Jorja Smith glows in Zuhair Murad gown

Updated 04 November 2019

Jorja Smith glows in Zuhair Murad gown

  • The gown is among a lineup of show-stopping ensembles she’s donned in recent months
  • It's not the first time that the budding star has wore a Middle Eastern label

DUBAI: Last week, singer Jorja Smith hit the streets of London wearing a sunshine yellow taffeta dress from Zuhair Murad’s Spring 2020 ready-to-wear collection. The gown boasted an oversized bow in the back, plunging halter neckline and a high slit that served to show off her silver, strappy heels. The British crooner elevated the glamorous look with Chopard jewels.

When it came to her hair and makeup, the 22-year-old took a more minimal approach. She opted to rake her chestnut curls into a tight, face-framing ponytail. As for her makeup, Dior’s new global makeup ambassador stuck to her signature luminous complexion and nude pout.




The gown boasted an oversized bow in the back, plunging halter neckline and a high slit. (Getty)

She may have only recently emerged on the scene, but Smith is quickly cementing her status as a style star to watch out for. A red carpet fixture on the awards circuit, her princess-worthy evening gown by the Lebanese couturier is among a lineup of show-stopping ensembles she’s donned in recent months. In addition to the dramatic, beaded, custom Balmain gown she wore to this year’s Grammys, the popstar has also turned heads wearing a short, feather-trim 16Arlington gown to the BRIT Awards.

Her onstage looks are equally as striking. Whether she’s co-headlining a string of shows on tour with Bruno Mars or performing for fans at sold-out shows, the Grammy-nominated R&B star, with a little help from her longtime stylist Leah Abott, consistently puts her versatile and laidback style on display.

Meanwhile, it’s not the first time that the budding star has been spotted wearing a design by a Middle Eastern designer. In fact, the “Teenage Fantasy” hitmaker is a loyal fan of Atelier Mundane, a London-based label co-founded by Iraqi sisters Zahra and Sarah Asmail and their partner Giorgio Lieuw-On. The singer has donned the label’s wrap dress, corset and the keffiyeh-patterned Freedom Suit in the past.

She is also a fan of Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi, sporting the label’s perennially sold-out cult heels on various occasions.


Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris. (File/Getty Images)
Updated 17 November 2019

Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

  • Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti
  • The square bears the name of the late singer

DUBAI: Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor the late iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti. Situated between Rue de la Goutte d'Or and Polonceau, the square bears the name of the Algerian musical pioneer.

Often called the “grandma of raï music,” Rimitti was born Saadia El-Ghizania to a impoverished family near Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, in 1923.

After being orphaned during childhood, she went on to join a troupe of traditional Algerian musicians and sang and danced at weddings and celebrations around West Algeria before moving to the rural town of Relizane and writing her own songs.

During her decades-long career, she composed more than 200 songs that tackled themes of colonialism, poverty and immigration that have inspired some of today’s most celebrated raï singers, including Cheb Khaled and Rachid Taha.

She moved to Paris in 1978, where her music went on to garner international recognition. In addition to performing in sold-out tours in major cities across the world, she also collaborated with Robert Fripp and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The iconic singer died in Paris in 2006 at the age of 83 from a heart attack, just two days after performing at the Zenith.