Hollywood celebs dazzle in Yousef Al-Jasmi’s creations

Sofia Richie is the latest in a long line of Yousef Al-Jasmi’s celebrity fans. (Getty)
Updated 28 August 2019

Hollywood celebs dazzle in Yousef Al-Jasmi’s creations

DUBAI: US socialite Sofia Richie was spotted celebrating her birthday in Las Vegas over the weekend and she glittered in a pink number by Kuwaiti designer to the stars Yousef Al-Jasmi.

Richie, singer Lionel Richie’s daughter, was joined by her beau Scott Disick at the city’s XS Nightclub, where she partied the night away and enjoyed a towering, multi-colored cake for her 21st birthday — all while wearing a form-fitting, dazzling catsuit by Al-Jasmi, which she paired with Jordanian-Romanian shoe designer Amina Muaddi’s Lupita Mules.

The socialite was spotted in a pink catsuit by the Kuwaiti designer. (Getty) 

Richie isn’t the only celebrity to step out in a design by Al-Jasmi this week — US actress Keke Palmer rocked up to the MTV VMAs in Los Angeles wearing a sunny yellow column gown by the king of all things sparkly. She chose to finish off the over-the-top look with a quirky accessory — a rhinestone encrusted 1980s cell phone, which she posed with on the red carpet.

Popularized by the Kardashian clan — whom Richie is regularly spotted with — Al-Jasmi shot to fame for his mastery of form-fitting eveningwear.

In April, the Kardashian family celebrated eldest sister Kourtney’s 40th birthday and Khloe collaborated with the designer.

Keke Palmer wore a yellow number by the Kuwaiti designer to the MTV VMAs this week. (AFP)

Khloe and her stylist Janelle Miller worked with the designer, known for his extensive use of Swarovski crystals, to create a dazzling column dress with a high collar and matching headpiece.

Al-Jasmi spoke to People magazine about the head-turning outfit and valued the gown at $6,500.

 “Both Khloe and Janelle were very involved, sending over screenshots from my Instagram and inspiration photos to work off of. They knew the exact look they wanted to achieve, so we worked very closely to perfect the design, from the color to crystals.”

And he seems to have fans across the Kardashian-Jenner clan, as Khloe’s half-sister Kylie Jenner has been spotted in Al-Jasmi’s creations on numerous occasions.

The queens of reality TV aren’t the only celebrity fans the Kuwait-based style guru has won over — Naomi Campbell wore a daring minidress by Al-Jasmi to a Halloween party in New York in October.

Also in October, US singer Kelly Rowland attended a charity event in Los Angles wearing a glittering, rose gold gown by the designer, with a high collar and slit at the back.

Meanwhile, legendary singer Mariah Carey chose a black, embellished dress from his collection for October’s American Music Awards and if those stars aren’t enough to prove Al-Jasmi is a force to be reckoned with, he has also dressed the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

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.”