Jessica Kahawaty curates special collection for Miu Miu

Updated 26 November 2019

Jessica Kahawaty curates special collection for Miu Miu

  • Jessica Kahawaty’s latest style endeavor is a partnership with Italian label Miu Miu
  • Past figures who have participated in the initiative include models Georgia May Jagger and Hailey Benton Gates

DUBAI: When Jessica Kahawaty is not busy visiting refugee camps off the border of Syria, championing women’s rights or turning heads on front rows in Paris and Milan, she can be found shaking up the fashion industry.

Her latest style endeavor is a partnership with Italian label Miu Miu, as part of its “Miu Miu Select” project. She handpicked a selection of her favorite pieces from the brand’s Resort 2020 collection. 

Among the Lebanese-Australian beauty’s favorite pieces from the 51-look collection are a blue knit cardigan, a black button-up blouse with flower-embroidered lapels, a beaded chain purse and a velvet, crystal-studded bow tie. What’s more, the tags of each carefully-curated item are emblazoned with the model and humanitarian’s signature.

The 31-year-old joins blogger-turned-designer Alexa Chung and British model Poppy Delevingne, who were also picked by Miu Miu to curate their favorite items from Miuccia Prada’s horse riding-inspired collection. 

Past figures who have participated in the initiative include models Georgia May Jagger and Hailey Benton Gates as well as actress Chloe Sevigny. 

Kahawty first unveiled details of the exciting news on Instagram, writing: “Super excited to announce my special curated pieces from the Miu Miu Croisière 2020 show. Stay tuned for the big ‘Select’ launch tomorrow.”

Each of the cherry-picked, ready-to-wear and accessories items will be available to shop at Miu Miu boutiques for a limited time, including the model and activist’s closet must-haves.

The collaboration with the Italian womenswear label is just another achievement in the former Miss World Australia’s ever-growing portfolio. In the past, she’s appeared in a number of commercials, including for Maybelline Cosmetics, hair care company Wella and Lexus. 

She’s also starred in a stunning campaign for Egyptian fashion agency Maison Pyramide to raise funds for the Helm Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping empower people living with disabilities. Additionally, in 2018, fashion house Louis Vuitton selected Kahawaty to work with UNICEF at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan to help children affected by the Syrian crisis.

Kahawaty studied business, finance and law in Sydney and then made a move into modelling and event hosting. The social media influencer is also keen supporter of a number of humanitarian causes, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

“Miu Miu Select” was launched by the fashion house earlier this year. The initiative invites tastemakers from all over the world to curate a highly-personalized selection of their favorite ready-to-wear and accessories pieces from the brand’s most recent season.


Dubai’s streetwear festival Sole DXB canceled due to pandemic

Updated 09 August 2020

Dubai’s streetwear festival Sole DXB canceled due to pandemic

DUBAI: The region’s premiere streetwear festival, Sole DXB, will not be happening in 2020, the organizers announced via a statement on Sunday.

The organizers revealed that they “aren’t confident” that they can deliver the experience festival-goers “deserve with the health and safety standards” they expect. 

“While the situation continues to improve on the ground in Dubai, the festival is a collective effort by our community around the world and we’re ready to wait ‘til they can be a part of it too,” said the statement.

Organizers also announced that they do not have a new date set. The streetwear and music festival typically takes place during the first week of December.

The urban and streetwear festival seamlessly brings together the region’s music lovers and sneakerheads, who flock to Dubai Design District to enjoy performances from top artists such as Nas and Wu Tang Clan as well as shop local and international streetwear brands.

In light of the pandemic, Sole DXB recently launched a new mixed-media platform, sole.digital, dedicated to music, fashion, the visual arts and sports from the Middle East, India, Africa, the Caribbean and their diasporas.