Rula Jebreal steals the show in a Lebanese gown

Rula Jebreal wore a gown by Jean-Louis Sabaji. (Photo courtesy: Ammar Abd Rabbo)
Updated 01 July 2018
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Rula Jebreal steals the show in a Lebanese gown

DUBAI: Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal stole the show at the ninth Beirut International Awards Festival over the weekend, wearing a stunning ballgown by Lebanese designer Jean-Louis Sabaji.
The US-based journalist was awarded the “Most Influential Media Personality” prize at the ceremony on June 29, as part of the annual event’s bid to honor distinguished personalities from various fields, including art, politics, culture, music, finance and the humanitarian sector.
The journalist, political analyst, author and screenwriter took to the stage — in Beirut’s Nejmeh Square — wearing the “Tree of Life” gown from the designer’s “Mesopotamia” collection.
The delicate embroidery showcases Mesopotamian mythology on silk tulle and the breathtaking gown was completed with twinkling glass beads and ornate sequin work. Harper’s Bazaar Arabia reported that the needlework took 400 hours to complete by a team of skilled artisans.
The artwork-cum-dress hails from Sabaji’s Summer 2018 collection, which is inspired by Istar — pronounced Ishtar — the Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and high priestess of political power, according to the designer’s website.

“In this retrospective collection, Jean-Louis hails inspiration from the arresting aesthetics of a culture at the very dawn of civilization: Mesopotamia. (The collection depicts) the fantastical iconography around (Istar) in opulent adornment sparked by Babylonian astronomy — the earliest recorded,” the website reads.
The embroidery tells the tale of mythical beasts and celestial beings, including sphinxes, symbolizing supremacy, mermen and majestic lions.
It takes a commanding woman to wear such powerful iconography and Sabaji no doubt found the perfect model in the influential media persona.
Jebreal was born in Haifa and grew up in East Jerusalem. She was raised in an orphanage after the death of her mother and graduated with a scholarship from the Italian government to study medicine, according to her website. Armed with a degree in physiotherapy from Bologna University, she went on to make a name for herself in journalism and soon became the first foreign anchorwoman to broadcast the evening news in the history of Italian television.
Since moving to the US in 2009, she has been a foreign policy analyst for MSNBC and a contributor to the Daily Beast, Newsweek and Salon.com and has regularly appeared on CNN and Bloomberg.
In 2010, Jebreal released her first-ever novel, “Mira.” The work of literary fiction, about a young Arab woman who navigates her way through violence in 1948 Jerusalem, was translated into 15 languages and turned into a feature film, for which she wrote the screenplay.


Shanina Shaik stars in campaign for Revolve

Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik. (AFP)
Updated 15 July 2018
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Shanina Shaik stars in campaign for Revolve

DUBAI: She may not be at Miami Swim Week, but Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik certainly got into the spirit on Instagram, posting shots from her trip to Bermuda with US-based e-tail platform Revolve and giving a special mention to the swimwear event.
“Because it’s swim week,” Shaik captioned a photo of herself wearing a red-and-white vertically striped bikini, by swimwear label Tularosa, against a rocky backdrop in Bermuda. Miami Swim Week is set to continue until July 17 and sees swimwear designers from across the world show off their latest perfect-for-the-pool creations on the sunny shores of the Floridian city.
However, the model is on another sun-drenched shoreline for a photoshoot and launch party celebrating a collaboration between clothing brands The Naven Twins and NBD in Bermuda this week.
Shaik, whose father is Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, wasn’t the only fashionable it-girl on the island, however. Revolve handpicked a group of stylish influencers and models to star in the Bermudian snaps.
Designer and marketing guru Draya Michele, model Kara Del Toro and influencer Jill Wallace also took part in the color-packed photoshoot.

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For her part, Shaik starred in a series of shots wearing a glittering array of beach-ready outfits. In one windswept photo, the model wears a lilac bandeau top with draped sleeves, paired with a jungle-print pair of high-waisted shorts — “a real-life mermaid,” the Revolve social media team captioned the picture on Instagram.
Revolve carries more than 500 menswear and womenswear brands and has a dedicated beauty section on its website, revolve.com. Launched in 2003, the e-tail website claims to have 40 million page visits per month, so it makes sense that Shaik, an already successful runway model, would jump on the bandwagon.
Shaik is newly married, having tied the knot with musician DJ Ruckus at a family-filled ceremony in the Bahamas in May. The couple promptly followed it up with a bash in Miami that was attended by likes of Bella Hadid and model Hailey Baldwin.
The model married her long-time beau Gregory Andrews on musician Lenny Kravitz’s private island of Eleuthera.
Reverend Run of Run DMC performed the ceremony as family, friends and a handful of celebrity guests gathered for the nuptials, including Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, as well as models Nadine Leopold and Hannah Ferguson.
The happy couple got engaged in December 2015 after dating for less than a year. He reportedly presented her with two Lorraine Schwartz rings and let her take her pick. She eventually chose a gold band that featured an amethyst and a diamond, according to media reports.