Escada features Rita Ora in latest campaign

Rita Ora in the Escada campaign. (AFP)
Updated 07 August 2019

Escada features Rita Ora in latest campaign

DUBAI: German fashion brand Escada released its Fall-Winter 2019 campaign on Monday, featuring British pop singer Rita Ora with a collection that empowers women. 

Earlier this year, the star teamed up with the label to release a signature heart-shaped bag in a bright-red hue.

Ora took to Instagram to share her second collaboration as the face of the brand. The music sensation wrote to her 15.2 million followers: “I am so excited to announce another campaign with Escada!! It was such a pleasure working with their entire team again.”

On the brand’s Instagram account, Ora was seen wearing a white double-breasted suit with gold buttons. Escada also introduced a red envelope-shaped bag that Ora added to her outfit.

In her second campaign look, the star wore a navy-blue pencil skirt paired with a sky-blue buttoned-down blouse. To complete the business look, the star wore a white pair of high-heeled boots. 


Startup of the Week: Saudi baker and chef winning hearts of food lovers

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Updated 20 August 2019

Startup of the Week: Saudi baker and chef winning hearts of food lovers

  • Working over 15 hours a day and being self-taught was just the start; Essam is the interior and graphic designer, the marketer, the CEO and the chef at White Mountain

A Saudi bakery and restaurant business specializing in pastries is finding its way into Saudi hearts with a delectable selection of fine Italian, French, and Swiss foods.
Ahmad Essam, 28, a self-taught baker and chef, left a productive family business to create what is now one of the most prestigious bakeries in Alkhobar.
Essam set up his bakery and restaurant while working as a production engineer, selling tarts and cakes to his friends.
He was overwhelmed by the encouragement he received, and little by little Essam, his dream of running his own company emerged.
Working over 15 hours a day and being self-taught was just the start; Essam is the interior and graphic designer, the marketer, the CEO and the chef at White Mountain.
Baking French pastries such as croissants, macarons, mille-feuille, eclairs and tarts require a true artisan. Essam described the glory he feels when he bakes, saying: “Dealing with precise tips to get the real essence of French pastries and reaching a level to bake without recipes is a matter of experience and good knowledge. Being a real baker requires a lot of learning as it’s not only about mixing water and flour; its trick lies behind the process of fermentation that sometimes lasts for days.’’
Every once in a while, the young man distributes membership books to loyal customers. “On Valentine’s Day, we distributed 3,000 roses,” he added.
Essam is very passionate, and dreams of opening a cooking academy in Saudi Arabia so he can inspire other amateur bakers; he told Arab News about his future 12,000-square-meters cooking village project that he is aiming to create in Riyadh, “including a library that collects all cookbooks, a seasonal spice shop, a great lake garden, a pizzeria, glossary shop and more, all of which falls under one theme: Cooking.”
For him, business is an obsession and profession. “Chefs have their egos. They are dealing with a tricky job and they know what they are doing exactly. They do not accept comments or advice from other chefs,” he explained.
You can follow him for more information on White Mountain on Instagram: @wm.bakery.