Hadid sisters mix things up in Milan

Versace showed off its mix-and-match Spring/Summer 2020 line in Milan. (Supplied)
Updated 16 June 2019
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Hadid sisters mix things up in Milan

  • The looks play on the fashion house’s iconic bondage moment, mixing the shiny leather with more mundane looks, like blazers and jacket
  • Versace dedicated the show to Keith Flint of the British band The Prodigy, a friend of Versace’s who died earlier this year

DUBAI: Model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid took to the runway for Italian fashion house Versace in Milan on Saturday, as the label showed off its mix-and-match Spring/Summer 2020 line.

Dontatella Versace has tapped the soul of fashion house founded by her brother, the late Gianni Versace, with animal prints and loud fluorescents, The Associated Press reported.

The looks play on the fashion house’s iconic bondage moment, mixing the shiny leather with more mundane looks, like blazers and jacket. A shimmery leopard men’s top embroidered with Gianni Versace’s signature in silver peeks out of a knit vest, with black trousers and a cross-body bag that embrace femininity. Shimmery leopard prints were paired with slim trousers patterned with ancient vases.

“It is more about the confidence a guy has to express himself in a more flexible way,” said head menswear designer Ashley Fletcher.

The flexibility was clear as models including Gigi, her sister Bella and Irina Shayk exhibited the same looks: Gigi Hadid, for example, wearing a belted leather trench with hardware details over bare legs but with the same blue shirt and tie as the men — who also showed leg with the same look but with Bermuda shorts. Suit coats and jackets for him and her featured half-and-half Prince of Wales plaid and solid black, worn with a suit shirt, tie and black leather lace-up pants.

“I love you forever and ever, @donatella_versace. The queen!” Bella wrote on Instagram after the show.

Racing car motifs symbolized a coming of age and embrace of grown-up toys. The other repeating motif was the Gianni Versace signature, vertically running on ties and socks, AP reported.

“For every young man, the first car has a strong meaning.” Versace said. “It’s independence, maturity, but above all freedom.”

Versace dedicated the show to Keith Flint of the British band The Prodigy, a friend of Versace’s who died earlier this year — some models wore brightly dyed hair in his image, wearing acid-wash denim and tie-dye tops.


Meet Roz, the Saudi influencer causing a stir stateside

The model has taken part in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret’s Pink and the US brand Guess. (Supplied)
Updated 24 July 2019
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Meet Roz, the Saudi influencer causing a stir stateside

DUBAI: With more than 10 million followers on Instagram and a number of high-profile advertising campaigns under her belt, the Jubail-born Riyadh-raised model who goes by the name Roz is making quite a name for herself in the US.

Currently based in Los Angeles, the Saudi model just made headlines around the world when she modelled for a Victoria’s Secret’s Pink campaign, showing off the label’s sportswear in a sun-drenched video.

The model, with platinum blonde locks and Pinterest-worthy style, has also taken part in campaigns for US brand Guess and spoke to Arab News about her career and why moving back to the Gulf isn’t off the cards.

Roz moved to the US in 2013 to pursue a degree in interior design, but her hopes of becoming a model pushed her to give it a shot.

“Ever since I was young, becoming a model was always a dream of mine. It was a bit difficult for me as a Saudi woman… but to me nothing is impossible” Roz told Arab News.

Challenging stereotypes proved to be one of the major hurdles Roz had to face, but “with my persistence, I was able to prove to brands that I am not just famous… I am also influential to many people,” Roz said. 

The model’s Instagram feed is littered with photographs of her various advertising campaigns, as well as visits to many a product launch party — from NYX Cosmetics events to TikTok gatherings, if there is anything pop culture-related going on in Los Angeles, chances are you will spot Roz in the well-heeled crowd.

While her Instagram feed is largely filled with shots of the model posing with picture-perfect makeup and expertly curated clothing, hop over to her Snapchat account, Roz.Model, and it’s an altogether more casual story.

“Snapchat (is my favorite). It makes me feel closer to my audience… To me, Instagram is more professional… but Snapchat covers my daily life.” 

The approach seems to be working, the model clocked up 1.5 billion Snapchat story views in 2018.

When speaking about other models from the region who want to follow in her footsteps, the social media maven advised them to be themselves.

“People will love you for who you are,” Roz said, adding: “We live in a world where respecting each other is a must. We should understand that people are different, whether it be religion, nationality, personality or even culture.”

As for moving back to the Gulf, Roz remains open to the possibility, saying it largely depends on career opportunities.

“The headquarters of almost all brands are in the US, but if my job requires me to move back to the Gulf, I would definitely do so.”