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.


Karen Wazen stars in flirty, fun fragrance campaign

Updated 19 January 2019
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Karen Wazen stars in flirty, fun fragrance campaign

DUBAI: Lebanese influencer Karen B. Wazen took to Instagram over the weekend to share her latest advert campaign with British perfume brand Jo Malone.
The stylish blogger shared the video with her 858,000 followers and was quickly inundated with overwhelmingly positive comments on the social media platform.
“So happy to share with you my campaign with @jomalonelondon — ‘You and I together and nothing else matters… Combining nature and love ... Combining two scents... combining two souls’,” she captioned the video.
Directed by Dubai-based influencer and designer Ahmed El-Sayed, who goes by the name @Twistedcurlz on Instagram, the short clip sees Wazen posing for the camera in a park while holding two bottles of the new fragrance.
Wazen shows off biker chic style in the new campaign video, wearing a black leather beret and oversized, boxy leather jacket covered in silver studs.
She draws a heart in the sand, throws fallen leaves at the camera and mouths “I love you” in the flirty, fun clip.

“I loved working on this with you guys,” Wazen added in her caption.
Dubbed a “Cologne Intense,” the new fragrance that Wazen shows off in the video is called “Bronze Wood & Leather” and is described by the brand as a “sultry leather (fragrance) encased in a medley of woods… A rich, enveloping new scent.”
It’s been a busy week for Wazen, who took to Instagram to get involved in the viral #10YearChallenge with a series of snaps.
The blogger shared two side-by-side photos — the first of which was a photo of her posing with her husband, Elias Bakhazi, 10 years ago alongside a more recent shot. “It started when we were young,” she captioned the photographs.
The challenge saw celebrities around the world share decade-old snaps of themselves alongside recent photos to show just how much — and is some cases, how little — they have changed.
However, Wazen isn’t one to just sit back and follow international trends and viral crazes. In December, the successful style star launched her very own range of edgy eyewear featuring 15 designs in a range of retro-to-futuristic styles and colors that are available on karenwazen.com.