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.


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019

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.