Hollywood’s leading ladies turn to Arab designers on the Oscars’ red carpet

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Zoey Deutch arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP)
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Zoey Deutch arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AFP)
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Helen Mirren arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AFP)
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Allison Janney poses in the press room with the Oscar for best supporting actress during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Updated 05 March 2018
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Hollywood’s leading ladies turn to Arab designers on the Oscars’ red carpet

DUBAI: Hollywood’s leading women turned to a host of Middle Eastern designers in order to dazzle on the film industry’s biggest night, the Academy Awards, on Sunday night.
“Vampire Academy” actress Zoey Deutch wore a stunning Elie Saab gown in lilac. The teared, beaded dress was given an envelope-pushing edge due to its sheer skirt and the star completed the look with side swept hair and red-hued make-up.
Allison Janney — who took home the Oscar as expected for best supporting actress for her searing portrayal of figure skater Tonya Harding’s mom LaVona in the biopic “I, Tonya” — looked ready for her close-up.
The statuesque actress was red-hot in a show-stopping fire engine red Reem Acra gown with flowing sleeves, a plunging neckline — and plenty of diamonds to fill the gap.
Acra also dressed Helen Mirren, outfitting her in a head-to-toe blue gown which was accented by a show-stopping sapphire and diamond necklace.
Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad was behind the ballroom-ready ball gown worn by “Deepwater Horizon” actress Gina Rodriguez. The expertly-structured soft pink dress was delicately embellished and synched in at the waist with a belt.
However, none of these red carpet wonders made headlines in the same way that a twice-worn dress did. Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish strode on stage in a $4,000 white Alexander McQueen dress she’s worn publicly at least two other times, widely considered a faux pas in Hollywood, spawning a flurry of amused reports. Haddish wore the dress at the premiere of “Girls Trip” in July. She wore it again during her stint as host of “Saturday Night Live” in November — and dedicated half her opening monologue to it.
“My whole team told me, ‘Tiffany, you cannot wear that dress on ‘SNL,’ you already wore it. It’s taboo to wear it twice,” Haddish said on “Saturday Night Live,” she said in the monologue.
“I said, ‘I don’t give a dang about no taboo, I spent a lot of money on this dress,’” Haddish said. “This dress cost way more than my mortgage.”
(With AFP and AP)


The Six: Kuwaiti designers to keep an eye on

Kuwaiti designers to keep an eye on. (Shutterstock)
Updated 17 December 2018
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The Six: Kuwaiti designers to keep an eye on

DUBAI: Kuwait’s fashion and accessories designers are a force to be reckoned with — and these six stars are prime examples.

Yousef Al-Jasmi
The Kuwaiti designer to the stars continues to dress some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and has made quite a splash in 2018, with the likes of Kylie Jenner, Mariah Carey and Kelly Rowland wearing his signature glittering gowns.

May Al-Qassar
Kuwaiti jewelry designer Al-Qassar studied Communication Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, but pays tribute to the Middle East in her minimalist, calligraphy-inspired collections.

Marzook
Kuwaiti siblings Fahad and Shouq Al-Marzook are the designers behind this accessories brand. Kylie Jenner even sported a crystal-covered orb bag by the brand on her birthday this year.

Najeeba Hayat
The Kuwaiti designer is the creative force behind luxury shoe brand Liudmila. The label is known for its dramatic footwear and the shoes are all manufactured in Italy.

Bazza Alzouman
Established in Kuwait in 2014, this brand focuses on creating luxury gowns for modern women.

Montaha Al-Ajeel
She made waves when her spring 2018 collection was shown at Paris Fashion Week in 2017 and Al-Ajeel is fast becoming known as Kuwait’s go-to kaftan and modest wear designer.