Cardi B wears Ashi Studio in new music video

I t’s been a big year for New York-born rapper Cardi B. (AFP)
Updated 26 December 2018
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Cardi B wears Ashi Studio in new music video

DUBAI: US rapper Cardi B chose a daring gown by Beirut-based fashion house Ashi Studio for her latest music video — and it’s a dress to remember.

In the video, the artist can be seen breastfeeding her baby girl Kulture, who was born in July, while wearing a black, floor-length gown by Ashi Studio’s Saudi-born founder, Mohammed Ashi.

The fishtail dress hails from the label’s autumn/winter 2018-19 couture collection and was chosen as the centerpiece outfit for Cardi B’s music video for her latest single, “Money.”

The star wore a revealing Ashi Studio gown in her latest music video. (Instagram)

It’s been a big year for the New York-born rapper, born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, who was just nominated for five awards at the upcoming 2019 Grammys.

Cardi B is up for Album of the Year for “Invasion of Privacy” and Record of the Year for “I Like It,” as well as nomination nods for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, for “Be Careful,” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You.”

While she is flying high in her career, she is facing troubles at home, however, and just reportedly split with her husband after a little more than a year of marriage.

The rapper’s husband, whose stage name is Offset, became the target of Internet outrage after he interrupted her set at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles on Dec. 15 and asked her to get back together with him after an alleged extra-marital affair.

Cardi B said no, but took to Instagram a day later to say that she wished people wouldn’t bash her daughter’s father, whom she married in September 2017.

On the flip side, it’s been a stellar year for the fashion house behind the daring dress in Cardi B’s new video, as Ashi Studio has dressed some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Ashi Studio designed gowns for supermodel Heidi Klum and Cardi B for their appearances at the 2018 Grammy Awards, with Klum going for a stunning sheer dress and Cardi B turning heads in a custom-made gown, which featured a high-to-low hem, full off-the-shoulder sleeves and multiple, voluminous layers.

The Arab designer’s garments have been worn by countless A-listers in the past, including Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Demi Lovato, Fergie and Ava DuVernay.

Perhaps his biggest fashion score, however, came at the beginning of December when the designer dressed none other than Beyoncé for a Dec. 2 concert in Johannesburg that honored the life of Nelson Mandela.

The superstar wore a ruffled pink dress, with a long train and voluminous, tiered skirt on stage.


Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

Gwyneth Paltrow showed off earrings by Beirut-based brand Yvan Tufenkjian. AFP
Updated 24 April 2019
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

DUBAI: Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Karen Gillan both showed off Arab jewelry brands at this week’s world premiere of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Paltrow showed off statement earrings by Beirut-based jewelry brand Yvan Tufenkjian, which featured teardrop-shaped stones and resembled ear cuffs.

Meanwhile. British actress Gillan boasted a pair of diamond drop earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj at Monday’s Hollywood premiere.

After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time — and their last adventure could shatter all box office records, AFP reported.

“Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe, many of them the creations of late comic book legend Stan Lee.

It hits theaters this week and pundits are predicting a debut weekend that could break records with the first billion-dollar opening in history.

Karen Gillan wore earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj. AFP

That would easily beat out the previous record holder, “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first part of the “Infinity Saga” — as it was dubbed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who has produced every single movie in the franchise — which opened in 2018 with $640.5 million.

After Monday’s star-studded world premiere in Hollywood, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assembled for a final time with Feige at the TCL Chinese Theatre, where they signed blocks of cement and marked them with handprints.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Ruffalo — who attempted a handstand while waiting for the cement to set — said of the 10-year project.

The 21 preceding films have earned about $19 billion globally, and though “Endgame” marks the end of the current narrative arc, Marvel Studios is far from through.

Even as they mark the end of what Johansson called a “wonderful” experience, Marvel Studios has already announced several new projects: in addition to sequels for “Spider-Man,” “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange,” there will also be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” the second Marvel universe film to give a female character solo top billing.

“The fun thing about an ending is that you eventually get to do a new beginning,” Feige told AFP.

“So yes, there will be a new beginning, but right now, it’s about this combination of 22 movies. That’s what we’re most excited for.”

In preparation for the marvelous cinematic conclusion, “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Twitter to post a letter to “the greatest fans in the world.”

“This is it,” they wrote. “This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.”