Joey King the latest to fall head over heels for Lebanese footwear label

The actress was spotted rocking Andrea Wazen's Gloria mules. File/AFP
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Updated 13 October 2020

Joey King the latest to fall head over heels for Lebanese footwear label

DUBAI: Lebanese brand Andrea Wazen’s cult shoes have made their way onto the pedicured feet of A-listers and It-girls across the globe, making it the next big footwear brand to watch. 

The designer’s impressive list of celebrity clientele covers a broad spectrum of stars, from Hailey Bieber to Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez to Kylie Jenner, who have all donned Andrea Wazen’s strappy sandals and stilettos. 

The Gloria Mules style has been a particular hit and a pair made it into US actress Joey King’s wardrobe recently. The 21-year-old, who gained recognition for her lead role in “The Kissing Booth” and its 2020 sequel, was spotted wearing the 90s-inspired style for a recent press event in Los Angeles for “The Lie,” a tense drama now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. She paired the mules with a top and matching leggings from New York-based label Lirika Matoshi and a By Far bag. 



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The chunky-heeled mule is reimagined each season – for Spring 2020, Wazen unveiled a croc iteration of the popular style that has also been spotted on the likes of singers Katy Perry and Demi Lovato, as well as model Emily Ratajkowski.

The designer, who is the older sister of Lebanese fashion blogger Karen Wazen, launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson. 



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The London-born designer, who was raised in Beirut, returned to the Lebanese capital in 2013 to launch her namesake brand, working closely with factories and artisans in Lebanon in order to bring her designs to life. 

Wazen’s collections are punctuated by striking and instantly recognizable designs, including diamanté-spangled stilettos, tulle-ruffled slingbacks, PVC sandals and toned-down leather boots.




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Wazen has seen both critical and commercial success with her brand in the past year. In May, she was named Accessories Designer of the Year by Fashion Trust Arabia, whose judging committee included designers Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Furstenberg and Alber Elbaz.

She is among the few Arab female footwear designers — a short but impressive list that also includes Jordanian-Romanian Amina Muaddi, Kuwaiti designer Najeeba Hayat of Liudmila and Emma Boutros, creative designer of Lebanese footwear label Poise Design. 

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Updated 20 October 2020

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

DUBAI: To celebrate the monumental impact of K-Pop on fans around the world, Spotify delved into its listening data for some of the genre’s best-known acts. From BTS to ATEEZ, here are the five most streamed K-Pop groups across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. 


Formed in 2013, BTS has spearheaded the K-Pop drive into the Middle East with catchy, upbeat music. The seven-member South Korean boy band recently notched up the first No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a South Korean group with their first all-English language single “Dynamite.” 


It’s not just the boys that are driving the K-Pop obsession. Seoul-based girl group Blackpink, who recently released their first Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky” on Oct. 14, are also experiencing a serious surge in streaming. Their latest release “The Album” became the #1 global album on Spotify during the week of launch. 


Beside Blackpink, Twice have also established themselves in the region. This is a big month for the nine-member girl group: Oct. 20 marks five years since they hit the scene in 2015, and on Oct. 26 they are releasing their second full-length Korean album “Eyes Wide Open.”

Stray Kids 

The fourth most streamed act in the Middle East is Stray Kids. The group consists of eight male members, who are currently preparing for their Nov. 22 virtual concert on Beyond Live, the online performance platform. Their most famous hits are “Grow Up,” “Voices” and “Side Effects.” 


ATEEZ is one of the most recent K-Pop acts. Formed in October 2018, the eight-member group has already made it to the region’s top five most streamed K-Pop bands. Not just that, but as of September 2020, the group has released five Korean-language EPs, one full-length album and two Japanese albums.