5 looks we loved last month

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

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.”


COVID-19 kills men’s fashion buzz in Milan

COVID-19 kills men’s fashion buzz in Milan
Updated 15 January 2021

COVID-19 kills men’s fashion buzz in Milan

COVID-19 kills men’s fashion buzz in Milan

MILAN: A year after the last COVID-free catwalk shows in Milan, men’s fashion week begins on Friday, but without the buzz of its traditional audience of buyers, bloggers, celebrities and media.

As the pandemic continues to upend Italy’s crucial luxury sector nearly 12 months after it first swept through the country, fashion houses have turned to technology to showcase their fall/winter 2021-22 collections.

Shows will be broadcast live on the fashion houses’ own websites or be replaced with pre-recorded presentations, short films and other artistic projects. Others such as Dolce & Gabbana have withdrawn entirely.

The four-day men’s fashion event takes place with infections rising in Italy’s Lombardy region with a return a full lockdown possible as early as the weekend.

Lombardy, whose capital is Milan, is one of five in Italy classified “orange” by the government, which means that stores and most schools are closed, while a curfew remains in force at night.

Among those opting for live shows to be broadcast by the fashion houses are Fendi, Etro and Kway.

Most other brands, however, including Ermenegildo Zegna, Tod’s, Prada and Church’s, have opted for pre-records – choices that allow for creative freedom but lack the immediacy and drama of live shows.

Dolce & Gabbana, which was originally scheduled to offer a traditional runway show on January 16, announced on Monday its decision to pull out entirely.

In view of COVID-19, it said, “the conditions essential to the realisation of our fashion show are not met.”

For the moment, no digital presentation is planned.