Style and strength meet on Saudi palace catwalk

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The theme of the collection was ‘Acceptance,’ which was the inspiration for the collection’s colors and designs. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 03 December 2018
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Style and strength meet on Saudi palace catwalk

  • Fashion can empower and inspire women, says princess at seasonal design showcase

RIYADH: A catwalk with massive floral decorations, smoke and fog machines, and even confetti cannons, provided a spectacular backdrop as the Saudi fashion house JINO showcased its 2018 fall and winter collection at the palace of Prince Talal bin Saud Al-Saud in Riyadh. The hour-long show on Saturday presented a variety of different pieces inspired by the latest seasonal trends.
Commenting on the event, Princess Noura bint Talal Al-Saud said: “This is our eighth show so far, but every show feels different. It always feels special. There is always more to achieve and more to show. And this collection is no different.”
The theme of the collection was “Acceptance,” which Princess Noura said was the inspiration for the collection’s colors and designs.
“We want every Saudi woman to love herself, love her body, and accept her own beauty. And that is what this collection is about at its core: Accepting ourselves and accepting others for who and what we are and what we look like.” Princess Noura said that the response to the show had been “amazing.”
“It is wonderful that our society has been so open and accepting of positive change without compromising any of our dearest values and traditions,” she said.
The collection featured an array of pieces, ranging from modern jackets, vests and coats, to traditional abayas and cloaks. Many of the garments used on-trend plaid. Designs for the abayas played with color, cut, material and style to create a vibrant, modern look.
Aljohara bint Abdulrahman Alslaiteen, vice president and creative director of JINO, said: “The new collection is based on the season’s main streetwear trends, resulting in creations sporting mixed fabrics that render both bright and chic silhouettes with international appeal. Our strategy is to make every woman feel unique in her own style, which is why we produce every design in limited numbers.”
JINO was created 15 years ago by Princess Noura and Al-Sulaiteen to recreate the concept of Saudi traditional style. Today it is among the leading fashion houses in the Kingdom and internationally.
“Since its foundation, JINO has had contemporary women in mind,” said Princess Noura. “It is fashion that is designed by Saudi women for Saudi women.
“Fashion is an important tool to empower women and strengthen their role in our society as they feel more confident, especially with style that expresses the modern Saudi identity.
“That is our philosophy and with every new collection we try to implement it, working toward a national Saudi sustainable fashion sector in line with Vision 2030,” she said.


Ciara marches to the beat in Zuhair Murad gown

Updated 09 December 2018
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Ciara marches to the beat in Zuhair Murad gown

DUBAI: R&B superstar Ciara took to Instagram to show off a dazzling, Imperial Russian Army-inspired gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad on Saturday night, which she wore to a party at the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
The “Level Up” singer was in town to perform at the inaugural Ball of Arabia, hosted by Vogue Arabia magazine, and took to the stage wearing an edgy black outfit, with her hair in a sleek ponytail.
The star posted a video on Instagram where she shows off her moves with two of her back-up dancers in the background before bursting into laughter offscreen. The “Like A Boy” singer also posted a snap in which she glowed in a silvery blue ensemble by Murad, complete with an Imperial Russian Army-inspired jacket with a bow at the neckline and sequin and beadwork worthy of a Romanov princess.

“Wearing Arabic designer @zuhairmuradofficial to the inaugural Ball of Arabia,” she captioned the series of three shots.
The dazzling outfit hails from Zuhair Murad’s Couture Fall-Winter 2018/19 line.
The 33-year-old star also posted a video in which she dances on a bed in the 7-star hotel that recently underwent refurbishing to restore it to its gold-and-blue glory.
After her stay in the UAE, Ciara is expected to head back to the US where she will host a star-studded New Year’s Eve party in Hollywood during which The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa and Charlie Puth will perform, among a host of other famous names.
Despite her busy schedule, the singer recently told Wonderland magazine’s winter 2018/2019 issue that she would like to have more children.
Ciara — who has Future, four, with her ex-partner, and Sienna, 19 months, with her husband Russell Wilson — would love to add to her family one day but also has a lot of “business goals” she’d like to achieve, The Associated Press reported on Saturday.
She said: “It’d be really cool to do tours with stadiums. And there’s a lot of business goals that I want to accomplish ... hopefully there will be more kids, for sure. Well, you know, I got time! I’m a woman of ambition on a mission, so when the timing is right, of course!”
And the hitmaker feels like she is a “better woman” because of her husband Russell and said that is what marriage should be about.
“Oh, absolutely. I do feel that I’m a better woman because of him. Obviously, I have my own vision for myself, but my husband definitely makes me better and that’s what marriage is about. You both make each other better,” she told the magazine.