Celebrity-approved piercer Maria Tash to open boutique in Kuwait

US actress Zoe Kravitz sporting Maria Tash jewelry. (AFP)
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Updated 05 February 2020

Celebrity-approved piercer Maria Tash to open boutique in Kuwait

  • The jeweler has announced that it will be cutting the ribbon on a brand new store in Kuwait

DUBAI: Shortly after celebrity favorite jeweler and piercer Maria Tash opened a luxury boutique in The Dubai Mall in 2018, which became the brand’s second-ever freestanding location outside of its flagship store in New York City, the jeweler has announced that it will be cutting the ribbon on a brand new store in the Middle East.  

“We did two pop-ups in Kuwait in 2016 that were very successful,” recalled Tash of her first foray into the Middle East with Arab News. “I was thrilled to find that there is a deep appreciation of luxury and very high taste levels in Kuwait,” she adds. And following a few pop-ups here and there, the jeweler has decided to officially launch a permanent space in the Gulf country.

The reason for choosing to open the brand’s second location in the GCC in just a span of two years is down to consumer demands. “The success of our Dubai store coupled with the demand from Middle Eastern clients made Kuwait the natural choice for expansion in the region,” explains the celebrity-loved piercer whose jewelry has adorned the lobes of Rihanna, Zoe Kravitz and Blake Lively to name a few.

The Maria Tash Kuwait flagship will open its doors in mid-April 2020. Supplied

The Maria Tash Kuwait flagship will open its doors in mid-April 2020. Supplied

The 2,000 sq ft space will be situated on the ground floor in Prestige at The Avenues Kuwait, and will feature one women’s-only lounge for clients who value privacy. Additionally, there will be a wide selection of the designer’s dainty fine jewelry, which comprises ear, nose and navel piercings in 14k and 18k yellow, white and rose gold. Meanwhile, an expert team of stylists will be in-store to advise clients on the most flattering look based on their unique ear anatomy.

The new flagship will begin welcoming jewelry lovers in mid-April, when it’s slated to open.

 “I always envisioned to launch in Kuwait which makes this store opening very exciting for me,” shares Tash. “This opening is an important step to building our presence in the Middle East.”

Tash first founded her label and piercing studio in New York City in 1993 and has gone to be stocked in noted department stores, such as London’s Harrods and Liberty.

‘Hamilton’ makes a successful transition to the big screen

Updated 04 July 2020

‘Hamilton’ makes a successful transition to the big screen

CHENNAI: Cinema sometimes looks to go back to its roots. Some years ago, European auteurs like Lars Von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg and others introduced “Dogme 95” as a new form of moviemaking, which meant using no props, no artificial lighting and no makeup. It did not last long. However, Thomas Kail’s “Hamilton” — released to coincide with the Fourth of July and streaming on Disney Plus — is another experiment that reminded me of the very early days of motion pictures when some directors in India captured a stage play with a static camera and then screened it in remote regions, where it was not feasible to cart the entire cast.

Kail used six cameras to shoot what was originally a theatrical production. Over two nights in 2016, he filmed the play with most of the actors, including Tony Award winners, who were in the stage version. Every attempt has been made to make it look cinematic, with impeccable camerawork and editing. There is a bonus here. The movie enables you to be a front-bencher at Richard Rogers’ stage production. This closeness that allows you to see clearly the expressions of the actors establishes an intimacy between the audience and the cast.

Inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton, the 160-minute show makes a fabulous musical. The release of the film with its intentionally diverse cast comes at a critical time when race relations in the USA have hit the rock bottom. When Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr) sings that he wants to be in “the room where it happens”, the lyrics are sung by a black man.

Alexander Hamilton (played by Lin-Manuel Miranda, also the creator of the piece) is the least well known of the American founding fathers. An immigrant and orphan, he was George Washington’s right-hand man. Credited as being responsible for setting up the country’s banking system, Hamilton was killed in a duel by Burr.

The musical is inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton. Courtesy of Disney

The story is narrated through hip-hop beats. Thomas Jefferson (Daveed Diggs) sings his speech to Congression, and the debates he has with Alexander Hamilton are verbalized through lyrics. Hamilton also has a lot to say about America’s immigrant past. In one scene French aristocrat Marquis de Lafayette tells Alexander, “Immigrants, we get the job done!”

Performances are top notch. Miranda is superb, and evokes an immediate connection between the film and the viewer. King George III is brilliantly portrayed by Jonathan Groff, and Hamilton’s wife, Eliza (Philippa Soo), is an endearing presence who has a calming effect on her often ruffled and troubled husband.

“Hamilton” is a great, if subjective, account of early American political history for those not familiar with that period. It must be said, however, the musical makes a long movie, which might be a trifle tiring for those not used to this format.