MUA MUA makes a fun statement at Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh

A model presents on the catwalk a creation of MUA MUA Dolls by designer Ludovica Virga during the Arab Fashion Week in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai on November 17, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 15 April 2018
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MUA MUA makes a fun statement at Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh

RIYADH: “It actually began as a joke,” said Ludovica Virga, founder and designer of the Italian brand House of Mua Mua, explaining the origin of Mua Mua Dolls. Although the designer is extremely familiar with Saudi customers, this is her first visit to the country, to display her signature, playful collection at the last day of Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh on Saturday.
The dolls originated in Bali, with Virga deciding to give back to the island’s inhabitants, who were left without work as tourism was dwindling after the 2004 tsunami. Handmade by a team of local women, the crochet dolls are iconic and fun. “The idea is to highlight their main features and imperfections, which are what makes them so special.”
When Virga presented Karl Lagerfeld with a doll that resembled him in 2009, it instantly became a fashion statement. She was soon commissioned to create 700 dolls that would be sold at Lagerfeld stores.
The concept caught on and Virga created more dolls based on style icons, including Lady Gaga, Coco Chanel and Anna Wintour. The brand went on to incorporate T-shirts and accessories and is currently in the process of what Virga calls “evolving from kids to college students.” Inspired by news or popular culture, House of Mua Mua creates apparel and accessories that are renowned for being “young-at-heart, witty and playful.”
Not one to take fashion seriously, Virga’s spring/summer 2018 collection displayed at Arab Fashion Week also dished out a social message. With the slogan “less plastic is fantastic,” sequinned jackets, hoodies and bags made a statement on the runway.
“Ladies in Saudi Arabia are incredibly fashionable and receptive,” she said. “Clearly they are well-traveled and sophisticated.” And in the spirit of holidaying, the collection also features kaftans and beach hats, sequinned denim jackets over colorful playsuits, waist bags with T-shirts and large ruffle skirts, oversized sweaters and eye-catching accessories.
“The collection is also all about summer, holidaying for example, in St. Tropez or Monte Carlo. And about not taking life too seriously,” Virga concluded, as she flashed her “I don’t give a chic” T-shirt.


The Six: Fashion highlights from the El Gouna Film Festival

The second annual El Gouna Film Festival. (AFP)
Updated 24 September 2018
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The Six: Fashion highlights from the El Gouna Film Festival

  • Stars took to the red carpet in beautiful looks
  • Read on for a round up of our six favorite looks from the glamorous event

DUBAI: Stars from across the world have been posing for the cameras on the red carpet at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt. Here, we round up our six favorite looks from the glamorous event.


Elisa Sednaoui

The Egyptian Italian model and actress dressed in a custom-made Arwa Al-Banawi teal velvet dress on the red carpet for the premier of “Weldi” at the festival.


Patrick Dempsey

American actor Patrick Dempsey wore a dapper tux as he arrived for the screening of “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” at the festival.


Arwa Gouda

The Egyptian actress posed on the red carpet at the premiere of Egyptian film “Yomeddine” in a gold-and-black Miriam Nazmy Design dress.


Saba Mubarak

The Jordanian actress walked the red carpet in a fitted Zeina Nabulsi dress. With a sweetheart neckline and intricate detailing, it was definitely an eye-catcher.


Dorra Zarrouk

The Tunisian actress posed on the red carpet in a bright emerald green dress from unmatchedonline for the premiere of “Yomeddine” at the festival.


Shahira Fahmy

The Egyptian actress looked gorgeous in an Elie Saab suit for the premiere of “Yomeddine” at the festival. With natural curls and minimal make-up, the suit spoke for itself.