Arab designers hit the right note on music’s big night

Lady Gaga at the 2019 Grammy Awards. (AFP)
Updated 11 February 2019

Arab designers hit the right note on music’s big night

DUBAI: There was wild, there was wacky and then there was Cardi B — the Grammys parade of often out-there fashion kicked off in a downpour Sunday in Los Angeles and some of the music industry’s finest opted for looks from the Middle East while rapper Cardi B stole the night with her mind boggling gown.

Cardi B had a spot of trouble walking in a sculpted look that evoked a mermaid in the half shell, pearls included, the Associated Press reported. It was hatched in 1995 by Thierry Mugler and featured a sculpted shell that erupted from the rapper’s waist.



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US singer Bebe Rexha wore a voluminous scarlet gown by Bahraini label Monsoori, while up-and-coming star Ella Mai opted for a billowing blue gown by Lebanon-based Ashi Studio. For her part, Ashlee Simpson wore a feathered jumpsuit by Lebanon’s Georges Chakra in a silver and nude palette.




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Lady Gaga turned to the maestro of the moment, Hedi Slimane. The creative head of Celine, who is of Tunisian descent, designed a stunning sequined look with a structured frill that the Grammy winning star chose for her big night.

Michelle Obama also popped up in a metallic outfit onstage, while Jennifer Lopez donned a huge white bejeweled hat and figure-hugging gown.

The Lopez topper pointed to a popular accessory of the evening — statement hats. It had a brim for miles and was embellished to match her dress of the same shade. She appeared relaxed in her Ralph & Russo look as she posed for photographers with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, who wore a multicolored dress jacket.

Katy Perry, meanwhile, arrived in a pink Balmain confection that prompted comparisons to a cake topper.



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The former first lady’s look was custom by Sachin & Babi. Lending a hand opening the show, she earned a rousing welcome from the crowd in Los Angeles, the Associated Press noted in its report.

There were attendees dressed as butterflies, neon looks and several outfits with long capes in unusual places, on jumpsuits and short dresses. Never shy fashion-wise, Janelle Monae also wore a wide-brim hat, pairing it with a short dress that had high pointed shoulders, courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Top nominee Kacey Musgraves wore an ethereal belted gown in a nude hue with a daring fan-like bodice, by Valentino, while Camila Cabello appeared cozy in a long-sleeve sparkler of a bright pink gown with a high neck and open back, done by Armani Prive.

Purple was an It shade of the evening. Grammy winner H.E.R. sparkled in the collar in a gown made for her by Coach, with sunglasses in the same shade.

“It makes me feel like I’m shinin’. I feel like a star,” she said.

It was certainly a sparkling evening to remember, with metallic finishes, sequins and fine embellishment proving to be as popular as ever.


How Chrissy Teigen was inspired by her Moroccan meals

Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram late on Monday to show off her latest kitchenware product, which was inspired by a trip to Morocco. (AFP)
Updated 22 October 2019

How Chrissy Teigen was inspired by her Moroccan meals

DUBAI: Social media darling, model and queen of sassy clap backs on Twitter, Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram late on Monday to show off her latest kitchenware product, which was inspired by a trip to Morocco.

The model has a cookware range with US retailer Target called the “Cravings by Chrissy Teigen” collection and she just launched the latest product — a mid-sized tagine.

“My new tagine is here!! This is just like a Dutch oven, so you can make stews (or chili — this is John’s recipe). They remind me of my trips to Morocco and look pretty cool in the kitchen,” Teigen posted alongside a video of her cooking chili in the tagine, referring to her husband John Legend.

Teigen last visited the North African country in January and took to social media to document her trip, including a relatable post about her love of Moroccan cuisine.


“Gained seven pounds in 2.5 days. Love you, Marrakech,” she posted on Twitter on Jan. 27 about her 3.2kg weight gain due to the country’s famously delicious treats.


Teigen was in Morocco to take part in a photoshoot for what she described as a “top secret project,” but the mother-of-two and TV show host took time out to enjoy the sights and sounds Marrakesh has to offer.

She explored Moroccan markets, went on a camel ride and indulged in local cuisine.

Morocco has become a playground for the world’s rich and famous, with plenty of international celebrities flocking to its history-steeped cities for high-end holidays.


In November, US model and actress Emily Ratajkowski shared snaps of her holiday in Morocco on social media.


The model was in Marrakech and seemed to have been taken in by the stunning souks and views the city has to offer.

Ratajkowski posted a photograph on Instagram where she is gazing out over the city’s rooftops, captioning it “Marrakech moonrise.”

In October 2018, Halle Berry shared from her stay in Morocco with her millions of Instagram followers, including one snap in which she rides a camel. The 52-year-old posted a string of photos of her time in the country, including a snap of a souk — which she captioned “Khamssas in the Souk” — and one in which she posed with a cat.