Stars get tickled pink at the Emmys

TV star Yara Shahidi wore a Gucci gown. AFP
Updated 19 September 2018
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Stars get tickled pink at the Emmys

  • There were princess looks and stars pretty in pink, liquid metallics and in reliable red for TV’s big night at the Emmy Awards
  • TV star Yara Shahidi wore a sugar pink Gucci gown

DUBAI: There were princess looks and stars pretty in pink, liquid metallics and in reliable red for TV’s big night at the Emmy Awards.
TV star Yara Shahidi, whose father is Iranian-born, wore a sugar pink Gucci gown, complete with floral embellishments and crystal detailing on the floor-length skirt.
Claire Foy in custom Calvin Klein by Appointment, Jessica Biel in ruffled Ralph & Russo and Scarlett Johansson in Balmain represented in white Monday, as did RuPaul in a jacket adorned with Andy Warhol designs of black Statues of Liberty on one side.
Yellow came in a variety of shades, from neon (Regina King) to mustard (16-year-old Gaten Matarazzo) to gold (Gwendoline Christie) to the lightest Easter hue, worn by a few.
And then there was Tracee Ellis Ross. Love her or scorn her in voluminous Valentino Haute Couture with a puffy top that surely set a world record.
“I almost shed a tear when she hit the carpet,” Julee Wilson, fashion and beauty director for Essence magazine, told the Associated Press of Shahidi’s “black-ish” co-star. “She cements her status as a style icon every time she gets dressed. But then again, she was birthed by Diana Ross, so it makes sense.”
Other best-dressed votes for Ellis Ross rolled in after the parade of fashion on the Emmys gold carpet in Los Angeles.
“If you plan to make the carpet all yours, it makes sense to go all out and do the volume of Valentino Haute Couture,” said Avril Graham, executive fashion and beauty editor for Harper’s Bazaar. “Absolutely perfect.”
It was bright pink. It had volume to spare all the way to the ground.
Erin Cunningham, senior fashion editor for the millennial-focused style site Refinery29, lauded Ellis Ross for never holding back, fashion wise, but also among her top looks was actress Poppy Delevingne in seafoam, ruffle-caped Giambattista Valli couture. It included an oversized silhouette that began just above the knee.
“The color is unexpected and a rarity on the red carpet, and she topped the look off with a cute ribbon bow in her hair,” Cunningham said.
Delevingne also sported $200,000 worth of Amwaj citrine and diamond earrings, plus rings.
Cunningham noted pink had a renaissance in shades that felt less saccharine than usual, including Ellis Ross and Shahidi.
“There was Tracee’s magenta dress, Leslie Jones’ holographic Christian Siriano suit (in pink and blue) and Thandie Newton’s one-sleeved bubblegum pink gown,” she said, referring to Newton’s one-shoulder Brandon Maxwell that looped at the neck in a long cape effect on one side.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid wore the look on Maxwell’s recent New York Fashion Week runway.
So where do these people shop? Well, while others ripped their outfits off runways or wore custom gowns, Meghan Mullally purchased her Carolina Herrera sheer black look with floral detailing online. Kristen Bell wore a classic white column gown from an unexpected brand, Solace London.
While basic black is always abundant, Wilson had kind words for Keri Russell of “The Americans,” for elevating the color in Zuhair Murad couture. It was beaded black crepe with a peplum ruffle in feathers atop a black pleated chiffon skirt.


Startup of the Week: Fusion of different world cultures

Updated 18 December 2018
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Startup of the Week: Fusion of different world cultures

  • The Boho Factory aims to fuse unique designs and trends from different cultures around the world with the Saudi culture

The Bohemian or boho clothing style is fast gaining popularity in the Kingdom. It is a beautiful fusion of authentic hippie gypsy style and many other cultures from around the world particularly African and Indian.
The word bohemian describes the non-traditional way of living. It first appeared in the English language in the 19th century.
The media revolution has given rise to a new global culture without any boundaries. The youth around the world today think more globally than their predecessors and Saudi youngsters are no exception.
Two Saudi sisters, Lujain and Sara Al-Nahdi, teamed up to create a new Saudi boho brand called “The Boho Factory” in April 2018.
The Jeddah-based sisters began their venture with the slogan “All things bohemian.” They offer a wide variety of bohemian designs with embroidery and embellishments on shirts, jackets, beachwear, Ramadan thobes, trousers, clutches, bags, sandals and earrings.
Most of their products are comfortable and stylish and represent the fast-evolving modern global culture.
Lujain said: “Growing up in a family that loves traveling and discovering new exotic destinations, instilled in us a passion for culture, unity and appreciation of beauty through communities across the globe.’’
The Boho Factory aims to fuse unique designs and trends from different cultures around the world with the Saudi culture.
“As a Saudi Arabia-based brand, we wish to share stories about the Saudi culture with the world. Our next collection of clothing will embody Saudi tribal and Bedouin designs.”
The creative duo wants to introduce the world’s authentic designs and cultures to Saudis and to serve as a bridge between different cultures and communities using the fashion industry.
The Saudi sisters are eager to showcase the beauty of a diverse world through their designs to reflect the lavish yet simple concepts in fashion.
Lujain said: “We are constantly eager to reflect the universal beauty and connection through our clothing lines and vibes.’’
The Boho Factory provides unique designs of Wayuu bags and embroidered denim jackets.
Lojain said: “Some designs are designed locally in-house by us and some are designed in collaboration with artisans and communities who reside across different continents.”
They believe that a clothing line that has a story to tell and can identify with a culture can conquer hearts everywhere. What distinguishes the bohemian style from other styles is the way it associates with exotic locations and festival dresses, it suits all seasons of the year but is often suitable for the summer and spring, seasons of bright, vibrant and rich colors.
The sisters use integrated designs from Colombia, Thailand, Mexico and India, which include the use of authentic textiles, symbols and colors representing each country and more importantly the bohemian vibes.
With the exotic, carefully handmade designs the Boho Factory takes one to places; from the Far West to the Far East.
The store is planning to expand its reach by displaying its products on different e-commerce platforms.