Ciara rocks Arab labels at American Music Awards

Ciara showed off a daring look by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika. Getty Images
Updated 25 November 2019

Ciara rocks Arab labels at American Music Awards

  • Ciara displayed a striking lineup of show-stopping looks from Middle Eastern designers
  • However, the Grammy award-winning singer wasn’t the only star to seek out regional talent at the ceremony

DUBAI: One of the biggest questions ahead of the 2019 American Music Awards, which kicked off on Sunday in Los Angeles, was: How many outfits can the evening’s host Ciara pull off?  Turns out, the answer is nine. And among the lineup of glamorous, show-stopping ensembles were a number of designs from Arab labels.

First, she hit the red carpet in an oversized cobalt-colored plisse pantsuit from Balmain accessorized with matching turquoise jewelry from Los Angeles-based, Egyptian designer Jacquie Aiche, which set the tone for the rest of the head-turning looks that followed.

Following her opening performance of her new single “Melanin” — she opted for a custom Bryan Hearns creation — the mother-of-two slipped into a leopard-printed mini dress from Saudi couturier Ashi Studio for her third look. The glamorous look featured billowing sleeves and a long train and she accessorized it with a bold, diamond choker.




For her fourth look, Ciara chose an orange, crystal-embellished jumpsuit from Beirut-based label Georges Hobeika. Getty Images

 She followed up the striking ensemble with a design from another Arab couture house. For her fourth look, the “Goodies” singer chose an orange, crystal-embellished jumpsuit from Beirut-based label Georges Hobeika.  The long-sleeved ensemble boasted a high neck and an oversized bow that trailed on the floor. She completed the look with a pair of metallic sandals.

The 34-year-old also rocked designs from Alessandra Rich, Azzaro and Versace. She closed out the celebrity-filled event in a sheer, black Mugler design.

 The Grammy award-winning singer wasn’t the only star to seek out regional talent at the 47th edition of the annual awards ceremony.




American singer Toni Braxton wore not one, but two Arab designs. AFP

Singing legend Toni Braxton, who was honored at the event, wore  a feathered off-the-shoulder gown by Lebanese label Labourjoisie before switching into an ethereal white tulle gown by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi for her nostalgic rendition of "Un-Break My Heart".

Other celebrities to step out on the red carpet wearing Arab labels include Heidi Klum, who turned to Bahraini label Monsoori for the occasion.

Elsewhere, Regina King arrived on the red carpet wearing a long, black cut-out Ashi Studio gown and Lauren Jauregui turned heads wearing a belted, snake skin design from LA-based, Syrian-Venezuelan label Usama Ishtay.

Meanwhile, American singer Paula Abdul stunned in a single-shoulder, crystal-embellished dress with a high slit from Lebanese label Charbel Zoe. 


This new Azzedine Alaia exhibition in Paris is not to be missed

A shared retrospective on Azzedine Alaia and Cristobal Balenciaga opened in Paris on Jan. 21. (File/AFP)
Updated 25 January 2020

This new Azzedine Alaia exhibition in Paris is not to be missed

  • Held under the direction of Olivier Saillard, the new exhibition will run until June 28, 2020
  • The exhibition marks the first time the two couturier’s designs are showcased alongside each other

PARIS: A shared retrospective on Azzedine Alaia and Cristobal Balenciaga, a designer whom the late Tunisian couturier admired, opened in Paris on Jan. 21 and will run until June 28. The six-month long exhibition, entitled “Sculptors of Shapes,” is the second parallel retrospective curated by Association Azzedine Alaia, following the success of last year’s “Adrian and Alaia: The Art of Tailoring.”

The shared retrospective was curated by Olivier Saillard. (Photo: Arab News)

Held under the direction of  Olivier Saillard — who curated “Azzedine Alaïa: Je suis couturier” and “Adrian and Alaia: The Art of Tailoring”— the new exhibition features 56 garments designed over the course of their respective careers in an effort to spotlight the similarities in the couturier’s tailoring, choice of fabrics and cuts.

Alaia was an avid collector of Balenciaga’s work. (Photo: Arab News)

It is the first time the two couturier’s designs are showcased alongside each other. The striking designs are presented in a white labyrinth of white mesh panels that was designed by American multimedia artist Kris Ruhs.

According to Carla Sozzani, a close friend of the late Tunisian couturier and the president of Association Alaia, it was one of Balenciaga’s protégés, Hubert de Givenchy (who died in 2018) who proposed the idea of a duet show on a visit to Alaia’s Marais studio.

Alaia was an avid collector of the Spanish designer’s work. It is said that the late couturier had collected over 400 pieces from Balenciaga over the years, including garments, furniture and art.

The exhibition marks the first time the two couturier’s designs are showcased alongside each other. (Photo: Arab News)

It was almost by chance that the late Tunisian couturier began collecting Balenciaga’s work. Shortly after the Spaniard shuttered his eponymous fashion house in 1968, Alaia was contacted by the deputy director of Balenciaga at the time to take the liberty of cutting new models from the dresses stored in the defunct workshop. However, a young Alaia chose to keep them intact and thus began building up an archive that would mark the beginning of a great collection.

  It was one of Balenciaga’s protégés, the late Hubert de Givenchy, who proposed the idea of a duet show. (Photo: Arab News)

The exhibition comes over two years after the passing of the late couturier, who died of heart failure in November 2017 in Paris.

The Association Azzedine Alaia, which was founded by Alaia, Carla Sozzani and Christoph Von Weyhe in 2007, hopes to organize three exhibitions a year featuring Alaia’s work and his extensive collection of fashion, furniture and photography.