Gwen Stefani sparkles in Egypt-inspired Zuhair Murad look

Gwen Stefani sparkles in Egypt-inspired Zuhair Murad look
Gwen Stefani wore a piece from Zuhair Murad’s Spring 2020 couture collection. Instagram
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Updated 10 November 2020

Gwen Stefani sparkles in Egypt-inspired Zuhair Murad look

Gwen Stefani sparkles in Egypt-inspired Zuhair Murad look

DUBAI: Gwen Stefan’s personal style has never failed to turn heads over the years. That was true in her early days as the lead singer of No Doubt and it remains true today in her current role as a coach on “The Voice” and a resident performer at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas.

With “The Voice” Battles starting this week, the NBC show has released a sneak peek of one of the upcoming show downs between contestants on team Gwen, and while the competition is heating up, we couldn’t keep our eyes off Stefani’s outfit. 

The singer appears in the clip wearing a heavily-embellished top from Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad’s Spring 2020 couture collection.

The glamorous design featured hundreds of tiny red, blue and purple sequins and beads. The top also featured swaying, gold fringe details on the sleeves. She paired the over-the-top look with a pair of gem-encrusted denim shorts worn over fishnet tights and suede knee-high boots.

Stefani is known for her bold sense of style and constantly brings it to the set of “The Voice.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The “Hollaback Girl” hitmaker joined her fiance, country singer Blake Shelton, as they recorded episodes of the music competition last week and for the on-air look, she donned a fringed metallic Dulce Bestia bodysuit over her go-to black fishnet tights.

Ras Baalbek-born Murad presented his Spring 2020 couture offering in the former 19th century palace-turned-Hotel Potocki in Paris back in January. The collection was a glamorous homage to Egypt centuries ago.

The line featured dazzling gold numbers bejeweled with various hieroglyphics, tomb paintings, scarabs and eagles, second-skin gowns in rich fabrics like duchesse satin and chiffon, sequin-encrusted jumpsuits, belted minidresses with dramatic padded shoulders, crystal embellished jackets, sequined silk tulle numbers with slit sides and billowy, sheer chiffon trains and shimmery skirts paired with equally glistening crop tops.

Proving to be a success with his loyal A-list clientele, the designer’s Spring 2020 couture collection has been sported by the likes of Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross and Hailey Bieber.

US socialite and fashion designer Daphne Guinness recently opted for a bejeweled gold number from the line for her latest music video, “Heaven.”


Review: ‘Outside the Wire’ stays inside the box

Anthony Mackie cements his leading man status in an uncomplicated Netflix sci-fi thriller. Supplied
Anthony Mackie cements his leading man status in an uncomplicated Netflix sci-fi thriller. Supplied
Updated 17 January 2021

Review: ‘Outside the Wire’ stays inside the box

Anthony Mackie cements his leading man status in an uncomplicated Netflix sci-fi thriller. Supplied

LONDON: Seemingly overnight, Anthony Mackie has gone from supporting player in the sprawling Marvel universe to one of Netflix’s most bankable action leads, appearing in such diverse shows as Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror,”  season two of “Altered Carbon” and the ambitious 2019 sci-fi epic “IO.”

Leading man status is hardly a surprise since Mackie has proven himself capable of dramatic heft in films such as “The Hurt Locker” and sardonic camaraderie when playing Sam Wilson, Captain America’s friend and sidekick.

But it makes it all the more disappointing when a film doesn’t give him enough to do. In “Outside the Wire” Mackie plays Leo, an android super soldier embedded in a European war zone who recruits a naive drone pilot to help him prevent nuclear armageddon.

In what could have been a fascinatingly paradoxical (maybe even cerebral) spin on the genre, Leo is a weapon with an anti-war stance. He is designed to win hearts and minds, but is capable of shockingly efficient bouts of violence. And, in another potentially fascinating narrative move, he is partnered with rookie soldier Thomas Harp (British actor Damson Idris), who has never seen conflict up close.

These ingredients could make for an altogether different take on the standard military action thriller, but Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom opts for the safe, spectacular path instead. All of which is done very well, though a little long.

“Outside the Wire” is nicely paced, well choreographed and avoids any narrative lulls by knowing precisely when to ramp up the action. Mackie packs a (literal) punch when called for, but is never given much more to do than scowl and kick terrorists through walls.

The movie is perfect middle-of-the-road sci-fi — it asks a few interesting questions, but never really troubles itself trying to come up with the answers.