Saab sisters: Stars show up as Lebanese fashion house wows Paris

Elie Saab put on quite the show in Paris. AFP
Updated 03 March 2019

Saab sisters: Stars show up as Lebanese fashion house wows Paris

DUBAI: Elie Saab was among designers featured at Paris Fashion Week Saturday, with organizers on heightened alert as French yellow vests protesters mobilized in Paris for a 16th straight weekend.

Many guests invited to the Elie Saab show were held up by snaking traffic caused by the yellow vest demonstrations in Paris, including Lebanese fashion blogger El-Sahely who told her Instagram followers that she arrived a minute before the show. However, the display, held a short distance from the Arc de Triomphe at the exclusive Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, started on time and without incident, The Associated Press reported.

Paris’ Fashion Federation has held top level meetings with police to assess the threat of any potential disruption to shows, especially because luxury Parisian boutiques were smashed in previous marches. No major incident has yet occurred.

Some guests gasped as shouts erupted on the street ahead of the show — but the fracas, it transpired, came from excited fans of VIP attendees who included American socialite Olivia Palermo.

Palermo was joined by the likes of El-Sahely, wearing a chic red coat that was belted at the waist, and influencers Nathalie Fanj and Leena Al-Ghouti.

An infectious, retro soundtrack had fashion editors smiling as their tapped their feet at Elie Saab’s fun collection that channeled this season’s top trend: The ‘70s.

Bright lighting banished any gray mood caused by the French capital’s overcast weather and angry demonstrations, The Associated Press noted.

It illuminated a typically-feminine array of color-rich gowns.

Charlie’s Angels-style jabot collars and high necks led the eye down to tight-fitting gowns with floppy ruffles across the bust or down the side. Later, sparkly disco gowns dazzled.

Thigh-high leather boots — another big Paris trend — were delivered in eye-popping colors such as vivid blue, carmine red and cadmium green. They matched the hues of the gowns in a “total look” effect.

The collection, the house said, was filled with “a little bit of romance and a whole lot of love.” That mantra translated as an overly busy heart print on skirts and gowns that diverged from the retro musing and fared less well.

Six looks we loved from the show...

Dancing queen

Sequins were generously scattered over black tulle in this 70s-inspired look, fit for a night at the disco — in the VIP section, of course.




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Lovestruck

Saab dubbed this collection “Lovestruck,” and the tiny hearts embroidered across this burgundy gown fit right into the theme. It’s a safe, been-there-done-that color for a winter collection, but it’s still a stunning choice.

Caped crusader

The aquatic cape takes this dramatic pantsuit to the next level with its floaty quality (despite a sea of sequins that should weigh it down) and neat pleats.  

Keeping it classic

The A-line ball gown is both classic and elegant. The designer took things up a notch with the knotted, mid-length cape thrown over his model’s bare shoulders.

Ruffling no feathers

A floppy ruffle extends across the bust and down the side of this minidress, with an extra helping of frills on the hemline. It’s not groundbreaking, but we all need closet staples.

Staid or stylish?

The gold-teal-and-black color palette and overly busy print could remind the harshest critic of a staid hotel carpet, but it’s a statement-maker with gorgeous puffed sleeves nonetheless.


Gigi Hadid visits Senegalese women’s shelter

Gigi Hadid visited a supported shelter for women and girls who have been victims of abuse in Senegal
Updated 37 min 10 sec ago

Gigi Hadid visits Senegalese women’s shelter

  • Her father came to the US as a refugee before he became a billionaire real estate developer
  • The 24-year-old documented her work with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Dakar on social media

DUBAI: American-Palestinian supermodel Gigi Hadid visited a support shelter for women and girls who have been victims of abuse in Senegal on Monday.  

The 24-year-old documented her work with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Dakar on social media.

“After being raped and/or impregnated from a sexual attack, it is common that these girls are shunned from their families and kicked out of their homes. Some women travel from very rural parts of the country, some even coming from other countries (one girl we met today is from Libya),” she wrote on Instagram.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Today we visited a @UNICEF supported shelter, for women and girl victims of abuse, in Dakar. After being raped and/or impregnated from a sexual attack, it is common that these girls are shunned from their families and kicked out of their homes. Some women travel from very rural parts of the country, some even coming from other countries (one girl we met today is from Libya). After traveling sometimes to many cities trying to find their ground, most girls learn about this home through word-of-mouth; no one will be turned down and they will be supported physically, emotionally, and psychologically here. Employees and volunteers of the shelter, lead by the founder Mona Chasserio and her colleague Danielle Hueges, shown in the photos, encourage the girls to share and find community through their hardship. They are taught to find the positive in their motherhood and relationship with their child, to love and care for them properly, and to nurture their passions, whether it be garment making, agriculture, sports, etc. and learn a skill set that will help them be able to enter the workplace upon their departure from the shelter. Not only have about 250 children been born in this shelter in the last 10 years (15 births have taken place between October and November of this year, and the youngest mother being only ten years old), but there are also orphans who are brought to this shelter by Senegal’s Ministry of Justice. Mothers and their children will stay at the shelter until it is agreed upon by themselves and the leaders that they have the confidence, strength, and skills they need to re-enter their communities, and orphans will stay til about 8 years old, when they are permitted by the government to enter a nursing home to be adopted. Their greatest tool is one called “Rapid Protection,” which is a 24/7 SMS system put in place by UNICEF that enables community members trained in child protection and this specific system (1,222 at this time to cover the 1.5 million people in this region) to be informants of abuse (physical, sexual, neglect, etc.) in their area. As soon as these cases have been reported through SMS, with the age and sex of the victim... (cont ↓)

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She shared a video and several images of girls and women at the camp, detailing the conditions they live in and UNICEF’s work in the area. “Employees and volunteers of the shelter … encourage the girls to share and find community through their hardship,” she wrote.

UNICEF has set up a tool called “Rapid Protection,” which is a messaging system that enables community members trained in child protection to be informants of abuse in their area, Hadid said.

The cause of the refugees is one that is close to Hadid’s heart. Her father, Mohamed Hadid, came to the US as a refugee before he became a billionaire real estate developer. Last year, she visited the Jamtoli refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where she met with Rohingya refugee children.