Karen Wazen jets over for NYFW

(Left: L-R) Leena Al-Ghouti, Nour Arida and Karen Wazen attend the Tory Burch show at the Smithsonian Design Museum. (Below) Models walk the runway for Tory Burch. (AFP)
Updated 10 September 2018

Karen Wazen jets over for NYFW

  • Video circulating on social media shows Cardi B lunging toward someone and being held back

DUBAI: Lebanese fashion blogger Karen Wazen has been flitting around New York this past week, running from event to event as fashion week goes on.
The Dubai-based fashion icon jetted into the Big Apple courtesy of Tory Burch and attended the brand’s runway show, stopping to pose for a photograph with UAE-based Palestinian-Canadian blogger Leena Al-Ghouti and Lebanese style star Nour Arida.
“Touched down in New York with my @toryburch family. Thank you so much for brining me here during NYFW! I absolutely can’t wait for your show!” Wazen posted on Instagram last week.
“Thank you, New York for your amazing vibes!” she added in another post.
Wazen attended the Tory Burch Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show at the Smithsonian Design Museum on Sept. 7 and watched the unveiling of a collection imbued with the memory of the founder’s wealthy parents and their Mediterranean cruises.
The clothes were inspired by their steamer-hopping trips from Italy to Greece, and from Spain to Morocco, full of contrast from Cypriot lace to North African djellabas, and from flamenco flounces to safari suits.
Wazen also made an appearance at Friday night’s Harper’s Bazaar Icons party, where rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were the center of attention due to an alleged altercation between the two.
A-list guests reportedly huddled around their phones to watch footage of the fracas — physical altercations aren’t normal fare at fashion week after parties.
A person who witnessed the incident, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Minaj was finishing up a conversation with someone when Cardi B tried to attack her, but Minaj’s security guards intervened, the Associated Press reported.
Video circulating on social media shows Cardi B lunging toward someone and being held back. Cardi B reportedly threw one of her shoes at Minaj. Another video shows the platinum rapper being escorted out of the event by security.
Cardi B, wearing a voluminous red Dolce & Gabbana gown, was seen leaving the party barefoot, with what appeared to be a bump on her head. In a post on Instagram Cardi B didn’t call out Minaj by name but alluded to the fight and said it was sparked because her mothering skills were being disparaged. She and rapper Offset recently had their first child together, a girl.
Minaj has not yet commented on the incident.


Emirati-Palestinian Lana Hattab’s modern take on modest fashion

Lana Hattab shows off various looks around the UAE. (Supplied)
Updated 22 August 2019

Emirati-Palestinian Lana Hattab’s modern take on modest fashion

DUBAI: To many, modest wear is an expression of their religious beliefs, but to Lana Hattab, modesty defines who she really is. “It is part of me,” she said in an interview with Arab News.

The Emirati-Palestinian blogger, who is based in the UAE, hopes to provide inspiration to young women who may find it challenging to dress conservatively yet still look fashionable.

Lana Hattab said her dual culture has helped shape her style. (Supplied)

According to the 22-year-old, “it is very important for modest-wear influencers to have a strong presence on social media because such women inspire young girls to stick to their culture and religious beliefs.”

While many women struggle to see a representation of themselves on the internet, Hattab said she hopes to constantly remind women that they have the choice of being who they want to be. “Optionality is key,” she said.  

Lana Hattab was raised in the UAE. (Supplied)

“International brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, Gucci, Nike and Adidas have adapted to the Middle Eastern culture and are aware of the modest market, which makes it easier for women to relate more to these international brands now,” she added.

When speaking about the pressure that social media has on women, Hattab said that people are much wiser than they might appear on Instagram. “It is not always about dressing modestly, but rather about dressing confidently. A lot of women think of the hijab as a restriction, but I believe you can look very modern, very friendly and very classy while being comfortable to the extent of how much each person wants to cover up,” she added.

The 22-year-old studied accounting. (Supplied) 

The blogger, who has 44,000 followers on Instagram, said “even though my platform is mainly about fashion and beauty, I also like to share with my followers what I do on a daily basis. It reflects my daily life and portrays how a hijabi is just like everyone else.”

Hattab, who has a degree in accounting, is busy establishing a Dubai-based business with her partners that is yet to be announced. She is also collaborating with international and regional brands on upcoming projects.