Hats off to the Moroccan designer topping off Gigi Hadid’s look

Updated 10 April 2019

Hats off to the Moroccan designer topping off Gigi Hadid’s look

DUBAI: Model Gigi Hadid stepped out in New York this week wearing an avant-garde Panama hat by Moroccan headwear designer Youssef Lahlou.

The US-Palestinian model walked the streets of New York with her younger sister Bella in tow and she showed off a striking wide-brimmed hat, complete with a coiled snake.

Born in Casablanca, the New York-based milliner creates deliciously dark headwear that is currently available on Yousseflahlou.com.

Vogue Arabia reported that the Panama Boa hat worn by Hadid is meticulously handcrafted and boasts a leather snake with silver accents. According to the fashion label, vegan leather and a Swarovski crystal are also used in the hats that are created at the designer’s New York-based atelier.

Gigi Hadid stepped out in New York wearing a hat by Moroccan designer Youssef Lahlou. Getty Images

“The snake charmers in Morocco are a big inspiration for the… hat with a hand stitched embossed snake’s body and 24k or silver custom-made snake jewelry painted in black,” the website says of Gigi’s headgear.

Hadid used the headpiece as a quirky accessory, which she paired with a wide-legged pantsuit and semi-sheer, glittery blouse.

The Marc Jacobs suit featured checkered print and stylist Mimi Cuttrell — who regularly dresses the likes of Bella Hadid, Priyanka Chopra and Ariana Grande — finished off the look with a yellow snakeskin box clutch.

Highlights from ‘Fashcultivate’ running at Dubai's 1971 Design Space 

‘Fashcultivate’ runs until February 8. (Supplied)
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Highlights from ‘Fashcultivate’ running at Dubai's 1971 Design Space 

Here are some highlights from ‘Fashcultivate,’ which runs until February 8 at 1971 – Design Space in Dubai. 

‘Um Rashid’

Hessa Al-Suwaidi

“Fashcultivate” is an exhibition of commissioned pieces inspired by the date palm from a number of regional designers, including Emirati textiles designer Hessa Al-Suwaidi, whose work merges traditional techniques (in this case, safeefa — palm-frond weaving) with digital photography and illustrations.

‘The Palm Tree of Life’

Khalid Mezaina

Mezaina — founder of his own studio and brand, Krossbreed — contributes this woven carpet as his tribute to the date palm. Mezaina embroidered and screen printed illustrations of the tree onto the carpet using green to symbolize leaves and brown to symbolize trunks within a red outline.


Maryam Omaira

The Emirati designer, who established her eponymous fashion and jewelry brand in 2012, created a typically experimental and bold piece for “Fashcultivate,” producing a striking spiky dress with a silhouette that is reminiscent of the outline of the palm tree’s fronds.