If it ain’t broke: Tamara Al-Gabbani’s tastefully traditional Eid edit

The delicately embroidered kaftans come in a range of colors. (Photo supplied)
Updated 10 June 2018
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If it ain’t broke: Tamara Al-Gabbani’s tastefully traditional Eid edit

DUBAI: Saudi designer and fashion blogger Tamara Al-Gabbani is no stranger to the spotlight, having been chosen as the face of modest wear collections by the likes of DKNY and Dolce & Gabbana in the past, and her Eid and summer 2018 line proves once again that she is a force to be reckoned with.

The delicately embroidered kaftans come in a range of primary colors — from red, to black and a lush green number that is perfect for the parched, hot months ahead.
Each piece is dotted with embroidery, whether it be sequins or faux pearls, at evenly spaced intervals across the length of the kaftan , with a culmination of beadwork at the collar. Here, intricate needlework and heavy embellishments form the centerpiece of the outfits, taking the column shifts to altogether more glamorous heights.
The color combinations are simple and refined — white beadwork on the black and red options and gold adornments on the green kaftan. This line does not seek to break the mold, but gives the traditional Gulf kaftan a delicate, almost Indian-inspired update with its breezy fabrics and fine embellishments.
Aside from being available via WhatsApp — visit Al-Gabbani’s Instagram account, @tamaraalgabbani, for more details on that — you can also shop the collection on TV shopping network, Citruss TV.

The designer is rarely in the same city for an extended period of time, but credits her hectic calendar for her success.
“I love to work hard, so my demanding schedule suits me. No two days are the same, plus I travel a lot, so every day is a little adventure — a challenging adventure I’m grateful for and it gives me the beautiful opportunity to help those less fortunate,” Al-Gabbani told Arab News earlier this year.
In another major achievement, Al-Gabbani took center stage at London Modest Fashion Week (LMFW) in February, where she showed off her latest collection at the closing show.

Titled the “Best of Global Modest Fashion,” the runway show took place at Victoria House in the UK capital’s classy Bloomsbury district on Feb. 18 and featured designs by Al-Gabbani, Fatima Mohsin, House of Lancry, Q Label, Nasiba Hafez, 1001 Abayas and Rouge Couture.

Founded by leading modest fashion e-retailer Haute Elan in 2017, LMFW is an international platform for modest wear designers to showcase their collections on the runway.

It’s been a demanding year so far, and Al-Gabbani’s latest line is yet another reason we should keep an eye on this rising star who, despite her success, still feels as though she could have taken more risks in life.

“I’m proud of a lot that I’ve achieved: Being the face of DKNY and Dolce & Gabbana for their modest collections and setting up my own fashion brand. Still, I regret not being more fearless,” she said.


Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

Updated 20 June 2018
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Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

DUBAI: Beyoncé and Jay-Z stunned fans by dropping a surprise joint album this week, and the artistic video for the lead track, “Apes***,” sees the Grammy-winning queen of pop wearing a turban by French-Tunisian milliner Donia Allegue.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns, before the couple released it on Spotify on Monday.
The pop diva and hip-hop superstar announced the album from the stage in London as they wrapped up the British leg that opened a global tour.

The couple also put out an elaborately choreographed video that takes place inside the Louvre museum in Paris for “Apes***,” AFP reported.

The video opens with the couple standing regally in front of the “Mona Lisa” — Jay-Z in a light green double-breasted suit, Beyoncé in a lavender pantsuit — and features a squad of scantily clad dancers moving sensually in front of Jacques Louis David’s “The Coronation of Napoleon.”

In a later scene, Beyoncé dons a floor-length black turban by Donia Allegue with a nude-colored bodysuit by French design house Cadolle. According to Vogue Arabia, Allegue revealed that the headpiece took eight hours to create and is made of six meters of tulle.

“Honored and proud to have adorned Queen @beyonce (with) an exceptional headpiece for her grandiose clip,” the design house posted on its Instagram page this week.

The video is a veritable treasure trove of sartorial high points chosen by stylist Zerina Akers, who scored the latest designs from international runways, as well as custom pieces from various high-end brands.

Fashion aside, the album, driven by warm, sultry soul with a largely hip-hop cadence, marries the styles of the two artists but is more consistent with the recent direction of Jay-Z.
The two stars have recorded together previously, notably on the Beyoncé-led single “Drunk in Love,” but the album comes after an especially public window into their marriage.
Beyonce on her last solo album “Lemonade” in 2016 revealed infidelity on the part of Jay-Z, who a year later asked forgiveness on his own album “4:44.”

This year, as the title of “Everything is Love” implies, their relationship is apparently swell.

On the final track, the joyously brassy “Lovehappy,” the two acknowledge past pain but also their efforts to reconcile.

“We’re flawed / But we’re still perfect for each other,” Beyoncé sings.

As two of the most prominent African Americans in pop culture Jay-Z and Beyoncé have played increasingly visible political roles, from campaigning for former president Barack Obama to championing the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Everything is Love” offers a paean to African American identity in “Black Effect,” which opens in Beyoncé fashion with a monologue about self-love before a haunting soul sample.
Jay-Z on the song name-checks Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American shot dead in 2012 by a neighborhood watchman in a Florida gated community, and raps, in a twist on performers’ rote calls for crowd gesticulation, “Get your hands up high like a false arrest.”