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

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.

Lebanese icon hits right notes in Saudi debut

Updated 29 min 52 sec ago

Lebanese icon hits right notes in Saudi debut

  • Wael Kfoury has the audience enthralled during the show

JEDDAH: Lebanese singer-songwriter Wael Kfoury, dubbed “the king of romance,” charmed his Saudi audience on Sunday in his first concert in the Kingdom, which was held at King Abdullah Sports City as part of the Jeddah Season festival.

Kfoury, who has been active for more than 25 years and has 17 albums, won Best Arabic Male Singer at the Arab Nation Music Awards in 2017.

He gained popularity in 1996 after releasing the song “Min Habibi Ana,” a duet with Lebanese pop singer Nawal Al-Zoghbi.

At Sunday’s concert, Kfoury modified his song “Yis’id Sabahak” to pay tribute to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Kingdom’s people.

The audience was extremely enthusiastic, chanting Kfoury’s name, cheering with excitement and singing along to every song.

Fans said they were very happy to have the Lebanese icon perform in the Kingdom for the first time, and thanked the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) for its efforts to provide high-quality entertainment in Saudi Arabia.


Wael Kfoury won Best Arabic Male Singer at the Arab Nation Music Awards in 2017.

“We’re so happy to have him here. I’m one of his biggest fans. Many thanks to the GEA, which brought us events that we really wanted in Jeddah,” said Dima Rasheed.

Abdullah Qabel said: “We were raised listening to Kfoury’s songs when were younger. We’re very happy to be here and attend his concert in our country. Many thanks to the GEA for making all these events available for us. I look forward to more.”

Ebraheem Moawad said: “It was an amazing experience. I’d like to thank the GEA because I never thought I could see these artists in Saudi Arabia. I always thought I should travel to see them, but seeing them in my country is amazing.”

Mona Abdullah said: “I never thought I’d attend a Kfoury concert in Saudi Arabia. I’d always imagined I had to travel to attend his concerts. I was very excited to attend. Kfoury has been one of my favorite artists since I was 10 years old.”

Lamya Ajaj said: “Kfoury is one of the most significant artists to me, and he has so many fans here. I was so happy he came to Saudi Arabia. 

“Jeddah Season’s efforts are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, from the various exciting shows and organizing, to the professional and helpful volunteers.”