Natalie Portman well-suited to Hedi Slimane’s Celine collection

Natalie Portman at the IndieWire Honors 2018 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)
Updated 05 November 2018
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Natalie Portman well-suited to Hedi Slimane’s Celine collection

DUBAI: Natalie Portman, who was one of eight artists “celebrated for their achievement in creative independence” at Thursday’s IndieWire Honors ceremony in Los Angeles, arrived sporting a daring wardrobe choice: A sharp black suit with a sheer cream blouse by French-Tunisian designer Hedi Slimane from his first collection as creative director for Celine.
How is a black suit daring? Well, other than flying in the face of the Hollywood convention of wearing glittery gowns to award shows, there is the whole issue of Slimane’s controversial collection for Celine.
Slimane, whose father is Tunisian, is known for his skinny suit silhouettes for Saint Laurent and Dior Homme. (The French designer is also known for ruffling the feathers of fashion conventionistas by meddling with the names of fashion houses: he dropped the “Yves” from Saint Laurent and the accented “e” from Celine.)
Carrying his signature look over to Celine, Slimane’s Spring 2019 collection for the label was met with a largely negative reception on the runway at September’s Paris Fashion Week. Some reviewers accused him of being a “one-trick pony,” while others lamented that he overrode the feminine legacy of its previous artistic director, the well-loved Phoebe Philo, with nary a trace of the brand’s DNA to be found.
So the fashion world has been watching and waiting for that all-important celebrity embrace. First up was Dakota Johnson, in a short sequinned red dress at the LA premiere of her movie “Suspiria” about a week ago. And now comes Portman’s endorsement.
Think what you want of Slimane’s Celine, Portman’s rock & roll tuxedo was a fitting choice. After all, she plays a pop star in “Vox Lux,” which has received positive reviews ahead of its general release next month.
“I’ve never worked with someone more prepared or daring,” Brady Corbet, her “Vox Lux” director, wrote for IndieWire ahead of the ceremony. “That commitment and daring is represented in the other equally significant aspects of her life, such as her outspoken political activism, as well as her own work as a filmmaker.”
As for her activism, in April this year Portman, who is an American-Israeli citizen, backed out of receiving the Genesis Prize in Israel, which was using deadly force against protesters on the Gaza border. “I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony,” she wrote on her Instagram account. “Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality and abuse of power.”
Portman chose a more conventionally feminine look for her December cover shoot for “Vanity Fair,” appearing in a metallic gown by Dior.


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019
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Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.