UAE-based model Jessica Kahawaty struts in Malone Souliers footwear

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The UAE-based model in a campaign for the British shoe brand Malone Souliers. (Courtesy Jessica Kahawaty)
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The UAE-based model in a campaign for the British shoe brand Malone Souliers. (Courtesy Jessica Kahawaty)
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Jessica Kahawaty hits the red carpet. (Shutterstock)
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Jessica Kahawaty on a fashion shoot. (Shutterstock)
Updated 06 August 2018
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UAE-based model Jessica Kahawaty struts in Malone Souliers footwear

  • Kahawaty unveiled photos and video shots from the Malone Souliers campaign on her social media page
  • Since the establishment of Malone Souliers in 2014, the luxury footwear label has enjoyed a growth of over 250 luxury points of sale across the world

JEDDAH: Jessica Kahawaty, the UAE-based Lebanese-Australian model, is collaborating with luxury British footwear label Malone Souliers for a new campaign.
Kahawaty unveiled photos and video shots from the campaign on her social media page with the caption: “I’m so happy to finally share with you all my International Campaign with @MaloneSouliers and the super cool @RoyLuwolt. Thank you for having me part of your vision and giving me creative control alongside you.”
The 29-year-old social media star is wearing a white shirt by Luwolt’s other brand, Absence of Paper, with a pink skirt and Malone Souliers heels. The campaign was shot by Australian photographer India Hartford Davis.
“Hope you guys love the images as much as I do. Roy gave me a lot of creative control to jump around and do what I want in his candy shop of shoes @malonesouliers,” Kahawaty wrote in an Instagram story.
Since the establishment of Malone Souliers in 2014, the luxury footwear label has enjoyed a growth of over 250 luxury points of sale across the world.
Handmade in Italy, the shoes come in a selected range of styles and colors. “Lashings of audacious laces, pencil-sharp stilettos and buttery suede are just a few of the refined features that bestow the Malone Souliers woman with sartorial nous,” the label’s website says.
Kahawaty won Miss World Australia 2012, after which she proceeded to Miss World 2012, where she was declared the second runner-up. The Middle Eastern beauty is a fashion and beauty icon in the region and beyond. She went on to host entertainment shows for Yahoo! Maktoob as well as “Project Runway Middle East.”
At the Cannes International Film Festival in May, she walked the red carpet wearing Lebanese label Azzi & Osta for the premiere of Spike Lee’s film “BlacKkKlansman.”
Earlier in February, she rubbed shoulders with the likes of British model Jourdan Dunn, singer Rita Ora and US actress Zendaya at the British Vogue Fashion and Film Party in London. She has filmed various commercials, including Maybelline cosmetics for India and Lexus cars for Australia.
Kahawaty has studied business, finance and law in Sydney and is a keen supporter of a number of humanitarian causes, including UNICEF and the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR).
Last year, fashion house Louis Vuitton selected Kahawaty to work with UNICEF at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to help children affected by the Syrian crisis, which has seen millions of people displaced.
Kahawaty also urged fans to help end child violence as part of the UNICEF Australia initiative, “A Minute of Your Time.”


Models make their way to Milan

Halima Aden is set to touch down in Italy. AFP
Updated 19 September 2018
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Models make their way to Milan

DUBAI: The who’s who of the fashion world, including Somali-American model Halima Aden and Lebanese-Australian influencer Jessica Kahawaty, have touched down in Italy for Milan Fashion Week.

The event kicked off on Wednesday with cutting-edge couturiers taking over the city to present their women’s ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2019 collections, while doffing a collective cap to the environment.

Aden took to Instagram to share her excitement, while Kahawaty has posted various snapshots of herself posing around the city.

Following on the high heels of New York and London fashion weeks, and ahead of the biggest of them all in Paris, Milan’s catwalk season will see dozens of shows by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Versace, Cavalli, Armani and Fendi, AFP reported.

Notably absent will be Gucci, which this year escapes to Paris so creative director Alessandro Michele can pay homage to the City of Light that inspired his new collection.

Gucci, founded in Florence in 1921, will nevertheless host an exclusive performance by iconoclast Scottish dancer and choreographer Michael Clark at its Milan offices on Wednesday.


Some renowned designers will be absent, such as Emilio Pucci and Trussardi, while others will return, like Philipp Plein and Iceberg, along with some surprises such as 1990s sportswear giant Fila.

Last year’s collaboration with Fendi, which saw the two brands’ logos playfully mingled by artist Hey Reilly, catapulted Fila back into the limelight.

Continuing the trend of mixing street fashion with haute couture, French couturier Louis Vuitton in March appointed Virgil Abloh as director of its menswear collection.

Ghanaian-American Abloh previously created the Off-White brand, coveted by hip-hop artists.

While fashion houses put on exhibitions on the sidelines of Fashion Week, including by French photographer Sarah Moon at Armani’s museum, the week’s overarching theme is sustainable development or so-called Green Fashion.

The Italian Fashion Chamber of Commerce, which organizes most of the week’s events, will hand out the Green Carpet Fashion Awards to the most environmentally friendly fashion houses, according to AFP.

Celebrities and key industry figures will attend the awards ceremony at the world-famous Scala Theatre — dress code green — on Sunday, the climax of the week’s more than 60 catwalk shows and 90 presentations.

While the fashion world is not known for particularly caring about the environment, British luxury fashion group Burberry last week announced that it would stop burning unsold goods — an industry-wide practice.

Burberry and its peers routinely burn tens of millions of dollars worth of products every year to maintain the exclusivity and luxury mystique of their brands.

Environmental concerns notwithstanding, fashion houses will also be battling it out for who can put on the most extravagant, exclusive and, of course, fashionable show.