Georges Hobeika, Rabih Kayrouz shine during Paris Haute Couture Week

Georges Hobeika and Rabih Kayrouz presented their brand’s Fall 20/21 couture collections on July 6. (Supplied)
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Updated 09 July 2020

Georges Hobeika, Rabih Kayrouz shine during Paris Haute Couture Week

DUBAI: With coronavirus cases rising to over 11 million around the world, a number of film and fashion events have been forced to become digital. 

This week, the first-ever online Paris Haute Couture Week kicked off, with Lebanese designers Georges Hobeika and Rabih Kayrouz presenting their brand’s Fall 20/21 couture collections on July 6.

Hobeika’s audience-less runway show was streamed via Instagram Live. (Supplied)

From heavily-embellished tops to voluminous skirts and fluffy coats, Hobeika’s audience-less runway show, which was streamed via Instagram Live, had it all. 

The Baskinta-born designer, revered by royals and red carpet stars, also offered brides-to-be something to dream about. He presented a white gown decorated with crystals and sequins and a floor-length veil that would make any bride say “I do.”

The Baskinta-born designer also offered brides-to-be something to dream about. (Supplied)

For Kayrouz, this digital experience was a golden chance for him to showcase his creativity. 

The couturier presented a short film, titled “320 / 38,” that was written, directed and produced by Lebanese filmmaker Nasri Sayegh. The title of the video gives reference to his Beirut address, 320, and his Paris atelier, 38.  

In a five-minute long clip, the couturier took viewers on a dress-making journey – with background music by the late legendary Egyptian singer Shadia – where he opted to focus on a single haute couture orange dress that took 230 hours to make.

The sleeveless dress, tight at the model’s upper body, is made from ribbons that intersect in different geometric lines.

The gown then flows into a full skirt with even, undulating pleats.

5 reasons to add spinach to your diet

Updated 08 August 2020

5 reasons to add spinach to your diet

DUBAI: Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach at Fit Squad DXB, shares her advice on the superfoods that will help you lead a longer and healthier life…

If you want a food that’s cheap, versatile and packed with nutrients, then you can’t go wrong with spinach. Throw a handful into a fruit or vegetable smoothie, cook it as a side dish with meat or knock out a saag curry as a main and reap the health rewards listed below.

Improved eye health

Spinach is high in the antioxidant pigments zeaxanthin and lutein, which protect your eyes from damage caused by sunlight. They also work to prevent macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly. Studies have also shown that zeaxanthin and lutein play a part in preventing cataracts.

Healthy pregnancy

As spinach is packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, folate and potassium, it’s the perfect food for pregnant women. Leafy greens are also rich in powerful immune-boosting antioxidants and contain plant compounds that may help prevent constipation, a common problem among pregnant women.

There are plenty of health rewards to be reaped from the super food. Shutterstock

Blood clotting

One spinach leaf contains over half of your daily requirements of vitamin K1, which is essential for healthy bones. It also helps white blood cells to clot effectively, preventing you from bleeding out when you are injured. Anyone who is taking blood-thinning medication such as Warfarin should speak to their doctor before increasing their intake of spinach or other leafy greens.

Healthy teeth

This super green is high in catenoids, which our bodies turn into vitamin A. This vitamin plays a key role in keeping gums healthy and in building tooth enamel. Spinach is also high in calcium, which helps harden your enamel, strengthen your jawbone, and build strong bones. In fact, spinach is also rich in vitamin D, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, all of which are important nutrients for bone health.

Healthy hair

This is where vitamin A comes in again, as it is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturized, helping it to look glossy and grow. It can also help reduce hair loss. Vitamin A is actually used in the growth of all bodily tissues, so it is essential for healthy skin as well.