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.


Karen Wazen stars in flirty, fun fragrance campaign

Updated 19 January 2019
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Karen Wazen stars in flirty, fun fragrance campaign

DUBAI: Lebanese influencer Karen B. Wazen took to Instagram over the weekend to share her latest advert campaign with British perfume brand Jo Malone.
The stylish blogger shared the video with her 858,000 followers and was quickly inundated with overwhelmingly positive comments on the social media platform.
“So happy to share with you my campaign with @jomalonelondon — ‘You and I together and nothing else matters… Combining nature and love ... Combining two scents... combining two souls’,” she captioned the video.
Directed by Dubai-based influencer and designer Ahmed El-Sayed, who goes by the name @Twistedcurlz on Instagram, the short clip sees Wazen posing for the camera in a park while holding two bottles of the new fragrance.
Wazen shows off biker chic style in the new campaign video, wearing a black leather beret and oversized, boxy leather jacket covered in silver studs.
She draws a heart in the sand, throws fallen leaves at the camera and mouths “I love you” in the flirty, fun clip.

“I loved working on this with you guys,” Wazen added in her caption.
Dubbed a “Cologne Intense,” the new fragrance that Wazen shows off in the video is called “Bronze Wood & Leather” and is described by the brand as a “sultry leather (fragrance) encased in a medley of woods… A rich, enveloping new scent.”
It’s been a busy week for Wazen, who took to Instagram to get involved in the viral #10YearChallenge with a series of snaps.
The blogger shared two side-by-side photos — the first of which was a photo of her posing with her husband, Elias Bakhazi, 10 years ago alongside a more recent shot. “It started when we were young,” she captioned the photographs.
The challenge saw celebrities around the world share decade-old snaps of themselves alongside recent photos to show just how much — and is some cases, how little — they have changed.
However, Wazen isn’t one to just sit back and follow international trends and viral crazes. In December, the successful style star launched her very own range of edgy eyewear featuring 15 designs in a range of retro-to-futuristic styles and colors that are available on karenwazen.com.