Everything you need to know about Saudi designer Tima Abid’s Paris Haute Couture debut

Tima Abid Spring 2020 Couture. (Instagram)
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Updated 27 January 2020

Everything you need to know about Saudi designer Tima Abid’s Paris Haute Couture debut

  • Saudi couturiere Tima Abid presented her first-ever collection during Paris Haute Couture Week
  • The collection boasted a lineup of show-stopping couture gowns mostly dreamed up at the designer’s Jeddah atelier

DUBAI: On Jan. 23, Saudi couturiere Tima Abid presented her first-ever collection during Paris Haute Couture Week. The Jeddah-born designer, who founded her eponymous womenswear label 16-years-ago, debuted her glamorous Spring 2020 couture offering during a candle-lit dinner held at Paris’ the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V, in the presence of her private clients, which included the royal family and Syrian singer Assala Nasri.

The show was set against the soundtrack of Tunisian singer Omayma Taleb’s soothing vocals, who serenaded guests for the first few looks of the 50-piece offering, which was a year in the making.

The indelible collection boasted a lineup of show-stopping couture gowns mostly dreamed up at the designer’s Jeddah atelier.

Featuring luxe fabrics such as crepe and tulle, embellished with gold and silver embroidery, beads, molded sequins and plumes, Abid’s range of body-hugging eveningwear is a true testament to the ability and skills she and her petit mains are undoubtedly capable of.

Standout pieces included a metallic skirt that ropes up the shoulder like a braid, another skirt made entirely out of metallic sequins and red and blue feathers as well as a wedding dress with bejeweled silk panels. There was perfectly-executed tailoring aplenty in Abid’s Spring 2020 couture collection, as well as waist-cinching corsets and embellished bolero jackets.

Indeed, Abid may be a newcomer to the couture week schedule, but she’s already proving to be a force to be reckoned with.


‘I May Destroy You’ is brutal take on sexual assault

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‘I May Destroy You’ is brutal take on sexual assault

CHENNAI: The British series, “I May Destroy You,” directed by Michaela Coel and Sam Miller, for HBO and the BBC, comes at a time when sexual consent has become paramount.

There have been films across continents on the subject of rape, even marital, and in India things heated up after the 2012 Nirbhaya case in Delhi. A young woman was brutally assaulted by a group of men and then killed while traveling on an otherwise empty bus with her male friend. A television series on the horrific incident gripped Indians.

Similarly, “I May Destroy You,” written by Coel, bases the drama on her own nightmare experience, and she even performs the lead role as Arabella.

A black woman, born in London to Ghanian parents, Arabella is the best-selling author of “Chronicles of a Fed-Up Millennial,” which is based on her tweets. As the series opens, she is finishing the last chapters of her follow-up book and taking a short break from her rigorous work schedule.

Written by Coel, the series bases the drama on her own nightmare experience, and she even performs the lead role as Arabella. Supplied

But a night out turns to horror. The following morning, she finds herself in front of her computer with a very clouded idea of what happened during the night. A haunting image, though blurred, of a man sexually assaulting her is all that she can piece together.

This sets in motion the world of Arabella and her two friends, aspiring actress Terry (Weruche Opia) and aerobics instructor Kwame (Paapa Essiedu), which is one of high living. But their lifestyles do not mean that there can be physical violation or sex without consent and “I May Destroy You” examines the various forms of this sort of molestation.

It takes a while for Arabella to realize that her drink was spiked by the man who forced himself on her.

The series has no false note, and is narrated with wit, though sometimes painfully. Supplied

The series has no false note, and is narrated with wit, though sometimes painfully. There is a counselor who recommends handicrafts to get over sexual trauma. The characters are very well fleshed out, and the narrative seamlessly weaves in and out of the tragic and the comic.

But be warned, there are many distasteful visuals, which probably could have been edited out. After all, the Master of the Macabre, Alfred Hitchcock, was able to portray the most gruesome of murders without making them look bloody.