Lupita Nyong’o gives us a lesson in Saudi power dressing

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Nyong’o wore a suit by Saudi label Honayda. (AFP)
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Lupita Nyong’o stars in Jordan Peele’s new film, “Us.” (AFP)
Updated 13 March 2019
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Lupita Nyong’o gives us a lesson in Saudi power dressing

DUBAI: Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o just attended the world premiere of her latest film wearing a power suit by an up-and-coming Saudi designer.

The actress walked the red carpet for the premiere of director Jordan Peele’s “Us” at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, and chose to flaunt a white suit by designer Honayda Serafi.

The structured suit, with a spray of tulle on the right shoulder, hails from the designer’s namesake label, Honayda. The suit, which is from the brand’s Spring 2019 collection, features a double-breasted blazer with quirky cutouts and flared, floor-grazing trousers.

Since launching her label, the Parsons School of Design graduate has seen her creations worn by the likes of rapper Eve at the 2019 Grammys and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, who graced the red carpet in one of her designs at the 2019 Oscars.

The 36-year-old “Black Panther” actress worked with stylist Michaela Erlanger on the striking look, which she complemented with futuristic make-up — a sweep of hot pink eyeshadow across the bridge of her nose and eyes — and a row of metal duckbill clips in her hair.

According to Nyong’o, her look was inspired by rap star Snoop Dogg.

“Paying my respects to tha Doggfather (sic),” she captioned a photograph of her look.

She stars in the second horror film directed by Peele — his first, “Get Out,” received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

“You know, it doesn’t feel too different,” Peele told The Guardian newspaper recently. “With ‘Get Out,’ I had the fear that if it went wrong, it would go terribly wrong. I don’t have that fear with this movie, but of course there’s the fear of betraying the expectations of somebody who wants, essentially, Get Out 2, and what happens when they realize this is a very, very different movie.”

Peele’s socially minded horror thriller “Us” made its world premiere at the SXSW festival last week, The Associated Press reported.

Nyong’o plays a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband and two children. On the vacation, an unresolved trauma from her past is unearthed leading to an eerie confrontation for the family with doppelgangers of themselves.

 “Us” will be released in the US on March 22 by Universal Pictures. Peele also produces along with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions. Co-stars include Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker.


Makkah all set for its first flower festival

Sea of flowers at Muzdalifah district in Makkah. (AN Photo by Abdulmohsen Doman)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Makkah all set for its first flower festival

  • A symposium on environmental planning, and the design of green spaces such as parks, gardens and squares will also be held
  • The flower festival continues until March 23

MAKKAH: A carpet of flowers featuring 1 million blooms will be one of the main attractions as Makkah hosts its first flower festival.

The event, which begins on Tuesday at Muzdalifah, has been organized by the city’s municipality in cooperation with the Arab Urban Development Institute and King Saud University. It will be officially opened by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.

Raed Samarqandi, the director of the municipality’s department of media and publications, said that the festival is unique and has serious objectives.

“It aims to improve the environment, fight pollution and show an image that suits the value of the city and its holy sites,” he explained. “The festival will coincide with the 20th symposium on afforestation, titled “Suitable afforestation for the environmental conditions of Makkah — the central region and holy sites,” on March 19 and 20.

The symposium will feature representatives of governmental sectors and scientific bodies and include discussion of papers addressing many the issues in the city, such as the state of afforestation in Makkah, the latest techniques in environmental planning, and the design of green spaces such as parks, gardens and squares.

Makkah Mayor Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Quwaihes has invited speakers from the private sector, universities, research centers, and agricultural and afforestation companies to contribute and help raise awareness of these local issues.

The flower festival continues until March 23.