Imaan Hammam was the star of Milan Fashion Week

Imaan Hammam was the star of Milan Fashion Week
The model kicked things off with the Fendi Spring 2021 show. Getty Images
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Updated 27 September 2020

Imaan Hammam was the star of Milan Fashion Week

Imaan Hammam was the star of Milan Fashion Week

DUBAI: The Milan calendar is quieter than usual this season, with just a handful of designers staging physical shows and the rest opting for digital presentations. However, that didn’t stop Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model Imaan Hammam from having a pretty stellar Fashion Week.

Hammam, who made her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2013 Couture show aged 17, is a Fashion Week regular.

After months of lockdown and self-isolation amid the coronavirus health crisis, the 23-year-old supermodel jetted off to Italy this week to make her runway return for a number of prestigious fashion houses. 

She kicked off Milan Fashion Week with an appearance at Fendi last week. Despite not walking for several months, when the model got out there, she made it look as easy as ever. Wearing a black, oversized blazer over a sheer top-and-skirt combo, her hair pulled back and parted neatly down the center, she stole the show.

“Feels good to be back at work,” wrote Hammam on Instagram following the event. “What a beautiful show,” she added, thanking Silvia Venturini Fendi.

Next up on Hammam’s jam-packed schedule was Alberta Ferretti’s Spring 2021 showcase that was staged in the open air in a Milan courtyard. The Amsterdam-based model opened the show wearing a belted, taupe skirt and a floral-printed top accessorized with a boho seashell necklace and suede sandals.

For her second look, Hammam stunned in a black mini-dress with a sheer skirt. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Yesterday Opening @albertaferretti what a show!!!! Thank you @aleksworo

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“Yesterday opening @albertaferretti. What a show!” the model wrote on Instagram, alongside runway snaps of her looks.

Hammam’s Milan Fashion Week closed out with a bang on Friday with Donatella Versace’s under-the-sea inspired Spring 2021 runway show.

The model, who was born to a Moroccan mother and an Egyptian father, joined fellow supermodels and Versace regulars, including Irina Shayk, Adut Akech, Joan Smalls and Vittoria Ceretti, to shut down the audience-less runway in an event that was live-streamed to the rest of the world.

The catwalk star turned heads in not one but two looks. For her first runway turn, Hammam donned a colorful, striped blazer-and-shorts co-ord. She then changed into a bombshell minidress with a crystal-encrusted bodice that took the form of a shell. 

With her dewy skin and trademark curls damp, Hammam resembled a real-life mermaid. 

As Milan Fashion Week came to a close on Sunday, we now turn our sights to Paris Fashion Week, where Hammam will no doubt continue to dominate the runways.


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Updated 04 December 2020

What We Are Reading Today: The Autocratic Middle Class by Bryn Rosenfeld

What We Are Reading Today: The Autocratic Middle Class by Bryn Rosenfeld

Conventional wisdom holds that the rising middle classes are a force for democracy. Yet in post-Soviet countries like Russia, where the middle class has grown rapidly, authoritarianism is deepening. Challenging a basic tenet of democratization theory, Bryn Rosenfeld shows how the middle classes can actually be a source of support for autocracy and authoritarian resilience, and reveals why development and economic growth do not necessarily lead to greater democracy.
In pursuit of development, authoritarian states often employ large swaths of the middle class in state administration, the government budget sector, and state enterprises. Drawing on attitudinal surveys, unique data on protest behavior, and extensive fieldwork in the post-Soviet region, Rosenfeld documents how the failure of the middle class to gain economic autonomy from the state stymies support for political change, and how state economic engagement reduces middle-class demands for democracy and weakens prodemocratic coalitions.