Jennifer Lopez glows in a Rami Kadi gown

Jennifer Lopez attends a photo call for STX Films’ “Second Act” at The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on December 09.(AFP)
Updated 16 December 2018
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Jennifer Lopez glows in a Rami Kadi gown

DUBAI: US singer and all-around superstar Jennifer Lopez posed for People magazine’s December issue wearing a gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi — and that’s not the only regional fashion label she’s turned to this festive season.
Lopez wore a white, fitted dress by Lebanese designer Elie Saab to the after party of the world premiere of her latest film, “Second Act,” in New York on Dec. 12.
The belted gown featured a plunging neckline and flowing skirt and hails from the label’s ready-to-wear spring/summer 2019 collection.
She was in New York for the premiere of her latest film, which tells the story of a retail manager who loses out on a promotion to a university-educated candidate. Lopez’s character then sets out to prove that being street smart is as valuable as being book smart. The film will hit US theaters on Dec. 21, just in time for the Christmas movie rush.
While the star looked winter-ready in her Elie Saab gown, her Rami Kadi-designed dress was decidedly more daring with its nude illusion fabric and head-to-toe sparkle.

Lopez showed off the floor-length ensemble in a photo shoot for US celebrity gossip magazine, People.
In its latest issue, set to hit shelves on Dec. 24, Lopez poses on a wooden table in a luscious green garden alongside her boyfriend, former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
The hand-embroidered, fishtail gown is embellished with crystals and made of semi-sheer fabric.
In the interview accompanying the photographs, Lopez opened up about her bond with Rodriguez and her past relationships.
In the wake of her divorce from singer Marc Anthony in 2014, Lopez said she went through a period of soul searching. “I was done blaming other people — he did this or he did that — and I said to myself, no, it’s you,” she told the magazine.
“I grew up sharing a bed with my sisters from the time I was born, (and then) it was one boyfriend, and then another, and then a husband, and (so on), and I realized you’ve never been alone,” Lopez added.
“Until I could really learn to be happy on my own and love myself, these relationships were never going to work out, no matter what. That was a big turning point for me.”
Lopez told the magazine that her relationship with Rodriguez is different to her previous high-profile pairings.
“It wasn’t until I met Alex that I felt like, ‘Ok, I can be in a relationship again,’” she says.
“Everything feels healthy and different…We bring something to each other’s lives that is profound, good and healthy.”


Fashion rolls up for Dior’s chic strongwoman circus

Italian actress Asia Argento presents a creation by Antonio Grimaldi during the 2019 Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection fashion show in Paris, on January 21, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 22 January 2019
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Fashion rolls up for Dior’s chic strongwoman circus

  • “The circus is a world of its own, which passes from town to town, changing each one a little as it goes — a bit like fashion week,” the creator added

PARIS: Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri took Christian Dior to the circus Monday with arguably her most sublimely balanced collection for the Paris haute couture label.
A troupe of all-female acrobats of all body shapes led out the show inside a retro big top — complete with harlequin-pattern floor — built in the gardens of the Rodin Museum in the center of the French capital.
Chiuri is the first woman ever to lead the mythic French label, and her feminism is never far away.
All her nearly 70 models wore glittery skullcaps fastened under their chins — think aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart meets commedia dell’arte character Pierrot.
But there was nothing remotely clownish about the muted elegance of the clothes, featuring lashings of embroidery and beadwork, to summon up the spirit of the circus-set 1917 ballet “Parade.”
That legendary show pooled the talents of Pablo Picasso — who did the sets and costumes — the composer Erik Satie, writer Jean Cocteau and Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes.
Chiuri’s designs mixed the romantic and the muscular, cutting her dreamy organza and tulle dresses with whip smart ringmaster and lion-tamer jackets, leather corsets and high-wire jumpsuits.
“Every look has its own personality, just like circus characters,” she told AFP, “brave, funny, happy and sad.”
“The circus is a world of its own, which passes from town to town, changing each one a little as it goes — a bit like fashion week,” the creator added.

The tattooed lady, that staple of the Victorian sideshow, also got a drum roll with a look inspired by Maud Wagner, America’s first known female tattoo artist.
The designer, who sports a few herself, floated surrealist neck tattoos in a previous show.
Critics predicted her silk bandage roll gowns and architectural tutus would also be a hit with haute couture’s super-rich clientele, the only people who can afford the handmade creations which are shown only in Paris.
Chiuri said she took her powdery palette from the stage curtain Picasso painted for “Parade,” with bolder colors almost having to fight their way through what she called the “fine dust that sprinkles stage clothes.”
The designer has put her unabashed feminism at the core of the brand since she took the reins at Dior in 2016.
Previous shows have involved collaborations with women writers, musicians and choreographers.
This time she worked with the female-led British acrobat company Mimbre.
Chiuri said she was struck by how inclusive the circus world was, and how it offered “a possible equality... where beauty, origin, gender and age are no longer important. Only technique and daring matter.”
It was this that inspired the collection’s necklaces and bracelets of interlocking gold hands. An acrobat “puts their life in the hands of another, you have to really trust each other,” she said.
Feminism was the big theme of the day on the Paris catwalks, with Italian actress and #MeToo campaigner Asia Argento taking a starring role in her Roman neighbor Antonio Grimaldi’s spring/summer collection.
She wore an asymmetrically cut white sleeveless dress adorned with ostrich feathers designed to show off her tattoos as a cheeky take on the wedding dresses that traditionally close couture shows.
While Grimaldi praised her courage and “unconventional spirit,” Argento told AFP that she “loved his sculptural couture.”
Few designers anywhere, however, can match the sculptural verve of the Dutch Iris van Herpen, whose gravity-defying creations were the fruit of collaboration with New York artist and former NASA engineer Kim Keever.
Azzaro and Giambatista Valli rounded off the first day of the Paris haute couture shows that follow a week of menswear collections.
Both went with a leggy look, with tight bow mini dresses from Valli — some with parachute sleeves — that he developed out into full ball gowns.
He also topped a series of full-length sheath dresses with fezzes.
Azzaro too toyed with bows in a mostly two-tone black and white riff on the short skirt and the classic “le smoking” dinner jacket.