Nora Attal, Imaan Hammam storm Jacquemus Spring 2021 runway

Imaan Hammam at the Jacquemus Spring 2021 show. (Getty)
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Updated 20 July 2020

Nora Attal, Imaan Hammam storm Jacquemus Spring 2021 runway

DUBAI: French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus presented his eponymous brand’s Spring 2021 Menswear collection via a physical show in a rolling wheat field, about an hour out of Paris, on July 16 with a little help from part-Moroccan models Nora Attal, Imaan Hammam and Malika El-Maslouhi.

The models weaved through fields of wheat on a snaking wood plank runway in the presence of 100 socially-distanced guests – each guest was seated six feet apart – that included actress Tina Kunakey and Moroccan-Belgian photographer Mous Lamrabat, wearing slinky numbers from the new collection titled “L’Amour,” or “Love.”

Nora Attal walks for Jacquemus Spring 2021 Menswear. (Getty)

For her part, British-Moroccan Attal stunned wearing a  cream-colored skirt and crop blouse paired with platform thong sandals and the brand’s signature chiquito bag.

Meanwhile, Dutch-Egyptian-Moroccan Hammam was a vision in a flared, wheat-colored pinstripe jumpsuit with thin shoulder and chest straps. 

18-year-old El-Maslouhi, who was born in Milan to an Italian mother and a Moroccan father, turned heads wearing a pair of coral, high-waisted trousers and a white, midriff-baring top. 

 

 

 

 

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The part-Arab models were joined on the runway by other catwalk stars, such as  Adut Akech, Anna Ewers, Grace Elizabeth, Mona Tougaard and Jill Kortleve, among others. 

The new collection, which featured both womenswear and menswear, served as an homage of sorts to the designer’s team. 

 

 

 

 

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“What’s so beautiful about L’Amour is how it can endure—sometimes even grow stronger—in the absence of people being together,” wrote the designer on Instagram of the offering. 

“Not long after my team was separated from each other, we were all in our homes feeling the desire to work, and a new vision of the collection emerged. We became a human chain, every step of the creative process executed with love,” he added. 

 

 

 

 

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Foregoing fashion’s digital answer to the global health  crisis, Jacquemus is one of few labels moving forward in the traditional, physical layout.

It’s the third real-life fashion show to take place since the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March. 

Physical fashion shows have slowly returned this week, starting with Etro and Dolce & Gabbana’s events in Milan.


Lebanese actress Nadine Njeim undergoes 6-hour surgery after Beirut explosion 

Updated 05 August 2020

Lebanese actress Nadine Njeim undergoes 6-hour surgery after Beirut explosion 

DUBAI: Lebanese actress Nadine Nassib Njeim revealed on Instagram that she underwent a six-hour surgery after a massive explosion ripped through Beirut on Tuesday, killing over 100 people and injuring thousands. 

“Half my face and my body were covered in blood,” said Njeim, who lives close to the port area where the explosion happened, captioning a video – shot by someone else – of her damaged apartment.

“I thank God first, who saved my life. The explosion was close, and the scenes you see do not do it justice. If you visit the house and see the blood everywhere, you would be surprised as to how we are still alive,” the star, who has two children, wrote captioning the clip that shows shattered glass, cracked walls and broken furniture strewn all over her living room.

According to her post, the star went down 22 floors, barefoot and covered in blood and sought help from a man who was in his car. 

“He dropped me to the nearest hospital, but they refused to admit me because they were packed with wounded people,” she said. “He dropped me to another hospital where they immediately took me in and I underwent a six-hour operation.” 

The 36-year-old actress said her children were not home and are “fine and safe.”

Multiple Lebanese celebrities have also taken to social media to share videos of their destroyed homes. 

Singer Haifa Wehbe shared, on her Instagram Stories, clips of the destruction that ravaged her home. “We are all okay thank God. My house is next to the explosion,” she wrote to her followers before asking them to keep her house helper, who got injured in her head and eyes, in their prayers.

Clips circulated on social media of Lebanese fashion designer Dalida Ayach, who is also the wife of singer Ramy Ayach, in the hospital being treated for her injuries. 

Singer Elissa, who recently released a new album, took to Twitter to share pictures of the aftermath of the explosion. “It affected the metals and the properties this time, but who will bring back the dead? Who will bring back Beirut?” the star wrote.

Singer Ragheb Alama’s house also got destroyed, but luckily, he and his family were on a trip outside the city.

The ateliers of renowned Lebanese designers have also been ruined, including Maison Rabih Kayrouz and Ralph Masri’s flagship stores.

Taking to his Stories, Kayrouz shared videos of the damage caused by the explosion to his atelier. “Our courageous team trying to save… what could be saved!” the designer captioned one clip of one of the atelier workers pulling out clothing from the debris.