Dua Lipa, Anwar Hadid turn heads in New York

Anwar Hadid and Dua Lipa were spotted hanging out together, days after they sparked headlines for cozying up together at the British Summer Time Hyde Park music festival in London. (AFP)
Updated 15 July 2019

Dua Lipa, Anwar Hadid turn heads in New York

DUBAI: British pop star Dua Lipa was spotted spending time with Anwar Hadid, brother to supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella, on Wednesday night, further fueling rumors that the pair are a bona fide couple.

Hadid was seen at Amazon’s Prime Day concert in New York watching Lipa perform alongside Taylor Swift, SZA and Becky G and, according to People magazine, was photographed entering the venue through a back door with his older sister, Gigi.

After the concert, multiple media outlets reported that both Hadid and Lipa were spotted hanging out together arm in arm, just days after they sparked headlines for cozying up together at the British Summer Time Hyde Park music festival in London.

The “New Rules” singer was still wearing her concert attire as she walked the streets of New York — a pair of high-waisted, acid wash jeans and a black-feathered top, complete with a dramatic necklace and comfortable sneakers.

While neither star has confirmed the purported relationship, according to Glamour magazine, they were also seen partying together at Hadid’s birthday celebration in Malibu earlier this year. 

Hadid, a model and jewelry line co-founder, has been vocal about his love for his Arab roots in the past — he is American-Palestinian — while Lipa seems to share his affinity for the region.

She shared an emotional message with her 28.5 million Instagram followers in April, after spending three days at various refugee camps in Lebanon and has been spotted in the UAE more than once.

The Grammy-winning singer visited camps in Rayak and Bekaa with UNICEF to meet with refugee children whose families fled the war in Syria.

Lipa, whose parents fled the conflict in the Balkans in 1992, said, “This is personal for me. My parents fled a war-torn region and built a life for themselves in a new place. And each one of the refugee children I met has parents just like my own, who have tried to make the best decisions they could for their families.

“You can read about the conditions or see the challenges on TV, but you don’t really feel the absolute dire circumstances for refugees from Syria until you see them for yourself,” she added in a released statement at the time.

The star took to Instagram to share a series of photos from her visit, in which she can be seen smiling and laughing as children from the camp surround her.

Meanwhile, Hadid visited Palestine in April and even shot a music video there, all while lauding its “culture, beauty and people” on Instagram.


Georges Chakra politicizes couture in an ode to Lebanon

Georges Chakra continuously unveils his aesthetic concepts through his couture shows during fashion weeks. (Supplied)
Updated 21 January 2020

Georges Chakra politicizes couture in an ode to Lebanon

  • The 47-piece offering was an extravagant ode to the Beirut-born designer’s home country of Lebanon, where nation-wide protests have been ongoing for the past couple of months

PARIS: Lebanese Georges Chakra presented his Spring 2020 couture collection at Paris’ Petit Palace on Monday. The 47-piece offering was an extravagant ode to the Beirut-born designer’s home country of Lebanon, where nation-wide protests have been ongoing for the past couple of months.

Lebanese Georges Chakra presented his Spring 2020 couture collection at Paris’ Petit Palace. (Supplied)

Placed on each of the guest’s seats along with the show notes was a synthetic white rose accompanied by a note that read “un rose pour la liberte,” which translates to “one rose for freedom.”

Placed on each of the guest’s seats along with the show notes was a synthetic white rose which read “one rose for freedom.” (Supplied)

The message? Fashion is an act of resistance. Chakra wanted to create the real-life looks that reflected the sophisticated and rebellious nature of Lebanese women. These included a show-stopping lineup of striking eveningwear in a burst of white, hot pink and blue color palettes.

Chakra’s brand signature combines elaborate and intricate back details coupled with modern and bold fabrics. (Supplied)

The glimmer-creating Japanese app Kirakira, which turns anything sparkly into a disco ball–like reflection of shine and shimmer, was the preferred medium for capturing Chakra’s runway today — and rightly so. There were plenty of crystal and sequin embellished pieces on the runway that will surely hit the red carpet soon. 

There were plenty of crystal and sequin embellished pieces on the runway that will surely hit the red carpet soon. (Supplied)

Standout looks included a pink, strapless satin duchesse dress that was short at the front and long at the back and boasted a violet floral print, an asymmetrical gown that featured dashes of sequins in varying hues of green, an icy blue sheath dress with an organza train and a hand-painted blue-grey gazar dress with a fan shaped neckline.

Chakra wanted to create the real-life looks that reflected the sophisticated and rebellious nature of Lebanese women. (Supplied)

You can picture his longtime client US actress Janina Gavankar looking devastating on the red carpet wearing the bright pink slit dress with a criss-cross neckline and long train. Or his new client, actress Nina Kiri, who wore one of his creations to the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 20, in the strapless, aquamarine satin dress with a high slit.

Chakra began his work in a war-clad Beirut, after he graduated from Canada. (Supplied)

As is customary, the last look was the bridal look. The off-the-shoulder wedding dress was accessorized with a glittering emerald and diamond necklace made by Lebanese jeweler Fawaz Gruosi. In addition to the striking sartorial lineup, the necklace will also be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to Beirut’s Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon and scholarships at the Ecole Saint Vincent de Paul.