‘Emily in Paris’: Show-stealing fashion, but no real substance

‘Emily in Paris’: Show-stealing fashion, but no real substance
‘Emily in Paris’ is now streaming on Netflix. Supplied
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Updated 09 October 2020

‘Emily in Paris’: Show-stealing fashion, but no real substance

‘Emily in Paris’: Show-stealing fashion, but no real substance

CHENNAI: Despite its enormous popularity, the Darren Star-created series “Sex and the City” garnered criticism over its lack of racial diversity. Star’s latest offering, a Netflix outing titled “Emily in Paris,” addresses this while painting a glossy picture of the upper crust of society.

The 10-episode first season is a love affair with Paris. Captured by Steven Fierberg and Alexander Gruszynski, the city is alluring, its people sexy and seductive. But what really stands out here is the fashion, lashings of Chanel, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent in combinations only the best of the best could dream up. Styled by the venerable Patricia Field, who headed up costume design for both “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” the fashion is shown off superbly by protagonist Emily (Lily Collins).




The 10-episode first season is a love affair with Paris. Supplied

For the Chicago resident, it comes as a grand surprise when her boss in a marketing firm asks Emily to work in Paris for a year. “I will learn French,” she says with plucky confidence. And so, she moves abroad with wide-eyed longing and — it must be said — a rather irritating lack of tact.

After a cold reception in the Parisian boardroom, Emily attempts to build professional relationships with her antagonistic boss Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) and perfume company owner Antoine Lambert (William Abadie). Thrown in for good measure is a handsome young neighbor just to keep the audience — and Emily — on their toes.




What really stands out here is the fashion, lashings of Chanel, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Supplied

Emily makes it her mission to modernize the firm’s approach to social media and inject an American point of view, but is checkmated by Sylvie, who is determined to run the business in a more “French” manner. What follows is a small screen portrayal of a culture clash at its finest. Emily is shocked, but viewers could be left questioning her failure to understand international differences — this is, however, addressed in the series.

“Emily in Paris” is eye candy all right — beautiful women, handsome men and exquisite designer wear are intermingled with romance in breathtakingly beautiful Paris. But scratch the surface and the series is but a set of pretty pictures and the leading lady comes off as frivolous. We know very little about her except that her life back home was boring. If you are up to watching Instagram-worthy scenery and style, “Emily in Paris” will not disappoint.


Influencer Hadia Ghaleb puts on a stellar sartorial showcase with Lebanese help

You may recognize Hadia Ghaleb from her stint on E! Entertainment’s ‘My Fabulous Me.’ (File/Getty Images)
Updated 02 December 2020

Influencer Hadia Ghaleb puts on a stellar sartorial showcase with Lebanese help

You may recognize Hadia Ghaleb from her stint on E! Entertainment’s ‘My Fabulous Me.’ (File/Getty Images)

DUBAI: You may recognize her from your TV screens, but Hadia Ghaleb, the star of E! Entertainment’s reality show “My Fabulous Me,” is still turning heads with her covetable style and just showed off a clutch of designer gowns at a wedding in Cairo.

The Egyptian influencer and entrepreneur, who has a stellar 2.1 million Instagram followers to her name, attended her sister’s nuptials in an array of glittering ensembles, including gowns by Lebanese designers Azzi & Osta and Rami Kadi,

First up was a forest green, tulle-heavy number by design duo George Azzi and Assaad Osta, who just dressed Hollywood’s Megan Fox for the 48th annual American Music Awards in November.

Ghaleb opted for the tea-length dress for her sister’s Katb El-Kitab ceremony (the traditional Islamic portion of the wedding festivities), which took place in late November. The dress boasted a halter neck top and dramatic, flared skirt with an ethereal tulle cape for added drama. Bursts of beading adorned the length of the gown, which Ghaleb paired with silver heels.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it seemed to be the mantra as the entrepreneur, who founded the Egypt-based PR and social media agency Ghaleb Production House, chose to stick with Azzi & Osta for her next look.

For the wedding ceremony, Ghaleb chose a dramatic ebony gown, complete with a ribbed bodice, A-line skirt and starburst beading in a subtle call-back to her first look.

Voluminous, frothed tulle on one shoulder added a little edginess to the ensemble and Ghaleb topped it all off with swept back hair and evening-ready makeup.

“Can’t believe it. Just can’t believe it. My little sister is not little anymore. You were stunning in your wedding, glowing from the inside and showing simply on the outside. Everything was so tasteful just like you. I’m so happy for you my angel (sic),” she posted on Instagram on Sunday, alongside a snap of the sisters posing outdoors.

For her part, the bride, Layla Ghaleb, stunned in a delicate white wedding gown, complete with a similar ribbed bodice, by Egyptian fashion house Maram Borhan.

Finally, Hadia stepped out in a show-stopping gown by Lebanese designer to the stars Rami Kadi for the wedding reception.

 “Feeling like a queen in an enchanted forest dressed in a surreal gown,” she captioned a snap of the dress on Instagram on Tuesday.

The shimmering grey organza dress was covered in petal-like embellishments and featured an asymmetrical cape, as well as a thigh-high slit.  

The gown hailed from Kadi’s Spring/Summer 2020 couture line.