The Six: Fashion Rewind 2018

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Updated 31 December 2018

The Six: Fashion Rewind 2018

We take a look at some of the biggest Middle East-related fashion and beauty moments of 2018.
Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh
The international press descended on Riyadh in April as trunk shows and runway presentations by the likes of Roberto Cavalli and Arab designers sparked global headlines.

Fenty Beauty in Saudi Arabia
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty launched in Saudi Arabia’s Sephora stores in April. Excited fans had even more reason to celebrate when, come September, Rihanna landed in Dubai for a makeup workshop.

Hedi Slimane takes over Celine
Earlier this year, the fashion world went wild when French designer Hedi Slimane, who is of Tunisian descent, took over the reins at the label. He dropped the accent on Celine’s “e” and released his first collection in September.

Dolce & Gabbana in Dubai
Dolce & Gabbana’s first-ever runway show in the Middle East was a colorful event to remember at The Dubai Mall on Oct. 7.



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Off White opens in the UAE
Fashion magazines churned out endless headlines when US streetwear brand Off-White, led by Virgil Abloh, opened its first store in The Dubai Mall in October.

Huda Beauty expands
Founders Huda and Mona Kattan launched their first-ever fragrance on Nov. 16, a move that implies we can expect much more from the brand than just makeup.

 


Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi stars in luxurious international campaign

Updated 27 May 2020

Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi stars in luxurious international campaign

DUBAI: Luxury watchmaker and jeweler Piaget revealed its new campaign this week, starring ten exceptional women pioneers in varying fields, ranging from cinema and art to music and design. Among the women chosen to star in the campaign is Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi.

Fathi features in the Extraordinary Women campaign – which was shot in Los Angeles – alongside award-winning actresses Jessica Chastain and Cynthia Erivo, South Korean star Kong Hyo-Jin, US entrepreneurs Shiva Safai and Olivia Palermo, American actress Constance Wu, Chinese artist Chen Man and founders of Red Carpet Advocacy Arianne Phillips and Carineh Martin.

The campaign features ten women who excel in their respective fields. (Supplied)

“No stranger to the limelight meet shining star of the stage @balqeesfathi. A ground-breaking singer who uses her platform to raise women up, sharing her extraordinary with people around the world,” wrote Piaget on its official Instagram page alongside a clip of the singer.

A UN Champion for Women’s Rights in the Middle East, Fathi continuously uses her platform to shed light on important humanitarian causes. As part of her philanthropic work, the 31-year-old  visited Yemeni refugee camps in Djibouti and launched the #DontCoverItUp campaign, which aims to raise awareness on domestic abuse.

She is also the first Arabic singer to appear on Saudi national television, 40 years after singers Fairouz, Sabah and Umm Kulthum.

It’s all these reasons and more that make her an exceptional woman and a perfect fit for Piaget’s new campaign.