Dubai-based label L’Afshar bags yet another celebrity fan

British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a former Victoria’s Secret Angel. AFP
Updated 10 March 2019
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Dubai-based label L’Afshar bags yet another celebrity fan

DUBAI: British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was spotted in California last week sporting a chic box bag by Dubai-based label L’Afshar.

The 31-year-old former Victoria’s Secret Angel carried the bag at the Vital Proteins Collagen Water product launch event in Irvine, California.

The bag hails from L’Afshar’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection and is called the Ida in White.

Huntington-Whiteley paired the boxy bag with a sleepwear-inspired outfit in a cheerful sky-blue shade, complete with pajama-esque pinstripes and a deep V-neck. The ensemble was designed by London-based fashion house Galvan.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was spotted with a L’Afshar bag. AFP

The model and actress isn’t the only celebrity who has shown off L’Afshar’s unique bags, however.

 Model and reality TV star Kendall Jenner touted a bag by the brand in Los Angeles in October.

The Kardashian sibling sported a boxy purple bag with a gold chain, called the Ida in Purple Croc, at a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers — whose official colors are purple and yellow.

Kylie Jenner has also been spotted clutching a bag by L’Afshar in recent months.

Back in June, the younger Jenner sister, who was recently named the youngest ever self-made billionaire by Forbes, was seen carrying the see-through Lucite Pagoda bag in Cannes, France.

The Ida in Purple Croc bag has been worn by more than a few Hollywood celebrities, including Laura Dern and Rachel Bilson. However, those aren’t the only A-listers who seem to be huge fans of the homegrown brand — actress Jasmin Sanders, Bella Hadid, Kate Upton and Alicia Keys have all made public appearances with L’Afshar’s arm candy on hand.

Lilian Afshar, the designer behind the brand, is known for her unique, structured designs and use of marbled resin and intricate mirrorwork.

Lucite — known commonly as acrylic glass — and birthstones also feature in the brand’s range of typically heavy, straight-edged clutches in a range of clear-to-saturated colors and textures.


Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

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Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

  • French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics" wins festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize
  • Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed”

CANNES, France: South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s social satire “Parasite,” about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, won the Cannes Film Festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, on Saturday.
The win for “Parasite” marks the first Korean film to ever win the Palme. In the festival’s closing ceremony, jury president Alejandro Inarritu said the choice had been “unanimous” for the nine-person jury.
The genre-mixing film had been celebrated as arguably the most critically acclaimed film at Cannes this year and the best yet from the 49-year-old director of “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.”
It was the second straight Palme victory for an Asian director. Last year, the award went to Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.”
Two years ago, Bong was in Cannes’ competition with “Okja,” a movie distributed in North America by Netflix. After it and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” — another Netflix release — premiered in Cannes, the festival ruled that all films in competition needed French theatrical distribution. Netflix has since withdrawn from the festival on the French Riveira.
The festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize, went to French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics.” Diop was the first black female director in competition at Cannes.
Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed.”
Best actor went to Antonio Banderas for Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” while best actress was won by British actress Emily Beecham for “Little Joe.”
Although few quibbled with the choice of Bong, some had expected Cannes to make history by giving the Palme to a female filmmaker for just the second time.
Celine Sciamma’s period romance “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was the Palme pick for many critics this year, but it ended up with best screenplay.
In the festival’s 72-year history, only Jane Champion has won the prize in 1993, and she tied with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”