DUBAI: Two of the biggest Lebanese fashion houses, Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, hosted their shows in Paris at the Haute Coutour fashion week on Tuesday.
Elie Saab celebrated the magic of femininity, with supple silhouettes and sequined details. A sea life theme dominated the catwalk with draped asymmetrical dresses, as well as deep blue colors. Corals were embroidered on delicate gowns making them shimmer. The creations were whimsical and dreamy, and would make any one wearing them transform into a royal mermaid.
The sea life and underwater theme seemed to also be present in Zuhair Murad’s designs. In his dramatic collection 80s inspired silhouettes and opulence flairs dominated the runway. Murad kept the theme subtle throughout, evoking the feel of the ocean with ruffled dresses and lots of blue. He is known to be more sensual in his style of dresses and that was shown with is sequined silk tulle pieces, and long figure hugging shapes.
Model Shanina Shaik celebrates becoming a homeowner
Updated 12 June 2021
DUBAI: Part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik is officially a homeowner. The 30-year-old this week took to her Instagram Stories to share the exciting news that she just purchased a home in Hollywood, California.
She wrote: “I’m officially a homeowner!” alongside a trio of the emoji wearing a party hat and blowing a party horn.
“Thank you @deniserosnerhomes, the best real estate agent,” she captioned an image of herself posing in front of a kitchen island. “If you need a home, this is your gurl (sic),” she added.
Shaik moved back to the US from London, where she spent the majority of quarantine, in February.
The supermodel, who is of Saudi, Pakistani, Lithuanian and Australian descent, moved to London after more than a decade in the US.
In February, she obtained a visa to enter America, thanks to US Immigration Attorney Carlos Rosas who helped her and made “the unimaginable happen,” according to an Instagram post.
“Congratulations @shaninamshaik on becoming a homeowner — you were a dream to work with and I’m so lucky to call you (a) friend,” wrote Shaik’s real estate agent on Instagram, adding “now let’s get #Choppa back so he and #Penelope can have a playdate,” referring to Shaik’s pet dog who is still in the UK.
It appears that Shaik’s new home is not all the model has to celebrate as the Victoria’s Secret star is finally going to be reunited with her beloved French bulldog after months of trying to bring her furry friend home.
“I had a lot of issues with Choppa’s situation but at the end of the day I found out that Choppa is coming home tomorrow,” said Shaik in a video posted to her Stories. “And you’re going to see a really, really happy woman. I’m going to cry my eyes out when I see him so I’m going to keep you guys posted on that video,” she added.
Back in May, the part-Arab model took to social media to ask fans to help reunite her with her pet dog who was unable to undertake the trip with her across the Atlantic for reasons unknown.
The brand provides both leather and vegan products to cater for all audiences
Updated 12 June 2021
Kerta is a Saudi fashion house founded to provide customers region-wide access to the talent and designs available in the Kingdom.
It is influenced by the old and the new, a theme which inspired the name of the company.
Kerta is the word grandmothers used in the past to refer to their dresses — to describe beautifully detailed designs with a pinched waist made with wonderful fabrics. Graceful and elegant, these grandmothers were the epitome of perfectly poised ladies, combining beauty and resilience.
As times change and fashion adapts, Kerta aims to offer customers the chance to live up to this love of elegance with eight Saudi designers focusing on a variety of collections including abayas, shoes, jewelry, leather products and accessories.
The brand provides both leather and vegan products to cater for all audiences.
One of the most on-trend items that Kerta has designed, and a best-seller, is classic leather shoes with medium heels — bold, elegant and suitable to wear for day-to-day errands, the office or even a social event — making for a professional yet fashionable look.
For more information, visit: www.shopkerta.com
Arab athletes Dareen Barbar, Asma Elbadawi star in new Adidas campaign
Updated 11 June 2021
DUBAI: Lebanese athlete Dareen Barbar and Sudanese-British basketball player Asma Elbadawi are the stars of a new campaign from German sportswear giant Adidas, “Beyond the Surface,” for full-coverage women’s swimwear.
Released on Thursday, the 18-piece collection is designed for women who prefer to cover up when swimming.
According to a released statement, Elbadawi said: “I am incredibly proud to support a campaign that will remove barriers for women across the world to enjoy swimming.”
The multi-piece collection includes swimsuits that offer coverage from neck to ankle. They feature press studs that connect the top to the trousers to offer an adjustable fit and prevent movement of the swimwear in and out of the water.
The range, which comes in black, purple and burgundy, also feature thumb holes in the sleeves for optimized fit. The sets also come with a swim hijab with an adjustable inner cap to prevent it from slipping whilst swimming.
“At Adidas we believe that nobody should be prevented from enjoying the benefits of being in and around the water,” said Sybille Baumann, senior product manager at Adidas swimwear. “We are constantly looking at ways to diversify our product offering for all women and our full-cover swimwear collection is rooted in that mentality.”
The collection also features accessories, key chains, and charms that give the products a twist to the brand’s iconic codes.
The new items have been developed by the Venezuelan-American fashion designer Carolina Herrera in collaboration with the fashion house’s creative director Wes Gordon and makeup consultant Lauren Parsons.
Herrera said: “Traditionally, makeup is something that you keep out of sight whether on your bathroom shelf or in your vanity pouch. But it’s such a personal form of expression, why shouldn’t you wear it? Literally. We wanted to give women an opportunity to wear their make-up like a piece of fabulous jewelry.”
Parsons said: “From the start of our collaboration, the main focus was to create a makeup line of modern, fresh textures and colors that would suit everyone.”
THE BREAKDOWN: Lebanese designer Nada Debs discusses ‘Keeping it Together bowl’
The Lebanese designer discusses her latest work, made of glass from the Beirut Port explosion and showcased in May at the Menart Fair in Paris
Updated 10 June 2021
DUBAI: The day after the August 4 explosion, we immediately started working on the renovation of the studio. It was a crazy week of cleansing and I felt so responsible. I know there are a lot of designers but I was one of the first that started in Lebanon. I feel like I’ve paved the way for a lot of young designers. If I don’t stand up and show that we’re strong, it’s not going to reflect well. It was a calling, like I had to do it.
We kept aside some of the broken glass and we decided to make a collection called “Keeping it Together,” because we needed to keep it together — both emotionally and mentally. We were very aware of other designers who were criticized for using glass. First of all, I think they did it too early in the game. We were still very sensitive to the situation. Secondly, I think the way they communicated it was probably not the correct way. In our case, we were really hesitant. We decided to sell it only on the condition that all the proceeds can be used to support the crafting industry in Lebanon.
We’ve worked a lot with resin from 15 years ago and we gathered so much glass. That’s the memory of what we have from the blast — the sound of glass. I thought ‘Let’s try to take the glass, put it in resin, and see how it looks.’ We were using resin to bring the glass together, which is kind of like upcycling. So instead of melting the glass and using up a lot more energy, we can actually just bring these glass pieces together and create a functional object.
It’s a very complicated process. We first had to create a mold with a piece of wood that looked like the bowl. We had to make it into silicon and then we had to pour the glass and the resign together very slowly in steps. If we did it too fast, the resin could have cracked. It wasn’t easy to create.
It’s about turning pain into hope. What we experienced was painful, but then when you put it together, it just gives you hope. We can reconnect, reuse, recycle and stand on our feet again.