Lebanese designers suit Celine Dion

Celine Dion demonstrates how to look chic in a suit, like this one by Antonio Berardi she wore last week. (Getty Images)
Updated 31 July 2018
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Lebanese designers suit Celine Dion

  • Dion’s Australia-New Zealand tour continues until Aug. 14

Days after wearing a suit designed by Rabih Kayrouz, Canadian pop superstar Celine Dion wore an Elie Saab suit in Sydney, doubling down on Lebanese designers.

The two-piece power suit featured a bold python print, which the songstress paired with sepia-tinged Balenciaga sunglasses, Jennifer Fisher earrings and neutral pumps from Saab.
“Sydney simply ROCKS!!....case closed! — Céline xxx...,” she captioned the image.
Dion recently kicked off her new headlining tour in Australia. She went viral days ago when she posed overlooking Bangkok’s skyline wearing a yellow suit from Maison Rabih Kayrouz.
While the outfit received the nod from fashion police, social media users quickly made it go viral and turned the Instagram post into an Internet meme.
Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry provoked the Twitter frenzy when he jokingly asked his followers: “What’s the name of this mixtape?”
Celine Dijon,” replied one user. Another said: “Kodak yellow.”
A third added: “Beauty and the Beast Mode.”
One user drew comparisons between the Canadian singer and “Breaking Bad” character Walter White.
Dion’s love for Lebanese designed-outfits is well-known. She wore a mermaid-inspired dress by Zuhair Murad at the 2017 Grammy Awards and wore a cobalt blue Elie Saab gown at a Bee Gees tribute concert last year. She has also worn a Reem Acra jumpsuit in Paris and jewelry by Sabine Getty in recent months.
The 50-year-old singer has emerged as a style icon recently, thanks to her stylist Law Roach.
Meanwhile, Dion’s second sold-out show at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday hit all the right notes.
Highlights include her first Australian No.1 hit, “The Power of Love,” her 1996 masterpiece, the Jim Steinman-penned mini-opera “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” and Dion’s cover of Eric Carmen’s 1975 soft rock staple “All By Myself.”
Dion’s Australia-New Zealand tour continues until Aug. 14.
Dion was recently in the news for featuring in a sequence where she was serenaded by Deadpool.
She penned the single “Ashes” for the soundtrack to “Deadpool 2,” which stars fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds as the titular character.
The four-minute music video kicks off with Dion under a spotlight singing: “What’s left to say/ These prayers ain’t workin’ anymore/ Every word shot down in flames.”
Deadpool then joins her on stage and sashays in time to her powerful lyrics.
The video wraps up with Deadpool telling Dion the song is “the most beautiful performance I’ve ever seen in my life” before adding: “We need to do it again.”


Fashion capital New York considers banning sale of fur

Updated 17 April 2019
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Fashion capital New York considers banning sale of fur

  • Lawmakers are pushing a measure that would ban the sale of all new fur products in the city
  • “Cruelty should not be confused with economic development,” a sponsor of the legislation said

NEW YORK: A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City.
Lawmakers are pushing a measure that would ban the sale of all new fur products in the city where such garments were once common and style-setters including Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Joe Namath and Sean “Diddy” Combs have all rocked furs over the years.
A similar measure in the state Capitol in Albany would impose a statewide ban on the sale of any items made with farmed fur and ban the manufacture of products made from trapped fur.
Whether this is good or bad depends on which side of the pelt you’re on. Members of the fur industry say such bans could put 1,100 people out of a job in the city alone. Supporters dismiss that and emphasize that the wearing of fur is barbaric and inhumane.
“Cruelty should not be confused with economic development,” said state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan, who is sponsoring the state legislation. “Fur relies on violence to innocent animals. That should be no one’s business.”
The fate of the proposals could be decided in the coming months, though supporters acknowledge New York City’s measure has a better chance of passage than the state legislation.
The fur trade is considered so important to New York’s development that two beavers adorn the city’s official seal, a reference to early Dutch and English settlers who traded in beaver pelts.
At the height of the fur business in the last century, New York City manufactured 80% of the fur coats made in the U.S, according to FUR NYC, a group representing 130 retailers and manufacturers in the city. The group says New York City remains the largest market for fur products in the country, with real fur still frequently used as trim on coats, jackets and other items.
If passed, New York would become the third major American city with such a ban, following San Francisco, where a ban takes effect this year, and Los Angeles, where a ban passed this year will take effect in 2021.
Elsewhere, Sao Paulo, Brazil, began its ban on the import and sale of fur in 2015. Fur farming was banned in the United Kingdom nearly 20 years ago, and last year London fashion week became the first major fashion event to go entirely fur-free.
Fur industry leaders warn that if the ban passes in New York, emboldened animal rights activists will want more.
“Everyone is watching this,” said Nancy Daigneault, vice president at the International Fur Federation, an industry group based in London. “If it starts here with fur, it’s going to go to wool, to leather, to meat.”
When asked what a fur ban would mean for him, Nick Pologeorgis was blunt: “I’m out of business.”
Pologeorgis’ father, who emigrated from Greece, started the fur design and sales business in the city’s “Fur District” nearly 60 years ago.
“My employees are nervous,” he said. “If you’re 55 or 50 and all you’ve trained to do is be a fur worker, what are you going to do?“
Supporters of the ban contend those employees could find jobs that don’t involve animal fur, noting that an increasing number of fashion designers and retailers now refuse to sell animal fur and that synthetic substitutes are every bit as convincing as the real thing.
They also argue that fur retailers and manufacturers represent just a small fraction of an estimated 180,000 people who work in the city’s fashion industry and that their skills can readily be transferred.
“There is a lot of room for job growth developing ethically and environmentally friendly materials,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who introduced the city measure.
New Yorkers asked about the ban this week came down on both sides, with some questioning if a law was really needed.
“It is a matter of personal choice. I don’t think it’s something that needs to be legislated,” said 44-year-old Janet Thompson. “There are lots of people wearing leather and suede and other animal hides out there. To pick on fur seems a little one-sided.”
Joshua Katcher, a Manhattan designer and author who has taught at the Parsons School of Design, says he believes the proposed bans reflect an increased desire to know where our products come from and for them to be ethical and sustainable.
“Fur is a relic,” he said.