Hollywood star Yara Shahidi dazzles on the SAG red carpet

Yara Shahidi arrives for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 21, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (AFP)
Updated 22 January 2018

Hollywood star Yara Shahidi dazzles on the SAG red carpet

DUBAI: All eyes were on 17-year-old star Yara Shahidi as she stepped out at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in a sophisticated black jumpsuit — and she even got a special nod of approval from the likes of Vogue magazine.
The Iranian-American TV actress turned heads in a sleek, custom-made Ralph Lauren outfit when she took to the red carpet at Sunday night’s event in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.
She garnered praise from Vogue, which said she “simmered with disco-worthy drama.” Shahidi completed her look with Jimmy Choo platforms and Tiffany & Co. jewelry chosen by stylist Jason Bolden.
Before the show, she tweeted out a message of appreciation to the Ralph Lauren design house, saying “thank you for making the jumpsuit of my dreams.”
The “Black-ish” star, who now has her own spin off series called “Grown-ish,” was nominated for the Outstanding Television Comedy Ensemble award along with her cast mates at the ceremony, but lost out to the cast of “Veep.”
Shahidi is likely not disheartened, however, as she is set to head off to Harvard University to study sociology and African-American studies this year. She even revealed that former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote her a recommendation letter during the college application process — an endorsement that made headlines around the world last March.
The star is well-known for her stance against the proposed US immigration ban that caused uproar last year and shared a message on her social media accounts at the time saying: “If my baba was stuck in an airport because of a Muslim ban 39 years ago, he would have never fallen in love with my mama. I would not exist and I wouldn’t have two amazing brothers.”
She has been vocal about her Iranian-African-American heritage and even called herself “a proud Black Iranian.”

Georges Hobeika, Rabih Kayrouz shine during Paris Haute Couture Week

Updated 07 July 2020

Georges Hobeika, Rabih Kayrouz shine during Paris Haute Couture Week

DUBAI: With coronavirus cases rising to over 11 million around the world, a number of film and fashion events have been forced to become digital. 

This week, the first-ever online Paris Haute Couture Week kicked off, with Lebanese designers Georges Hobeika and Rabih Kayrouz presenting their brand’s Fall 20/21 couture collections on July 6.

Hobeika’s audience-less runway show was streamed via Instagram Live. (Supplied)

From heavily-embellished tops to voluminous skirts and fluffy coats, Hobeika’s audience-less runway show, which was streamed via Instagram Live, had it all. 

The Baskinta-born designer, revered by royals and red carpet stars, also offered brides-to-be something to dream about. He presented a white gown decorated with crystals and sequins and a floor-length veil that would make any bride say “I do.”

The Baskinta-born designer also offered brides-to-be something to dream about. (Supplied)

For Kayrouz, this digital experience was a golden chance for him to showcase his creativity. 

The couturier presented a short film, titled “320 / 38,” that was written, directed and produced by Lebanese filmmaker Nasri Sayegh. The title of the video gives reference to his Beirut address, 320, and his Paris atelier, 38.  


In a five-minute long clip, the couturier took viewers on a dress-making journey – with background music by the late legendary Egyptian singer Shadia – where he opted to focus on a single haute couture orange dress that took 230 hours to make.


The sleeveless dress, tight at the model’s upper body, is made from ribbons that intersect in different geometric lines.


The gown then flows into a full skirt with even, undulating pleats.