Beyoncé ‘runs the world’ in yet another Arab designer’s creation

The superstar singer just wrapped up a world tour. (Getty Images)
Updated 05 November 2018

Beyoncé ‘runs the world’ in yet another Arab designer’s creation

DUBAI: Dressing Beyoncé is every designer’s dream and it just came true for Sara Al-Saud, the creative force behind LA-based fashion label Death by Dolls.
Born to Saudi parents in London, the designer created a custom-made look for one of the superstar’s Halloween outfits.
Beyoncé wore a pink leotard and dressed up as legendary athlete Florence Griffith–Joyner, who set a record in the 100-meter sprint in the 1988 Summer Olympics.
“Thanks to everyone that worked so tirelessly to make it happen,” the brand posted on its Instagram account, alongside photos of Beyoncé in the costume.


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Griffith–Joyner’s daughter, Mary Joyner, took to Instagram to thank Beyoncé for the tribute, saying, “Thank you for giving my mom the recognition, paying the homage and keeping my mother’s memory alive.”
The designer behind the outfit spoke to Vogue Arabia last year and told the magazine that her Saudi roots inspired her.
“Growing up in London — one of the fashion capitals of the world — and being of Saudi origin, where fashion has always been the staple of any social gathering or event, have definitely inspired my aesthetic,” Al-Saud said.
Beyoncé has turned to the Middle East for sartorial style on more than one occasion in recent days, including on a red carpet at a charity event in Los Angeles in October at which she flaunted a black velvet jacket by Lebanese label Elie Saab. The belted piece featured embellishments on the shoulder and a plunging neckline and hailed from the label’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.
She was also recently photographed wearing a bespoke black minidress by London-based designer Osman Yousefzada.


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Earlier this year, Beyoncé called for a greater acceptance of naturally curvy figures, saying she was listening more to her body after giving birth to twins by Caesarean section last year.
The 36-year-old pop superstar, one of the most photographed women in the world, posed for a summer issue of Vogue magazine without makeup, hair extensions or wigs.
“I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies,” she said in an accompanying essay published in August.


Rihanna to launch her own luxury fashion label

Updated 17 January 2019

Rihanna to launch her own luxury fashion label

  • Rihanna is in secret talks with the French giant LVMH, according to Women’s Wear Daily
  • LVMH owns brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Givenchy

PARIS: Pop idol Rihanna is preparing to launch her own luxury brand with the world’s biggest fashion conglomerate, according to reports Thursday.
The Barbados-born superstar, who already has her own highly successful Fenty sportswear label, is in secret talks with the French giant LVMH, according to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).
The industry bible said the group, which owns such iconic brands as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Givenchy, is assembling a gang of top designers for the project.
LVMH, which is owned by the fashion titan Bernard Arnault, said they could not comment.
With her huge fan base and tens of millions of social media followers, Rihanna is one of the most powerful style influencers on the planet.
A regular on the front row of fashion shows, and particularly at Dior in Paris, the singer has also proved herself to be a canny creator.
As well as her Fenty line she upped sales at Puma when she became its creative director and has also dipped her toe into lingerie.
Her Fenty Beauty operation — which involved a hook-up with LVMH — racked up sales of more than $100 dollars (88 million euros) within weeks of its 2016 launch.
WWD said that her planned luxury brand, which will take in ready-to-wear as well as leather goods and accessories, could be launched alongside her ninth album later this year.
A new large-scale luxury label — especially one led by a black woman — would be a huge development in the fashion world.
The top end of the market has been traditionally hogged by historic French and Italian houses.
Despite its dominance, LVMH has not started a luxury brand from scratch since Christian Lacroix in 1987.
Black American designers have, however, been making dramatic inroads of late, with Virgil Abloh the most talked about designer at Paris men’s fashion week.
The creator, whose parents come from Ghana, now heads LVMH’s treasured Louis Vuitton menswear line as well as his own hugely cool Off-White Label.
Rihanna, 30, who shot to fame with her “Music of the Sun” and “Good Girl Gone Bad” albums, is locked in a legal battle with her father over the use of the Fenty name.
She is suing her father Ronald Fenty over the use of the family name in his company, Fenty Entertainment, according to reports on Wednesday.