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.


First lady Melania Trump greets the Macrons with a hat

Updated 24 April 2018
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First lady Melania Trump greets the Macrons with a hat

WASHINGTON: Melania, or more specifically Melania’s hat, what were you saying?
The media and the Twitterverse had a big time Tuesday with the first lady’s I-spy chapeau, a wide-brim number designed by Herve Pierre that would have been perfect had the sun been out in Washington.
It was a grand topper for Mrs. Trump’s bright white Michael Kors suit and some said it stole the show during the South Lawn military pageantry welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, during their first official state visit.
Others on the social media sidelines were merely perplexed.
Was the hat more Joan Collins’ Alexis Carrington Colby on “Dynasty” or Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope on “Scandal?” Was the grim-faced first lady in theoretical need of help as some asked on Inauguration Day?
Mrs. Trump kept her hat in place as the group moved indoors and also at the National Gallery of Art for a Cezanne break with Mrs. Macron, who wore a creamier shade of white, but no hat.
“Melania’s hat for president,” one tweeter declared. Others shared the sentiment.
Another chimed in: “Getting some serious Beyonce Formation vibes from Melania’s hat this morning.” Bey wore a version in black in the video for that hit.
Others on social media stuck to matters of etiquette, like the Twitter account of I’m Every Woman: “Melania’s hat might be OK for the races, a runway or even Church, not to wear when greeting visitors when you want to express a warm welcome. You want people to see your eyes and face and not impose an obstacle to the two cheek kiss, a French greeting.”
One thing was certain. Mrs. Trump was seriously committed to her hat.