Karen Wazen supports Louis Vuitton charity drive

Karen Wazen at PFW earlier this year. (Getty)
Updated 27 November 2018

Karen Wazen supports Louis Vuitton charity drive

DUBAI: Lebanese blogger Karen B. Wazen took to Instagram on Monday to show support for luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton’s campaign with UNICEF.

Since 2016, the French brand has sold Silver Lockit bracelets to support UNICEF’s mission of providing aid for vulnerable children around the world.

“The aim of this global partnership is to raise funds for UNICEF and help support children that are exposed to conflicts, diseases, natural disasters and other situations that threaten their safety and well-being,” Louis Vuitton’s official website states.

This week, Louis Vuitton announced British actress Sophie Turner as the face of this year’s #makeapromise campaign in collaboration with UNICEF. The “Game of Thrones” star helped to design the bracelet, which features a braided red-and-white cord with a silver rabbit charm inspired by one of her tattoos.

“Sophie put so much time and thought into the distinctive design,” Mark Devlin, chief operating officer for UNICEF UK, said in a released statement, according to Vogue Arabia.

For her part, Wazen posted a message to her 748,000 followers on Instagram, saying: “We made a promise to help the children in need with @unicef and @louisvuitton! By every purchase of this silver lock you could #makeapromise too.”

She posted the caption alongside a photograph of herself wearing the simple charm bracelet.

According to the Louis Vuitton website, the locket symbolizes protection and care and is available in its stores worldwide and on www.louisvuitton.com/lvforunicef. For each sale of the Silver Lockit pendant or bracelet, $100 is donated to UNICEF.

“The bracelet is meant to hold luck for the people to whom the funds go to. It’s about bringing people together from all over the world because UNICEF works worldwide and Louis Vuitton is all about travel,” Turner said in a statement. “Red is considered a lucky color in China and white coincides with the circular charm of the bracelet: A rabbit. White rabbits and rabbit-foot are considered lucky in many parts of the world.”

Last year, the fashion house selected another Lebanese blogger and fashion icon, Jessica Kahawaty, to work with UNICEF at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to help children affected by the Syrian crisis, which has seen millions of people displaced.


Influencer Nadya Hassan celebrates her 30th birthday in style at home

Dubai blogger Nadya Hassan celebrated her birthday this week. (Instagram)
Updated 04 April 2020

Influencer Nadya Hassan celebrates her 30th birthday in style at home

DUBAI: Dubai-based influencer Nadya Hassan turned 30 on Friday and the style and travel blogger found a way to celebrate her landmark birthday in spite of the country-wide stay-at-home mandates due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Happy 30th to me. I was meant to be in Vegas today to bring in my 30th but here we are,” wrote the fashion star on Instagram, alongside a series of snaps of her birthdays throughout the years. 

Indeed, celebrating her big day in far-flung locales appears to be an annual ritual for the newly-minted 30-year-old. In previous years, Hassan has rung in her special day in exotic destinations such as Tokyo and Havana. This year was scheduled to be no different, until the coronavirus affected her travel plans.

However, the influencer didn’t let spoiled vacation plans put a damper on her milestone birthday. Hassan took to her Instagram Stories to provide a sneak peek of how she decided to celebrate her big day, uploading videos and snaps for her 212,000 followers.

“Quarantine birthday! Got dressed up for my 30th and why not?” she wrote alongside a picture of herself wearing a silver, sequined gown and metallic earrings. 

Another video sees the blogger blowing out a stack of candle-lit macarons while surrounded by balloons. 

The region’s fashion set took to social media to pay tribute to Hassan on her special day. 

The region’s fashion set took to social media to pay tribute to Hassan on her special day. 

“Happy birthday baby girl,” wrote Iraqi influencer Deema Al-Asadi. Ahmed Dabbas also shared a heartfelt birthday post, writing “Happy birthday Queen N. Love you and miss you so much.”