Former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach set for Dubai visit

Pia Wurtzbach is gearing up to visit Dubai. (@piawurtzbach)
Updated 11 March 2018

Former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach set for Dubai visit

DUBAI: Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, is gearing up to visit Dubai on March 14, she announced on her Instagram page recently.
The beauty queen, who is the third Filipino to win the Miss Universe crown, said she would be visiting The Dubai Mall and meet with fans.
“See you for a meet-and-greet with the Filipino community. Beyond excited,” the 28-year-old who last visited the city in 2016 said on her Instagram page.
“I will be visiting Dubai next week! See you in The Dubai Mall, The Watch House, on March 14 from 6pm till 8pm,” she added.
Wurtzbach became an Internet sensation back in 2015 when she was part of the snafu by contest host Steve Harvey who wrongly announced Miss Colombia as the winner of the Miss Universe crown, before he backtracked and triggered a series of hilarious reactions online.
She is known for her humanitarian work and has, in the past, visited wounded soldiers in the Philippines. She is also a UNAIDS goodwill ambassador for Asia and the Pacific.
Wurtzbach is also starring in a Filipino movie alongside actor Gerald Anderson.
The romantic comedy, titled “My Perfect You,” will be helmed by director Cathy Garcia-Molina.
“This is another dream come true for me,” Wurtzbach posted on Instagram about the movie, which is set to be released in the country on March 14.

Georges Hobeika steals the show at Paris Couture Week

Updated 22 January 2019

Georges Hobeika steals the show at Paris Couture Week

DUBAI: Lebanese fashion house Georges Hobeika sent models down the runway in a dreamy collection of gowns on Monday as part of Paris Couture Week.

The elite fashion week, which kicked off on Jan. 21, features four designers from the Arab world — Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Georges Hobeika, Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad — who are showing off their latest couture collections alongside the fashion industry’s most sought-after labels. 

The Lebanese labels are joined on the fashion week schedule by the likes of Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Ralph & Russo in the four-day showcase that will wrap up on Jan. 24.

Hobeika’s spring/summer haute couture collection went on show at Paris’s National Theater of Chaillot and saw models, including French star Cindy Bruna and Angolan Maria Borge, strut down the catwalk in a line-up of regal evening wear.

Pastel shades, sequins and feathers were interspersed with dramatic dark gowns, with A-line skirts and bare shoulders on show.

Highlights included a lilac, 1950s-style dress with a tea-length skirt and boxy jacket with a square neckline. The look was completed with fingerless gloves, which looked more chic than punk due to the fine embellishment on show.

A galactic gown dazzled onlookers with its rainbow-toned palette and glinting sequin work that created the overall effect of a multi-hued milky way drifting down the runway.

The couturier employed a range of rich fabrics in the collection, such as silk, duchesse satin and chiffon and even presented a bridal gown that was encrusted in crystal work with a semi-sheer bodice and wide, train-heavy skirt.

Lebanese designers Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad will round out the Arab offerings at Paris Couture Week with their shows, both of which will be held on Wednesday.