Maya Ahmad: Sleepless in Sri Lanka

Maya Ahmad
Updated 20 March 2018

Maya Ahmad: Sleepless in Sri Lanka

DUBAI: Lebanese makeup artist and vlogger Maya Ahmad has been soaking up the sun on vacation in Sri Lanka. “I do not want to leave this place,” Ahmad wrote on Instagram on Monday. “Most amazing vacation and the weather was PERFECT!” She waxed lyrical about the view of coconut trees and the ocean from her room at Shangri La’s Hambantota Resort on Sri Lanka’s south coast: “Waking up to this is priceless!” she wrote.
A post from her last night in the resort, however, suggested waking up might have been tough on her final morning. “I can’t sleep, so here is another photo from today,” she wrote, posting an image of herself in a flowing white blouse-skirt combo from Missguided, the UK fashion label founded by Anglo-Indian designer Nitin Passi and favored by celebs including singer Nicole Scherzinger.
Ahmad might have been on vacation, but she still found time to put together her latest video tutorial — on makeup that survives humidity — for her 1 million Instagram followers.
Ahmad has become a major social-media influencer in the Arab world, with over 500,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel. Late last year, she was featured alongside fellow Dubai-based Instagrammer Hadia Ghaleb in an episode of E!’s three-part reality show “My Fabulous M.E.” The show focused on six of the Middle East’s most popular fashion influencers, including Kuwaiti stars Fatima Almomen and Dana Al-Tuwarish, and Lebanese bloggers Nour Arida and Lana El-Sahely.
Ahmad also used her Sri Lanka trip to catch up on some reading, it seems. Her post of “some must-have vacation items” included a copy of “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,” Robin Sharma’s self-help bestseller and aspirational-quote-poster filler.

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.