Kuwait’s designer to the stars dresses Maria Menounos

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The popular TV host is a journalist, actress and occasional WWE wrestler. AFP
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The popular TV host is a journalist, actress and occasional WWE wrestler. AFP
Updated 03 November 2018
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Kuwait’s designer to the stars dresses Maria Menounos

DUBAI: US actress, journalist and TV host Maria Menounos stepped out on the red carpet in Washington last week wearing a dress by designer-of-the-moment Yousef Al-Jasmi.
The television personality, who has even taken to the WWE ring in the past, wore a shimmering gown by the Kuwaiti designer to the American Valor ceremony held last week to honor US veterans.
Menounos chose a beaded, figure-hugging blush gown for the evening and wore her hair loose and poker-straight.

She isn’t the only celebrity to have fallen for the Gulf-based fashion house, queen of the catwalk Naomi Campbell wore a sparkling minidress by Yousef Al-Jasmi to a Halloween party in New York last week too.
Campbell glittered in a silver, almost sheer, dress with a peekaboo cutout and cold-shoulder details. The fashion icon went for an equally glamorous beauty look, with sparkling silver eyeshadow and pink lips for the party on Monday night.
Al-Jasmi has dressed some of the brightest stars in the entertainment and fashion industries as of late, with everyone from Kelly Rowland to Kylie Jenner sporting his signature bedazzled looks.
In October, Rowland attended a charity event in Los Angles wearing a glittering, rose gold gown by the designer, with a high collar and slit at the back. She accented the figure-hugging dress with a pair of dazzling earrings and slicked-back hair.
Meanwhile, legendary singer Mariah Carey chose a black, embellished dress by the designer for October’s American Music Awards. It was a dramatic choice due to its sheer skirt and flamboyant feathered detailing.
In September, makeup mogul and reality TV star Kylie Jenner took to Instagram to build up hype for her latest cosmetics launch — and she wore a catsuit by none other than Al-Jasmi.
For his part, the designer took to Instagram to share the promotional image of Jenner and her best friend, Jordyn Woods, in which both celebrities are wearing outfits from his collection.
Woods is pictured wearing a mini dress with revealing cut outs, while new mother Jenner wore a dazzling, fitted catsuit.
It isn’t the first time the Kardashian sibling has worn a show-stopping dress by the designer — she previously stepped out in a barely there, silver number designed by Al-Jasmi during New York Fashion Week in 2016.
And if those stars aren’t enough to prove Al-Jasmi is a force to be reckoned with, he has also dressed the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez.


‘I love Zuhair,’ J. Lo gushes about Lebanon’s designer to the stars

“I love Zuhair, he’s probably my favorite,” Jennifer Lopez said in an interview clip shared on the fashion house's Instagram. (AFP)
Updated 22 July 2019
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‘I love Zuhair,’ J. Lo gushes about Lebanon’s designer to the stars

DUBAI: US superstar Jennifer Lopez is bringing her It’s My Party World Tour to Egypt on Aug. 9 and sat down for an interview with event organizer Venture Lifestyle, in which she revealed that Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad is one of her all-time favorites.

The fashion house shared a clip of the conversation on Instagram, in which interviewer Rabih Mockbel sat down with the singer-actress-dancer.

“I love Zuhair, he’s probably my favorite,” Lopez said in the interview, before going on to shed light on the moment she discovered the Lebanese talent.

“I discovered him years ago when I was doing a show somewhere. I was doing a show and I was so jetlagged and I was up in the middle of the night watching Fashion TV, which they had in this country I was in, and he had this beautiful show and I was like, ‘Who is this guy?’”

Lopez went on to explain the hurdles she faced when trying to get in touch with Murad, who doesn’t seem to have been a household name at the time.

 

“I came back (to the US) and I said, ‘Do you guys know Zuhair Murad?’ and nobody knew who he was, none of the stylists, nobody in the United States knew who he was. I was like, ‘You have to get me this dress for the Met Ball,” she said, referring to the Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York and one of the fashion world’s most eagerly anticipated events.  

“I wore his dress to the Met Ball and after that, I just started using him for everything — he designed my last tour — we just have a great relationship. He’s a beautiful man, a beautiful designer,” Lopez added.

Murad isn’t the only Lebanese designer to have caught Lopez’s eye, however.

She kicked off her world tour on June 7 with a showcase of costumes designed by the who’s who of Lebanon’s fashion scene.

The “Jenny from the Block” singer took to the stage in a variety of outfits, one of which was a neon green bodysuit by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran, which she paired with matching thigh-high boots by Lebanese shoemaker Andrea Wazen.

Lopez also performed in a sparkling blue bodysuit by Murad.

The custom-made fringed bodysuit featured dazzling blue beading, which she paired with a silky bomber jacket scattered over with deep blue rhinestones.

She is also known to be a fan of Lebanese couturier Elie Saab, having sported his gowns on many a red carpet, and even posed for People magazine’s December issue wearing a sheer dress by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi.