The Six: Ones to watch in 2019

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Updated 31 December 2018
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The Six: Ones to watch in 2019

DUBAI: Here are just a few of the change-making talents you should keep an eye on in 2019.

Taleedah Tamer
Teenage Saudi model Taleedah Tamer caused a stir when she made her debut at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris in July, walking the runway for Italian designer Antonio Grimaldi.

Arwa Al-Banawi
The Saudi fashion designer kickstarted endless headlines when, at the end of 2018, Will Smith visited her store in Dubai and she starred in an E! TV reality show.

Rawsan Hallak
You can catch the Jordanian comedian on Netflix’s new show, “Comedians of the World.” She previously told Arab News she is proud to represent hijab-wearing women in comedy.

Marwan Kenzari
He may be the bad guy, but the Tunisian-Dutch actor who plays Jafar in 2019’s live-action “Aladdin” has sparked an international flurry of memes and tweets about his good looks.

Nur Alf
The up-and-coming Jordanian singer-songwriter released a handful of tracks on SoundCloud and is garnering attention with her soulful, raspy-edged, sound.

Maya Reaidy
The Lebanese beauty queen was one of just two Arabs to compete at the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in December. The 22-year-old pharmacy student already has more than 200,000 followers on Instagram and could translate her pageant fame into further success.

 


Hadid sisters mix things up in Milan

Updated 16 June 2019
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Hadid sisters mix things up in Milan

  • The looks play on the fashion house’s iconic bondage moment, mixing the shiny leather with more mundane looks, like blazers and jacket
  • Versace dedicated the show to Keith Flint of the British band The Prodigy, a friend of Versace’s who died earlier this year

DUBAI: Model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid took to the runway for Italian fashion house Versace in Milan on Saturday, as the label showed off its mix-and-match Spring/Summer 2020 line.

Dontatella Versace has tapped the soul of fashion house founded by her brother, the late Gianni Versace, with animal prints and loud fluorescents, The Associated Press reported.

The looks play on the fashion house’s iconic bondage moment, mixing the shiny leather with more mundane looks, like blazers and jacket. A shimmery leopard men’s top embroidered with Gianni Versace’s signature in silver peeks out of a knit vest, with black trousers and a cross-body bag that embrace femininity. Shimmery leopard prints were paired with slim trousers patterned with ancient vases.

“It is more about the confidence a guy has to express himself in a more flexible way,” said head menswear designer Ashley Fletcher.

The flexibility was clear as models including Gigi, her sister Bella and Irina Shayk exhibited the same looks: Gigi Hadid, for example, wearing a belted leather trench with hardware details over bare legs but with the same blue shirt and tie as the men — who also showed leg with the same look but with Bermuda shorts. Suit coats and jackets for him and her featured half-and-half Prince of Wales plaid and solid black, worn with a suit shirt, tie and black leather lace-up pants.

“I love you forever and ever, @donatella_versace. The queen!” Bella wrote on Instagram after the show.

Racing car motifs symbolized a coming of age and embrace of grown-up toys. The other repeating motif was the Gianni Versace signature, vertically running on ties and socks, AP reported.

“For every young man, the first car has a strong meaning.” Versace said. “It’s independence, maturity, but above all freedom.”

Versace dedicated the show to Keith Flint of the British band The Prodigy, a friend of Versace’s who died earlier this year — some models wore brightly dyed hair in his image, wearing acid-wash denim and tie-dye tops.