Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad pay homage to ocean life in their latest collections

Elie Saab's wedding design for his SS'19 collection. (AFP)
Updated 24 January 2019

Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad pay homage to ocean life in their latest collections

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.

Zuhair Murad's wedding dress design. (AFP)

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.


Fashion stars are mastering quarantine cuisine

Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty has been brushing up on her kitchen skills during self-isolation. Instagram
Updated 08 April 2020

Fashion stars are mastering quarantine cuisine

DUBAI: As the world continues to practice self-isolation and social distancing, our favorite models and influencers are proving to be quite the quarantine chefs. Case in point, part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid, who has been self-isolating at her family’s farm in Pennsylvania, has been trying her hand in the kitchen. When the 23-year-old isn’t spending time with her animals and showcasing choreographed dance moves on TikTok, she can be found cooking.

And naturally, Hadid has been documenting her newfound kitchen skills on her Instagram Stories. So far, the model’s quarantine cuisine has included marinated chicken and crispy marshmallow snacks, as well as a spicy, garlic chilli and ginger chicken dish. This week, the youngest Hadid sister posted a series of captioned snaps of herself cooking up chocolate chip cookies using coconut flour, butter and “way too many chocolate chips.”

In addition to spending time with animals and posting TikTok videos, part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid has been cooking. (Instagram)

Her older sister Gigi has also been documenting her prowess in the kitchen on her social media. She even has a separate highlights section of Instagram Stories entitled “From My Kitchen” on her account dedicated to showcasing the delectable treats she has cooked up, which include everything from banana muffins to pesto pasta.

Homemade pasta has also found a fan in Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty, who jokingly captioned her most recent Instagram picture — a snap of herself enjoying a bowl of creamy pasta — “is it socially acceptable to eat pasta 5 days in a row? Asking for a friend.”

Of course, the model made sure to share a clip of her boiling the pasta on her Instagram Stories, alongside the text “Oops I did it again.” But Kahawaty didn’t stop there. The model also whipped up some chocolate cupcakes, according to her, “just because.”

Meanwhile Saudi fashion influencer Tamara Al-Gabbani took to Instagram to share a snap of a mouth-watering dish of molokhiya.

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Challenge accepted! @michaelkorsFood is medicine, and food is love. This Egyptian lentil soup is one of my favorite dishes to make for friends and family. While I can’t cook for them in person right now, I can in spirit! I'm also cooking to support the clients of God's Love We Deliver, a NYC non-profit that cooks and home-delivers medically tailored meals to individuals living with serious illness. They need our help right now to be there for their clients during the Coronavirus pandemic. I'm donating the cost of cooking for my five best friends to this beloved non-profit along with this post. To donate go to glwd.org/whoareyoucookingfor. I'm challenging @loveme_rileym @brandonmaxwell @davidbonnouvrier @alexandraagoston . Now it’s your turn, show me what you're making, and tell me #WhoAreYouCookingFor! @michaelkors @godslovenyc Ingredients: 2 cups dried orange split lentils 8 cups low sodium stock, as needed 1 medium tomato, chopped 1 thin-skinned potato (like Yukon gold), cut into a small dice 1 carrot, peeled, cut in a small dice 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or cilantro Salt and pepper, to taste

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Some of the fashion stars are serving up treats for a good cause. For her part, Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model Imaan Hammam took to Instagram to share the recipe of one of her favorite dishes, Egyptian lentil soup, in a bid to raise awareness about the charity campaign, “Who Are You Cooking For?” an initiative that aims to provide 100,000 medically tailored meals to families in need.