Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss explore Marrakesh

Updated 01 May 2019
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Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss explore Marrakesh

DUBAI: Hollywood actress Jessica Alba and US model Karlie Kloss were among the many stars in town for Dior’s runway show in Marrakesh this week. The celebrities flew in from around the world and did much more than just attend the magical show — they posed up a storm in the famously colorful city and shared their snaps on Instagram.

For her part, Kloss shared a series of arty photos in which she can be seen posing in typically Moroccan interiors and gardens.

The model shared a sun-drenched photo from a flower-filled garden in Marrakesh — in it she soaks up the sun while seated on an orange lounger.

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Alba celebrated her 38th birthday in city and was surprised with a cake and a chorus of well-wishers.

“Thank you for all the (birthday) wishes... I’m so grateful for so many things. My (hearts) that walk outside of my body, Honor, Haven and Hayes,” she said, referring to her children.

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thank you for all the bday wishes... I’m so grateful for so many things. My that walk outside of my body Honor, Haven and Hayes. My person @cash_warren that brings out the best in me and sees my potential often before I do. My incredible family who support me through thick and thin and always have my back no matter what. My homies who are my chosen family. I love you all so very much. My @honest family I’m humbled by your integrity and dedication to our brand. All the people and places I’ve been able to connect with and experience through my 38 years! #heartisfull! thank you @dior team @staceykubasak for inviting me to this magical place. The beauty, the colors, the incense, orange blossom, spices and most importantly the people in Morocco -it’s almost too much beauty to absorb -everything we’ve experienced in #marrakech has been Incredible! Epic bday! #thisis38 .

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“My person, @cash_warren, (who) brings out the best in me and sees my potential often before I do,” she added, referring to her husband Cash Warren.

“My incredible family who support me through thick and thin and always have my back no matter what. My homies who are my chosen family. I love you all so very much.”

The actress posed in archways and gardens in Marrakesh, each more colorful than the next, and was even treated to a traditional Moroccan dance by tribesmen, which she documented on her Instagram feed.

Both celebrities were in town to celebrate Dior’s first-ever show in the North African country, where beaded dresses and patterned prints took center stage.

The Cruise collection — hosted outside the usual fashion week calendar, but which is an important source of sales — drew stars including actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Shailene Woodley to Marrakech for the extravaganza, Reuters reported.

LVMH-owned Dior and other luxury brands are increasingly turning to elaborate or far-flung catwalk displays to emphasize their Cruise ranges, which tend to have a longer shelf life in store than other collections.

With the Marrakech show, Dior also paid homage to the late Yves Saint Laurent, who took on the brand’s creative reigns in the late 1950s and was inspired by North Africa throughout his career.


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.”