The Hadid sisters are all over NYFW

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Gigi Hadid models fashion from the Oscar de la Renta spring 2019 collection during Fashion Week in New York on Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Models Bella Hadid, left, and Gigi Hadid attend the BoF 500 Gala held at One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)
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Model Bella Hadid attends the BoF 500 Gala held at One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)
Updated 13 September 2018
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The Hadid sisters are all over NYFW

  • US-Palestinian sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid proved they are in high demand at New York Fashion Week

DUBAI: The US-Palestinian Hadid sisters proved they are in high demand at New York Fashion Week by walking the runway for luxury label Oscar de la Renta on Tuesday.

Bella kicked things off in a fringed, sarong-like skirt with a tulip print and a white, one-armed top. And Gigi finished the show in a long, sheer black lace gown — also with one arm free — with delicate ruffles running up the leg, the Associated Press reported.

Two years into their tenure at the helm of Oscar de la Renta, designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia continue to seek new ways to inject a more relaxed vibe into the label — while maintaining its famous craftsmanship.

This week, the pair put on a rooftop runway show that felt like a sunny Mediterranean vacation — well, once it actually stopped drizzling. There were bold prints, lots of fringe, crocheted dresses and loose, comfy caftans taking their place among the elegant, structured gowns the label is best known for.

The two moods of the collection could perhaps best be sampled by looking at the show’s opening and closing garments, each modeled by a famous Hadid sister.

Backstage after the high-profile show, which drew celebrities like Nicki Minaj (and her mother), Kate Beckinsale and Dianna Agron.

The designers agreed that each season, they’ve experimented just a bit more with the aesthetic of the label’s legendary founder. This time, they thought about all the countries they’d traveled to for inspiration, and then actually made a print from a map of them, which appears on several garments.

“You can see, it goes from Turkey, to Morocco, to China,” Kim said, pointing to a photo on her look board backstage.

A number of the garments had a relaxed, looser fit, and Kim said that had something to do with the weather this year. “It was so hot this summer that I think I personally felt the need for looser clothes,” she said.

Chief among them: Kaftans, perhaps the ideal vacation garment. “We always had kaftans but we never really showed them,” said Kim. “But I’m starting to realize that that’s all I want to wear in summer.”

Colors included a lot of neutrals, but also bold colors like bright canary yellow, and a new terra cotta red. Speaking of canaries, one highly whimsical touch was a white birdcage purse — with a wallet inside, resembling a bird. Not exactly your traditional de la Renta accessory.

Earlier in the week, the Hadid sisters walked in Prabal Gurung’s show.

The designer, who sent models from 35 countries around the globe down his runway on Sunday, chose to represent a world where “all humanity reigns,” according to the Associated Press.  

The fashionable crowd was also treated to the designer’s first-ever menswear collection. Among his men was Anwar Hadid, joined in the show by his supermodel sisters.


Blake Lively makes a surprise trip to Abu Dhabi

Updated 19 November 2018
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Blake Lively makes a surprise trip to Abu Dhabi

  • Blake Lively is the wife of Ryan Reynolds who is currently shooting a film in the UAE capital
  • The pair were spotted at various locations across the city by excited fans while Reynolds posted photos of Lively and the crew enjoying dinner in Abu Dhabi

DUBAI: Hollywood actress and style icon Blake Lively jetted into Abu Dhabi over the weekend to pay her equally famous heartthrob husband, Ryan Reynolds, a visit as he shoots scenes for action movie “6 Underground.”

The pair were spotted at various locations across the city by excited fans while Reynolds posted photos of Lively and the crew enjoying dinner in Abu Dhabi on his Instagram stories.

Reynolds, Latin actress Adria Arjona and a host of other famous faces will be in the city for 30 days to shoot scenes for the Netflix/Skydance Media film.

Arjona took to Instagram to post a series of snaps from the UAE, including shots of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The star, who is best known for her role in the HBO television series “True Detective,” is joined in the film by actors Ben Hardy, Lior Raz, Mélanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins and Manuel Rulfo.

There are more than 300 cast and crew in the country working under award-winning director Michael Bay, whose portfolio includes “Bad Boys,” “Armageddon,” the “Transformer” franchise and “The Rock.”

The cast will shoot at four locations, including the Liwa desert, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al-Khaimah.

 “Shooting in Abu Dhabi is going to be one of the highlights of this production, although you’ll have to wait until the movie hits Netflix to find out why,” Reynolds said in a public statement last week.

“We’ve only been here a few days so far, but the welcome from everyone has been amazing and I can’t wait to explore Abu Dhabi more.”

The movie’s production team includes more than 100 Abu Dhabi-based production specialists, who are working closely with media zone twofour54, which is providing production services.

This is just the latest in a string of blockbusters to use Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE as a location.

Others have included the comedy “War Machine,” starring Brad Pitt, in 2015.

In a statement, Michael Bay said: “Abu Dhabi is a unique place to make a movie, with a lot of great looks.  It’s got the diversity and architecture I need in front of the camera, plus the professional facilities, crew and infrastructure to back it up.  I’m very excited to be shooting here over the next few weeks.