moment they went down the runway, with some already on the racks of a temporary shop set up at the venue, an exhibition center dressed up as a Formula 1 circuit.
With fashion brands under pressure to deliver collections faster to their younger customers, companies are finding themselves juggling constant demand for new clothes and accessories and the long manufacturing process required for their products.
(With AP and REUTERS)


‘Hot sauce in my bag, swag:’ Beyoncé flaunts Lebanese chili-themed bag

Updated 11 December 2018
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‘Hot sauce in my bag, swag:’ Beyoncé flaunts Lebanese chili-themed bag

DUBAI: “I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.”
It’s a lyrical line made famous in Beyoncé’s 2016 hit “Formation,” but now the superstar singer has taken to Instagram to take things one step further by showing off a chili pepper-themed bag by an up-and-coming Lebanese designer.
Beyoncé posted a photograph of herself on Instagram while she was in Johannesburg, South Africa, to perform at the Global Citizen Festival celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of late international icon Nelson Mandela.
In the snap, she wears a boxy clutch by small Lebanese brand Sarah’s Bag and a pair of rounded Elie Saab sunglasses.

The Chili Marquetry clutch by Sarah’s Bag, which is helmed by creative director Sarah Beydoun, is from the brand’s Love Inked Collection and features a red-to-yellow ombre of spicy shades in a mixture of traditional patterns.
The bag was made using a centuries-old Levantine technique called wood marquetry, according to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, in which small blocks of wood are aligned to create tessellated pattern work. The vibrant clutch is topped with a golden pepper clasp, making it a truly fiery fashion statement.

According to the brand, each of the bags is made by underprivileged women in Lebanon, including prisoners, ex-prisoners and women who are struggling financially.
“We are so happy to have our bag worn by an empowering, incredibly gifted artist like @beyonce, who is a once-in-a-generation talent. Beyoncé is one of our heroes and her mission mirrors ours: She wants to empower women and seeks to have a positive impact on the world through her art,” the brand captioned a re-posted version of the image on their Instagram page.
The sizzling handbag wasn’t the only Lebanese-designed accessory Queen Bey wore that day, however. The sunglasses she is seen wearing in the snap hail from Elie Saab’s eyewear collection and the brand was quick to pick up on the singer’s nod of approval.
“The incomparable @beyonce in Elie Saab eyewear while in South Africa,” the fashion house posted on Instagram.

The rounded shades feature pearl-like detailing on the rim of the lenses and match perfectly with Beyoncé’s layered necklaces.