Ashi Studio in the Big Apple… on a statue of Cardi B

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Cardi B arrives in an Ashi Studio creation for the 60th Grammy Awards on Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (AFP)
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A sculpture of Cardi B at Spotify's RapCaviar Pantheon at Brooklyn Museum on April 02 in Brooklyn, New York. (AFP)
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Cardi B in the gown on social media. (Screenshot)
Updated 03 April 2019
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Ashi Studio in the Big Apple… on a statue of Cardi B

  • The US rapper revealed the creation in a short video she posted to her 42.6 million Instagram followers
  • Ashi Studio shared images and video of Cardi B’s statue on its Instagram account

NEW YORK: Hip-hop sensation Cardi B is being honored at New York’s Brooklyn Museum by Spotify, with a life-size sculpture wearing a gown by Beirut-based fashion house Ashi Studio, which is headed by Saudi-born founder Mohammed Ashi.
The US rapper revealed the creation in a short video she posted to her 42.6 million Instagram followers on Wednesday. “If you’re in the New York area make sure you check out my statue in the Brooklyn Museum,” she wrote. “Make sure ya take pics and tag me.”
Besides the New-York born rapper, Jaden Smith, Juice WRLD and Gunna are also new honorees of the Spotify RapCaviar Pantheon in an exhibit from April 3 to 7. The streaming service’s popular playlist is celebrating the four performers for their impact on hip hop.
Ashi Studio shared images and video of Cardi B’s statue on its Instagram account, also inviting fans to check out the creation at the museum. The designer also thanked Cardi B’s stylist Kollin Carter, who is credited with introducing the singer to the label.
Cardi B, who describes herself as a “regular, degular, shmegular” girl from the Bronx, is quite the fan of the Arab designer. She wore a daring gown by the fashion house for her music video “Money” released in December last year.
In the video, the artist appears with her baby girl Kulture, who was born in July, while wearing a black, floor-length gown by Ashi Studio’s Autumn-Winter 2018-19 couture collection.
The “Please Me” rapper wore a custom-made pleated ivory lace dress with butterfly sleeves and tail by the Saudi couturier to the 2018 Grammy Awards. She had attended the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala in New York City donning a strapless, cream-colored Ashi Studio tuxedo-style gown just hours earlier.
The Arab fashion house hit headlines last month when Bollywood star Deepika Padukone described a pink Ashi Studio gown she wore to Cannes in 2018 as the “most extravagant” outfit she had ever worn, in an interview with Vogue magazine.
The dress, featuring huge pink ruffles and a voluminous, tiered skirt, was also worn by Beyonce for a concert in Johannesburg that honored the life of Nelson Mandela in December.


What We Are Buying Today: Yataghan Jewellery

Updated 20 July 2019
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What We Are Buying Today: Yataghan Jewellery

In January, my family celebrated my birthday by gifting me a “Hubb Collection” necklace that I had wanted ever since I laid eyes on it, when one of my relatives wore it.

The design of the word ‘Love’ — written in Arabic Farsi font and angled in a way that makes it heart-shaped — fascinated me, and I have worn the necklace ever since I got it, partly out of sentiment, but also because I find it so beautiful and unique.

Jeddah-based Yataghan Jewellery — the maker of the “Hubb Collection” — has a variety of gold designs, stackable jewel-ornamented hexagon rings, necklaces, bracelets and rings engraved in Arabic Farsi.

The store’s Instagram account @yataghanjewellery documents its trademark pieces and shares customers’ experiences along with how they choose to stack their Yataghan pieces.

Customer favorites include their Allah necklace, and the “Hubb Collection” (rings, necklaces and bracelets in crystalized or standard gold, silver or rose gold with a single colorful or silver crystal).