Arab designs make a cameo on Beyonce’s 2019 ‘Bey-cap’

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Updated 01 January 2020

Arab designs make a cameo on Beyonce’s 2019 ‘Bey-cap’

  • The singer dropped a 2019 recap video on her Instagram in celebration of the New Year
  • The fast-moving clip is filled with footage documenting the past 12 months of her life

DUBAI: On Dec. 31, multi Grammy award-winning artist Beyonce dropped what she calls a 2019 ‘Bey-cap’ on her Instagram in celebration of the New Year.

The clip is filled with personal footage documenting the past 12 months of her life set to the soundtrack of her song “Mood 4 Eva” with Childish Gambino, Oumou Sangare and her husband, Jay Z.

Among the moments highlighted were her daughter Blue Ivy Carter’s fourth birthday, the 2019 Brit Awards, her acclaimed Coachella performance, “The Lion King” premiere and sitting courtside at a slew of basketball games with her rapper husband. 

The fast-moving clip also featured plenty of cameos from the region’s Arab designers, who memorably dressed the “Single Ladies” hitmaker on a number of different occasions throughout the year.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There was the floor-length, gold sequined gown from Kuwaiti couturier Yousef Al-Jasmi that she wore to the opening of the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Also featured was the purple, croc-effect Ida handbag from Dubai-based accessories label L’Afshar Queen B chose to accessorize her checkered EnaGancio suit  at an exclusive art event hosted by producer Swizz Beatz.

And who can forget the embellished “Lion King” inspired ensemble custom-made by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika, which she wore to her mother Tina Knowles Lawson’s annual Wearable Art Gala in Santa Monica, California? 

The superstar clearly rates talent from the Middle East. While she can – and does – have her pick from any of the globe’s thousands of designers, the singer and actor has routinely turned to labels from the region in recent years, and the 2019 ‘Bey-cap’ further proves that.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.