Karen Wazen jets over for NYFW

(Left: L-R) Leena Al-Ghouti, Nour Arida and Karen Wazen attend the Tory Burch show at the Smithsonian Design Museum. (Below) Models walk the runway for Tory Burch. (AFP)
Updated 10 September 2018

Karen Wazen jets over for NYFW

  • Video circulating on social media shows Cardi B lunging toward someone and being held back

DUBAI: Lebanese fashion blogger Karen Wazen has been flitting around New York this past week, running from event to event as fashion week goes on.
The Dubai-based fashion icon jetted into the Big Apple courtesy of Tory Burch and attended the brand’s runway show, stopping to pose for a photograph with UAE-based Palestinian-Canadian blogger Leena Al-Ghouti and Lebanese style star Nour Arida.
“Touched down in New York with my @toryburch family. Thank you so much for brining me here during NYFW! I absolutely can’t wait for your show!” Wazen posted on Instagram last week.
“Thank you, New York for your amazing vibes!” she added in another post.
Wazen attended the Tory Burch Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show at the Smithsonian Design Museum on Sept. 7 and watched the unveiling of a collection imbued with the memory of the founder’s wealthy parents and their Mediterranean cruises.
The clothes were inspired by their steamer-hopping trips from Italy to Greece, and from Spain to Morocco, full of contrast from Cypriot lace to North African djellabas, and from flamenco flounces to safari suits.
Wazen also made an appearance at Friday night’s Harper’s Bazaar Icons party, where rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were the center of attention due to an alleged altercation between the two.
A-list guests reportedly huddled around their phones to watch footage of the fracas — physical altercations aren’t normal fare at fashion week after parties.
A person who witnessed the incident, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Minaj was finishing up a conversation with someone when Cardi B tried to attack her, but Minaj’s security guards intervened, the Associated Press reported.
Video circulating on social media shows Cardi B lunging toward someone and being held back. Cardi B reportedly threw one of her shoes at Minaj. Another video shows the platinum rapper being escorted out of the event by security.
Cardi B, wearing a voluminous red Dolce & Gabbana gown, was seen leaving the party barefoot, with what appeared to be a bump on her head. In a post on Instagram Cardi B didn’t call out Minaj by name but alluded to the fight and said it was sparked because her mothering skills were being disparaged. She and rapper Offset recently had their first child together, a girl.
Minaj has not yet commented on the incident.


Luxury e-tailer The Modist closes amid the coronavirus pandemic

The Modist was launched in 2017. (Instagram)
Updated 21 min 7 sec ago

Luxury e-tailer The Modist closes amid the coronavirus pandemic

  • The decision was made amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic

DUBAI: Luxury modest wear e-tailer The Modist has closed down “its virtual doors,” founder Ghizlan Guenez announced on Instagram on Thursday.

The decision was made amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.

“Unfortunately, whilst our plans and position were quite different only weeks ago, the global pandemic crisis that hit the world shifted our position entirely and rendered our young business very vulnerable, which left us with no choice but to cease operating and close down,” Guenez wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s a heavy day and I am sad to share that the brand and business (@themodist) that we built with so much passion, hard work and perseverance is closing its virtual doors today. Unfortunately, whilst our plans and position were quite different only weeks ago, the global pandemic crisis that hit the world shifted our position entirely and rendered our young business very vulnerable, which left us with no choice but to cease operating and close down. As an entrepreneur, you start a business with explosive optimism, passion, excitement and a clear vision of where you want to go with your idea. You take risks, sometimes disproportionate to the potential reward, but that is what the fabric of entrepreneurs is made up of: faith, passion, vision, resilience and the ability to keep going against all odds. You don’t however truly plan for a day when you see the “lights switch off”. But when you start a business with a purpose like The Modist, which was built on values of celebrating women’s choices, diversity and inclusion, breaking stereotypes and putting a stick in the ground in the space of modesty, you find solice in the fact that whilst the business no longer exists, its impact is everlasting and the conversations that it created will have played a role in changing mindsets. This is why whilst this is a very difficult day for those of us who were part of building it, our comfort lies in the fact that the journey of building The Modist with all its milestones is as important as the destination it was aiming to reach. There aren’t enough words to describe how inspiring our community of women (and men) has been. I truly hope that this community continues the conversation on important values and that players in the fashion industry and beyond continue to carry the flag of what is important: inclusion, innovation, diversity, sustainability and all the other topics that are relevant today more than ever. I want to thank each and every person who touched our journey no matter how small or large their contribution to The Modist was. I especially want to thank my incredible team, some of whom have been on this journey since day 1, for the passion, (continuation below)

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The Modist, launched in 2017, was built on values of celebrating women’s choices, diversity and inclusion, breaking stereotypes and putting a stick in the ground in the space of modesty, according to Guenez.

“I truly hope that this community continues the conversation on important values and that players in the fashion industry and beyond continue to carry the flag of what is important: inclusion, innovation, diversity, sustainability and all the other topics that are relevant today more than ever,” the founder of the Dubai and London-based e-commerce shop added.