Casablanca by designer Charaf Tajer among 2020 LVMH Prize semi-finalists

Casablanca designer Charaf Tajer is among the 2020 LVMH Prize semi-finalists.
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Updated 15 February 2020

Casablanca by designer Charaf Tajer among 2020 LVMH Prize semi-finalists

DUBAI: In December, LVMH opened its applications for the LVMH Prize 2020 for Young Fashion Designers, and on Friday announced the 20 semi-finalists, who were selected by a panel of experts that include everyone from Gigi Hadid to LVMH Prize founder Delphine Arnaut.

Among the 20 chosen semi-finalists who could be the next Marine Serre, Jacquemus or Grace Wales Bonner, is Casablanca founder—and Pigalle co-founder— Charaf Tajer.

The menswear, Paris-based label is known for its ultra-wearable clothing made out of luxe silks and cashmeres that is inspired by Tajer’s Moroccan roots. His debut runway during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in 2018 was a love letter to his parents who met while working side by side in a clothing atelier in the fashion district of Casablanca.



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Tajer and the other designers will then be shortlisted into a pool of eight potential winners, after presenting their collections before a designer jury of international fashion experts, including Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquière and Marc Jacobs at the LVMH Paris showroom in March during Paris Fashion Week.

The grand prize will be given on June 5 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, with the winner receiving a $325,000 prize, a “one-year mentorship provided by a dedicated LVMH team, in all fields of expertise” and the chance to work at one of the many prestigious brands under the LVMH umbrella for a year, which includes Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Dior and more.

Celebrities, influencers call for justice over black man’s death in US

Part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik said: ‘Their (the police) job is not to kill. It has to change.’ (AFP)
Updated 28 May 2020

Celebrities, influencers call for justice over black man’s death in US

DUBAI: Celebrities and influencers around the world have taken to social media to protest against the actions of four US police officers that allegedly led to the death of a black male suspect.

A video, circulated online, showed an unidentified officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck and ignoring his pleas of “please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man.”

Police in Minneapolis, Minnesota where the incident took place, later said that Floyd matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case and had resisted arrest. All four officers have been fired.

Part-Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid shared a picture of Floyd on Instagram and said: “This has got to stop. It’s hard to watch a video so foul. It’s hard to think that this is still happening, but it is reality.

“These police officers need to be accountable to the maximum degree for their obviously disgusting and horrific actions. I feel so sick, sad, and sorry for George Floyd and his family.”

Her sister, Gigi Hadid, also spoke up about the viral video on her Instagram account. “This is why it is more disheartening and nauseating every time. And not just black men – every senseless act of discrimination that burdens this country,” she wrote to her 54.2 million followers.

Part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik said: “We should all feel protected and know we can be safe. Their (the police) job is not to kill. It has to change.”

Below are more reactions from famous stars addressing Floyd’s death.



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