OneRepublic vocalist reveals his go-to restaurant in Dubai 

The star took to Instagram to share his favorite Pakistani restaurant in Dubai. (AFP)
Updated 21 November 2019

OneRepublic vocalist reveals his go-to restaurant in Dubai 

  • Tedder posted a photo of himself pointing up at the sign of Ravi Restaurant in Satwa
  • The Grammy-nominated band were in the UAE to perform at the Dubai Airshow Gala Dinner at the Coca-Cola Arena on Wednesday

DUBAI: Ryan Tedder — vocalist of the US pop-rock band OneRepublic — took to Instagram on Wednesday to share his favorite Pakistani restaurant in Dubai.

Tedder posted a photo of himself pointing up at the sign of Ravi Restaurant in Satwa.

“Anyone ever traveling to Dubai, worth the drive to old town, we always hit Ravi,” he told his 485,000 followers. “It’s a 10. Get it. Food is good when you eat it.”

The Grammy-nominated band were in the UAE to perform at the Dubai Airshow Gala Dinner at the Coca-Cola Arena on Wednesday.

Not only did Tedder share his go-to places in the emirate, but he also thanked Dubai police for driving them safely to the dinner. “Never. Felt. Safer. Thanks to the Dubai Police for getting us to the venue safely tonight. McLarens ONLY from now on,” he wrote on Instagram.

 

After the dinner, Tedder wrote: “DUBAI — tonight was so special I rocked my @strangerthingstv 1985 Nike collabs cuz somehow being 12 hours ahead of my friends & family makes me feel like I’m in the upside down. PROCESS THAT.”

 

OneRepublic, known for crowd-pleasing hits including “Counting Stars” and “Love Runs Out,” are set to hit the stage at Dubai Jazz Festival in Dubai Media City on February 28.


Georges Chakra politicizes couture in an ode to Lebanon

Georges Chakra continuously unveils his aesthetic concepts through his couture shows during fashion weeks. (Supplied)
Updated 21 January 2020

Georges Chakra politicizes couture in an ode to Lebanon

  • The 47-piece offering was an extravagant ode to the Beirut-born designer’s home country of Lebanon, where nation-wide protests have been ongoing for the past couple of months

PARIS: Lebanese Georges Chakra presented his Spring 2020 couture collection at Paris’ Petit Palace on Monday. The 47-piece offering was an extravagant ode to the Beirut-born designer’s home country of Lebanon, where nation-wide protests have been ongoing for the past couple of months.

Lebanese Georges Chakra presented his Spring 2020 couture collection at Paris’ Petit Palace. (Supplied)

Placed on each of the guest’s seats along with the show notes was a synthetic white rose accompanied by a note that read “un rose pour la liberte,” which translates to “one rose for freedom.”

Placed on each of the guest’s seats along with the show notes was a synthetic white rose which read “one rose for freedom.” (Supplied)

The message? Fashion is an act of resistance. Chakra wanted to create the real-life looks that reflected the sophisticated and rebellious nature of Lebanese women. These included a show-stopping lineup of striking eveningwear in a burst of white, hot pink and blue color palettes.

Chakra’s brand signature combines elaborate and intricate back details coupled with modern and bold fabrics. (Supplied)

The glimmer-creating Japanese app Kirakira, which turns anything sparkly into a disco ball–like reflection of shine and shimmer, was the preferred medium for capturing Chakra’s runway today — and rightly so. There were plenty of crystal and sequin embellished pieces on the runway that will surely hit the red carpet soon. 

There were plenty of crystal and sequin embellished pieces on the runway that will surely hit the red carpet soon. (Supplied)

Standout looks included a pink, strapless satin duchesse dress that was short at the front and long at the back and boasted a violet floral print, an asymmetrical gown that featured dashes of sequins in varying hues of green, an icy blue sheath dress with an organza train and a hand-painted blue-grey gazar dress with a fan shaped neckline.

Chakra wanted to create the real-life looks that reflected the sophisticated and rebellious nature of Lebanese women. (Supplied)

You can picture his longtime client US actress Janina Gavankar looking devastating on the red carpet wearing the bright pink slit dress with a criss-cross neckline and long train. Or his new client, actress Nina Kiri, who wore one of his creations to the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 20, in the strapless, aquamarine satin dress with a high slit.

Chakra began his work in a war-clad Beirut, after he graduated from Canada. (Supplied)

As is customary, the last look was the bridal look. The off-the-shoulder wedding dress was accessorized with a glittering emerald and diamond necklace made by Lebanese jeweler Fawaz Gruosi. In addition to the striking sartorial lineup, the necklace will also be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to Beirut’s Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon and scholarships at the Ecole Saint Vincent de Paul.