Emirati jewelry brand cameos in Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ video

Taylor swift wore the Emirati jewelry brand Ruwaya. (AFP)
Updated 26 August 2019
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Emirati jewelry brand cameos in Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ video

DUBAI: US pop superstar Taylor Swift just released her much-lauded new album “Lover” and also took to the internet to share the colorful music video for its title track this weekend — complete with a glittering cameo by Emirati jewelry brand Ruwaya.

In one scene, Swift can be seen decked out in a pink ensemble, with butterfly-printed pajamas by Fleur du Mal, which she paired with Gucci loafers, as well as a gold bangle by Misahara Jewelry, cocktail rings by Anabela Chan and a pair of glittery pink earrings by Ruwaya called the Nayra Earrings, according to Emirates Woman magazine.

Founded by Emirati designer Fatima Al-Dhaheri in 2015, the brand is based on the designer’s extensive study of her craft at the Gemological Institute of America and boasts delicate, Arab-inspired pieces in a range of colors.

Rihanna was spotted sporting the label’s snake bracelet for her SavagexFenty Spring campaign in April, while the likes of Tiffany Haddish, Jenna Dewanand Ariana Grande have also shown off Al-Dhaheri’s designs.

For her part, Swift chose to wear the drop earrings in a pink-hued scene that is just one part of a wildly colorful video, which pairs perfectly with the syrupy song “Lover.”

Swift’s highly anticipated seventh album arrived on Aug. 23 in all its lovestruck, honeyed glory, a clear shift from the vengeful goth lite of her previous record, AFP reported on Friday.

But the 18-track “Lover” is not just an ode to matters of the heart — it’s the pop star’s first record that she actually owns, under the terms of the multi-album deal she struck last year with Universal Music Group/Republic Records.

“This album is very much a celebration of love, in all its complexity, coziness, and chaos,” Swift tweeted upon Friday’s midnight release of her latest project.

“It’s the first album of mine that I’ve ever owned, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

In her latest album Swift, no stranger to catty celebrity feuds and lyrical disses, sets a mood of moving on — with a touch of snarky self-care — in her opener “I Forgot That You Existed.”

It’s a clear break from 2017’s “Reputation,” when Swift momentarily tossed her princess tiara to try on the hardened snake skin of Dark Taylor.

In classic Swift form, “Lover” includes a streak of reflection on her past romantic woes, but the album exhibits an ebullient optimism determined to focus on the power of love, particularly concerning her relationship with English actor Joe Alwyn.


Celine Dion returns to Canada to kick off world tour

Updated 19 September 2019

Celine Dion returns to Canada to kick off world tour

  • The Grammy winner also recently announced the release of a new album titled “Courage”
  • She said in April that she felt motivated to create new music and hit the road after the 2016 death of her husband and manager

QUEBEC CITY: After living and crooning for years in Las Vegas, French-Canadian superstar Celine Dion returned home to Quebec to kick off her first world tour in a decade on Wednesday.
At 51, the Grammy winner also recently announced the release of a new album titled “Courage,” which will be her 12th in English and is due out on November 15.
The first single “Flying On My Own,” featuring her powerful vocals backed by techno beats, has already hit the airwaves, while three more dropped Wednesday: “Courage,” “Lying Down” and “Imperfections.”
Known for her blockbuster ballads, Dion said in April that she felt motivated to create new music and hit the road after the 2016 death of her husband and manager Rene Angelil.
“When I lost Rene, he wanted me back on stage. He wanted to make sure I was still practicing my passion,” she said. “I wanted to prove to him that I’m fine, we’re fine, we’re going to be OK. I’ve got this.”
So, after more than 1,140 concerts for 4.5 million fans over 16 years in Sin City, she bid adieu to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a final two-hour show.
“Courage is exactly the way I feel,” she told public broadcaster CBC at the time, talking up the upcoming tour of the same name.
“In the past three years, it has been difficult for me to talk to my children, to raise them, to lose my husband, wondering am I going to sing again... so much has happened, but at the same time I feel that I’m in control of my life.”
Some 60 dates in North American have been confirmed so far, her label said, with two arena shows in Quebec City on Wednesday and Saturday kicking off the tour, which will run through April 2020, and will be her first world tour since 2008-2009.
Her show was almost two hours of mastery, as she performed some of her greatest hits — from “I’m Alive” to “My Heart Will Go On” — as well as new material to an ecstatic crowd of roughly 20,000.
“It was really impossible to miss Celine at home,” Nicolas Delivre, a French university exchange student in Montreal, told AFP.
Donald Berard, from Quebec City, said he had grown up listening to Dion. “We love her like a member of our family.”
“Courage” marks the first album and tour in Dion’s long career without Angelil, who steered her success beginning in 1981 when he mortgaged his house to finance the young teen’s debut album.
The pair began a personal relationship in 1988 when she was only 19 years old, and married in a lavish ceremony in 1994. Angelil died of throat cancer at age 73.
In an interview with NBC’s Today show, Dion revealed that she longs for the hugs and laughs that come with a relationship, but added, “I’m not ready to date.”
The youngest of a family of 14 children raised in the suburbs of Montreal, Dion has sold 250 million copies of 23 studio albums in English and French, including collaborations with French singer-songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder.
Back in Canada, she told the Montreal Gazette that the tour schedule was “a little crazy,” but that she had found time in advance to take in life’s small pleasures.
At a press junket last Friday, Dion told Radio-Canada: “There are good wines that age well, and there are good wines that age badly. I hope to be a good bottle of wine.”
“I’m not a new Celine,” Dion added. “I’m a continuity of myself.”