‘Peppermint’ star wears Rami Kadi gown to Hollywood premiere

Annie Ilonzeh stars alongside Jennifer Garner in ‘Peppermint.’ (File photo: AFP)
Updated 01 September 2018

‘Peppermint’ star wears Rami Kadi gown to Hollywood premiere

  • The star attended the premiere of 'Peppermint,' starring Jennifer Garner
  • US actress Annie Ilonzeh wore a futuristic gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi

DUBAI: US actress Annie Ilonzeh wore a futuristic gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi to the premiere of new Hollywood flick “Peppermint” in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Due for US release on Sept. 7, the film stars Jennifer Garner who portrays a woman who becomes a vigilante after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting by members of a cartel. Meanwhile, Ilonzeh plays an FBI agent.
Ilonzeh wore a fitted gown to the premiere, complete with a black bodice with a gaping peekaboo cutout and a multi-colored skirt made up of strips of metallic material.
From 2010 to 2011, the actress starred on the ABC daytime soap opera “General Hospital” and then went on to play a role in the short-lived ABC reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.”
In the new film, Ilonzeh stars alongside Garner, who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday to honor a glittering career that has included roles in acclaimed movies from “Juno” to “Dallas Buyers Club.”

S actress Annie Ilonzeh (R) wore a futuristic gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi. Instagram

“Today for me is a moment to mark 24 years really joyfully lived, in a job that I love so much. And to get to share with my family and friends is pretty amazing and special,” the 46-year-old star told AFP. Actors Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston — who starred with Garner respectively in the 2014 comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and 2016’s “Wakefield” — paid glowing tribute.
Also on hand to celebrate was Judy Greer, who appeared alongside Garner in 2004 fantasy comedy-romance “13 Going on 30” and 2014 comedy-drama “Men, Women and Children” before directing her in the 2017 comedy, “A Happening of Monumental Proportions.” In 2001, Garner got the role that catapulted her onto the A-list, as CIA agent Sydney Bristow in ABC series “Alias,” which ran for five seasons. Garner received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for the part, as well as four outstanding lead actress nominations at the Emmys, AFP reported.
For her part, Ilonzeh posted a series of photographs in which she is posing with Garner and captioned the post “Enjoyed working with you all! Can’t wait to do it again.” The actress even paid homage to Garner, hashtagging a photo of the Hollywood star with the word “idol.”

Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

Updated 13 November 2018

Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

  • Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the Michael Kors campaign
  • The special-edition Whitney bag will be unveiled on Nov. 14

DUBAI: Fashion powerhouse Michael Kors (MK) has enlisted the region’s style icons to unveil an exclusive Middle East design of a limited-edition shoulder bag.

Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the elite portrait series showcasing a special-edition of the Whitney bag, set to be unveiled at an exclusive event in Dubai on Nov. 14.

The beauty queen took to Instagram to announce the stint, where she posted a picture of herself along with other Arab fashion icons strutting the newly redesigned Whitney bag, including Dubai-based influencer Leena Al Ghouti, fashion blogger Ola Faharat, and filmmaker Lana Al Beik..

“So honored to be fronting this @michaelkors campaign for their new Whitney bag. My MK family is here in Dubai all the way from New York for the celebration this week and I couldn’t think of more powerful ladies to share this photograph with,” Kahawaty wrote.

Dubbed as the Whitney, the compact bag is one of the newest additions to the fashion label’s exclusive accessory collection. The bag is crafted in panel-quilted lambskin, accompanied by a sleek chain strap.

“We were able to incorporate a very subtle M-shaped outline, something I’ve been sketching since I was in middle school,” American designer Michael Kors himself said.

The Middle East edition will be released in a rich blue, which Kors described as “the perfect blend of sophistication and luxury for our customers” in the region.

Kors has expressed how the Middle East is an important region for his fashion label, saying “our customers in the Middle East truly love fashion and glamour, which makes it a fun and exciting place to be as a designer.”

MK, widely known for its premium leather handbags, recently bought luxury designer Versace for $2.05 billion, bolstering its position against its larger European rivals.

“With the acquisition of Versace we have created one of the world’s leading fashion and luxury groups,” said John Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors Holdings.

This came a year after it also acquired British stiletto-heel maker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion.