Louvre Abu Dhabi to showcase 10,000 years of luxury through fashion, art, jewelry

This inlaid bracelet was found at the necropolis of Yahmur in Syria during the third century. (Supplied)
Updated 28 October 2019

Louvre Abu Dhabi to showcase 10,000 years of luxury through fashion, art, jewelry

DUBAI: The UAE’s Louvre Abu Dhabi will open “10,000 Years of Luxury,” an exhibition that will explore the multifaceted nature of luxury from ancient times to the present day, on Oct. 30.  

During the exhibition, which will run until Feb. 18, visitors can discover luxury through fashion, jewelry, visual art, furniture and design, with collections from international institutions and brands.

The Elie Saab dress is from the Spring/Summer 2019 collection. (Supplied)

Among the 350 objects displayed lies the oldest pearl in the world and the renowned “Boscoreale Treasure” — one of the largest collections of silverware preserved from Roman Antiquity. The show will feature dresses and jewelry from design houses such as Cartier, Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel, Christian Dior, Elie Saab and Yves Saint Laurent.

The “Ten-leaved Screen Foxes” was a gift of Prince Louis de Polignac, with the agreement of Yves Lanvin, in memory of Countess Jean de Polignac.(Supplied)

Visitors will begin their journey through the history of luxury in Antiquity. Luxury objects of this time were often characterized by their rarity, precious materials or skillful production, exemplified by an Egyptian gold “Necklace with Fish Pendants” (ca. 1550-1069 BCE). A variety of typical luxury objects from this time will also be on display, including precious home décor as well as personal jewelry.

Louvre Abu Dhabi will also premiere the interactive installation “Digital Snow Globes,” from Dec. 12 to Jan. 10, which will bring a festive winter spirit to the museum with visitor-activated snowstorms surrounding large-sized reproductions of artworks from “10,000 Years of Luxury” encased in snow globes.

Fast food fashion: Saudi designer Arwa Al-Banawi collaborates with KFC

The Saudi designer teamed up with fast food chain KFC. (Instagram/@holgamaniac)
Updated 27 February 2020

Fast food fashion: Saudi designer Arwa Al-Banawi collaborates with KFC

DUBAI: Fashion’s fixation with food is no secret. In recent years, we’ve seen a number of brands cook up edible-themed accessories, including McDonalds cups crafted into shoulder bags from Moschino and lait de coco clutches by Chanel. Meanwhile, other designers took it a step further by joining forces with popular eateries, such as Alber Elbaz for Ladurée.

Now the latest designer to team up with a restaurant is Saudi contemporary womenswear designer Arwa Al-Banawi, who recently collaborated with fast food fried chicken joint, KFC.

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 The Jeddah-born creative teamed up with the popular fast food chain on an exclusive streetwear capsule collection that will boast gender-neutral pieces for famous fans of the label— that includes the likes of Jayden Smith and Elisa Sednaoui— to eat up.

Although the designer has kept the collaboration under wraps for now, fans can probably expect signature tailored suits with KFC-inspired prints or hoodies emblazoned with the emblematic Colonel Sanders portrait to satiate wardrobes throughout the season.

While the capsule collection will most likely not have the drive-through price tag, it’s bound to sell like hot cakes when it hits shelves soon.

The unexpected partnership is the latest in a string of collaborations for the contemporary Dubai Design District-based label. In the past, the womenswear designer has teamed up with Pepsi, Adidas Originals and Levi’s.