Nicole Scherzinger wows in Georges Chakra design

Nicole Scherzinger wows in Georges Chakra design
Nicole Scherzinger wore a design from Georges Chakra’s Spring 2019 couture line. Instagram
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Updated 24 November 2020

Nicole Scherzinger wows in Georges Chakra design

Nicole Scherzinger wows in Georges Chakra design

DUBAI: Singer and television show host Nicole Scherzinger was spotted wearing a design from our neck of the woods this week to promote the hit show “The Masked Singer.”

The “Don’t Cha” hitmaker, who serves as a judge on the show alongside singer Robin Thicke, comedian Ken Jeong and model Jenna McCarthy, wowed viewers with a white, statement-making Georges Chakra pant suit from the Lebanese designer’s Spring 2019 couture collection.

The look boasted a plunging blazer with metallic details on the shoulders and sleeves and a cascading train. She paired the top with coordinating white, flared trousers. Scherzinger  elevated the look with a dusting of metallic, eye-popping powder across her lids to compliment her ensemble.

Chakra is one of Lebanon’s top couture designers. His gowns have graced runways in Paris and red carpets in Hollywood, while the entertainment industry’s top talent like Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Lopez and Letitia Wright regularly don his creations.  His designs have even been featured in films and television shows like “Gossip Girl” – Blake Lively’s character Serena van der Woodsen tied the knot in a dramatic strapless tulle gown designed Chakra in the show’s series finale. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Aug.4 Beirut explosion, Chakra didn’t unveil his Fall 2021 couture collection during the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode’s official Haute Couture week this year, but presented it in a digital format instead.

Much like his previous collections, the Fall 2021 couture offering was an amalgamation of expert tailoring, volume, ruffles, traces of lamé and rich fabrics such as lace, velour de soie, silk organza and gazar.

Meanwhile, Scherzinger isn’t the only A-lister to champion the Lebanese couturier in recent weeks. 

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen was recently spotted wearing an all-white ensemble at a Pennsylvania rally for president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris’ election campaign where her husband John Legend was performing. 

The look featured a tailored Chloe blazer worn over a bodysuit paired with a tulle tiered skirt from Chakra’s Fall 2020 couture collection. 

The designer’s creations also found a fan in British actress Kate Beckinsale, who recently attended this year’s Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health in Monaco wearing a white, asymmetric gown, which was plucked from the designer’s Fall 2019 couture collection.


Check in for culture at Dubai’s art-dedicated Hotel Indigo

The Hotel Indigo lobby. Supplied
The Hotel Indigo lobby. Supplied
Updated 25 January 2021

Check in for culture at Dubai’s art-dedicated Hotel Indigo

The Hotel Indigo lobby. Supplied

DUBAI: Facets from Dubai’s rich cultural heritage have been meshed together to create an eclectic art-inspired vibe at the recently opened Hotel Indigo in Dubai. Located on the banks of Dubai creek, the design of the hotel brings local Emirati elements alive. Each of the 269 rooms at this boutique property are inspired by the story of Dubai creek’s transition from a trading port to the city of the future. Surrealist wallpaper created by local artists, bespoke shisha lamps and mother-of-pearl styled bathrooms that pay homage to the city’s heritage of pearl diving comes together in an ode to the city.

The artistic aspects of the hotel were designed in collaboration with local creative organisations, including the Alserkal Cultural Foundation, Tashkeel and XVA Gallery. Supplied

“We believe that our space should sing the story of where it was born. That’s why we have built the stories of our neighbourhood into every surface, fusing Emirati culture in a contemporary and modern setting, incorporating local designers, artists and suppliers to showcase the electric clash of local culture, old and new,” sa General Manager Laura Eggleton told Arab News.

Surrealist wallpaper created by local artists, bespoke shisha lamps and mother-of-pearl styled bathrooms pay homage to the UAE culture. Supplied

The artistic aspects of the hotel were designed in collaboration with local creative organisations, including the Alserkal Cultural Foundation, Tashkeel and XVA Gallery. Over 200 exclusive art pieces are housed within Hotel Indigo. The ceiling of the hotel’s driveway, for instance, is embellished with a set of glistening copper plates, used in Emirati kitchens, representing boats docked at the creek’s bay. At the centre of the hotel’s lobby hangs an eye-catching mixed media art installation titled “Bedouin 2020.”  An ode to late iconic Emirati artist Hassan Sharif, the installation weaves together clusters of computer discs assembled in the shape of desert roses hung on fishing wires with strips of traditional Al-Sadu fabric.

Each of the 269 rooms at this boutique property are inspired by the story of Dubai creek’s transition from a trading port to the city of the future. Supplied

 “All selected artworks on display at the hotel illustrate the local cultural narrative. Collectively, they encompass eclectic art styles to ensure a fresh experience for our guests,” Eggleton said.

The hotel is also hosting an ongoing Power of Art exhibition featuring curated artworks by Emirati and regional artists until Jan. 31.

The hotel is hosting an ongoing Power of Art exhibition featuring curated artworks by Emirati and regional artists until Jan. 31. Supplied

“This exhibition is a feast for more than the eyes, as we also have a series of culinary story-telling sessions titled ‘Forgotten Tastes and Tales of Arabia.’ The guests go on a journey of Arabian history and folk tales with storyteller Professor Idris while enjoying the traditional flavours of a curated three course menu prepared by Chef Nak-Ha,” shared the hotel’s artmanager, Astrid Lesuisse.