Chrissy Teigen nails her red carpet look with Maison Yeya

Chrissy Teigen wearing Dubai-based fashion house Maison Yeya. (AFP)
Updated 14 January 2019

Chrissy Teigen nails her red carpet look with Maison Yeya

DUBAI: US model and social media darling Chrissy Teigen wore a dreamy gown by Dubai-based fashion house Maison Yeya to the Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The autumn/winter 2018 dress was designed by the label’s Egyptian founder, Yasmine Yeya, and features a thigh-high split, gorgeous sweetheart neckline and a waist-cinching belt.

Chosen for Teigen by celebrity stylist Monica Rose, the silver-grey gown was also worn by superstar Nicole Scherzinger when she performed at an event in Dubai last year.

Teigen took the look to new heights with Stuart Weitzman sandals and Jaipur Jewels diamond earrings.

The awards show saw Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” — an ode to the director’s childhood in 1970s Mexico City — named as the big winner of the night.

“Roma” won trophies for best picture, best foreign-language film, and for both director and cinematography for Cuaron, AFP reported.

“This bunch of Mexicans are not as bad as sometimes they are portrayed,” said Cuaron said, a reference to President Donald Trump’s hard-line rhetoric on immigration.

Shot in black and white, and filmed in Spanish and the indigenous Mixtec language, “Roma” is a semi-autobiographical chronicle of a year in the life of Cuaron’s family and his childhood nanny.

“Roma” — the title a reference to a posh Mexico City neighborhood — earlier won two Golden Globes and is a leading contender for an Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony in February.

Christian Bale, who portrayed former US vice president Dick Cheney in “Vice,” won awards in the Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy categories, while Glenn Close (“The Wife“) and Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born“) jointly won in the Best Actress category.

Mahershala Ali (“Green Book“) walked away with a Best Supporting Actor win, while Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk“) won for Best Supporting Actress.

Offbeat 18th century royal romp “The Favorite” won the award for Best Acting Ensemble, while its star Olivia Colman won the Best Actress in a Comedy award.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won the Best Animated Feature award, beating out stiff competition from Pixar-Disney’s “The Incredibles 2,” Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and director Wes Anderson’s quirky “Isle of Dogs.”

Tom Cruise vehicle “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” won the Best Action Movie award, beating Marvel-Disney box office blockbusters “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity Wars.”

The multi-nominated “Black Panther” however won awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

“Crazy Rich Asians” won in the Best Comedy category, beating out “The Favourite” and “The Death of Stalin,” among others.

Seen as a barometer for the Oscars, the Critics’ Choice Awards also includes awards for the best of television.

“The Americans” took the award for Best Drama Series, while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took the Best Comedy Series award, with its star Rachel Brosnahan winning in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category.


Iraq Pavilion at Venice Biennale shuts in solidarity with protesters

The Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale has shut down in solidarity with protesters. Supplied
Updated 13 November 2019

Iraq Pavilion at Venice Biennale shuts in solidarity with protesters

  • In a show of solidarity with anti-government protestors, the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale has shut down
  • Initially set to run until Nov. 24, the exhibition entitled “Fatherland” was closed on Nov. 5.

DUBAI: Iraq is currently in the midst of ongoing anti-government protests that have claimed the lives of more than 260 Iraqis since they erupted earlier this month. In a show of solidarity, the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale has shut down.

Initially set to run until Nov. 24, the exhibition entitled “Fatherland” was closed on Nov. 5.

“Fatherland” is a collection of expressionist paintings by Iraqi-Kurdish artist Serwan Baran that were commissioned by Baghdad-based non-profit organization the Ruya Foundation, which in an official statement shared that the move was to show support to “the popular youth uprisings that have erupted in Iraq against state corruption and deteriorating economic and living conditions.”

“We condemn the use of violence against peaceful protesting, and the bloodshed that has led to the death of over 265 protesters so far,” read the statement shared on the organization’s Twitter account. “Peaceful protesting is a basic right, enshrined in Article 38.c of the Iraqi Constitution.”

“Since our founding in late 2012, we have worked hard, frequently in inhospitable circumstances, to create a platform for artists across Iraq to freely express their creativity, in a firm belief that culture is an integral component of any society, and a powerful force for change towards an open and free country. This is particularly important for Iraq, given its difficult recent history and authoritarian past,” it continued.

The Baghdad-based foundation, which was co-founded by Tamara Chalabi, daughter of former Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, has overseen the Iraq Pavilion in Venice since 2013.