A day at the races: Stylish guests wow at the Saudi Cup

Entrepreneur and influencer Pierette Yammine showed off a regal, ice blue number by Dubai-based label Baruni Fashion. (Huda Bashatah/Arab News)
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Updated 02 March 2020

A day at the races: Stylish guests wow at the Saudi Cup

RIYADH: All eyes were on Saudi Arabia as the world’s most valuable horse race kicked off over the weekend — and there was something for everyone, including fashion fans.

Style-lovers descended on the Saudi Cup in Riyadh wearing their race day best, with women giving Audrey Hepburn’s character in Hollywood classic “My Fair Lady” a run for her money with their chic abayas and colorful dresses.

Stylish racing gear was on full display in the form of an array of creative headpieces flaunted by some women in the Red Sea Pavilion.

Arab News caught up with Evelyn McDermott, founder of the Evelyn McDermott Millinery, which was the exclusive milliner for the Saudi Cup and had a dedicated booth for those who wanted to pick up a last-minute headpiece.




Milliner Evelyn McDermott (right) boasted a dark green jumpsuit with a signature headpiece. (Huda Bashatah/Arab News)

“My brand is a Dubai-born brand and I’ve been making the hats for about seven to eight years now, she said, before adding, “it’s been the most phenomenal thing ever to be invited here to Saudi Arabia (and) to be the exclusive milliner to the Saudi Cup has just been so wonderful. I mean the first ever Saudi Cup makes it an experience that can never be repeated so it’s been fantastic.”

For her part, McDermott capitalized on one of the style trends of the day — wearing green.

The designer donned a jade green jumpsuit with dramatic tulip sleeves in translucent chiffon and finished off her out-there outfit with a matching head wrap — a fresh take on typical race day headpieces and the feathered looks preferred by many other women at the event.




For her part, McDermott capitalized on one of the style trends of the day — wearing green. (Arab News)

Green seemed to be a popular color, with many style conscious race goers donning various shades of the hue.

Michele Fischer, who flew into the Kingdom from the US, showed off an embroidered blue abaya, complete with tribal designs in white threadwork. Underneath, she boasted a fern green cocktail dress by Ralph Lauren and topped off the look with an ash-and-ebony feathered headpiece by Australian milliner Sonlia Fashion.




Michele Fischer showed off a fern green number. (Huda Bashatah/Arab News)

Fischer told Arab News she handpicked the dark green dress in order to pay tribute to Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, entrepreneur and influencer Pierette Yammine showed off a regal, ice blue number by Dubai-based label Baruni Fashion, which is helmed by former petroleum engineer-turned-designer Fadwa Baruni.




Entrepreneur Pierette Yammine showed off a regal, ice blue number by Dubai-based label Baruni Fashion. (Huda Bashatah/Arab News)

Yammine accessorized the floor-grazing gown, with it’s textured cuffed sleeves and sash at the waist, with a demure white Longines watch and an attention-grabbing caramel-colored floral headpiece with wispy filaments that played in the breeze.

Attendee Liz Price followed suit and opted for a gorgeous, crinkled headpiece that resembled piled up gardenias atop her sleek hairdo. The cream-colored piece was designed by London-based milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan, whose hats are favored by Queen Elizabeth II.




Liz Price's The cream-colored piece was designed by London-based milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan. (Arab News)

 


Influencer Nadya Hassan celebrates her 30th birthday in style at home

Dubai blogger Nadya Hassan celebrated her birthday this week. (Instagram)
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Influencer Nadya Hassan celebrates her 30th birthday in style at home

DUBAI: Dubai-based influencer Nadya Hassan turned 30 on Friday and the style and travel blogger found a way to celebrate her landmark birthday in spite of the country-wide stay-at-home mandates due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Happy 30th to me. I was meant to be in Vegas today to bring in my 30th but here’s we are,” wrote the fashion star on Instagram, alongside a series of snaps of her birthdays throughout the years. 

Indeed, celebrating her big day in far-flung locales appears to be an annual ritual for the newly-minted 30-year-old. In previous years, Hassan has rung in her special day in exotic destinations such as Tokyo and Havana. This year was scheduled to be no different, until the coronavirus affected her travel plans.

However, the influencer didn’t let spoiled vacation plans put a damper on her milestone birthday. Hassan took to her Instagram Stories to provide a sneak peek of how she decided to celebrate her big day, uploading videos and snaps for her 212,000 followers.

“Quarantine birthday! Got dressed up for my 30th and why not?” she wrote alongside a picture of herself wearing a silver, sequined gown and metallic earrings. 

Another video sees the blogger blowing out a stack of candle-lit macarons while surrounded by balloons. 

The region’s fashion set took to social media to pay tribute to Hassan on her special day. 

The region’s fashion set took to social media to pay tribute to Hassan on her special day. 

“Happy birthday baby girl,” wrote Iraqi influencer Deema Al-Asadi. Ahmed Dabbas also shared a heartfelt birthday post, writing “Happy birthday Queen N. Love you and miss you so much.”