Naomi Campbell joins Diddy in Dubai

British supermodel Naomi Campbell jetted into Dubai this week. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 07 April 2018
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Naomi Campbell joins Diddy in Dubai

  • Naomi Campbell touched down in Dubai this weekend
  • The supermodel posted a series of snaps to Instagram
DUBAI: British supermodel Naomi Campbell touched down in Dubai this weekend, joining rap mogul Diddy for a stint in the sun.
The 47-year-old fashion industry heavyweight posted a series of snaps to Instagram, including a photograph of herself posing on the beach and another alongside Diddy and his longtime partner — and former R&B superstar — Cassie. Campbell wore an attention-grabbing yellow outfit designed by French fashion house Maison Margiela. Although it was ever-so-slightly reminiscent of Sesame Street’s much-loved character Big Bird, who are we to judge the legendary fashion hall of famer?
Diddy, aka Sean Combs, stayed on in the city after playing his first-ever show in the UAE on Thursday, with a gig at Gotha Club in Dubai.
The American rapper, actor and entrepreneur made his UAE debut at the Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront Hotel in the Business Bay area of the city and was soon joined by Campbell, who jetted in after spending time at Nigeria’s Arise Fashion Week.
Campbell outshone the competition in Lagos, wearing an assortment of dresses by late Tunisian designer Azzedine AlaÏa.

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It was the Arise Fashion Week’s first installment in six years and Campbell stole the spotlight in a series of patterned outfits designed by the so-called “king of cling,” who died in November 2017.
Campbell posted a clutch of photos on Instagram, including a snap in which she posed in front of a table wearing an AlaÏa dress full of cut-out red flowers. The model’s stylist Jenke Ahmed Tailly, who has also worked with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé, completed the look by belting the dress at the waist and adding a show-stopping pair of Jackson Pollock-esque boots by Christian Louboutin. The thigh-high, stiletto boots seemed to be splattered over with paint and added even more texture and color to the kaleidoscopic outfit.
AlaÏa was a fashion iconoclast whose clingy styles helped define the 1980s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House.
Secretive and known as a fashion rebel, Alaia was based in Paris for decades but did not take part in the French capital’s seasonal fashion frenzy or flashy ad campaigns. Instead, he showed privately on his own schedule.
Alaia sometimes was dubbed the “king of cling” for the formfitting designs he first popularized during the 1980s and updated over the decades. Campbell was a favored model and Michelle Obama wore his designs as US first lady.


All-star Mary Poppins sequel flies into view

Updated 18 September 2018
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All-star Mary Poppins sequel flies into view

  • The movie includes mixed live-action and animation scenes that are reminiscent of those that were cutting edge in the mid-1960s
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” is set for a pre-Christmas release in Britain and the United States

A view across the grimy rooftops of London? A nanny descending to earth with a flying umbrella? Dick Van Dyke? All are present and correct in the trailer for the “Mary Poppins” reboot that was released on Tuesday.
Julie Andrews, who won the 1965 Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the original, is replaced in “Mary Poppins Returns” by Emily Blunt as the unconventional governess who arrives as if by magic to heal a family in need of love.
In the sequel, it is 1932 and the boy, Michael Banks, has grown up and, helped by his sister Jane, is bringing up children of his own, in the absence of their mother.
The trailer gives few other clues to the plot of the musical, but showcases a stellar cast of British acting talent, including Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth and Julie Walters.
Meryl Streep also features, as does Dick Van Dyke who played the chimney sweep Bert with the so-bad-it’s-good cockney accent in the original. Now 92, the trailer shows him as lithe as ever, dancing on a table.
The Bert character — Jack in this film — is played by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the rapper and composer who created the acclaimed musical “Hamilton.”
The movie includes mixed live-action and animation scenes that are reminiscent of those that were cutting edge in the mid-1960s but have a retro-charm now.
The original movie was based on the children’s books by P.L. Travers who famously objected to Walt Disney’s embellishments to her stories. It was a huge success and became a classic.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is set for a pre-Christmas release in Britain and the United States.