Taleedah Tamer makes waves in Paris

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Taleedah Tamer wore a white suit by Antonio Grimaldi. (AFP)
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Taleedah walked the runway for Italian designer Antonio Grimaldi. (AFP)
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The Saudi model dazzled in a column gown. (AFP)
Updated 04 July 2018

Taleedah Tamer makes waves in Paris

JEDDAH: Saudi model Taleedah Tamer, 17, turned heads this week when she made her debut at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, walking the runway for Italian designer Antonio Grimaldi on Monday.
The up-and-coming beauty wore a sleek white pant suit with a structured cape and slit sleeves and then strutted down the runway in a pale pink column gown, embroidered with vertically-lined sequins and adorned with a feather accent on one shoulder.
The model took to Instagram to document her whirlwind experience in Paris, thanking the designer before adding she was heading out for sushi after the show.
“Thank you @antoniogrimaldi. Now sushiiii (sic),” she captioned a casual close-up photo.
After landing her first contracts modeling for Karloff jewelry and Rubaiyat, the Saudi model made fashion waves by gracing the latest cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.
Born and raised in Jeddah to a Saudi father and Italian mother, Tamer enjoyed support from both her parents to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Her father, Ayman Tamer, is chairman of the Tamer Group, a health care, pharmaceutical and beauty company, while her mother, Cristina, is a former model who worked for Giorgio Armani, La Perla and Gianfranco Ferre.
In a recent interview with Arab News, Tamer revealed her fashion goals: “I do have professional and personal goals in many different fields within the fashion industry, but in regards to publications, being able to grace the cover of any of Vogue’s ‘Big Four’ — the French, Italian, British or American Vogue — would be such an honor.
“On the runway, I’ve always wanted to walk for Armani since my mother walked for them when she was younger, so that would be special. In photography, I would love to work with Steven Meisel. Some destinations I would love to visit and work on in location are Bora Bora, India, Croatia and Japan.”
The model counts Gisele Bundchen and Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian star Imaan Hammam among her modeling inspirations.
Tamer, a recent graduate of the British International School of Jeddah, hopes to continue her modelling career while furthering her education in business marketing.
Designer Grimaldi, who debuted Tamer on the Paris runway, has been dressing Middle Eastern clients for two decades in his bespoke styles.
“No one would have imagined this,” he told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia on the idea of a Saudi model on the runway and the global reaction to it.
“People think that behind the abaya, there is something very far away from them. That is not true. All women are the same, they like the same things. This is the perfect time to show that.”
Meanwhile on Tuesday, models strutted past Parisian landmarks, including the green book stalls that line the river Seine, at Chanel’s fashion show, as the luxury label mocked up an entire cityscape to present its latest haute couture collection.
The fashion house, known for its extravagant runway displays, set the scene for its winter styles under an imposing recreation of the domed, neoclassical Institut de France that houses the country’s language council and looms over the river.
The first styles out of the blocks included an array of tweed suits — a Chanel staple reimagined for every collection by octogenarian designer Karl Lagerfeld — in shades of grey that evoked chic Parisian looks from the 1940s, Reuters reported.
However, the jackets and straight skirts were updated to feature slits, creating flared sleeves as models displayed glimpses of long, fingerless gloves.
Other standout pieces included puffy party dresses with feathered hemlines and edgier, rock-style gowns with a metallic glint.
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week runs until July 5.
Only a handful of brands belong to the select haute couture club — to qualify, brands have to be approved by French fashion’s governing body and fulfil criteria covering staffing, skills and the service offered to private clients.

Leena Al-Ghouti wraps up as LFW winds down

Gigi Hadid walking the Burberry show at LFW 2019.(AFP)
Updated 18 February 2019

Leena Al-Ghouti wraps up as LFW winds down

DUBAI: As Gigi Hadid walked the runway, Dubai-based influencer Leena Al-Ghouti showed up at the Burberry show at London Fashion Week in a chic ensemble.

The fashion influencer donned a black hijab, cat-eye shades and an uber-cool camel colored coat, with an oversized Burberry shawl, as she posed outside the show.

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Burberry earned its place — again — as one of the top shows in London Fashion Week on Sunday, according to Reuters, with a widely ranging catwalk show that honored the British brand’s long tradition but showed it is still ready to mix it up and set trends.

Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci showed in his second collection that he is perfectly comfortable stretching the Burberry look to keep its younger fans happy while easily switching gears to create classic, severely tailored ensembles that ooze chic.

The two sides of the Burberry coin were reflected in the two adjacent rooms where the collection was shown: one a sedate auditorium with comfortable, padded seats; the other a raucous wide-open space ringed by a climbing gym of the type young kids would use.

“I have been thinking a lot about England as a country of contrasts, from the structured to the rebellious and free, and I wanted to celebrate how these elements coexist,” Tisci said.

He said he had four characters in mind when putting the collection together: a girl and a boy, and a lady and a gentleman.

The transition was obvious as models went from street-style clothes — oversize puffer jackets, metallic ornamentation, revealing slip dresses, silver boots, faux fur, big red plastic sneakers — to subtle, timeless outfits in muted fall colors.

There were occasional references to the brand’s earlier incarnation as a purveyor of fine, traditional menswear as a few models were dressed in classic suits and ties, including one double-breasted throwback, Reuters reported.

Tisci made ample and imaginative use of the traditional Burberry trench and check, and paired a number of sexy evening dresses with full-length coats for a look at once provocative and classy.

There were a few eccentric touches, including an outfit set off by a giant scarf that paid homage to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

For her part. Hadid took to the runway in a sporty, monochromatic ensemble featuring a miniskirt and black corset with dramatic puffed sleeves over a white polo shirt.

Tisci seems to be enjoying his time at Burberry, treasuring tradition but refusing to be overwhelmed by it.