Middle East’s fashion bloggers raise the style stakes in Paris

Tamara Al-Gabbani was in Milan before Paris Fashion Week and managed to score style points off the catwalk. (@tamaraalgabbani)
Updated 02 March 2018

Middle East’s fashion bloggers raise the style stakes in Paris

JEDDAH: Paris Fashion Week is looking particularly busy this season, with Middle Eastern fashion stars also catching up on the latest trends. 
As Arab women are glamorously taking over the mainstream with their fearless styles and forward-thinking business ideas, they are becoming a power to be reckoned with. 
Beauty bloggers and social media influencers such as Maya Ahmad and Lana El-Sahely are in Paris highlighting young Arab designers, entrepreneurs and artists.
“Living the dream again by learning new makeup trends at the backstages of Paris Fashion Week,” Ahmad wrote on her Instagram account. 
The Lebanese beauty guru, who has more than 1 million Instagram followers, has been gaining exclusive backstage access to exciting fashion trends in recent weeks.
El-Sahely shared a stylish photo from her Paris hotel with her followers on Thursday, writing: “Morning coffee on my magical Parisian balcony @lebristolparis & we’re off.”
Fashion designer Tamara Al-Gabbani, who was at Milan Fashion Week just before this, won praise from her Instragram fans as she shared some trendsetting images.


Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

Updated 08 December 2019

Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

MIAMI: The move was bananas ... or maybe the work was just too appealing.
A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.
“Art performance ... hungry artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you, very good.”
A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.
But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.
“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.
A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called “America” that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.
The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.