Blake Lively’s quick-fire fashion changes include Azzedine Alaia look

US actress Blake Lively is back in the spotlight. (File/AFP)
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Updated 29 January 2020

Blake Lively’s quick-fire fashion changes include Azzedine Alaia look

  • Blake Lively is on a whirlwind press tour to promote her new film “The Rhythm Section”

DUBAI: US actress Blake Lively is back in the spotlight. After taking an extended break from public appearances following the birth of her third child with husband Ryan Reynolds in October, the former “Gossip Girl” star is on a press tour to promote her latest film, “The Rhythm Section,” which sees the actress playing the role of a spy who takes out bad guys for revenge after discovering that the plane crash that killed her family wasn't an accident. 

On Monday, she arrived at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the New York premiere of her new film wearing an off-the-shoulder black velvet gown by Dolce & Gabbana. Paired with leather opera gloves, an emerald Lorraine Schwartz choker and over-the-knee Christian Louboutin boots, Lively looked every bit the femme fatale, just like her onscreen personae.

The next morning, Lively stepped out wearing not one but three outfits in less than 24 hours. The mother of Inez, James and a new baby girl offered up a masterclass on almost a week’s worth of outfits in a span of a single day as she flitted from one interview to the next.

The mother-of-three wore not one, but three outfits while out in Manhattan. Getty

The 32-year-old kicked off her jam-packed day with an interview on “Good Morning America,” wearing mustard-yellow quilted shorts, a matching sequined jumper over a white button-up and a coat plucked from the Fendi Spring 2020 collection.

Never one to shy away from a rapid style switch-up, Lively has the ability to flip-flop from high-waisted shorts to mididresses in the span of a couple of hours with ease. Case in point: She quickly slipped into a sky blue printed Ulyana Sergeenko dress paired with a matching oversized coat from Max Mara for her second rendezvous of the morning.

The actress wore a head-to-toe Azzedine Alaia look while promoting her new film. Getty

For her third and final rapid-fire outfit change of the day, Lively opted for a head-to-toe ensemble from late Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia. The star looked elegant in the label’s white button-up, which she tucked into a black velvet skirt. She completed the classic look with a pair of lace-up, suede boots and a studded wide-brimmed hat, also by Alaia.

Alternative artists Freek, Karrouhat drop surprise new singles

UAE-based rapper Freek released a new music video this week. (Instagram/@freektv)
Updated 29 March 2020

Alternative artists Freek, Karrouhat drop surprise new singles

DUBAI: You may be familiar with Freek, one of the biggest Arabic drill artists to come from the region, and this weekend, the rapper unveiled his latest music video for “Mush Fathi” – which means “I’m busy” in Arabic.  

The setting is a roof top, the dress code is luxury streetwear and the message is clear: The artist is indeed busy. 

Between churning out new music, the Somali artist, who was born Mustafa Ismail in the UAE, can be credited for pushing the sub-genre of hip hop, which was popularized by Chicago rapper and Kanye West co-signee Chief Keef, to the forefront in the Arab world. His unique sound, which combines Arabic lyrics with menacing trap-influenced beats, has landed him slots at acclaimed festivals including Sole DXB and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In his ongoing pursuit of pioneering the sub-genre of hip hop in the Middle East, he has garnered a legion of fans that extend beyond the Gulf. A quick scroll through the YouTube comment section of his widely-viewed music videos reveals a following that encapsulates Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and even goes as far as Canada.

And Freek wasn’t the only UAE-based artist to drop a new music video this week. Kuwait-born DJ and model Basil Al-Hadi, who goes by the moniker Karrouhat, also treated his fans to a surprise new musical release. The DJ posted the clip for “Nefsi Aghaneelik” on YouTube on Saturday.