Nour Arida, Jessica Kahawaty star in Boucheron campaign

Nour Arida, Jessica Kahawaty star in Boucheron campaign
Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty is joined by her mother in the campaign images. Supplied
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Updated 28 September 2020

Nour Arida, Jessica Kahawaty star in Boucheron campaign

Nour Arida, Jessica Kahawaty star in Boucheron campaign

DUBAI: It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Lebanese fashion blogger Nour Arida and Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty, both of whom were tapped to star in high jewelry label Maison Boucheron’s new Legacies campaign.

Arida stars in the campaign alongside her four-year-old daughter Ayla.

“@boucheron brought us together for a powerful message: Legacies, that we pass on from a generation to another,” Arida posted on Instagram, alongside sweet snaps of the mother-daughter duo.

A seasoned model and media personality, Kahawaty has appeared in her fair share of ads and campaigns, however, it marks the first time she has teamed up with Maison Boucheron. 

“Happy to introduce to you my campaign ‘Legacies’ By @Boucheron side by side with my mama,” she wrote on Instagram, alongside a series of images of the advert which also features her mother, Rita Kahawaty. “Spot us in Boucheron stores soon,” she added.

In the campaign photos, shot by London-based fashion photographer Zuzanna Blur, the mother-and-daughter duo can be seen posing alone and together on a sofa wearing high-octane jewels from the renowned French jewelry label. 

Toronto-based travel and fashion influencer Saira and her mother also appear in the new campaign for one of France’s oldest jewelry houses.

They join other international stars who have lent their faces to the high jewelry maison, such as US actress Kate Winslet, French model Laetitia Casta and Chinese actress Zhou Dongyu.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beirut, you broke our hearts.... goodbye بيروت كسرتي قلبنا...

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While Arida recently made headlines for her move to Paris after the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut — a difficult decision, according to the star, who posted “Beirut, you broke our hearts” on Instagram at the time — Kahawaty has also had a busy few weeks.

The Boucheron campaign announcement comes just a few days after the Dubai-based model and activist revealed her latest venture, a food delivery concept, titled Mama Rita.

The new service is a food delivery venture that focuses on healthy, home-cooked meals that her mother specializes in.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our story: @mamarita started as an idea 2 years ago. For years, family, friends and everyone who tried my mother’s food told her that she should share it with the world. We started thinking of a cookbook last year but it wasn’t the same. How can people smell, taste and experience her cooking to the fullest? I’ve always been a major foodie, I love to take control ordering food at a table or hosting dinner parties, and I have a great palette. One problem: I don’t know how to cook. We wanted to reach people far and wide who were just like me or simply didn’t have time to cook home food. The mamas, the busy bees, the students, those at their office desk, at-home gatherings... and more! Most importantly, I wanted the food to be affordable and the pricing democratic. Food is for everyone. This is a passion project to feed people healthy, homey and delicious food. We are starting in Dubai but it won’t stop here. My aim is to touch foodies worldwide and reach the four corners of the world with what I simply call - Good Food. - Portrait @veronika_photography Food images @karimheshamphotography @aliaa_foodstyling - فكرة ماما ريتا بدأت من سنتين. أوّل شي فكّرنا نكتب كتاب طبخ مع كل وصفات الماما. رجعنا فكّرنا إنّو بدنا نفوت على بيوت العالم ويذوقوا الطبخ من يديها. أهّم شيىء إنّو إقدر وصّل أكل الماما لكل العالم - لمثلي ما بيعرفوا يطبخوا، للأمهات المنشغلين، للعالم لبالشغل وبيشتاقوا لأكل أمّهاتهم، لجمعة الأصحاب... وأهم من هيك يكون السعر ديموقراطي ونختار أفضل المكونات بالسوق. بدأنا بدبي ولاكن هدفنا نوصل لكل العالم.

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For Jessica’s part, she handles the logistics of the company, focusing on branding, content, photography, procuring, copywriting and website design.

As if that wasn’t enough, Kahawaty turned 32 this month. The UNICEF ambassador celebrated her special day with a disco-themed birthday dinner alongside her loved ones in Dubai.


Saudi label Hindamme presents ‘Driving Jacket’ at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum

Saudi label Hindamme presents ‘Driving Jacket’ at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum
Updated 21 June 2021

Saudi label Hindamme presents ‘Driving Jacket’ at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum

Saudi label Hindamme presents ‘Driving Jacket’ at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum

DUBAI: Saudi brand Hindamme, founded by designer Mohammed Khoja, is presenting its “Driving Jacket” at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. 

Khoja designed the black and green bomber jackets with the insignia “June 24, 2018, 10 Shawwal 1439” — the date when women in the Kingdom were allowed to drive.

The unisex design, which was created in 2018, features gold and black embroidery in comes in the colors of Saudi Arabia’s flag. 

The Victoria & Albert museum is exhibiting the green version of the jacket, which has become part of its permanent collection.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In a previous interview with Arab News, Khoja said: “I was moved by the decision to lift the ban on women driving, because it seemed like something that would never happen. It is a symbolic gesture. The ban has always been held against us as Saudis.”

Khoja said he hoped his jacket would help fashion-conscious Saudis mark the event.

“Every country has historic days when things happen that shift the course of the future — and this is one of those dates. That was the inspiration. I thought, how can I, as a designer, pay tribute to this?

“I call it a driving jacket to commemorate the date.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The designer said he was “super-proud” of the direction Saudi society was taking with this “progressive push.”

The exhibition showcases clothing, accessories, design, and cultural memorabilia.

Besides Hindamme’s jacket, the museum is also presenting a pair of shoes by Christian Louboutin, the Mae West Lips sofa designed by Salvador Dali, the 2015 Selfish book of selfies by Kim Kardashian and more. 


French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella plays a protective parent in new ‘Settlers’ trailer

French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella plays a protective parent in new ‘Settlers’ trailer
The trailer for ‘Settlers’ starring Sofia Boutella is finally here. File/AFP
Updated 21 June 2021

French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella plays a protective parent in new ‘Settlers’ trailer

French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella plays a protective parent in new ‘Settlers’ trailer

DUBAI: The trailer for the upcoming sci-fi film “Settlers” starring French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella came out this week. 

IFC Midnight, an American film distribution company, released the two-and-a-half minute long trailer on Twitter, writing: “They left Earth for something more. They weren’t prepared for what they found. Watch the trailer for #SettlersMovie, in theaters and on demand July 23.”

Boutella stars alongside British-American actor Jonny Lee Miller, Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova and American child actress Brooklynn Prince.

“Settlers” is set on a remote homestead on Mars, where a refugee family from Earth clings to hope for a better life. 

The Algiers-born actress and Miller take on the role of parents to Remmy (Prince).

The film is set to debut this summer. Supplied

The trailer kicks off with the voice of Remmy saying: “There’s strangers nearby. I’m scared,” prompting her father to respond, “No, it’s just us, there’s nothing to be scared of. No one’s going to mess with you kid,” as he tucks her into bed. 

The 39-year-old features throughout the trailer tending to plants in a greenhouse and protecting her daughter from armed invaders.

The science fiction film set to premiere this year was directed by Wyatt Rockefeller, marking his feature narrative debut. 

Meanwhile, Julie Fabrizio, Joshua Horsfield and Johan Kruge all served as co-producers for the film.

Boutella is also set to star in “SAS: Rogue Heroes.” Supplied

Boutella is also set to star in “SAS: Rogue Heroes,” a new series from “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight.

The dancer-turned-actress will feature in the series, currently being filmed, alongside Egyptian star Amir El-Masry.

The pair feature alongside a star-studded cast that includes English actor and model Connor Swindells, “Game of Thrones” actor Alfie Allen, and Dominic West from “The Affair.”

While character plots remain scarce, the cast names have been revealed with Boutella set to play the role of Eve.

Boutella is certainly one of Hollywood’s busiest stars. The “Atomic Blonde” actress is set to begin shooting sci-fi comedy “Alpha Gang” alongside an all-star cast that includes Andrea Riseborough, Jon Hamm, Nicholas Hoult, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mackenzie Davis and Steven Yuen.

Meanwhile, her latest film, “Prisoners of the Ghostland” starring Nicolas Cage, made its world premiere at the virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival in February to critical acclaim.

 


Bella Hadid, Arab stars pay tribute to their fathers

Bella Hadid, Arab stars pay tribute to their fathers
Bella Hadid shared photos of her father, US-Palestinian real estate mogul Mohamed Hadid. Instagram
Updated 21 June 2021

Bella Hadid, Arab stars pay tribute to their fathers

Bella Hadid, Arab stars pay tribute to their fathers

DUBAI: Instagram feeds were flooded with special tributes to dads this week as celebrities took to social media to mark Father’s Day, which took place internationally on June 20.

Bella Hadid posted a carousel of images of her and her dad, US-Palestinian real estate mogul Mohamed Hadid, captioning it: “Happy Father’s Day baba. You make me laugh more than anyone in the world. Although I cry writing this because I wish I could give you the biggest hug and kiss today! I miss you and love you to the moon.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her older sister Gigi also dedicated a few posts on Instagram to their father.

“Happy Father’s Day my daddio @mohamedhadid,” wrote Gigi on Instagram to her 67.3 million followers, alongside a photo of her father pushing her nine-month-old daughter Khai on a stroller. “I love you so much and have loved watching you be the sweetest jido to Khai!” she added, using the Arabic term for grandfather.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hadid, who welcomed her baby girl with former one Direction star Zayn Malik back in September, also took to the social media platform to celebrate her partner and wish him a happy first Father’s Day, writing: “Our Khai is so lucky to have a baba who loves her so much and does anything to see her smile! @zayn Happy first Father’s Day… I’m so grateful for all the little bits of her that are you. We love you so much.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Elsewhere, British-Moroccan supermodel Nora Attal took the opportunity to mark Father’s Day by sharing three photos of her dad on her Instagram Stories and captioning them “Happy” “Father’s” and “Day to this no. 1 man” respectively.

Also taking to social media to pay tribute to the most special man in their lives were US-Palestinian DJ duo Simi and Haze Khadra.

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The identical twins posted a sweet childhood picture on their joint Instagram account, writing: “Happy Father’s Day. Love you to the moon.”

Meanwhile, French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri reposted a lengthy tribute she wrote in 2019 in honor of her journalist father, who received death threats during the country’s civil war.

“Dad, I don't think I have a quarter of your qualities,” she said in the thoughtful post which she reuploaded onto her Instagram Stories, adding: “I love you, my one and only.”


Gigi Hadid is collaborating with Buddy Valastro from ‘Cake Boss’

Gigi Hadid is collaborating with Buddy Valastro from ‘Cake Boss’
The 26-year-old model spent the entire day as a baker’s apprentice. Instagram
Updated 20 June 2021

Gigi Hadid is collaborating with Buddy Valastro from ‘Cake Boss’

Gigi Hadid is collaborating with Buddy Valastro from ‘Cake Boss’

DUBAI: Gigi Hadid spent an entire day interning at Buddy Valastro’s — star of America’s reality TV hit “Cake Boss” — Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey this week.

“Best. Day. Ever,” the part-Palestinian model wrote alongside an Instagram carousel featuring piping bags and a selfie with Valastro. “Somethin’ coming soon from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and his biggest fan/newest Carlos Bakery intern. Thank you to the whole famiglia for the warmest welcome. Big, big love,” she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Valastro reposted the selfie on his personal page and wrote about his newest pastry chef: “You may know Gigi Hadid as a world-famous supermodel, but she’s also the sweetest person ever and one amazing cake decorator, too!”

While neither the catwalk star nor the Cake Boss offered up details about their collaboration, the two have a longstanding relationship.

The self-proclaimed biggest fan of “Cake Boss” revealed that she’s been watching the show for a decade and that there almost isn’t an episode that she’s missed.

Valastro memorably made the mother-of-one’s “everything bagel cake” that brought her to tears for her 25th birthday.

She wrote at the time that she “10/10 would be a Carlo’s intern whenever needed.”

Hadid also commissioned the famous baker to make the cake for her partner, former One Direction star Zayn Malik’s 28th birthday in January in the shape of a Bradford Football Club jersey.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi is the face of a new fragrance

Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi is the face of a new fragrance
The 22-year-old is the face of La Perla’s signature scent. Instagram
Updated 20 June 2021

Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi is the face of a new fragrance

Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi is the face of a new fragrance

DUBAI: La Perla, one of the most luxurious womenswear labels, is starting its own cosmetics collection, La Perla Beauty. Launching next month, the new offering consists of four body-care products, five makeup products for the lips and eyes and nine fragrances, with Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi as the face of its signature scent.

“Proud to be the face of the very first signature fragrance by La Perla Beauty,” wrote El-Maslouhi to her 30,600 Instagram followers, alongside a campaign video for La Perla’s new signature fragrance shot by director Massimiliano Bomba where the catwalk star answers a series of rapid fire questions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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El-Maslouhi, who was born in Milan to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother, first teased the exciting news on social media back in May. The model posted a couple of behind the scenes snaps of herself clutching the glossy black and white fragrance bottle, captioning the carousel of images: “You have no idea how excited I am for this one!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the four years since she started out, the 22-year-old has racked up an impressive number of campaigns.

The breakout model has lent her face to a number of renowned fashion houses, including Calvin Klein Swim, Zadig & Voltaire, Off-White, Ralph Lauren and Lanvin.

She has graced the runways of fashion houses that most models can only dream of, such as Dior, Chanel, Valentino and Jacquemus.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When she’s not modeling collections, she’s helping to design them.

She recently teamed up with London-based retailer Ishkar on a range of necklaces handcrafted by jewelers in Kabul, Afghanistan.