And they’re off: Arab influencers jet to Paris Fashion Week

French label Jacquemus show. (AFP)
Updated 26 February 2019
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And they’re off: Arab influencers jet to Paris Fashion Week

DUBAI: Paris Fashion Week started late Monday, with fashionistas from around the world jetting into the city for a week of designer shows.

The event kicked off with three shows and a scattering of launch events, including a Dior party attended by Lebanese influencer Lana El-Sahely and Dubai-based influencer Leena Al-Ghouti.

Lebanese influencer Karen Wazen also touched down in the French capital, just as Moroccan-British model Nora Attal took to the runway for French label Jacquemus on Monday.  

The set, on the outskirts of Paris, was impressive — an airy warehouse had been transformed into “Place Jacquemus,” a replica of a colorful South of France town square in all its faded pastel glory.

The model showed off an apron-style top over an ankle-length skirt, printed over with colorful shapes.

All eyes later in the week will be on debut collections for new designers at three major French historic labels — Lacoste, Lanvin and Nina Ricci. Louise Trotter brings a rock-solid reputation to Lacoste from her years at Joseph, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.

The Sunderland-born designer cut her teeth at the British high street label Whistles before crossing the Atlantic after being snapped up by Gap.

France’s longest running but troubled couture house, Lanvin, passes into the hands of young French designer Bruno Sialelli, while the radical Dutch couple Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh present their first collection since taking over Nina Ricci.

Paris Fashion Week, which wraps up on March 5, also includes such highlights as Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab and the first Chanel show since creative mastermind Karl Lagerfeld died earlier this month.

As influencers sprint between shows and showcases, one Kuwaiti star let Arab News in on just  how hectic their lives really are at fashion week — and how seriously they take it.

“It took me about two months to prepare my closet for London and Milan Fashion Weeks,” Rawan bin Hussain, who has 3.4 million Instagram followers, told Arab News in Milan over the weekend.

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“I went shopping around the world… I used that time to shop from small boutiques, or well-known designers and emerging designers.”

And if you thought life at fashion week was easy, think again.  

“A typical day during fashion week is waking up at 7:00 am and starting the day with a nice, hot shower… I always have a pair of sneakers with me in the driver’s car and then I will head to the first presentation. Then, (before) the evening show, or the evening events, I will go home, change and freshen up my makeup and get going again,” Hussain said.

“Of course, we always have nice big dinners with my fellow bloggers and designers, so it is a long day and a long night — I get like five hours of sleep a night!”


Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

Gwyneth Paltrow showed off earrings by Beirut-based brand Yvan Tufenkjian. AFP
Updated 24 April 2019
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

DUBAI: Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Karen Gillan both showed off Arab jewelry brands at this week’s world premiere of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Paltrow showed off statement earrings by Beirut-based jewelry brand Yvan Tufenkjian, which featured teardrop-shaped stones and resembled ear cuffs.

Meanwhile. British actress Gillan boasted a pair of diamond drop earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj at Monday’s Hollywood premiere.

After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time — and their last adventure could shatter all box office records, AFP reported.

“Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe, many of them the creations of late comic book legend Stan Lee.

It hits theaters this week and pundits are predicting a debut weekend that could break records with the first billion-dollar opening in history.

Karen Gillan wore earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj. AFP

That would easily beat out the previous record holder, “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first part of the “Infinity Saga” — as it was dubbed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who has produced every single movie in the franchise — which opened in 2018 with $640.5 million.

After Monday’s star-studded world premiere in Hollywood, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assembled for a final time with Feige at the TCL Chinese Theatre, where they signed blocks of cement and marked them with handprints.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Ruffalo — who attempted a handstand while waiting for the cement to set — said of the 10-year project.

The 21 preceding films have earned about $19 billion globally, and though “Endgame” marks the end of the current narrative arc, Marvel Studios is far from through.

Even as they mark the end of what Johansson called a “wonderful” experience, Marvel Studios has already announced several new projects: in addition to sequels for “Spider-Man,” “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange,” there will also be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” the second Marvel universe film to give a female character solo top billing.

“The fun thing about an ending is that you eventually get to do a new beginning,” Feige told AFP.

“So yes, there will be a new beginning, but right now, it’s about this combination of 22 movies. That’s what we’re most excited for.”

In preparation for the marvelous cinematic conclusion, “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Twitter to post a letter to “the greatest fans in the world.”

“This is it,” they wrote. “This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.”