‘Women power,’ Huda Kattan says as she meets Victoria Beckham in London

Huda Kattan met with fashion designer Victoria Beckham this week. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 July 2019

‘Women power,’ Huda Kattan says as she meets Victoria Beckham in London

DUBAI: US-Iraqi makeup mogul Huda Kattan is posing up a storm on the streets of London and has taken to Instagram to document her antics abroad — including a sit-down with none other than Victoria Beckham.  

The meeting comes as fashion designer and former pop megastar Beckham prepares to launch her own beauty brand, sparking rumors that Kattan may have been sharing industry tips and tricks with the British icon.

The Dubai-based Huda Beauty entrepreneur — who is worth $610 million and was ranked 36th on the 2019 list of America's Self-Made Women by Forbes — took to Instagram share the news of the casual meeting with her 38 million followers.

“With the queen @victoriabeckham so lovely to meet such a strong, classy woman who cares sooooo much! Loved meeting you today! We also low key talked about our woman crush on @evalongoria (sic),” Kattan posted on Instagram on Sunday, before adding hashtags #womanpower and#womensupportingwomen.

For her part, Beckham took to her Instagram Stories to show off some of the gifts she received from Kattan, including a bouquet of dainty white roses, a note with the words “so happy we could finally meet,” and a gold necklace with Victoria’s name in Arabic script.

“Such a pleasure meeting @huda today and chatting about beauty! So excited for #victoriabeckhambeauty to come!! (sic),” Beckham posted on Instagram.

Beckham is planning to launch her own beauty brand in September during London Fashion Week, with media outlets reporting that the range will include makeup, skin care, fragrance and wellness products.

Aside from meeting pop and fashion royalty, Kattan has been enjoying herself in the British capital, as evidenced by a gallery of shots on social media.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We are in London OMG the weather is Amazing! Where should we go?! Having tea with queen @nourgiselle

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She posted a photo in which she can be seen sipping tea in her pajamas with her daughter, Nour, and even wandered the streets of a swanky London neighborhood wearing Fendi, Alaia and Alexandre Vautier.

“We are in London. OMG the weather is Amazing! Where should we go?! Having tea with queen (sic),” she captioned the snap with her young daughter.


‘Rome chose me,’ says Saudi artist on breakthrough Italian exhibition

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‘Rome chose me,’ says Saudi artist on breakthrough Italian exhibition

  • “Rome chose me and not vice versa. This idea wants to be a bridge between cultures,” Fahad told Arab News
  • He could not be in Rome for the opening of the exhibition, which is open to visitors until Dec. 10

ROME: Saudi artist Sultan bin Fahad has chosen Rhinoceros, an art gallery in Rome’s historic heart, for his first solo show.
The exhibition, “Frequency,” is staged in a 15th-century building recently renovated by French architect Jean Nouvel, and includes six installations featuring light, incense, shadows, music and sounds. Each piece describes a spiritual journey to modernity through many cultures, but one that is firmly linked to Islam.
“Rome chose me and not vice versa. This idea wants to be a bridge between cultures,” Fahad told Arab News from Los Angeles, where he lives. He could not be in Rome for the opening of the exhibition, which is open to visitors until Dec. 10.
“Each of my creations is specific. I wanted to tell a concept that was understood and expressed by the surrounding place,” the artist said. Over the years he collected precious antique pieces from Makkah and Madinah which he found all over the world, including some metallic pieces which had gone missing in 1979. He shot videos and recorded sounds, and used everything in the artwork that describes what he sees as the human journey toward a sacred temple of feelings.
The exhibition includes “Been There,” a piece with four ancient stones inscribed in Arabic interacting with a large plate of luminescent glass. Then comes “If Stone Could Speak,” with white marble works from Makkah. A video is projected showing men and women gathered in prayer.
Another work, “Possession,” shows an image of the hands of men and women trying to get closer to an elusive God, trying to touch the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
“I filmed those people and I was interested to understand why they were doing those gestures. They were trying to reach the divine. I thought it was moving,” Fahad said.
“The Verse of The Throne” contains a projection of a verse from the Holy Qur’an in front of six bowls, with water serving as an element of purification. Then comes “The White Noise,” represented in two immersive rooms, associated by the artist with the prayers of Makkah pilgrims.
Fahad said the exhibition looks to “involve all the senses to create a real experience, going beyond a visual experience for the visitor.”
In this sense, his works represent the place where anthropological concepts were born and became infused by Greek, Latin and Eastern cultures.
In fact, in the Arabian Gulf, humans once measured their existence through the loss of their relatives, creating a cult of the dead, which is reflected in Fahad’s work.
The artist is waiting to see what the future has in store. “I have no plans so far. I am so happy that I could produce something in 2020 due the the difficult time the entire world is experiencing. Let us hope that the situation will evolve for the better,” he said.