Lebanese designer Elie Saab leaves Lily Collins ‘lovestruck’

British-American actress Lily Collins took to the red carpet for the European premiere of her latest film, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” wearing a dress from Lebanese designer Elie Saab. (Getty Images)
Updated 28 April 2019

Lebanese designer Elie Saab leaves Lily Collins ‘lovestruck’

  • Collins’ dreamy dress hails from Saab’s ready-to-wear Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collection
  • Saab dubbed his collection “Lovestruck” and showed it for the first time during Paris Fashion Week in March

PARIS: British-American actress Lily Collins took to the red carpet for the European premiere of her latest film, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” wearing a dress from Lebanese designer Elie Saab’s “Lovestruck” collection late last week.
The 30-year-old actress, whose father is musician Phil Collins, plays the role of Elizabeth Kloepfer, serial killer Ted Bundy’s longtime girlfriend.
The film, which will be released in US cinemas on May 3, chronicles Bundy’s crimes from the perspective of his girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Collins’ dreamy dress hails from Saab’s ready-to-wear Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collection and featured a sheer black tulle skirt embroidered with sequined hearts. The bodice featured a quirky design of two hands curled around black heart and also boasted panels of azure and turquoise beadwork. Embroidered tulle bell sleeves completed the ethereal dress.
Saab dubbed his collection “Lovestruck” and showed it for the first time during Paris Fashion Week in March.
For her part, Collins shared a collection of photos from the blue carpet in London.
“We’re still working on this whole posing thing. At least our outfits coordinated with the carpet!” she captioned a snap in which she is seen posing with US actor Zac Efron, who plays the role of Ted Bundy.
The actor, who shot to fame for his light-hearted role in the “High School Musical” series of films, admitted that taking on this dark role was easier said than done.
“I’ve never played a role in which I really have to separate myself from when I go home at night, and it was almost impossible. I’d like to say that I did it successfully but I couldn’t,” Zac told a group of re carpet reporters in London, according to the Daily Mail.
“I really wasn’t interested in playing a serial killer. I’m not in the business of glamorizing a horrendous person or his acts, but there is something unique about the way we went into the psyche of Ted and his longtime girlfriend Liz,” Zac added.
“It’s a different perspective and not your run-of-the-mill serial killer cliché, body count gets higher and higher, and oh the guy you always knew did it, did it. This is what it was like to be there on the day, we didn’t know if he was innocent or guilty, we just saw Ted Bundy through their eyes.”


Emirati-Palestinian Lana Hattab’s modern take on modest fashion

Lana Hattab shows off various looks around the UAE. (Supplied)
Updated 22 August 2019

Emirati-Palestinian Lana Hattab’s modern take on modest fashion

DUBAI: To many, modest wear is an expression of their religious beliefs, but to Lana Hattab, modesty defines who she really is. “It is part of me,” she said in an interview with Arab News.

The Emirati-Palestinian blogger, who is based in the UAE, hopes to provide inspiration to young women who may find it challenging to dress conservatively yet still look fashionable.

Lana Hattab said her dual culture has helped shape her style. (Supplied)

According to the 22-year-old, “it is very important for modest-wear influencers to have a strong presence on social media because such women inspire young girls to stick to their culture and religious beliefs.”

While many women struggle to see a representation of themselves on the internet, Hattab said she hopes to constantly remind women that they have the choice of being who they want to be. “Optionality is key,” she said.  

Lana Hattab was raised in the UAE. (Supplied)

“International brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, Gucci, Nike and Adidas have adapted to the Middle Eastern culture and are aware of the modest market, which makes it easier for women to relate more to these international brands now,” she added.

When speaking about the pressure that social media has on women, Hattab said that people are much wiser than they might appear on Instagram. “It is not always about dressing modestly, but rather about dressing confidently. A lot of women think of the hijab as a restriction, but I believe you can look very modern, very friendly and very classy while being comfortable to the extent of how much each person wants to cover up,” she added.

The 22-year-old studied accounting. (Supplied) 

The blogger, who has 44,000 followers on Instagram, said “even though my platform is mainly about fashion and beauty, I also like to share with my followers what I do on a daily basis. It reflects my daily life and portrays how a hijabi is just like everyone else.”

Hattab, who has a degree in accounting, is busy establishing a Dubai-based business with her partners that is yet to be announced. She is also collaborating with international and regional brands on upcoming projects.