Kuwait’s Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen shows off stunning summer looks

Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen is the star of the campaign. (Photo supplied)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Kuwait’s Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen shows off stunning summer looks

DUBAI: What do you get when you mix a GCC social media influencer with three massive fashion brands? A dream look book, that’s what.
While we’re normally quite skeptical about influencer-brand collaborations — due to the fit usually not being quite right — it’s hard to fault this “One Thousand and One Nights” themed photoshoot, a collaboration between Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co. and Esposa Privé. Why? Well, first of all the campaign, masterminded by the UAE-based wedding planning company Brides to Be, is all about the clothes rather than the influencer herself.
Secondly, it’s clear that a lot of thought has been put into it. Shot by French photographer Jeremy Zaessinger at Dubai’s Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel, Al-Abdulmohsen sported a number of looks by the three heavyweight brands, with the finishing touches of hair and make-up offered by Maison de Joelle.
While the campaign was originally created for the month of Ramadan, the images were released just before Eid Al-Fitr. However, we don’t think it matters as it actually goes beyond the festive season, with the Kuwaiti social media star — who has 1.8 million followers on Instagram — sporting modest looks that are appropriate for many an evening function or wedding.

It is said that Esposa Privé, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co. worked together to create the looks, mixing traditional elements with modern accessories. Silk features prominently, with many embroidered abayas, along with Jimmy Choo’s Viola collection — footwear adorned with Swarovski crystals.
Al-Abdulmohsen also showcases a couple of bridal looks by Esposa Privé. Designed by Kristie Romanos, the flowy, luxurious dresses feature unique cuts and embody a modern, yet timeless elegance. The bespoke bridal couture pieces were accessorized with pieces from Jimmy Choo’s “Cinderella” collection, reimagined iconic glass slippers decorated with more than 7,000 dazzling Swarovski crystals.
Anyone into fashion will be familiar with all three major iconic brands involved. With a presence in the Middle East region for more than 30 years, Esposa Group is home to Esposa and Esposa Privé, both of which are available in Dubai and Beirut. Meanwhile, Jimmy Choo has a slew of celebrity fans, including Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.


Imaan Hammam shows support for Knot On My Planet campaign

Imaan Hammam took to Instagram to show her support. (AFP)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Imaan Hammam shows support for Knot On My Planet campaign

DUBAI: Dutch-Egyptian-Moroccan model Imaan Hammam took to Instagram to show her support for the Knot On My Planet campaign, which is seeking to protect elephants from poaching and trafficking.

The model, who recently walked the runway for Versace, posted a snap of herself holding a limited-edition Elephant Mini Bag by Spanish luxury fashion brand LOEWE.
The bag was launched in collaboration with Knot On My Planet, and its global ambassador Doutzen Kroes, and is exclusively available to buy on loewe.com.
Made from tan calfskin, LOEWE´s bag is adorned with handcrafted beadwork by Samburu Trust women from northern Kenya, who live among the elephants.
LOEWE is donating all the bag’s sales proceeds to the Elephant Crisis Fund, which aims to stop poaching, prevent trafficking and end the demand for ivory.
“Happy to support (the) #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign with my new @LOEWE elephant bag made in collaboration with women from the Samburu Workshop,” Hammam posted on Instagram, alongside a snap in which she is wearing an ivy green sweatshirt along with the quirky, colorful bag.
Hammam was born in Amsterdam and was discovered at the city’s Central Station when she was 13-years-old and is now a world-renowned advertising, editorial and runway model.
In an interview with Vogue Arabia in February, the 21-year-old model shared how her Egyptian-Moroccan heritage still inspires her and how she is proud to be the “modern poster girl for the diversity movement.
“Fashion is all about having a personality — and nothing is as inspiring as the power of being you,” she told the magazine for an issue in which she graced the cover alongside legendary Somali-American supermodel Iman.
Hammam wasn’t the only model to show her support for the animal welfare campaign.
Brazilian model and actress Gisele posted a shot on Instagram with the caption: “How cute is the elephant bag with beadwork made by Samburu women in Kenya? I am happy to support @Doutzen in this important mission to protect the elephants. 100 percent of (the) proceeds will be donated to the Elephant Crisis Fund, with the goal to end the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.”
British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley captioned her photograph: “So happy to be supporting the #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign with my new @LOEWE elephant bag made in collaboration with women from the Samburu Workshop.”
American models Karlie Kloss and Emily Ratajkowski also took to social media to show their support, posting sultry snaps of themselves holding the special handbags.