Women rule the runways in Milan

Gigi Hadid at the Prada Men's Fall/Winter 19/20 show. (AFP)
Updated 15 January 2019

Women rule the runways in Milan

DUBAI: It may have been Milan Men’s Fashion Week, but women ruled the runways in Italy as the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, as well as Imaan Hammam, sashayed down the catwalk.

US-Palestinian model Gigi walked her first-ever Prada runway on Monday, following her sister’s appearance during Versace’s Fall 2019 Men’s show on Saturday.

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Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam also walked the runway for Versace, wearing a hot pink top and cobalt blue pair of sporty shorts.

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As for Prada, its looks were mostly done in black and navy, starting with elegant men’s suits first shown with the jacket casually opened, worn shirtless and having slightly cropped trousers that revealed bare ankles, the Associated Press reported.

But the collection had more than one mood, alternating between the disciplined feel of double-breasted jackets fastened closed with a triple belt and the rock-and-roll of bare chests adorned with chunky male necklaces under open jackets.

Ever playful, Prada softened the military looks with fuzzy, colorful patches on the shoulders, like epaulets, and tufts of colored fur accents peeking out of caps.

Prints on shirts included lightning bolts and beating hearts placed with anatomical correctness, Prada’s nod to cheesy horror movies.

The soundtrack included harder-rock versions of music from the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “The Addams Family.”

The designer, Miuccia Prada, punctuated the show with looks for women, including tailored suits with external bustiers, cocktail dresses with elegant necklines and romantic full skirts with crystal accents. A cargo dress in fitted black was paired with a furry, red safari hat.

“Just when you think more dreams couldn’t come true… So honored to walk @PRADA FW ‘19 tonight,” Gigi posted on her Instagram after the show.

The celebrity model wore a sparling blue dress with a leather corset and her hair was styled in a shaggy, cropped pixie cut.

Her sister, Bella, walked the runway for Versace, in a startingly different sort of show, complete with neon colors, animal print and clashing prints and patterns galore.

Head designer Donatella Versace said in her notes that the image of masculinity has evolved since the 1990s “when there was a specific idea of a man.”

“What I wanted to show in this collection are the different faces of a man, who... has gained the courage that he didn’t have before. If I had to find a word that defines today’s men, it would be daring,” she said.

Underlining some of the feminine touches, Versace sent out women’s looks worn by top models Bella, Kaia Gerber, Vittoria Ceretti and Emily Ratajkowski.

Emirati-Palestinian Lana Hattab’s modern take on modest fashion

Lana Hattab shows off various looks around the UAE. (Supplied)
Updated 22 August 2019

Emirati-Palestinian Lana Hattab’s modern take on modest fashion

DUBAI: To many, modest wear is an expression of their religious beliefs, but to Lana Hattab, modesty defines who she really is. “It is part of me,” she said in an interview with Arab News.

The Emirati-Palestinian blogger, who is based in the UAE, hopes to provide inspiration to young women who may find it challenging to dress conservatively yet still look fashionable.

Lana Hattab said her dual culture has helped shape her style. (Supplied)

According to the 22-year-old, “it is very important for modest-wear influencers to have a strong presence on social media because such women inspire young girls to stick to their culture and religious beliefs.”

While many women struggle to see a representation of themselves on the internet, Hattab said she hopes to constantly remind women that they have the choice of being who they want to be. “Optionality is key,” she said.  

Lana Hattab was raised in the UAE. (Supplied)

“International brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, Gucci, Nike and Adidas have adapted to the Middle Eastern culture and are aware of the modest market, which makes it easier for women to relate more to these international brands now,” she added.

When speaking about the pressure that social media has on women, Hattab said that people are much wiser than they might appear on Instagram. “It is not always about dressing modestly, but rather about dressing confidently. A lot of women think of the hijab as a restriction, but I believe you can look very modern, very friendly and very classy while being comfortable to the extent of how much each person wants to cover up,” she added.

The 22-year-old studied accounting. (Supplied) 

The blogger, who has 44,000 followers on Instagram, said “even though my platform is mainly about fashion and beauty, I also like to share with my followers what I do on a daily basis. It reflects my daily life and portrays how a hijabi is just like everyone else.”

Hattab, who has a degree in accounting, is busy establishing a Dubai-based business with her partners that is yet to be announced. She is also collaborating with international and regional brands on upcoming projects.