Annabella Hilal boosts Beirut boutique’s profile

Annabella Hilal (Instagram)
Updated 18 March 2018
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Annabella Hilal boosts Beirut boutique’s profile

DUBAI: Lebanese model and TV presenter Annabella Hilal offered an unexpected boost to the online profile of Beirut-based “concept store” One Melrose on Saturday.
Hilal, a former Miss Lebanon and Miss World contestant, posted on Instagram an image of herself at MTV Lebanon’s HQ in Beirut dressed in stunning blue-grey Herve Legere bandage dress from One Melrose which garnered over 20,000 ‘Likes’ within 24 hours.
Hilal, 31, is the host of MTV Lebanon’s “Celebrity Duets,” which finished its second season last month, with Lebanese actress Maguy Bou Ghosn claiming first place.
Hilal got her big TV break at LBC, as the anchor and presenter on two shows: “Mission Fashion” and “Helwe w Murra,” before moving on to host the wildly popular talent show “Arab Idol” alongside Ahmed Fahmi on rival network MBC.
But Hilal’s talents go far beyond television. She holds a masters in law and has reportedly said that her ambition is to become a judge.
Hilal is also, according to MTV Lebanon’s website, an “emeritus lecturer in the field of Human Rights” and has given a number of talks both at home and internationally.
With over 1.8 million followers on Instagram, Hilal is one of the Arab world’s most popular TV presenters and leading social-media influencers, and her post in praise of shopping local will undoubtedly raise the profile of One Melrose — which currently has just over 5,500 Instagram followers.


Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

Updated 13 November 2018
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Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

  • Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the Michael Kors campaign
  • The special-edition Whitney bag will be unveiled on Nov. 14

DUBAI: Fashion powerhouse Michael Kors (MK) has enlisted the region’s style icons to unveil an exclusive Middle East design of a limited-edition shoulder bag.

Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the elite portrait series showcasing a special-edition of the Whitney bag, set to be unveiled at an exclusive event in Dubai on Nov. 14.

The beauty queen took to Instagram to announce the stint, where she posted a picture of herself along with other Arab fashion icons strutting the newly redesigned Whitney bag, including Dubai-based influencer Leena Al Ghouti, fashion blogger Ola Faharat, and filmmaker Lana Al Beik..

“So honored to be fronting this @michaelkors campaign for their new Whitney bag. My MK family is here in Dubai all the way from New York for the celebration this week and I couldn’t think of more powerful ladies to share this photograph with,” Kahawaty wrote.

Dubbed as the Whitney, the compact bag is one of the newest additions to the fashion label’s exclusive accessory collection. The bag is crafted in panel-quilted lambskin, accompanied by a sleek chain strap.

“We were able to incorporate a very subtle M-shaped outline, something I’ve been sketching since I was in middle school,” American designer Michael Kors himself said.

The Middle East edition will be released in a rich blue, which Kors described as “the perfect blend of sophistication and luxury for our customers” in the region.

Kors has expressed how the Middle East is an important region for his fashion label, saying “our customers in the Middle East truly love fashion and glamour, which makes it a fun and exciting place to be as a designer.”

MK, widely known for its premium leather handbags, recently bought luxury designer Versace for $2.05 billion, bolstering its position against its larger European rivals.

“With the acquisition of Versace we have created one of the world’s leading fashion and luxury groups,” said John Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors Holdings.

This came a year after it also acquired British stiletto-heel maker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion.