Arab designers hit the right note on music’s big night

Lady Gaga at the 2019 Grammy Awards. (AFP)
Updated 11 February 2019
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Arab designers hit the right note on music’s big night

DUBAI: There was wild, there was wacky and then there was Cardi B — the Grammys parade of often out-there fashion kicked off in a downpour Sunday in Los Angeles and some of the music industry’s finest opted for looks from the Middle East while rapper Cardi B stole the night with her mind boggling gown.

Cardi B had a spot of trouble walking in a sculpted look that evoked a mermaid in the half shell, pearls included, the Associated Press reported. It was hatched in 1995 by Thierry Mugler and featured a sculpted shell that erupted from the rapper’s waist.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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US singer Bebe Rexha wore a voluminous scarlet gown by Bahraini label Monsoori, while up-and-coming star Ella Mai opted for a billowing blue gown by Lebanon-based Ashi Studio. For her part, Ashlee Simpson wore a feathered jumpsuit by Lebanon’s Georges Chakra in a silver and nude palette.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lady Gaga turned to the maestro of the moment, Hedi Slimane. The creative head of Celine, who is of Tunisian descent, designed a stunning sequined look with a structured frill that the Grammy winning star chose for her big night.

Michelle Obama also popped up in a metallic outfit onstage, while Jennifer Lopez donned a huge white bejeweled hat and figure-hugging gown.

The Lopez topper pointed to a popular accessory of the evening — statement hats. It had a brim for miles and was embellished to match her dress of the same shade. She appeared relaxed in her Ralph & Russo look as she posed for photographers with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, who wore a multicolored dress jacket.

Katy Perry, meanwhile, arrived in a pink Balmain confection that prompted comparisons to a cake topper.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The former first lady’s look was custom by Sachin & Babi. Lending a hand opening the show, she earned a rousing welcome from the crowd in Los Angeles, the Associated Press noted in its report.

There were attendees dressed as butterflies, neon looks and several outfits with long capes in unusual places, on jumpsuits and short dresses. Never shy fashion-wise, Janelle Monae also wore a wide-brim hat, pairing it with a short dress that had high pointed shoulders, courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Top nominee Kacey Musgraves wore an ethereal belted gown in a nude hue with a daring fan-like bodice, by Valentino, while Camila Cabello appeared cozy in a long-sleeve sparkler of a bright pink gown with a high neck and open back, done by Armani Prive.

Purple was an It shade of the evening. Grammy winner H.E.R. sparkled in the collar in a gown made for her by Coach, with sunglasses in the same shade.

“It makes me feel like I’m shinin’. I feel like a star,” she said.

It was certainly a sparkling evening to remember, with metallic finishes, sequins and fine embellishment proving to be as popular as ever.

 


Rihanna opens New York pop-up shop for her Fenty label

Updated 19 June 2019
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Rihanna opens New York pop-up shop for her Fenty label

  • Fenty will unveil a new mini-collection at the pop-up store
  • Most of the items will be also available at their online shop

NEW YORK: Rolling out her concept of fashion that is not a slave to the seasons or the shackles of Fashion Week, Rihanna opened the second pop-up shop of her Fenty brand in New York Tuesday, a month after the launch of the new fashion house in Paris.
Fenty, which the Barbados-born diva launched with French luxury powerhouse LVMH, has set up shop in fashionable Soho store The Webster and officially opens to the public from Wednesday until June 30.
It provided an occasion for the young fashion house to unveil a new mini-collection, called “6-19” after its launch date, following on from the inaugural “5-19” collection in Paris last month.
Some pieces from the first collection are back, alongside some new items, including a series of dresses and skirts in bold colors like orange or yellow but also some very dense prints.
The cuts are figure-hugging with plunging necklines and the label has chosen soft materials such as satin or mesh.
Most of the pieces are available online from Wednesday, with the exception of a set of T-shirts, at $230 each, which are only available in the store before being marketed online in July.
The prices of the collection are similar to the Paris offerings, which ranged from $250 for a T-shirt to more than $1,000 for a denim jacket or pantsuit.
Rihanna, the world’s richest female musician, is the first black woman to head up a fashion house for Paris-based LVMH, which owns Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Givenchy among others.
Fenty, named for the 31-year-old singer, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is LVMH’s first new luxury brand from scratch since the launch of Christian Lacroix in 1987.