Ellen DeGeneres gifts her entire studio audience a trip to Abu Dhabi

Ellen DeGeneres, host of cult daytime talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” gifted the entire studio audience with a giveaway trip to Abu Dhabi. (AFP)
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Updated 11 December 2019

Ellen DeGeneres gifts her entire studio audience a trip to Abu Dhabi

  • DeGeneres gifted the entire studio audience with a giveaway trip to Abu Dhabi
  • DeGeneres surprised Jennifer Aniston with tickets for the both of them

DUBAI: In spirit of the holiday season, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, host of cult daytime talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” gifted the entire studio audience with a giveaway trip to Abu Dhabi. 

 DeGeneres, along with her guest, actress Jennifer Aniston, kicked off the giveaway session with gift cards, an at-home rowing machine and covetable luggage.

 “They have all those stuff, but they have nowhere to go,” DeGeneres said. 

 “You know what Ellen? I think we should send them someplace exotic,” replied the “Friends” star. 

 “There’s an island called Yas where you can ride the fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World, catch a wave at Yas Waterworld and meet your favorite characters at Warner Bros World,” Aniston continued to the excited cheers of the audience members. 

 

 

 “They’re going to fly there on Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE,” Aniston said. 

When the Etihad air hostesses walked into the studio to give out the tickets to the audience, DeGeneres surprised her guest with tickets for the both of them. 

This is not the first time the talk show host has given away a trip to the UAE. In 2015, she picked an audience member, along with actor Vin Diesel, for a 13-day trip to Abu Dhabi to promote the release of the movie “Furious 7.”

 A year later, she gifted the audience a trip to Dubai. 

 The host started off the segment she called “Hello Dubai” during her show by inviting two audience members to play a mock quiz game.

Once she picked the winner, with a little help from an Emirates pilot named Ashley, the comedian and talk show host informed the excited audience that there was a bonus round — for a round trip to Dubai — and they all won. 


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.