5 looks we loved last month

Cynthia Samuel wearing Aboud Jammal at the Venice Film Festival. Instagram
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Updated 02 October 2020

5 looks we loved last month

Tina Kunakey


The French model attended the lavish Bulgari Barocko bash in Rome on Sept. 14 wearing this graceful fuchsia gown from the late Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia. The dress featured a scooped, exposed back and halter neckline, which the 23-year- old model accessorized with Bulgari diamond rings and a serpent necklace.

Cynthia Samuel


The Lebanese actress and former Miss Universe Lebanon was one of a host of regional stars to take to the red carpet at last month’s Venice Film Festival and told Arab News it was “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” She stunned in this navy-blue ballgown from Beirut-based designer Aboud Jammal at the premiere of Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland.”

Raya Abirached


The always-stylish Lebanese TV presenter championed her compatriot Georges Hobeika on one of her Venice red-carpet appearances, sporting a sheer black high- slit dress. But our pick of her outfits was this bright-blue fringed dress from Lavish Alice, which she wore to the festival’s opening ceremony, paired with hot-pink Louboutin pumps and jewelry from Egyptian label Azzy Fahmy.

Beatrice Valli


Hobeika had another fan at the Venice Film Festival in Italian actress Beatrice Valli. The 25-year-old attended the premiere of “Padrenostro” in this red, strapless ball gown from the designer’s Spring 2019 couture collection. And Valli stuck with Lebanese designers for the “Miss Marx” premiere on Sept. 5, wearing an intricately beaded white gown from Rami Kadi.

Stephanie Seliba


It was a hat-trick for Hobeika when Lebanese actress Seliba selected this sheer silver gown from the designers Spring/Summer 2020 couture collection for her red-carpet appearance in Venice. “It’s the first major international film event to take place since the lockdown,” Seliba told Arab News. “So I definitely had my concerns, but I acted responsibly throughout the long trip.”


Meet the hijabi fashion blogger redefining modest style

Updated 19 October 2020

Meet the hijabi fashion blogger redefining modest style

DUBAI: With their chic, modest style and unprecedented flair for makeup, a new crop of Instagram stars are irrevocably redefining the hijab. Rana Ellithy, who recently popped up on our radar, is certainly one to watch. 

The 21-year-old became an Instagram sensation in less than a year, garnering almost 100,000 followers in mere months after uploading a styling video on Instagram in April. “I was really not expecting that video to blow up like that,” she shared with Arab News. “I did it just for fun, but I got some really positive feedback,” she added, stating that some young women even messaged her to tell her they felt inspired to wear the hijab because of her video.

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Do I look tall?

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Ellithy was born in Egypt and brought up in the UK. The business consultant, who graduated last year, now splits her time between London and Cairo. It was in the former where the stylist and influencer decided to take blogging more seriously. “I was bored during quarantine in London,” she explained. “So, I started taking more pictures and videos and uploading them on Instagram.”

The stylist believes the reason that her videos and photographs were able to resonate with so many people so quickly is because of her ability to effortlessly take readily-available pieces and basics from Zara and H&M and create chic outfits that her Gen Z followers can easily reinterpret.

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“I always felt like there was a gap of modest bloggers around my age,” Ellithy shared. “Their fashion taste is very good, but it’s not personally what I would wear. I try to stick to everyday basics because that’s what girls my age like,” she said, adding that some of her go-to brands are Egyptian labels Emma, a headscarf brand, and Zoella. 

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Fortunately, Ellithy’s foray into the world of social media has been smooth, with her only obstacle being balancing her full-time corporate job with blogging. “It’s really hard to balance the two,” she admits. “There’s a lot of expectation on me to post consistently, so I try to film as much content as I can on the weekends,” she said.

However, she revealed that she will eventually pursue her love for fashion full-time and even has plans to roll-out her very own online concept that focuses on everyday basics for modest dressers.