Kendall Jenner turns to Egyptian label for Wild West bash

Kendall Jenner turns to Egyptian label for Wild West bash
The model showed off a pair of earrings by Egyptian jewelry label Jude Benhalim. (Instagram)
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Updated 09 March 2020

Kendall Jenner turns to Egyptian label for Wild West bash

Kendall Jenner turns to Egyptian label for Wild West bash

DUBAI: This past week, Kendall Jenner jetted to the Bahamas with her sister Kylie Jenner, niece Stormi and a couple of friends, where they relaxed at a luxurious $10,000 per night villa. Now it appears that its back to the West Coast for the mega-model and reality star — and she took to Instagram to show off a pair of earrings by a Middle Eastern jewelry label soon after she touched down.

This week, the 24-year-old joined a number of other A-listers, including Winnie Harlow, Drake and Jaden Smith, for the occasion of Kylie’s ex-assistant Victoria Villarroel’s Western-themed birthday party in Santa Monica, where she ditched her swimsuits for something more “Wild, Wild West” plucked from one of fashion’s coolest labels.

In line with the bash’s cowboy theme, Jenner opted for a lilac, zebra printed two-piece ensemble from I Am Gia, the affordable Australian contemporary label that has found fans in Bella Hadid, Rosalia and Kaia Gerber.

 The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star elevated the country girl ensemble with a printed cowboy hat and a pair of sparkling earrings from Egyptian jewelry label Jude Benhalim. The model opted for the Cairo-based brand’s unreleased “Stella Luna” earrings, a pair of dangling, architectural earrings made out of sterling silver.  



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Jenner’s choice of accessories wasn’t exactly on theme per se, as the Egyptian jewelry label draws its inspiration from the North African nation’s rich history, resulting in creations that are traditionally Arabic with a tinge of modern influences.

Benhalim, who is part-Libyan and part-Syrian and grew up in Egypt, founded her eponymous brand in 2011 when she was just 17 and has since gone on to release a number of lines that each pay tribute to her heritage, finding fans in a handful of celebrities, including Adriana Lima, Madison Beer and Jessica Kahawaty.

However, the unique, handcrafted designs donned by the Jenner were undeniably a striking addition to her get-up.

Perhaps she is following in the fashionable footsteps of her younger sister Kylie, who was recently spotted wearing various designs from part-Egyptian jeweler Jacquie Aiche during their sun-filled vacation on the tropical island.

The beauty mogul took to Instagram to document her getaway wardrobe, which boasted vintage Dior, Chanel and Jean-Paul Gaultier finds that were paired with the Los Angeles-based jewelry designer’s whimsical rings, necklaces and body chains. 


Review: ‘Outside the Wire’ stays inside the box

Anthony Mackie cements his leading man status in an uncomplicated Netflix sci-fi thriller. Supplied
Anthony Mackie cements his leading man status in an uncomplicated Netflix sci-fi thriller. Supplied
Updated 17 January 2021

Review: ‘Outside the Wire’ stays inside the box

Anthony Mackie cements his leading man status in an uncomplicated Netflix sci-fi thriller. Supplied

LONDON: Seemingly overnight, Anthony Mackie has gone from supporting player in the sprawling Marvel universe to one of Netflix’s most bankable action leads, appearing in such diverse shows as Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror,”  season two of “Altered Carbon” and the ambitious 2019 sci-fi epic “IO.”

Leading man status is hardly a surprise since Mackie has proven himself capable of dramatic heft in films such as “The Hurt Locker” and sardonic camaraderie when playing Sam Wilson, Captain America’s friend and sidekick.

But it makes it all the more disappointing when a film doesn’t give him enough to do. In “Outside the Wire” Mackie plays Leo, an android super soldier embedded in a European war zone who recruits a naive drone pilot to help him prevent nuclear armageddon.

In what could have been a fascinatingly paradoxical (maybe even cerebral) spin on the genre, Leo is a weapon with an anti-war stance. He is designed to win hearts and minds, but is capable of shockingly efficient bouts of violence. And, in another potentially fascinating narrative move, he is partnered with rookie soldier Thomas Harp (British actor Damson Idris), who has never seen conflict up close.

These ingredients could make for an altogether different take on the standard military action thriller, but Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom opts for the safe, spectacular path instead. All of which is done very well, though a little long.

“Outside the Wire” is nicely paced, well choreographed and avoids any narrative lulls by knowing precisely when to ramp up the action. Mackie packs a (literal) punch when called for, but is never given much more to do than scowl and kick terrorists through walls.

The movie is perfect middle-of-the-road sci-fi — it asks a few interesting questions, but never really troubles itself trying to come up with the answers.