The Hadid sisters are all over NYFW

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Gigi Hadid models fashion from the Oscar de la Renta spring 2019 collection during Fashion Week in New York on Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Models Bella Hadid, left, and Gigi Hadid attend the BoF 500 Gala held at One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)
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Model Bella Hadid attends the BoF 500 Gala held at One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)
Updated 13 September 2018

The Hadid sisters are all over NYFW

  • US-Palestinian sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid proved they are in high demand at New York Fashion Week

DUBAI: The US-Palestinian Hadid sisters proved they are in high demand at New York Fashion Week by walking the runway for luxury label Oscar de la Renta on Tuesday.

Bella kicked things off in a fringed, sarong-like skirt with a tulip print and a white, one-armed top. And Gigi finished the show in a long, sheer black lace gown — also with one arm free — with delicate ruffles running up the leg, the Associated Press reported.

Two years into their tenure at the helm of Oscar de la Renta, designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia continue to seek new ways to inject a more relaxed vibe into the label — while maintaining its famous craftsmanship.

This week, the pair put on a rooftop runway show that felt like a sunny Mediterranean vacation — well, once it actually stopped drizzling. There were bold prints, lots of fringe, crocheted dresses and loose, comfy caftans taking their place among the elegant, structured gowns the label is best known for.

The two moods of the collection could perhaps best be sampled by looking at the show’s opening and closing garments, each modeled by a famous Hadid sister.

Backstage after the high-profile show, which drew celebrities like Nicki Minaj (and her mother), Kate Beckinsale and Dianna Agron.

The designers agreed that each season, they’ve experimented just a bit more with the aesthetic of the label’s legendary founder. This time, they thought about all the countries they’d traveled to for inspiration, and then actually made a print from a map of them, which appears on several garments.

“You can see, it goes from Turkey, to Morocco, to China,” Kim said, pointing to a photo on her look board backstage.

A number of the garments had a relaxed, looser fit, and Kim said that had something to do with the weather this year. “It was so hot this summer that I think I personally felt the need for looser clothes,” she said.

Chief among them: Kaftans, perhaps the ideal vacation garment. “We always had kaftans but we never really showed them,” said Kim. “But I’m starting to realize that that’s all I want to wear in summer.”

Colors included a lot of neutrals, but also bold colors like bright canary yellow, and a new terra cotta red. Speaking of canaries, one highly whimsical touch was a white birdcage purse — with a wallet inside, resembling a bird. Not exactly your traditional de la Renta accessory.

Earlier in the week, the Hadid sisters walked in Prabal Gurung’s show.

The designer, who sent models from 35 countries around the globe down his runway on Sunday, chose to represent a world where “all humanity reigns,” according to the Associated Press.  

The fashionable crowd was also treated to the designer’s first-ever menswear collection. Among his men was Anwar Hadid, joined in the show by his supermodel sisters.


Holocaust-based film ‘to screen at Red Sea Film Fest’

Updated 19 February 2020

Holocaust-based film ‘to screen at Red Sea Film Fest’

  • The Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed World War II film will mark the first time a film that explores the Holocaust will screen in the Kingdom
  • ‘Resistance’ tells the story of mime artist Marcel Marceau, who joins the French Resistance at the beginning of World War II in order to help save the lives of 10,000 Jewish orphans

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival unveiled its inaugural movie lineup this week, with a few surprises on the list, including Holocaust-based film, “Resistance.”

The Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed World War II film, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Marcel Marceau, who was a member of the French Resistance, will mark the first time a film that explores the Holocaust will screen in the Kingdom.

The significance was not lost on film aficionados, who took to social media to congratulate the Venezuelan director.

“Congratulations @JoJakubowicz I am very proud of all your achievements,” one user wrote. “A geopolitical achievement. Good job, Jonathan!” another user tweeted. 

“I think it’s a promising move toward artistic freedom,” Makkah-based Saudi filmmaker Talal Wassmy told Arab News when asked what the implications of the screening would be.

Meanwhile, Abdullah Yahya, a Saudi film critic for movie-focused website filmphoria.com, added that “it is a great cultural shift toward a less prejudiced mindset. I am glad we are no longer beholden to one narrative when it comes to history.”

The biographical drama tells the story of a young French actor, Marcel Marceau, who joins the French Resistance at the beginning of World War II in order to help save the lives of 10,000 Jewish orphans from Nazi forces in France.

Marceau, who was also famous for being a mime artist that delighted audiences for decades as “Bip,” used his miming skills to keep the orphaned children comfortable and quiet during the risky smuggled escapes to Switzerland.

“The kids loved Marcel and felt safe with him,” the late actor’s cousin and commander of the French Resistance, Georges Loinger, told the Jewish Telegraph Agency in 2007, after Marceau’s death.

“The kids had to appear like they were simply going on vacation to a home near the Swiss border and Marcel really put them at ease.”

The full cast of the film includes Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy, Bella Ramsey, Matthias Schweighöfer, Géza Röhrig, Karl Markovics, Félix Moati, Alicia von Rittberg and Vica Kerekes. 

The film will be screened in Saudi Arabia before it is released in the US on March 27.