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.


Imaan Hammam gets colorful in Versace

Updated 22 September 2018
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Imaan Hammam gets colorful in Versace

DUBAI: Italy’s Versace played with bold prints, patchwork and leather in its Spring/Summer 2019 women’s collection in a star-studded show on Friday, the third day of Milan’s fashion week.
Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam, who has walked for the fashion house before, took to the runway in an elaborated denim pantsuit emblazoned with Versace’s flagship prints in neon colors.

Imaan Hammam. (AFP)


Meanwhile, celebrity model Bella Hadid, who walked the show with sister Gigi, wore a tight one-shouldered mini dress in yellow leather and matching sneakers.
Singers Leona Lewis, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actor Luke Evans and Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni were all in the front row of an enormous industrial space in the modern CityLife neighborhood where the runway show was held, Reuters reported.

Bella Hadid. (AFP)


Pale yellow walls formed a background to a carpeted floor that echoed some of the prints used in the collection — colored stripes, bright flowers over pinstripes, checks, roses and small flowers mimicking animal prints.
“The style of the Versace woman is so recognizable that it need not be explained. She is not afraid of showing her personality and she is extremely feminine and confident,” read a style note by the fashion house, known for its daring designs.
Close-fitting silhouettes, ruched flared trousers and layered looks, with tulle mini-dresses paired with silk-printed longer ones, designed by Artistic Director and Vice President Donatella Versace, paraded down the catwalk in orange, violet and lime colors.

Gigi Hadid. (AFP)


“The all-over prints of the clothes are overlapped with neat nonchalance,” the note said.
For the evening, Versace flaunted a black satin tuxedo paired with flared trousers, or knee-length leather skirts with golden buttons.
Nineties supermodel Shalom Harlow closed the show, donning a long tulle dress with colorful flower embellishments that flared out in a transparent, sparkly black skirt.
Some of the models carried big boxed bags that echoed old-fashioned travel trunks, or large PVC shopping bags emblazoned with Versace writing. On their feet they wore chunky sneakers, college shoes, or square-heeled sandals, while their ears featured big flower-shaped ear-cuffs matched with hairpins.
The brand with the famed Medusa logo said that her “mystic powers and ever-powerful persona are evident now more than ever,” according to the show notes.
Fake snakeskin, flowers, polished leather and layer upon layer, the Versace collection was eclectic and refined, AFP noted in its review.