DJs call the tune at Riyadh fashion pop-up

Moh Flow, a Syrian artist based in Dubai, delivered a hit set-list to an enthralled audience.
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Updated 23 December 2019

DJs call the tune at Riyadh fashion pop-up

  • The pop-up event focused on Saudi fashion with exclusive live art, photography, community talks and music

RIYADH: Leading DJs followed up their set lists with words of inspiration at a pop-up event in Riyadh hosted by Saudi fashion label AA (A for Anonymous).

Saudi “X-Factor Arabia” winner Hamza Hawsawi, Vinyl Mode, Moh Flow, DJ Majid and DJ Baloo were among performers and artists helping AA celebrate Vision 2030 as well as the Kingdom’s youth culture in fields including music, philanthropy, sports and entrepreneurship.

The pop-up event, held at streetwear outlet Urbn Lot last week, focused on Saudi fashion with exclusive live art, photography, community talks and music.

DJ Majid set the stage with an uplifting set before being joined by his friend DJ Mohammed Nassar, aka Vinyl Mode. Both performed at MDL Beast, the region’s biggest music festival, held in Riyadh at the weekend.  

“These are exciting times. I got to play at MDL Beast with my brothers. This is a great moment in history,” Majid told Arab News.

Inspiration

Moh Flow, a Syrian artist based in Dubai, delivered a hit set list to an enthralled audience.

“I am a huge Moh Flow fan and I am so excited to see him in Riyadh,” Mazen, a visitor said.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Saudi philanthropist Wid Enani, founder of Live to Give, a Jeddah charity organization, encouraged young citizens to volunteer and ‘connect to their community to make it a better place.’

• Saudi artists Nawaf and Abdullah created live art. ‘It is an honor to be here and do this,’ they said.

• Yara, a young female rapper from Jeddah, traveled to Riyadh for her first performance in the capital.

The “X-Factor” winner, who made an appearance on the MDL Beast main stage on Saturday, “inspires us to believe that dreams can come true,” Abdullah, a blogger at the event, told Arab News.

“For all those who love to sing and have a passion, he has been brave enough to take the risk and pave the way.”

Speaking at the event, Saudi philanthropist Wid Enani, founder of Live to Give, a Jeddah charity organization, encouraged young Saudis to volunteer and “connect to their community to make it a better place.”

Yara, a young female rapper from Jeddah, traveled to Riyadh for her first performance in the capital.

“It is amazing to see female rappers get a platform in Riyadh,” she said. “I’ve never seen this before.”

Saudi artists Nawaf and Abdullah also created live art. “It is an honor to be here and do this,” they said.


Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

Jennifer Lopez was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers.” (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2020

Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

DUBAI: Arab designers took over the red carpet at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Yvonne Strahovski and Sian Clifford showing off looks from the Middle East.

Singer and actress Lopez, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers,” showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika, complete with an off-the-shoulder neckline and thigh-high slit. The column gown featured a floor-grazing train and the star accessorized the look with sparkling diamonds and a chic up-do with fronds of hair framing her face.

Meanwhile, Australian actress Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli.

Jennifer Lopez showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika. (AFP)

Helmed by designer Ahmed Khyeli, the fashion house dressed Strahovski in an ethereal column gown from its Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

The look featured a peek-a-boo cutout on the bodice, along with elegant off-the-shoulder sleeves that ended just above the elbows.

British stage and TV actress Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit, complete with a plunging neckline and gold detailing on the jet black lapels. The glamorous evening look came courtesy of Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad.

Yvonne Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli. (AFP)

The leading ladies were all in attendance when South Korean film “Parasite” shocked the Screen Actors Guild Awards by landing the night’s top prize, a historic win which thrusts the black comedy into Oscars contention.

The critical smash hit film overcame the language barrier to win outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, the SAG equivalent of a best film Academy Award, AFP reported.

“I’m a little embarrassed feeling like we’re the parasites of Hollywood now,” joked actor Lee Sun-Kyun.

Director Bong Joon-Ho admitted that “it is true that the momentum is building” for the Oscars.

Sian Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit. (AFP)

The film, which merges comedy, drama and horror genres, follows a poor family as it infiltrates a wealthier household, and tackles the widening class gulf.

“Although the title is ‘Parasite,’ I think the film is about coexistence and how we can all live together,” said star Song Kang-ho, collecting the award.

The much-hyped movie had missed out on main prizes at the Golden Globes and Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards.

But Sunday’s win underlines the breakout movie’s extraordinary popularity in Hollywood.

It beat “Bombshell,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood” at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.