Sonia Ben Ammar and Halima Aden walk for Dolce & Gabbana

Sonia Ben Ammar walked the runway. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 08 July 2018
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Sonia Ben Ammar and Halima Aden walk for Dolce & Gabbana

DUBAI: It was a lavish affair on the banks of Italy’s Lake Como as Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented their 100-look Alta Moda collection over the weekend.
The sumptuous line was modelled by a glittering line-up of famous faces, including Somali-American model Halima Aden, Tunisian beauty Sonia Ben Ammar, British rapper Tinie Tempah, American model and current Vogue Arabia cover star Ashley Graham and the legend that is Naomi Campbell.
British aristocrat Lady Kitty Spencer, who caused quite a stir at the recent royal wedding with her floral Dolce & Gabbana dress, and 70-year-old Canadian-South African model Maye Musk were also among those to sashay their way through Teresio Olivelli park, while the beautifully suited men strode through the opulent Villa Carlotta.
“It’s not about one reference,” Dolce told Vogue US backstage. “Maybe you can find seven different references in one outfit. Nothing is old, and nothing is new.” “Today there are too many people in fashion talking about nothing much,” Gabbana added to the magazine. “At the end of the day it is just about clothes and emotion. So, we don’t plan anything and we change the clothes during the fittings according to how they work on the models.”
While Campbell was the undisputed star of the show in a rainforest-themed, full-skirted ball gown, Aden and Ammar modelled more classic looks that were immediately identifiable as hailing from the Italian design house.
The Renaissance-inspired gowns would not look out of place in the hallowed halls of a museum gallery, with Ammar showing off a stunning fern green gown with petals cascading down from her hair and Aden boasting a crimson-and-black, feather-lined piece worthy of a Disney villainess.

Aden walked the runway with a gem-encrusted tiara atop her hijab, days after revealing that she had her veil built into her modeling contract.
In an interview with CBS News last week, she said that she addressed personal concerns about modesty in her contract with IMG Models.

“When I got that opportunity to sign with IMG Models, I made sure I wasn’t conforming,” she said. “Our first-ever sit-down was four hours, and I did it on my own terms. Every time I go on set, I know that the people who are doing the shoot already know my requirements. They know what I can wear, they already have an understanding, and I’ve always felt safe.”


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.