Beyonce rocks Saudi label in stunning new visual ‘Black is King’

Beyonce latest release ‘Black is King’ debuted on Disney+ this weekend. File/Disney
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Updated 03 August 2020

Beyonce rocks Saudi label in stunning new visual ‘Black is King’

DUBAI: Beyonce’s latest and highly-anticipated visual release, “Black is King,” debuted on Disney+ this weekend, and it is filled with stunning fashion moments. 

Based on songs from 2019’s “The Lion King” movie, which Beyoncé lent her voice to as Nala, the hour and 25 minute long clip is a series of interconnected music videos with guest appearances by her husband, Jay-Z, and daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Pharrell, Lupita Nyong’o and more Black artists, that is rife with editorial-worthy costumes.

Among the statement-making ensembles, which can be credited to the superstar’s longtime stylist, Zerina Akers, was a handmade, black feathered number from Saudi couturier Mohamed Ashi of Beirut-based label Ashi Studio, which the singer wore in the clip for “My Power.” 

The look, which consisted of a black bustier embellished with exotic black feathers, took 70-hours to make. 

“Mr. Ashi was honored to create this elaborate hand-made embroidered piece which took 70 hours of work that was featured in the ‘Black is King’ film released by Disney and directed by Beyonce yesterday in the states,” wrote the brand on its Instagram account. 

“The look incorporated exotic bird feathers, placed one by one on the bodice for this film that has a powerful impact in the world,” the brand added.

Of course, it’s not the first time that the muti-Grammy Award-winning artist turned heads in a creation from the Saudi designer. In 2018, the mother of three stepped onto the stage of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela at 100 event in Johannesburg, South Africa wearing a sculpted fuchsia couture gown by Ashi Studio. The frothy, layered creation was memorably also sported by Bollywood star Deepika Padukone at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival just a few months earlier. 

Meanwhile, other note-worthy ensembles from “Black is King” include a custom Grecian-style gown from New York-based label Mia Vesper in the music video for “Water.”

Beyonce also wore a yellow, off-the-shoulder draped top and matching yellow slit skirt from Balmain for the “Spirit” clip as well as a custom cow-print Burberry corset designed by Riccardo Tisci in “Already.”

Other buzz-worthy brands featured in the visual include Molly Goddard, Mugler, Valentino Haute Couture and Alessandra Rich, among many others.


US-Moroccan singer Abir releases second EP

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US-Moroccan singer Abir releases second EP

DUBAI: US-Moroccan singer Abir has released this week her second EP, “Heat.”

The Fez-born crooner’s new musical project is a collection of seven songs, which she describes as “Arab pop.”

The new EP is accompanied by visuals for the singles “Inferno” and “Yallah.” Both music videos were shot on location in the Moroccan desert just outside of Marrakech with the help of a team of all Arab creatives. 

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I can’t believe I’m announcing this!!!!!!! My sophomore EP, HEAT, will be with you Friday, AUGUST 7TH This project is near and dear to my heart for reasons far beyond music. I consider this project to be the culmination of many years of growth and self-discovery—a journey that extends to a newfound connection with the meaning of my name, an Arabic word that translates as “fragrance of a flower” and ultimately signifies a certain blossoming into the woman I've become. As a daughter of the East and West, I wanted to explore that duality in my music as well as contribute to the conversation surrounding Arab women + challenge the narrative that exists in today's world. I pray you receive this project with an open heartPre-save link in my bio! AUGUST 7TH, YALLAH!!!

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“As a daughter of the East and West, I wanted to explore that duality in my music as well as contribute to the conversation surrounding Arab women and challenge the narrative that exists in today’s world,” the singer said on Instagram ahead of the EP’s launch. 

“This project is near and dear to my heart for reasons far beyond music. I consider this project to be the culmination of many years of growth and self-discovery.”