Lana jets in as Lebanon takes over Paris Couture Week

Lana El Sahely at an event last year. (AFP)
Updated 21 January 2019

Lana jets in as Lebanon takes over Paris Couture Week

DUBAI: Lebanese influencer Lana El-Sahely will be in France this week to attend a bevy of shows at Paris Couture Week, which kicked off on Monday.

The style star admitted that she failed to make it to the first day of couture week, due to her flight being cancelled, but promised that she would give her followers a “beautiful ride” as the event goes on. 



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Bonjour ..While I was supposed to be enjoying a Parisian breakfast right now, the situation got out of our hands. Last night, as I arrived to the airport, I found out that some birds decided to visit the Plane’s reactors. Hence, my flight got cancelled with no other flying options. I am extremely bummed to be missing today, the special @georgeshobeika @maisonrabihkayrouz shows, but also the dearest tradition to my heart the @dior show, the gorgeous @ralphandrusso show...but also my backstage with @phytoparislb at Rabih Kayrouz’ show and my backstage coverages with @Maccosmetics at Ralph &Russo and @GiambattistaValli. I still promise you a beautiful ride this week☺️, sending you all loads of love. À demain Paris وعسى ان تكرهوا شيئا وهو خير لكم #paris #pfw #pariscoutureweek #coutureweek #hautecouture #fashionweek #parisjetaime #parismonamour

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She took to Instagram earlier in the week to ask her 265,000 followers what they would like to see on her account.

“Dreamy couture week is calling. Sunday with the family and hop (on a plane). What do you want to see more of? The shows, the trending pieces, the Parisian lifestyle, the parties? Help,” she posted on Instagram, alongside a photo of her in a red-and-pink outfit by Lebanon-based designer Krikor Jabotian.

Similar striking looks will no doubt go on show at Paris Couture Week, with four Arab fashion labels taking part in the elite event.

Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Georges Hobeika, Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad have all been invited to showcase their collections in Paris and are part of a high-end group of just 31 labels to take part in January’s showcase.

The Lebanese labels will be joined by the likes of Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Ralph & Russo at Paris Couture Week, which ends on Jan. 24.

It is a particularly memorable year for Lebanese fashion house Maison Rabih Kayrouz, which will show off its collection on Monday, as the label was just granted haute couture status by the French Couture Federation.

The decision to grant the fashion house the prestigious position was made at a Dec. 3 meeting between the French Couture Federation and France’s Industry Ministry, although the announcement was made last week.

Maison Rabih Kayrouz was elected as a guest member of the haute couture calendar in 2016 — guest members can take part in the couture week showcases but cannot use the label “haute couture” — but managed to nab the official label at the end of 2018.

Other iconic fashion houses to be hold the haute couture tag include Givenchy, Chanel and Maison Margiela.

For her part, El-Sahely is in Paris after a dizzying few weeks — she spent a whirlwind 24 hours in Geneva last week as luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen launched a new range at a glamorous bash in the Swiss city. 

The stylish influencer turned heads at the event in a gorgeous, moss-green velvet gown by Elie Saab, which she paired with quirky Dior earrings and a tight up-do.

We have no doubt that the fashion star will pull out all the style stops as Paris Couture Week continues.


Dubai-based label keeps ‘Frozen 2’ star warm in NYC

Kristen Bell is currently in the midst of a whirlwind promotion tour for her forthcoming film, ‘Frozen 2.’ Getty Images
Updated 13 November 2019

Dubai-based label keeps ‘Frozen 2’ star warm in NYC

  • On Tuesday, Kristen Bell was photographed wearing a bold jacket from Dubai-based label Bouguessa
  • The look was one of three chic outfits that the actress donned that day

DUBAI: Kristen Bell is currently in the midst of a whirlwind promotion tour for her forthcoming film, “Frozen 2,” and has been serving look after look while doing so.

On Tuesday, the US actress was all smiles while she was out and about in New York for her press rounds wearing not one, but three chic ensembles. Among them was a two-tone coat from Dubai-based Algerian designer Bouguessa. 

Bell began her jam-packed day with an appearance at “Good Morning America” and for the occasion wore a bold, half-baby-blue-half-plum jacket that was plucked from the label’s Fall 2020 winter collection. She accessorized the outerwear, which has also been sported by reality star Kourtney Kardashian in recent weeks, with knee-length, crocodile-skin boots and oversized sunglasses. 

The actress wore a coat by Dubai-based label Bouguessa for a TV appearance in New York. Getty Images

The 39-year-old then switched into a burgundy trench coat paired with a coordinating sweater and stiletto boots. Meanwhile, the Broadway star was photographed sauntering out of “Good Morning America” (GMA)wearing a head-to-toe maroon look and a lilac coat slung over her shoulders.

During her appearance at GMA with co-star Idina Menzel, Bell and her on-screen sister shared some details about the hotly-anticipated “Frozen 2.” The actresses, who play Anna and Elsa in the cult Disney film, revealed that they felt they were in “really good hands” for the Disney’s first-ever musical sequel. 

Bell also spoke about a new show she is producing and hosting for Disney+. Entitled “Encore!”, the new series will invite former High School Musical castmates to perform their original musical in just six days. 

“It’s incredible, and I will say I’ve been proud of a lot of work I’ve done — I don’t know that I’ve done anything that makes me this proud,” Bell said, adding that it’s, “so heartfelt.”

Meanwhile, Bouguessa, which was founded by Faiza Bouguessa, is known for its modern abayas and stylish overlays.   The Dubai-based label has found fans in many A-list celebrities, including Indian actresses Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor. And who can forget the emerald, velvet robe Beyonce donned back in 2017? 

Born and raised in France to Algerian parents, the designer initially moved to Dubai as a flight attendant for Emirates before transforming her passion for fashion design from a hobby and to a full-fledged career. Having learnt to sew and knit from her seamstress grandmother at a young age, Bouguessa lent her skills to numerous internships at fashion houses before launching her eponymous ready-to-wear label in 2014.