The Six: Fashion Rewind 2018

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Updated 31 December 2018
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The Six: Fashion Rewind 2018

We take a look at some of the biggest Middle East-related fashion and beauty moments of 2018.
Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh
The international press descended on Riyadh in April as trunk shows and runway presentations by the likes of Roberto Cavalli and Arab designers sparked global headlines.

Fenty Beauty in Saudi Arabia
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty launched in Saudi Arabia’s Sephora stores in April. Excited fans had even more reason to celebrate when, come September, Rihanna landed in Dubai for a makeup workshop.

Hedi Slimane takes over Celine
Earlier this year, the fashion world went wild when French designer Hedi Slimane, who is of Tunisian descent, took over the reins at the label. He dropped the accent on Celine’s “e” and released his first collection in September.

Dolce & Gabbana in Dubai
Dolce & Gabbana’s first-ever runway show in the Middle East was a colorful event to remember at The Dubai Mall on Oct. 7.

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Off White opens in the UAE
Fashion magazines churned out endless headlines when US streetwear brand Off-White, led by Virgil Abloh, opened its first store in The Dubai Mall in October.

Huda Beauty expands
Founders Huda and Mona Kattan launched their first-ever fragrance on Nov. 16, a move that implies we can expect much more from the brand than just makeup.

 


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019
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Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.