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.


Beyoncé in Osman bespoke

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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.


Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

Updated 13 November 2018

Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign

  • Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the Michael Kors campaign
  • The special-edition Whitney bag will be unveiled on Nov. 14

DUBAI: Fashion powerhouse Michael Kors (MK) has enlisted the region’s style icons to unveil an exclusive Middle East design of a limited-edition shoulder bag.

Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the elite portrait series showcasing a special-edition of the Whitney bag, set to be unveiled at an exclusive event in Dubai on Nov. 14.

The beauty queen took to Instagram to announce the stint, where she posted a picture of herself along with other Arab fashion icons strutting the newly redesigned Whitney bag, including Dubai-based influencer Leena Al Ghouti, fashion blogger Ola Faharat, and filmmaker Lana Al Beik..

“So honored to be fronting this @michaelkors campaign for their new Whitney bag. My MK family is here in Dubai all the way from New York for the celebration this week and I couldn’t think of more powerful ladies to share this photograph with,” Kahawaty wrote.

Dubbed as the Whitney, the compact bag is one of the newest additions to the fashion label’s exclusive accessory collection. The bag is crafted in panel-quilted lambskin, accompanied by a sleek chain strap.

“We were able to incorporate a very subtle M-shaped outline, something I’ve been sketching since I was in middle school,” American designer Michael Kors himself said.

The Middle East edition will be released in a rich blue, which Kors described as “the perfect blend of sophistication and luxury for our customers” in the region.

Kors has expressed how the Middle East is an important region for his fashion label, saying “our customers in the Middle East truly love fashion and glamour, which makes it a fun and exciting place to be as a designer.”

MK, widely known for its premium leather handbags, recently bought luxury designer Versace for $2.05 billion, bolstering its position against its larger European rivals.

“With the acquisition of Versace we have created one of the world’s leading fashion and luxury groups,” said John Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors Holdings.

This came a year after it also acquired British stiletto-heel maker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion.