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)


Kylie Jenner can’t get enough of this Kuwaiti designer

Updated 15 December 2018
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Kylie Jenner can’t get enough of this Kuwaiti designer

DUBAI: The third time’s proven to be a charm for makeup mogul Kylie Jenner as she took to Instagram wearing yet another sparkling outfit by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi over the weekend.
Jenner posted a photo on Instagram Friday in which she is seen wearing a sparkling, see-through dress by the designer, who is known for his love of crystals and all things sparkly.
The Kuwaiti designer reposted the snaps on his own account, alongside a series of fire and heart emojis.
The sheer, figure-hugging dress is embellished with dazzling gemstones and Jenner finished off the look with a sleek high pony tail and dramatic makeup.

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It seems that Jenner is quite the fan as in September the reality TV star took to Instagram to build up hype for a cosmetics launch — and she wore a catsuit by none other than Al-Jasmi.
For his part, the designer took to Instagram at the time to share the promotional image of Jenner and her best friend, Jordyn Woods, in which both celebrities wore outfits from his collection.
Woods was pictured wearing a mini dress with revealing cut outs, while new mother Jenner wore a dazzling, fitted catsuit.
That wasn’t the first time the Kardashian sibling has worn a show-stopping dress by the designer — she previously stepped out in a barely there, silver number designed by Al-Jasmi during New York Fashion Week in 2016.
And Jenner isn’t the only celebrity fan the Kuwait-based style guru has won over — queen of the catwalk Naomi Campbell wore a daring minidress by Al-Jasmi to a Halloween party in New York in October.
Campbell glittered in a silver, almost sheer, dress with a peekaboo cutout and cold-shoulder details.
Also in October, US singer Kelly Rowland attended a charity event in Los Angles wearing a glittering, rose gold gown by the Kuwaiti designer, with a high collar and slit at the back. She accented the figure-hugging dress with a pair of dazzling earrings and slicked-back hair.
Meanwhile, legendary singer Mariah Carey chose a black, embellished dress from his collection for October’s American Music Awards. It was a dramatic choice due to its sheer skirt and flamboyant feathered detailing.
And if those stars aren’t enough to prove Al-Jasmi is a force to be reckoned with, he has also dressed the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez.