Meet the Dubai-based faux fur designer who dresses the who’s who of Hollywood

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Dubai-based designer Ollia Tzarina. (Instagram)
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Kylie Jenner (Instagram photo)
Updated 25 July 2018

Meet the Dubai-based faux fur designer who dresses the who’s who of Hollywood

DUBAI: With the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé wearing her designs, it is no wonder that Dubai-based designer Ollia Tzarina is turning heads in the fashion industry.

Greek-Russian Tzarina launched her brand, Tzarina By Ollia, in her bedroom in 2015 after failing to find a fur coat in a particular shade. Instead of giving up, the up-and-coming designer decided to launch her own brand that specializes in offering faux fur coats and gilets in more than 50 colors — from pastel shades to vibrant hues.

For her part, soon-to-be-billionaire make-up mogul and reality TV star Kylie Jenner chose a soft pink faux fur coat in 2017, launching Tzarina to international fame.

“I feel lucky! They have a very powerful social media presence, so for any start-up brand this is a dream come true and a fantastic platform for the brand to be promoted,” Tzarina said in a released statement about dressing Jenner and her famous sisters.

“I remember that moment when my team told me that Kylie wore the fur and obviously I got pretty excited because of the way she looked in it. It literally looked like a ready-made ad campaign after she posted the photo on her Instagram account. It made my day, or probably my year!”

Now that she’s successfully dressed one of the most talked about celebrities in the world, Tzarina says that her next goal is to dress Hollywood actress Megan Fox and, rather surprisingly, adds that she is keen to focus on the Middle Eastern market despite its soaring summer temperatures.

“The Middle East is one of my favorite markets to concentrate on,” she said, presumably in the hopes that her faux fur designs will be worn during the cooler winter months.

Tzarina also revealed a shocking fashion industry secret, saying: “A lot of the celebrities prefer to say they wear faux, but in reality it’s real. That’s a secret.”

Considering the well-documented abuse many animals endure for their fur, let’s hope this designer continues to impress the world’s fashion elite with her fabulous faux fur offerings. 

Imaan Hammam gets colorful in Versace

Updated 22 September 2018

Imaan Hammam gets colorful in Versace

DUBAI: Italy’s Versace played with bold prints, patchwork and leather in its Spring/Summer 2019 women’s collection in a star-studded show on Friday, the third day of Milan’s fashion week.
Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam, who has walked for the fashion house before, took to the runway in an elaborated denim pantsuit emblazoned with Versace’s flagship prints in neon colors.

Imaan Hammam. (AFP)

Meanwhile, celebrity model Bella Hadid, who walked the show with sister Gigi, wore a tight one-shouldered mini dress in yellow leather and matching sneakers.
Singers Leona Lewis, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actor Luke Evans and Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni were all in the front row of an enormous industrial space in the modern CityLife neighborhood where the runway show was held, Reuters reported.

Bella Hadid. (AFP)

Pale yellow walls formed a background to a carpeted floor that echoed some of the prints used in the collection — colored stripes, bright flowers over pinstripes, checks, roses and small flowers mimicking animal prints.
“The style of the Versace woman is so recognizable that it need not be explained. She is not afraid of showing her personality and she is extremely feminine and confident,” read a style note by the fashion house, known for its daring designs.
Close-fitting silhouettes, ruched flared trousers and layered looks, with tulle mini-dresses paired with silk-printed longer ones, designed by Artistic Director and Vice President Donatella Versace, paraded down the catwalk in orange, violet and lime colors.

Gigi Hadid. (AFP)

“The all-over prints of the clothes are overlapped with neat nonchalance,” the note said.
For the evening, Versace flaunted a black satin tuxedo paired with flared trousers, or knee-length leather skirts with golden buttons.
Nineties supermodel Shalom Harlow closed the show, donning a long tulle dress with colorful flower embellishments that flared out in a transparent, sparkly black skirt.
Some of the models carried big boxed bags that echoed old-fashioned travel trunks, or large PVC shopping bags emblazoned with Versace writing. On their feet they wore chunky sneakers, college shoes, or square-heeled sandals, while their ears featured big flower-shaped ear-cuffs matched with hairpins.
The brand with the famed Medusa logo said that her “mystic powers and ever-powerful persona are evident now more than ever,” according to the show notes.
Fake snakeskin, flowers, polished leather and layer upon layer, the Versace collection was eclectic and refined, AFP noted in its review.