Alessandra Ambrosio jets to Ibiza after Zuhair Murad show

Alessandra Ambrosio walked the runway for Zuhair Murad. (AFP)
Updated 07 July 2018
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Alessandra Ambrosio jets to Ibiza after Zuhair Murad show

DUBAI: Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio jetted to Ibiza after opening Zuhair Murad’s Autumn/Winter 2018-19 show at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris last week.
It marked the first time the 37-year-old Victoria’s Secret model walked for the famed Lebanese designer, and she seemed more than happy about the honor.
“Thank you, @zuhairmuradofficial for letting me open your magical show,” she posted on Instagram shortly after the glittering catwalk show.
Ambrosio opened the show wearing a wintry embroidered dress with an attached cape. The outfit, which ended just above the ankle, was embroidered with floral motifs in red, gold and white and paired with chunky boots and a heavyset black belt.
The model then graced the runway in a dazzling silver gown, embroidered with sequins from head to toe and vamped up with triangular peekaboo cutouts at the waist.

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After the show, she indulged in a sweet snack and shared a snap on Instagram, before jetting off to Ibiza where she posed in the sea wearing a Brazilian football jersey. She shared the sizzling shot on social media, captioning it, “Brazilian vibes from Ibiza.”
Murad took inspiration from Imperial Russia for the latest collection, offering up regal looks with structured, fitted elements recalling tsarist fashion trends.
“The historical savoir-faire of Imperial Russia redefines contemporary elegance,” the design house posted on social media alongside a close up shot of a magnificent embellished cape worn by model Cindy Bruna.
The 23-year-old French model, who previously took on a starring role in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” walked the runway in a heavily embroidered, tight-fitting gown with a cape that was attached at the neck. The model also showed off a fitted black dress covered in royal gold-and-red beadwork.
Murad wasn’t the only Lebanese powerhouse at Pairs Haute Couture Fashion Week — Elie Saab also showed off his Barcelona-inspired collection.
The famed Modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudi — and its organic lines — were the focus of many of the Lebanese designer’s gowns, the Associated Press reported.

Oversize rounded shoulders, which were sometimes dramatically raised from the body, were a new silhouette variation on the house’s bread-and-butter cinched waist looks.

The industrious Saab couture atelier had got to work to weave the signature crystals, sequins and pearls together to — as the program notes put it — depict “the sinuosity of organic forms.”
The swirling stone reliefs of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs venue, inside the Louvre palace, accentuated the clothes’ architectural lines.
Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz put on a vibrant show on Monday, sending models down the catwalk in Dorothy-inspired ginghams and daring pop art-style primary colors. Over exaggerated, frilled sleeves and a devil-may-care attitude toward mixing prints made his Spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection stand out.
Countryman Georges Hobeika took things in precisely the opposite direction. The Beirut-based designer unveiled a Fall/Winter collection that was teeming with feathers, tea-length skirts and frequent visual references to nature’s most elegant bird, the swan. Soft, pale pinks melted into luscious, deep violets and cobalt blues in a line that was feminine and not without its quirks.
Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Rami Kadi unveiled an Aztec-inspired collection of pastel-hued ball gowns, as well as a wedding dress that twinkled with embedded fairy lights, iridescent ostrich feathers and wispy metallic fronds.


Lebanese designers take over Los Angeles awards show... again

Updated 20 November 2018
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Lebanese designers take over Los Angeles awards show... again

DUBAI: The red carpet at the annual Governors Awards in Hollywood was awash with Middle Eastern gowns as the likes of Rashida Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Lily Collins chose to wear creations by Lebanese designers — proving that the region’s fashion stars are as popular as ever with the who’s who of the film industry.
British-American actress Collins, who starred in 2017’s “To the Bone,” chose a gown by Georges Chakra, with a sparkling purple skirt and off-the-shoulder black bodice for Sunday night’s event in Los Angeles.

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Meanwhile, “Parks and Recreation” actress Jones went for a sunset orange kaftan with a peek-a-boo cut out and silver detailing at the neckline by Reem Acra.

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For her part, Yeoh, who starred in blockbuster hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” wore an ice blue, figure-hugging gown by Elie Saab, complete with cutouts on the heavily beaded bodice.

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The event honoring the careers of film industry legends Tyson, Levy and composer Lalo Schifrin brought some of Hollywood’s biggest names — Oprah, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood among them — to the Ray Dolby Ballroom in the heart of Hollywood to reminisce, laugh and schmooze without the pressure, as Hanks said, of “being nervous about who is going to win.”
The Governors Awards celebrate the careers of a few entertainment veterans who have not yet won an Academy Award by bestowing them with an honorary Oscar statuette. Recipients are voted on by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
For the 93-year-old Tyson, it was a half lifetime coming. It had been 45 years since her first and only nomination, for “Sounder” in 1972.
“This is a culmination of all those years of haves and have nots,” Tyson said, noting that she’ll be turning 94 next month.
The private, untelevised dinner gala at the Hollywood & Highland complex has also become an important stop on the campaign trail to the Academy Awards for some of the year’s awards hopefuls, making the event one of the most star-studded of the season. In a spin around the room, The Associated Press saw Nicole Kidman chatting with “First Man” director Damien Chazelle, Disney CEO Bob Iger leaving his seat next to Ford to meet Lady Gaga, “Eighth Grade” director Bo Burnham and “Roma” director Alfonso Cuaron deep in conversation, Hanks and Rita Wilson stopping to greet Melissa McCarthy, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt saying hello to Hilary Swank, the cast of “Black Panther” posing for a photo with Marvel chief Kevin Feige and Lin-Manuel Miranda hanging out with the “Crazy Rich Asians” cast and, later, Jonah Hill.
But all turned their full attention to the stage and the titans being honored when the time came. For while the event may be in its 10th year, and the honorary Oscar itself in its 60th, there was still room for a few firsts. Levy became the first member of the public relations branch of the film academy to win an honorary Oscar, while Kennedy became the first woman to win the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial award — an honor that she shared with her husband and partner Marshall.