‘I am proud to be a Muslim,’ supermodel Bella Hadid tells magazine

‘I am proud to be a Muslim,’ supermodel Bella Hadid tells magazine
Supermodel Bella Hadid this week opened up about her Palestinian father’s immigration experience in an interview with Porter magazine. (Photo courtesy: Porter magazine)
Updated 04 April 2017

‘I am proud to be a Muslim,’ supermodel Bella Hadid tells magazine

‘I am proud to be a Muslim,’ supermodel Bella Hadid tells magazine

DUBAI: Supermodel Bella Hadid this week opened up about her Palestinian father’s immigration experience and her embrace of Islam in an interview with Porter magazine.
Bella, along with her supermodel sister Gigi and brother Anwar, are the children of Yolanda and Mohamed Hadid, who lived in Syria and Lebanon before he moved to the US in his teens.
“My dad was a refugee when he first came to America, so it’s actually very close to home for my sister and brother and me,” Bella said, referring to US President Donald Trump’s recent measures against incoming refugees.

“He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim,” she added.
On her rise to fame, the model added: “It gets really overwhelming…You feel really overexposed and you don’t want to see anybody... I just want to be in my apartment alone and kind of retreat and be centered again.”


Net-a-Porter to present livesteam styling video with Saudi fashion expert Norah Al-Eisa 

Net-a-Porter to present livesteam styling video with Saudi fashion expert Norah Al-Eisa 
Updated 05 May 2021

Net-a-Porter to present livesteam styling video with Saudi fashion expert Norah Al-Eisa 

Net-a-Porter to present livesteam styling video with Saudi fashion expert Norah Al-Eisa 

DUBAI: Leading global e-tailer Net-a-porter is collaborating with Saudi fashion expert Norah Al-Eisa to present a livestream styling video on Wednesday.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Al-Eisa, who is based in Riyadh, will be taking the regional customers through key pieces from the website’s Ramadan and Spring/Summer 2021 collections, which are ideal for Eid gifting.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Al-Eisa started her career in fashion as a fashion editor, then dabbled in historical costume design before going on to style some of the biggest fashion and fine jewelry campaigns in Saudi Arabia. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The influencer also regularly shares her fashion knowledge and styling tips on social media, on her Instagram account @norahaleisa. 


British-Moroccan model Nora Attal stars in Chanel’s Cruise 2022 show

British-Moroccan model Nora Attal stars in Chanel’s Cruise 2022 show
Nora Attal walks down the Chanel Cruise 2022 runway in France. Supplied
Updated 05 May 2021

British-Moroccan model Nora Attal stars in Chanel’s Cruise 2022 show

British-Moroccan model Nora Attal stars in Chanel’s Cruise 2022 show

DUBAI:  British-Moroccan model Nora Attal strutted her stuff on a runway in the south of France for Chanel’s resort 2022 show on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old walked down the catwalk, staged in Carrières de Lumières – a series of vast chambers – in the sunny Les Baux-de-Provence, wearing two looks from the Parisian luxury maison’s latest offering.

For her first turn down the punk-inspired runway, Attal wore an all-black look that consisted of a fringed top, skirt and cape secured around her neck. 

She later changed into loose grey trousers, paired with a striped bodysuit and a graphic shirt. 

Nora Attal walks down the Chanel Cruise 2022 runway in France. Supplied

In a press release, Chanel’s creative director Virginie Viard listed some of the elements of the collection: “Lots of fringes, in leather, beads and sequins, t-shirts bearing the face of the model Lola Nicon like a rock star, worn with tweed suits trimmed with wide braids and pointed silver Mary-Janes. ”

The monochromatic collection drew inspiration from Jean Cocteau’s play “Orpheus,” which deals with themes of morality, sacrifice and artistry. In fact, Cocteau was a friend of Coco Chanel and his 1960 film version, titled “Testament of Orpheus,” was shot at Carrières de Lumières.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Attal is a Chanel house favorite, having appeared on the catwalk for the French label on a number of occasions. She made her debut for Chanel in 2017 and went on to become a runway fixture and house muse, walking for the brand’s 2018 pre-Fall Metier’s d’Art show in Hamburg and most recently in the Spring 2021 runway presentation.

She also served as the face of the brand a number of times, starring in Chanel’s Spring 2019 campaign and Chanel Beauty holiday adverts.

Attal was first discovered by Jonathan Anderson, founder of the J.W. Anderson label, and shot a campaign for the British fashion house in 2014 before she had even taken her first steps down a runway.

Based in London and signed to Viva Model Management, she has worked with a number of renowned designers and photographers and has walked the runway for major fashion houses, including Fendi, Burberry and Valentino.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She recently starred in the new campaign for high-street retailer Zara’s not-yet-launched beauty line. 


‘We need to change,’ founder of Arab label Emergency Room says of fashion’s sustainability crisis

‘We need to change,’ founder of Arab label Emergency Room says of fashion’s sustainability crisis
Updated 05 May 2021

‘We need to change,’ founder of Arab label Emergency Room says of fashion’s sustainability crisis

‘We need to change,’ founder of Arab label Emergency Room says of fashion’s sustainability crisis

BEIRUT: Sustainability has become a buzzword in the fashion industry as of late. Due to the environmental impact of fast fashion, labels across the world — and in the Middle East — are trying their best to be more sustainable by using eco-friendly fabrics and cutting their number of collections they release per year.

However, Lebanese designer Erique Ritter, founder of streetwear brand Emergency Room, has a different strategy — and he’s calling for sweeping change in the fashion world. 

The creative talent starts his design process by exploring the available materials in the market, rather than starting with a design and ordering custom materials. 

“We go to the souk, we look at what we have and then we start our design process. It is not the other way round,” he told Arab News. 

His creations are all made in Lebanon and mostly in Tripoli, a city in the northern area of the country.  

“In Tripoli, there is the ‘beileh’ which is basically streets that are filled with thrift stores of second-hand clothes,” he said. “So, what we do is that we just go there, and they are always packed with things, packed with clothes, so we see what is available. If we see that there is a lot of jeans we are going to buy a whole bunch of jeans and start cutting and use jeans to make jackets.

“At the end of the day, we are working with the resources we have. We are not trying to import, or to generate or create new materials. So, we focus on what is available – like a chef in a restaurant,” he explained. 

Ritter launched his brand, mostly focused on upcycling, around three years ago. 

He named it Emergency Room because “it started with the idea or the feeling that there was an emergency in fashion,” the designer said. 

“We decided to call it Emergency Room because we were going to truly do things in a way that is environmentally friendly, that is ethical and that is respectful of the environment,” Ritter added. 

There is a lot of handwork involved in the creation process, which is why a lot of pieces also have raw or untailored edges. 

“We really need to change and think of everything and change the way we do things,” he urged fashion lovers and designers. 


Iraqi style maven Deema Al-Asadi talks Ramadan Shopbop collaboration, shares fashion tips

Iraqi style maven Deema Al-Asadi talks Ramadan Shopbop collaboration, shares fashion tips
The Dubai-based Iraqi fashionista boasts 990,000 Instagram followers. Instagram
Updated 04 May 2021

Iraqi style maven Deema Al-Asadi talks Ramadan Shopbop collaboration, shares fashion tips

Iraqi style maven Deema Al-Asadi talks Ramadan Shopbop collaboration, shares fashion tips

DUBAI: We’re in the final stretch of Ramadan and if you’re running out of style ideas for all of the iftar and suhoor gatherings yet to come, not to mention the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations, let Dubai-based Iraqi fashionista Deema Al-Asadi inspire you. 

The 33-year-old recently collaborated with international retailer Shopbop, which is owned by Amazon, to curate an exclusive edit of stylish and modest looks for the Holy Month. Meanwhile, she routinely takes to her Instagram account to share her latest Ramadan drip powered by flowy kaftans, printed maxi dresses and breezy abayas from local and international labels such as Bambah and Etro.

Below, Al-Asadi shares her must-have Ramadan pieces, tips for dressing during the holy month and how she will be celebrating Eid this year.

How did your collaboration with Shopbop come about?
“Shopbop has always been one of my favorite platforms for years. I love the brands that are showcased on the site, they’re always the first to get all these unique, contemporary brands in the region. So to have them create a Ramadan Edit that fits our style and region is super cool.

“What I loved the most about this edit is that it has such a great variety of options and the dresses were so beautiful. And since it’s already summer here, it was so great to find dresses with cool fabrics that are suitable for this weather. Not to forget, I loved the wide range of statement accessories. The main thing I love doing during Ramadan is accessorizing my kaftans and dresses, and I loved picking clutches, jewelry and shoes from Shopbop.”

How do you approach Ramadan dressing?
“I get super excited for Ramadan because I love wearing modest dresses, abayas and statement accessories. All year around I’m usually dressed in casual wear, just running errands and working. But during Ramadan, we dress up a lot for family gatherings and it is a joyous time that I really look forward to. In fact, during this time I prepare my outfits one day in advance.”

What are some of the must-have pieces in your Ramadan wardrobe?
“I like to have cool metallic clutches and flats. With modest dresses it’s always nice to have that perfect clutch and shoes to pair it up with. So before Ramadan begins, I make sure to shop and invest in a couple of clutches and comfortable sandals.

Do you have any tips for Ramadan dressing?
“The only tip I would give is comfort over everything. I personally do love dressing up and following trends but when it comes to Ramadan, I prioritize comfort. When you go out for suhoors, and eat after such long hours, the most important thing is to feel comfortable so make sure to select pieces that are modest and trendy, but don’t sacrifice your comfort.”

How would you describe your style?
“I don’t have one particular style, honestly I rock different styles based on my mood. But if I had to choose, I would say my style is feminine with an edge. One day you could spot me wearing a super casual sneaker kind of look and the next day you would see me in a chic dress with heels. However, when it comes to events I am always overdressed because I just love an occasion to dress up for.”

How will you celebrate Eid this year?
“I am really looking forward to Eid. For me, Eid is all about family. It’s the only time mine and my husband’s families get together. And of course I love dressing up for this occasion. I always make sure that during Eid, my husband, son and I are dressed in new outfits. It is a happy time for the family, and spend a lot of quality time with loved ones. I might be going on a staycation after the first few days of Eid, but the first evening will be spent with the entire family.”


Model Imaan Hammam shows solidarity with India amid COVID-19 spike

Model Imaan Hammam shows solidarity with India amid COVID-19 spike
The Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model is a fixture on international runways. File/Getty Images
Updated 04 May 2021

Model Imaan Hammam shows solidarity with India amid COVID-19 spike

Model Imaan Hammam shows solidarity with India amid COVID-19 spike

DUBAI: This week, model Imaan Hammam expressed her solidarity with the people of India fighting the second wave of COVID-19 in the country. The Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch catwalk star took to her Instagram to urge her one million followers to donate to families battling COVID-19 and help spread the word about the crisis.

“Daily new COVID-19 infections in India have now surpassed 400,000,” wrote the 23-year-old on her Instagram Stories. “They need our support. A good way to help is through @give_india,” she added, alongside a donation link to support COVID-19 relief efforts in India.

In another post, Hammam said: “If you can’t donate, you can still support in a big way by spreading the word about the crisis.”

Imaan Hammam took to social media to call for support for India. Instagram

The model, who was born to an Egyptian father and a Moroccan mother in the Netherlands, often uses her social media platform to raise awareness on pressing social issues.

The catwalk star, who made her runway debut aged 17 at the spring 2014 Givenchy show, has shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement and women empowerment by way of different initiatives in the past.

She is also a global ambassador for She’s the First, a non-profit organization that promotes education and respect for women and girls. 

The model urged her one million Instagram followers to donate to India Covid-19 relief efforts. Instagram

After a relatively controlled first COVID-19 wave, India is now shattering global records of daily infections. On Friday, Indian health officials reported 400,000 new daily cases, more than any other country has seen in a single day since the pandemic started in early spring last year.

Several international celebrities have come forward to help India as the country battles with a shortage of medical supplies. Priyanka Chopra Jonas has established a fundraiser, urging the world to unite to help India. Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Katy Perry are among the many stars who came forward to help.

Chopra Jonas is not the only Bollywood celebrity seeking to help COVID-19 patients in India. Bollywood film star Suniel Shetty also started an initiative to provide free oxygen concentrators. This initiative is currently operational in Mumbai and Bengaluru.