Emily Blunt glitters in Osman Yousefzada design

Emily Blunt stars in ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ which will hit theaters in late December. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 05 December 2018
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Emily Blunt glitters in Osman Yousefzada design

DUBAI: Hollywood actress Emily Blunt made an appearance on US television’s The Ellen Show this week, wearing a glittering top by British designer Osman Yousefzada.
The Birmingham-born designer, who is of Afghan descent, founded his namesake label OSMAN in 2008 and has gone on to make a name for himself on the British fashion scene.
Blunt is the latest in a long line of stars to show off clothes from his label and chose the sparkling black “Amos” top from the designer’s collection. The blouse features a high-necked collar, bow details on the back and is covered with sequins.

Blunt wore the top with casual jeans and strappy black heels for her appearance on The Ellen Show, where she was promoting her latest film, “Mary Poppins Returns.”
The film, set some 20 years after the original movie made actress Julie Andrews a star, was named as one of the 10 best films of 2018 by the American Film Institute on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
The honors are among the first to be handed out during Hollywood’s awards seasons, which continues with Golden Globe nominations on Thursday through the Academy Awards in February.
The film had its world premiere in Los Angeles last week, featuring a new cast and new music but with a nostalgic nod to the original.
The 1964 film “Mary Poppins” starring Andrews and Dick Van Dyke as a cheerful chimney sweep brought a best actress Oscar for Andrews and an award-winning score of songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” that have become classics.
In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Blunt plays the firm but kind singing nanny who descends on London in the early 20th century to take care of the children of the now adult Banks siblings from the 1964 film.
Like the original, “Mary Poppins Returns” features fantasy sequences and plenty of dance numbers. It even brings back the animated dancing penguins.
“It really is a trip down nostalgia lane and paying homage to these incredible movies that we all grew up watching that are so representative of everything we remember as children,” Blunt told reporters on the red carpet, according to Reuters.
“Yet we’re doing something new, and I think it’s a film that’s just full of feeling and full of joy.”
“Hamilton” rap musical creator Lin-Manuel Miranda takes on the role played by Van Dyke in 1964, but as a young lamp lighter rather than a chimney sweep. Van Dyke, 92, who was given a standing ovation by the Hollywood audience on Thursday, has a cameo as a kindly, tap-dancing banker.
Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” marks the first time in 54 years that the character, who was created in books written by P.L. Travers in the 1930s and 1940s, has been revisited on film. The story was turned into a Broadway and London stage musical 15 years ago.


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.