R&B greats Boyz ll Men to perform in UAE

The group will perform at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on Dec. 19. (AFP)
Updated 25 November 2019

R&B greats Boyz ll Men to perform in UAE

  • The American trio holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time

DUBAI: Iconic R&B group Boyz ll Men are set to perform in the UAE for the first time at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on Dec. 19.

The American trio holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 64 million albums sold.

Throughout their 25-year career, Boyz II Men have also secured a whopping nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, a 2011 MOBO Award for outstanding contribution to music, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a Casino Entertainment Award for their acclaimed residency at The Mirage resort and casino in Las Vegas, which has been ongoing since 2013.

Tickets for the show can be purchased via ae.bookmyshow.com, www.ticketmaster.ae and www.coca-cola-arena.com.


‘Once it’s gone, it’s gone’: Edgy new abaya label sparks demand with limited drops

Updated 19 September 2020

‘Once it’s gone, it’s gone’: Edgy new abaya label sparks demand with limited drops

DUBAI: If one were to describe The Cap Project’s designs in a few words, “a mix of couture and streetwear” would be most fitting. Equal parts luxurious and edgy, the Dubai-based label is not your average abaya brand.

Founded in 2017 by an anonymous local design duo hailing from the UAE, the rising brand is coveted for its modern take on the Emirati woman’s sartorial staple by way of deconstructed tailoring, oversized silhouettes and a vibrant color palette, making it anything but the traditional black abaya.  

The womenswear brand was born after the designer’s couldn’t find what they were looking for in the market. Supplied

Like many fashion lines,  the contemporary womenswear brand was born after the designer’s couldn’t find what they were looking for in the market. So, they decided to make it. “Our designs are basically pieces that we would want to be seen in,” explained one half of the design duo, who choose to remain anonymous, to Arab News. 

This translates into comfortable, day-friendly abayas and luxurious chiffon overlays with matching shaylas that are perfect for nighttime with a little jewelry and the right pair of heels. 

Meanwhile, the brand’s newest collection for September 2020 has more of a utilitarian feel to it. Think buckles, oversized pockets, military green colorways and magnetic closures. “We like to push the envelope in terms of our designs,” stated the reclusive designer.

The Cap Project draws its name from its unique “capping” business model. Supplied

However, not everyone can get their hands on the brand’s highly-sought-after pieces.  

In fact, The Cap Project draws its name from its unique “capping” business model, which is a retail concept that entails producing limited pieces for purchase. The brand, which takes orders through Whatsapp, has an Instagram Stories highlights dedicated solely to the items that have been “capped” so that their clients know what’s out of stock. 

The drops are limited to pieces of three, six and eleven. Supplied

The idea, the designer explains, is that they “just want girls to feel like they have something exclusive and that’s just for them.”

It’s also an ethical component of the brand. The drops are limited to pieces of three, six and eleven, reducing waste and increasing personalization.  

And once an item is out of stock, even if there’s a demand, the designers will not produce more. Or, in the creative designer’s words: “Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”