Portuguese designer Tony Miranda heats up AFW

Models walks the runway during the Tony Miranda show in this composite photo. (Arab News)
Updated 12 May 2018
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Portuguese designer Tony Miranda heats up AFW

DUBAI: Portuguese designer Tony Miranda brought romance to the catwalk at Arab Fashion Week in Dubai on Friday night.

Over the course of his distinguished career, the haute-couture designer has dressed some of the world’s most glamorous women, including Brigitte Bardot, whom he describes as “a woman ahead of her time.”

“She had a rebel spirit,” Miranda said of the iconic French actress and model. “So dressing her with the aim of achieving a classical effect was a challenge.”

Miranda’s enviable client list also features many stylish Arab men, including royals such as Prince Turki, and the late Prince Saud Al-Faisal was a client.

Speaking of his Middle Eastern male clients, Miranda told Arab News: “The Gulf client is very sophisticated. He knows what he wants and likes, but also values professional opinion. He is concerned not just with the exclusivity of the fabric, but with the smallest detail — down to the particularity of the button.”

He would not be drawn on his extensive list of female clients around the world, saying only that confidentiality is paramount to his relationship with each woman.

Miranda’s stellar career began in Paris, and he credits his mother for nurturing his creative spirit. “My mother was a very important and valuable influence in my life,” he said. “Not just professionally, but also personally, as she always allowed me to dream.”

Aged 18, he joined the house of Joseph Camps, considered one of the greatest masters of French haute couture. “It was a fantastic time when everything was possible,” Miranda said. “This was a time when the body was valued, and accuracy and professionalism went hand-in-hand with design and artistic knowhow.”

In 1967 he joined Ted Lapidus, where he quickly rose to the position of creative director. He launched his own atelier in 1979, quickly followed by his own Tony Miranda boutique on the exclusive Rue Cambon in Paris.

In the late 1980s, however, he brought his talent and training back to Portugal, where he has been a major influence since opening his atelier and boutique in the city of Guimarães in 1989.

He has championed the development of haute couture in his homeland and put Portugal on the international fashion radar. As he expanded his empire of stores and ateliers he continued to attract prestigious clients from the aristocracy and high society and the worlds of entertainment, politics and finance. Many regularly visit his exclusive private lounge in Lisbon.

The fashion industry in his homeland has, he said, “changed dramatically over the last 20 years.”

Arab Fashion Week in Dubai offers another opportunity to see the exquisite designs of this master craftsman who continues to evolve and surprise many, decades on from his haute-couture training in Paris. And he says Gulf women are the focus of the collection in Dubai.

“For my showing,” he explained, “I put a particular focus on the romantic and sophisticated aspects which I think personify UAE women.”


Gigi Hadid hits back at paparazzi ‘stalking’ as photographer threatens legal action

Updated 21 October 2018
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Gigi Hadid hits back at paparazzi ‘stalking’ as photographer threatens legal action

DUBAI: US-Palestinian celebrity model Gigi Hadid is hitting back at a paparazzo who she says threatened her with legal action over a photo she posted on Instagram.

The model took to the social media platform over the weekend to reveal that she is being “legally pursued” for reposting a street style photo taken by a paparazzo, a snap which she has since removed from her social media feed.

“The photo is by a paparazzi and is of me on the street outside an event last week,” the 23-year-old told her 43.8 million followers. “I posed/smiled for the photo because I understand that this is part of my job,” Hadid wrote.
“These people make money off us every day, legally stalking us day in, day out,” she continued.
“It is not spoken about enough the mental/emotional toll that this kind of pressure has on people, days I (and countless others) have stayed inside because I don’t want my photo taken or to have that attention/suffocation while just trying to live as normally as possible,” the model added.

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Hadid went on to reveal the dangerous position some paparazzi put celebrities in on a daily basis.
“They drive dangerously close and extremely recklessly; they put the general public in danger in pursuit of a photo (I and many people I know have gotten in car accidents in cabs/car services because of paparazzi) and it seems that they can never get enough,” she wrote.
In the post, Hadid wrote that she found the uncredited image on Twitter and reposted in on Instagram, adding that she “had no way of knowing which of the 15+ photographers outside that day took these exact photos.
“If the person had just commented on my photo I would have been happy to tag and give you credit,” she added.
“To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences.”
Hadid’s statement garnered support from celebrities and models alike, with reality star Khloe Kardashian sharing her own experience in the comments section.

“I was sued for hundreds of thousands for posting a picture of myself. I don’t understand how it’s right that they literally stalk us and taunt us and they are allowed to sue us for posting our own photo,” she wrote.

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowksi Candice Swanepoel and Olivia Culpo also left messages of support on the Instagram post, which had more than one million likes as of Sunday afternoon.