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
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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.


Startup of the Week: Saudi Swag - Where art imitates life

Updated 20 November 2018
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Startup of the Week: Saudi Swag - Where art imitates life

  • The expression “art imitates life” rings very true with Saudi Swag

JEDDAH: Saudi Swag is a fashion boutique in Jeddah that features exclusive clothing brands promoting a particular type of stylish streetwear.
A concept store established in 2014, it was founded by Jeddah native Turki Al-Harbi, who wanted to offer customers an exclusively independent and artistic style of clothing to complement the strong personalities and expressive fashion sense of his peers.
Saudi Swag offers independent designer brands and products for men and women. Its fashion is diverse; from casual pants, T-shirts and hoodies, to more decorative designer swimwear, shorts, jeans, sneakers, sweatshirts, and jackets.
“We now have more than 13 brands and they are all exclusive to us in the Middle East. I used to go to concept stores in Paris; that was my biggest inspiration. To watch every single detail and feel their vibe and hope that one day I could have that same vibe in my store. Saudi Arabia is evolving rapidly, and it is having a positive impact on the new generation in terms of awareness in fashion – streetwear in particular,” Al-Harbi said.
The expression “art imitates life” rings very true with Saudi Swag. Most of its brands are artsy at the core. An example can be found in one designer product that features a black hoodie with the famous “Mona Lisa” framed front and center and engulfed in flames. It is this unconventional approach to their product lines that has given Saudi Swag a cult-like following.
There is no question that people’s individual personalities are expressed every day through their fashion sense. After all, like the cars we drive and the music we enjoy, our clothes are, in some way, an extension of ourselves. Concept stores such as Al-Harbi’s Saudi Swag contribute to allowing a generation of creative and artistic individuals to boldly express themselves.
Saudi Swag is in Aya Mall. Its business hours are 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday to Friday. Follow the shop on Instagram: @s3odiswag for their latest product features.