Huda and Mona Kattan share heartfelt message on Iraq

The makeup moguls are originally from Iraq. (AFP)
Updated 07 October 2019

Huda and Mona Kattan share heartfelt message on Iraq

DUBAI: Beauty entrepreneurs Huda and Mona Kattan have both taken to Instagram to share heartfelt messages with the people of Iraq in light of the violence that is rocking the country.

More than 100 people, including security personnel, have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded in recent days as Iraqi forces used live ammunition and tear gas to repel demonstrators who clashed with security forces as they tried to reach government and party headquarters in Baghdad and the provinces.

Both sisters, the entrepreneurs behind internationally successful beauty brand Huda Beauty, took to social media to share their thoughts on the situation in Iraq.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Happy Thursday my loves!

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“A lot (of) you may not know this but both of my parents are originally from Iraq. I personally have never lived there but it’s still so close to my heart and my family always tells me about how incredible the country is and I have so much love and admiration for Iraqis,” both sisters posted separately on Instagram.

“It breaks my heart to see the Iraqi people suffering and going through more hardship once again, Dear people of Iraq, we are praying for your safety, we are praying for your peace, we are praying for your happiness, we are praying for your future, we are praying for your success, we are praying for the best for you all,” the siblings added.

The makeup moguls, who were born and raised in the US, shared the message alongside a picture featuring a sketched outline of Iraq with a drawn dove at its center.

Kattan, who ranked 36th on Forbes’ 2019 list of the US’s wealthiest self-made female entrepreneurs, has spoken about her Arab heritage in the past.  

“Because I had grown up in the US, I had a very middle-eastern style, but also a very western influence as well - I always knew I wanted to be global,” she told the BBC in April.

“I grew up in the States in a very small town in the south, in Tennessee, and I didn't know why but I wore so much eyeliner - no one around me did, including my mother.

“I started to wonder when I left and moved to the Middle East whether, in fact, it was innate.”

The entrepreneur is now based in Dubai, where she runs the Huda Beauty brand and films episodes of her Facebook Watch reality show, “Huda Boss.”


Indian label Two Point Two makes catwalk debut at LFW

Founder of Two Point Two Anvita Sharma presented her first catwalk show outside of India this week. (Supplied)
Updated 17 February 2020

Indian label Two Point Two makes catwalk debut at LFW

LONDON: “Two Point Two is a genderless, anti-conformist, all-inclusive brand. We don’t cater to any particular gender or any particular size,” declared designer Anvita Sharma at London Fashion Week’s Fashion Scout.

Some might say packing all that into a dress is a pretty big challenge, but this is something she clearly believes in.

This is Two Point Two’s first runway show outside India. (Supplied)

“We believe in diversity, independence and confidence and we support individuals who want to be as loud or mellow as possible. So we have a huge variety of colors, silhouettes and details,” she said.

Sharma, who studied at Istituto Marangoni in Milan and Paris, is a rising talent. Last year she won the third edition of “Scouting for India,” a global project developed by Vogue Talents in collaboration with FAD International Academy and FAD Institute of Luxury Fashion & Style.

The collection used wool and wool felt, shot cotton and wool and some Giza cottons for the shirts and dresses. (Supplied)

Her win included the opportunity to showcase her Spring/Summer 2020 collection at the Palazzo Cusani within the exhibition celebrating Vogue Talent’s 10th anniversary during Milan Fashion Week.

This week, amid the hectic backstage preparations for her Fashion Scout showing, she found the time to talk to Arab News, running us through her color palette and fabrics.

“We have a mix of neutrals and pastels as well as vibrant reds. Some shades are often categorized as either feminine or masculine, so we want to amalgamate both of them to say that colors are not supposed to be associated with any particular gender, color or race,” she explained.

The color palette was a mix of neutrals and pastels as well as vibrant reds. (Supplied)

“For fabrics, we have mostly used wool and wool felt, shot cotton and wool and some Giza cottons for the shirts and dresses. We have also done a lot of hand embroidery. One coat took four weeks to hand embroider,” she said.

The production for Two Point Two is based in Delhi.

For her next collection, Sharma is going to work with craft clusters of Indian women weavers based in the mountain city of Kullu, capital of the Kullu district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

She has a track record of being supportive of hand crafts — evident in her previous collections.

The production for Two Point Two is based in Delhi. (Supplied)

“Last season, we did handwoven fabrics of cotton and silk from another region in India. Now Two Point Two wants to bring different, dying crafts of India to an international audience,” she explained.

Commenting on her increasingly high profile, she said: “It’s very frantic and because I’m a perfectionist it really gets to me at times. I am happy to be here because it is London Fashion Week. This is our first runway show outside India — so we are very excited.”