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.


‘Walk with a statement:’ The Nou Project announces new sneaker designs

Updated 25 May 2019
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‘Walk with a statement:’ The Nou Project announces new sneaker designs

  • The re-design came in three new colorways: Grey, burgundy and navy
  • The Nou Project was launched with the aim to broaden the way art is consumed and support emerging artists by providing them with a platform to gain recognition

DUBAI: Tucked away in Dubai’s artistic and cultural Alserkal Avenue, Saudi brand The Nou Project announced the latest re-design of its classic sneakers — the all-new ultra-low tops.

In a one-night only pop up in KAVE café, the brand’s founder, Nour Al-Tamimi, and co-designer, Basma Chidiac, announced the re-design that came in three new colorways: Grey, burgundy and navy.

“We want people to be able to walk with a statement,” Al-Tamimi told Arab News as she showed off her previous collections.

The pop up featured a 50 percent discount on all pairs, as well as two artists and a calligrapher available for buyers to customize any of the newly-bought sneakers. Tables topped with board games lined the space, while popcorn and cotton candy was also handed out­ to attendees.

With an environmental and sustainable mindset, the duo has invested heavily in the use of Micro Fiber material, which is also known as “Vegan Leather,” instead of actual leather. They are already known for their recycled rubber soles, a unique calling card for the edgy, homegrown brand.

Reported as the Kingdom’s first major sneaker brand, Al-Tamimi had no idea she would find such success when she started out.

“I had no idea this would become my life today,” Al-Tamimi said in a previous interview. “It’s exciting to be the first Saudi sneaker brand — that’s a milestone in itself.”

The Nou Project was launched with the aim to broaden the way art is consumed and support emerging artists by providing them with a platform to gain recognition — some of their sneakers feature striking and often thought-provoking artwork.

The new designs were created in collaboration with artists Nika Fontaine, Baron Von Fancy and Franz Klainsek who designed each pair with their unique style, ranging from street art to digital image manipulation and pop art.