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.


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.