Emirati designer nails red dress for Lili Reinhart on red carpet

Riverdale star Lili Reinhart in an Ahmed Alkhyeli dress at the Golden Globes red carpet. (AFP)
Updated 08 January 2019
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Emirati designer nails red dress for Lili Reinhart on red carpet

  • Several Hollywood stars graced the Golden Globes ceremony dressed by Arab designers
  • Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, who missed out on a Golden Globe win, wore an Elie Saab creation

JEDDAH: The upset win for Rami Malek at Sunday’s Golden Globes was mirrored on the red carpet: Among the creations by go-to Arab labels was a stunning red tulle gown by emerging Emirati designer Ahmed Alkhyeli, worn by “Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart.

Reinhart paired the Khyeli Couture red dress with sparkling jewels, a pink lip, red eyeshadow and a jewelled mini bag. The strapless number, which featured cascading ruffles, ruched detailing at the neckline and a voluminous skirt, is from the designer’s spring 2019 couture collection.

Alkhyeli, 29, who trained as an architect, founded Khyeli Couture, a London-based brand, with an eye on women who combine “grace and power.” 

“The Khyeli woman is strong, educated and successful while retaining a strong sense of her femininity,” the label’s website says.

The designer posted a photo of Reinhart in the gown in his Instagram Stories (@khyeliofficial), adding a heart-shaped emoticon.

“Red is a color we generally see on lips, but the way Reinhart covered her eye in a ruby color was unique and modern,” noted Jessica Cruel, deputy beauty director for Refinery29.com.

Film director Nadine Labaki, whose film “Capernaum” lost out in the foreign film category, was nonetheless winning in a black velvet gown by Elie Saab from the haute couture autumn 2018 collection. The Lebanese actress/director has often collaborated with Saab in the past.

Others actresses who rocked Elie Saab creations on the red carpet included Anne Hathaway, in leopard print, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, in an off-the-shoulder emerald green wrap dress with ruffled detailing on the neckline and a short train.

American singer and actress Sofia Carson sported jewelry by Samer Halimeh, a Lebanese-born American.

Melissa McCarthy, a nominee in the best drama actress category for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, sparkled in deep purple with silver star accents from Reem Acra’s fall 2018 collection. Gina Rodriguez wore a sky blue creation from the Lebanese designer’s spring 2019 collection.

Halle Berry, who presented an award at the show, turned up the heat in a Zuhair Murad couture dress from fall 2018. The red gown featured a plunging neckline and a high slit up the leg. Kristen Bell, who was nominated for best actress in a TV series, comedy for her role in “The Good Place,” wore a baby pink gown from the Arab designer’s ready-to-wear resort collection for 2019.

Overall, the red carpet displayed every color of the rainbow, from the canary yellow on winner Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel“) and nominee Claire Foy (“First Man“) to the bold blue-green gown worn by presenter Allison Janney.

Nicole Kidman, always a red carpet darling, wore a long-sleeve, floor-length, form-fitting Michael Kors gown in deep burgundy. 

But it was Lady Gaga who emerged the fashion winner, stunning in a strapless periwinkle Valentino gown with full puff sleeves and a long train. She even had blue hair in a bun to match.

“Lady Gaga won the night in her custom Valentino haute couture gown, which I think we all expected given her press run leading up to the movie’s release,” said Channing Hargrove, a fashion writer for Refinery29.com. “Cinderella could never!“


Saudi Arabia’s East Coast Festival lines up top-class cultural activities

Updated 25 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s East Coast Festival lines up top-class cultural activities

  • Dammam Corniche event celebrates Saudi heritage; more ‘seasons’ to come
  • The festival is being held at the waterfront of King Abdullah Park, and access to the 10-day event is free

DAMMAM: People in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have had no shortage of things to do during the Sharqiah Season. From pop concerts featuring international artists to massive sporting events, there is something for everyone among the 83 different events planned.

However, it would be remiss not to celebrate the heritage and culture of the country itself. The Enter East Coast Festival, an open-air marketplace with plenty of activities for locals and tourists to enjoy.

The festival is being held along the Dammam Corniche, at the waterfront of King Abdullah Park, and access to the 10-day event is free.

It features stalls with craftsmen beavering away. At one, a potter is bent over a wheel as he makes vases, lanterns and small toys. At another, carpenters fashion chairs and tables out of planks of wood. A weaver hums as he plaits together palm fronds to form baskets and fans.

The vendors are mostly from Saudi Arabia, but there are other countries showcasing their work too. 

Fishermen and sailors from Oman display pearls still in their shells, delicate replicas of traditional fishing boats, and stretches of fishing net. The stalls from Kuwait feature items from the past and vendors from Bahrain offer local sweets, handmade items and clothing.

There are Saudi dances and musical performances too. One stage, resembling a ship, features performers dressed as sailors singing traditional sea shanties. Another stage has drummers and a singer. A huge area in the middle of the space is allotted to dancers, flag-bearers, and even armed officers participating in a traditional Ardah, or Saudi dance.

Those looking to eat something can chow down on Saudi offerings including jareesh, margoog, or qursan. There are food trucks selling Western fare such as burgers and tacos. 

The festival runs until March 30, when the Sharqiah Season ends. 

The season is a collaborative effort between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, the General Entertainment Authority, the General Culture Authority and the General Sports Authority. It is the first of 11 scheduled festivals planned across the country for 2019.

Future seasons will focus on different areas of Saudi Arabia, with different entertainment options for each city, and different parts of the year, such as Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

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What is Sharqiah Season?

The festival features more than 80 events in Eastern Province cities, including Dammam, Dhahran, Alkhobar, Al-Ahsa and Jubail. Future seasons will focus on different areas of Saudi Arabia, with different entertainment options for each city. Upcoming seasons will focus on different areas, and also different parts of the year, such as Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. Read our reports on the Sharqiah Season festival here: http://www.arabnews.com/tags/sharqiah-season