Chiara Ferragni dazzles in a Lebanese label in Madrid

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Ferragni is one of the world’s most recognizable social media stars. (File/AFP)
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Ferragni launched her blog, The Blonde Salad, in 2009. (File/AFP)
Updated 29 June 2019
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Chiara Ferragni dazzles in a Lebanese label in Madrid

  • Ferragni wore a marine-inspired gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad
  • She was awarded the “Most Influential Woman” award by the Spanish-language version of Glamour magazine

DUBAI: Italian fashion blogger and entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni was spotted in sunny Spain over the weekend wearing a marine-inspired gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad.

Having nabbed the number one spot on Forbes’ “Top Fashion Influencers” list in 2017, Ferragni is one of the world’s most recognizable social media stars and even launched her own namesake line, Chiara Ferragni Collection, in 2013. Since then, she has expanded into apparel, accessories and children’s clothing and reported revenues of $20 million in 2016, according to the Business of Fashion website.

Ferragni launched her blog, The Blonde Salad, in 2009 while attending Milan’s Bocconi University for a degree in law and went on to collaborate with an impressive clutch of design houses, including Dior, Louis Vuitton , Ermenegildo Zegna, Benetton and Mango.

This weekend, the Italian powerhouse was awarded the “Most Influential Woman” award by the Spanish-language version of Glamour magazine.

“Last night was a dream. @glamourspain awarded me for ‘Most Influential Woman’ and for ‘Best Beauty Masterclass’ for our @beautybites project (sic),” Ferragni posted on Instagram, referencing her latest initiative.

Ferragni teamed up with her makeup artist Manuele Mameli on a beauty masterclass called “Beauty Bites,” the first of which was held in Milan in February.

Sponsored by Lancôme and Sephora, the project saw Mameli share professional beauty techniques, followed by Ferragni and other makeup lovers trying to replicate the looks on stage.

 The beauty mogul took to the stage at the Glamour magazine event in Madrid this weekend wearing a rainbow-hued, floor-grazing gown by Murad, which featured pleats and mirrored the colorful marine life the collection was inspired by.

“@chiaraferragni looks absolutely stunning in Zuhair Murad Couture Spring/Summer 2019 as she is awarded the ‘Most Influential Woman’ award by @glamourspain. Our warmest congratulations (sic),” the Lebanese fashion house posted on Instagram.

The blue-to-pink hues, neat pleats and iridescent shimmer of this flowing ballgown made it stand out on the runway as one of the lighter, more playful pieces in Murad’s previous couture collection that hit the catwalk in January. While peek-a-boo cutouts on the bodice added to the slinky vibe of the elegant outfit, Ferragni managed to add a casual chic edge by wearing stackable gold bracelets, a delicate necklace and styled her hair in a swept back ponytail.


Startup of the Week: ‘What comes naturally: Organic soaps head to Jeddah’

Updated 22 July 2019
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Startup of the Week: ‘What comes naturally: Organic soaps head to Jeddah’

  • The brand offers 100 percent organic products

Organic skincare methods have always proven reliable. Lora, an organic skincare business established by 33-year-old Saudi entrepreneur Hashim Al-Shawi in 2016, understood that although globally many skincare brands have embraced this knowledge, in the Kingdom, there were relatively few.

Al-Shawi, who spent three years in the US, decided to exploit the gap in the market, while creating dream jobs for many of his Saudi contemporaries.

The brand offers 100 percent organic products, including natural soaps made with essence of lavender, olive oil, oud, rose and musk, peels, creams, scrubs and shea butter products.

“Natural oils are the main component in all of our products, which adds quality,” Al-Shawi told Arab News.

“Lora is all about what’s being produced cleanly from the earth delivered to your hands. It is all handmade, and gentle on your skin. We use carefully chosen natural ingredients ready to make you fall in love with them.”

He explained that “Lora” in Arabic means the heart of the bay tree. “This name is used in many cultures, such as Persian and Arab cultures and some cultures in Africa, to symbolize the rose and the female form alike.”

He encourages people to use organic skincare products instead of commercial ones.

“Natural soaps are best used, because we are dealing with skin, the largest organ in the human body which protects us. I encourage the use of organic skincare products to benefit it.”

Lora is working to open a new store in Jeddah in a few months. Customers can place their orders through the shop’s Instagram account (@loragoskin)