Models make their way to Milan

Halima Aden is set to touch down in Italy. AFP
Updated 19 September 2018
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Models make their way to Milan

DUBAI: The who’s who of the fashion world, including Somali-American model Halima Aden and Lebanese-Australian influencer Jessica Kahawaty, have touched down in Italy for Milan Fashion Week.

The event kicked off on Wednesday with cutting-edge couturiers taking over the city to present their women’s ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2019 collections, while doffing a collective cap to the environment.

Aden took to Instagram to share her excitement, while Kahawaty has posted various snapshots of herself posing around the city.

Following on the high heels of New York and London fashion weeks, and ahead of the biggest of them all in Paris, Milan’s catwalk season will see dozens of shows by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Versace, Cavalli, Armani and Fendi, AFP reported.

Notably absent will be Gucci, which this year escapes to Paris so creative director Alessandro Michele can pay homage to the City of Light that inspired his new collection.

Gucci, founded in Florence in 1921, will nevertheless host an exclusive performance by iconoclast Scottish dancer and choreographer Michael Clark at its Milan offices on Wednesday.


Some renowned designers will be absent, such as Emilio Pucci and Trussardi, while others will return, like Philipp Plein and Iceberg, along with some surprises such as 1990s sportswear giant Fila.

Last year’s collaboration with Fendi, which saw the two brands’ logos playfully mingled by artist Hey Reilly, catapulted Fila back into the limelight.

Continuing the trend of mixing street fashion with haute couture, French couturier Louis Vuitton in March appointed Virgil Abloh as director of its menswear collection.

Ghanaian-American Abloh previously created the Off-White brand, coveted by hip-hop artists.

While fashion houses put on exhibitions on the sidelines of Fashion Week, including by French photographer Sarah Moon at Armani’s museum, the week’s overarching theme is sustainable development or so-called Green Fashion.

The Italian Fashion Chamber of Commerce, which organizes most of the week’s events, will hand out the Green Carpet Fashion Awards to the most environmentally friendly fashion houses, according to AFP.

Celebrities and key industry figures will attend the awards ceremony at the world-famous Scala Theatre — dress code green — on Sunday, the climax of the week’s more than 60 catwalk shows and 90 presentations.

While the fashion world is not known for particularly caring about the environment, British luxury fashion group Burberry last week announced that it would stop burning unsold goods — an industry-wide practice.

Burberry and its peers routinely burn tens of millions of dollars worth of products every year to maintain the exclusivity and luxury mystique of their brands.

Environmental concerns notwithstanding, fashion houses will also be battling it out for who can put on the most extravagant, exclusive and, of course, fashionable show.


Jennifer Lopez glows in a Rami Kadi gown

Updated 16 December 2018
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Jennifer Lopez glows in a Rami Kadi gown

DUBAI: US singer and all-around superstar Jennifer Lopez posed for People magazine’s December issue wearing a gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi — and that’s not the only regional fashion label she’s turned to this festive season.
Lopez wore a white, fitted dress by Lebanese designer Elie Saab to the after party of the world premiere of her latest film, “Second Act,” in New York on Dec. 12.
The belted gown featured a plunging neckline and flowing skirt and hails from the label’s ready-to-wear spring/summer 2019 collection.
She was in New York for the premiere of her latest film, which tells the story of a retail manager who loses out on a promotion to a university-educated candidate. Lopez’s character then sets out to prove that being street smart is as valuable as being book smart. The film will hit US theaters on Dec. 21, just in time for the Christmas movie rush.
While the star looked winter-ready in her Elie Saab gown, her Rami Kadi-designed dress was decidedly more daring with its nude illusion fabric and head-to-toe sparkle.

Lopez showed off the floor-length ensemble in a photo shoot for US celebrity gossip magazine, People.
In its latest issue, set to hit shelves on Dec. 24, Lopez poses on a wooden table in a luscious green garden alongside her boyfriend, former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
The hand-embroidered, fishtail gown is embellished with crystals and made of semi-sheer fabric.
In the interview accompanying the photographs, Lopez opened up about her bond with Rodriguez and her past relationships.
In the wake of her divorce from singer Marc Anthony in 2014, Lopez said she went through a period of soul searching. “I was done blaming other people — he did this or he did that — and I said to myself, no, it’s you,” she told the magazine.
“I grew up sharing a bed with my sisters from the time I was born, (and then) it was one boyfriend, and then another, and then a husband, and (so on), and I realized you’ve never been alone,” Lopez added.
“Until I could really learn to be happy on my own and love myself, these relationships were never going to work out, no matter what. That was a big turning point for me.”
Lopez told the magazine that her relationship with Rodriguez is different to her previous high-profile pairings.
“It wasn’t until I met Alex that I felt like, ‘Ok, I can be in a relationship again,’” she says.
“Everything feels healthy and different…We bring something to each other’s lives that is profound, good and healthy.”