K-Pop stars, Emirati opera singer to perform at virtual concert

K-pop group Mamamoo. File/AFP
K-pop group Mamamoo. File/AFP
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Updated 03 April 2021

K-Pop stars, Emirati opera singer to perform at virtual concert

K-pop group Mamamoo. File/AFP

DUBAI: If you’ve dreamt of seeing some of your favorite K-Pop artists perform live, then you will be thrilled to know that a virtual concert featuring a lineup of Korean pop stars is kicking off digitally on April 4. 

Part of the Korea-UAE Festival, top K-Pop stars are set to perform at a virtual concert for UAE fans, including groups Mamamoo, B.I.G, Astro, NCT Dream, The Boyz and aespa.

The free online concert will also feature Emirati opera singer Fatima Al-Hashmi. It will be broadcast at 7pm UAE time on the official YouTube channel of the Korean Cultural Center in the UAE.

The virtual event is being held in celebration of the Emirati-Korean cultural dialogue 2020-2021 and on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the UAE-Korean diplomatic relations.

The concert was initially meant to be held on April 2, but was postponed following the death of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the UAE’s Finance Minister and the Deputy Ruler of Dubai.


Gigi Hadid is collaborating with Buddy Valastro from ‘Cake Boss’

Gigi Hadid is collaborating with Buddy Valastro from ‘Cake Boss’
The 26-year-old model spent the entire day as a baker’s apprentice. Instagram
Updated 20 June 2021

Gigi Hadid is collaborating with Buddy Valastro from ‘Cake Boss’

Gigi Hadid is collaborating with Buddy Valastro from ‘Cake Boss’

DUBAI: Gigi Hadid spent an entire day interning at Buddy Valastro’s — star of America’s reality TV hit “Cake Boss” — Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey this week.

“Best. Day. Ever,” the part-Palestinian model wrote alongside an Instagram carousel featuring piping bags and a selfie with Valastro. “Somethin’ coming soon from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and his biggest fan/newest Carlos Bakery intern. Thank you to the whole famiglia for the warmest welcome. Big, big love,” she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Valastro reposted the selfie on his personal page and wrote about his newest pastry chef: “You may know Gigi Hadid as a world-famous supermodel, but she’s also the sweetest person ever and one amazing cake decorator, too!”

While neither the catwalk star nor the Cake Boss offered up details about their collaboration, the two have a longstanding relationship.

The self-proclaimed biggest fan of “Cake Boss” revealed that she’s been watching the show for a decade and that there almost isn’t an episode that she’s missed.

Valastro memorably made the mother-of-one’s “everything bagel cake” that brought her to tears for her 25th birthday.

She wrote at the time that she “10/10 would be a Carlo’s intern whenever needed.”

Hadid also commissioned the famous baker to make the cake for her partner, former One Direction star Zayn Malik’s 28th birthday in January in the shape of a Bradford Football Club jersey.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi is the face of a new fragrance

Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi is the face of a new fragrance
The 22-year-old is the face of La Perla’s signature scent. Instagram
Updated 20 June 2021

Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi is the face of a new fragrance

Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi is the face of a new fragrance

DUBAI: La Perla, one of the most luxurious womenswear labels, is starting its own cosmetics collection, La Perla Beauty. Launching next month, the new offering consists of four body-care products, five makeup products for the lips and eyes and nine fragrances, with Moroccan-Italian model Malika El-Maslouhi as the face of its signature scent.

“Proud to be the face of the very first signature fragrance by La Perla Beauty,” wrote El-Maslouhi to her 30,600 Instagram followers, alongside a campaign video for La Perla’s new signature fragrance shot by director Massimiliano Bomba where the catwalk star answers a series of rapid fire questions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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El-Maslouhi, who was born in Milan to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother, first teased the exciting news on social media back in May. The model posted a couple of behind the scenes snaps of herself clutching the glossy black and white fragrance bottle, captioning the carousel of images: “You have no idea how excited I am for this one!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the four years since she started out, the 22-year-old has racked up an impressive number of campaigns.

The breakout model has lent her face to a number of renowned fashion houses, including Calvin Klein Swim, Zadig & Voltaire, Off-White, Ralph Lauren and Lanvin.

She has graced the runways of fashion houses that most models can only dream of, such as Dior, Chanel, Valentino and Jacquemus.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When she’s not modeling collections, she’s helping to design them.

She recently teamed up with London-based retailer Ishkar on a range of necklaces handcrafted by jewelers in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Kevin Hart in a new form struggling with parenting a toddler in ‘Fatherhood’

Kevin Hart in a new form struggling with parenting a toddler in ‘Fatherhood’
‘Fatherhood’ is now streaming on Netflix. Supplied
Updated 20 June 2021

Kevin Hart in a new form struggling with parenting a toddler in ‘Fatherhood’

Kevin Hart in a new form struggling with parenting a toddler in ‘Fatherhood’

CHENNAI: Father-daughter relationships on screen come in many forms. While one of the best I have seen was the 2016 “Toni Erdmann” from Germany, the Paul Weitz-directed “Fatherhood,” now on Netflix and starring Kevin Hart, is rather different. Here, the focus is on a very young girl and her bonding with her widowed father.

The movie opens with Matthew Logelin (Hart) standing in a church completely devastated by his young wife’s death just hours after their baby girl, Maddy, is born. Based on Logelin’s 2011 bestseller, “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love, “ Weitz’s work is a tender tale of how a young father grapples with bringing up his infant girl, juggling between his strenuous corporate job and the demands of the baby.

The film stars Kevin Hart and Melody Hurd. Supplied

When she never stops crying, his friend suggests he use some kind of sound to lull her into sleep. And it works. His mother-in-law and his own mom both offer to stay with Matthew, but he says he wants to do it all by himself, playing both father and mother.

Even his two best friends, Jordan (Lil Rel Howery) and Oscar (Anthony Carrigan), are not sure that Matthew would be able to handle fatherhood. They have known him for years as one who took life easy and did not think much about responsibilities.

The emotional film touches on the relationship between a single father and his daughter. Supplied

But Matthew proves them all wrong, and the first half of the movie follows him through the ups and downs of single parenting, from changing diapers to sleep training.

A touching relationship evolves between the father and daughter, and we see her grow up into a perky five-year old, full of questions and pranks, but her father, in spite of pressing work assignments, never loses his patience. The tragedy seems to have completely elevated him into a finer human being, and he even lets go a relationship with his girlfriend when he finds that it comes in the way of his caring for Maddie.

With “Fatherhood,” Hart has transformed himself into a more serious actor. Supplied

“Fatherhood” is a tearjerker, and we see a very different side of Hart, who has been well known for comedy roles in films such as “Think Like A Man,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “About Last Night.”

He has been a brilliant stand-up comedian, but with “Fatherhood” he has transformed himself into a more serious actor. It came as a lucky break for him when he was being accused of bitterly homophobic utterances.

“Fatherhood” appears to have pushed all these into the shadows, with Hart giving a wonderfully nuanced performance. But it is Maddy’s Melody Hurd who is completely adorable and a natural.


Moroccan-British model Nora Attal turns heads at Dior Cruise 2022 collection

Moroccan-British model Nora Attal turns heads at Dior Cruise 2022 collection
Nora Attal showed off a sporty look during the Dior 2022 Cruise collection show in Athens. Getty Images
Updated 19 June 2021

Moroccan-British model Nora Attal turns heads at Dior Cruise 2022 collection

Moroccan-British model Nora Attal turns heads at Dior Cruise 2022 collection

DUBAI: French fashion house Dior this week returned to live audience shows with an extravagant presentation of its partly-sports inspired 2022 Cruise collection in Athens’ Panathenaic stadium, the 4th-century site of the first modern Olympic Games, 70-years after an iconic Dior shoot at the Acropolis.

Dior’s Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri enlisted models, including Moroccan-British star Nora Attal, to showcase the sport-infused designs that made up the collection in the presence of celebrities that included film star Catherine Deneuve, model Cara Delevingne and “The Queen’s Gambit” actress Anya Taylor Joy, as well as Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Nora Attal showed off a sporty look during the Dior 2022 Cruise collection show in Athens. Getty Images

Dior also broadcasted the event live on social media, television and in public areas in Greece.

For Chiuri’s first focused foray into athleisure, Attal wore a striped, waterproof unitard with an attached hood, paired with matching shorts and futuristic sneakers. A pair of scuba-inspired goggles, studded wristbands and an oversized bowling bag completed the look.

“The Queen’s Gambit” actress Anya Taylor Joy was one of the stars in attendance. AFP

The 22-year-old, who made her runway debut in 2017, is a catwalk fixture at the house of Dior. She has walked in plenty of shows for the Parisian maison, including the most recent Fall 2021 ready-to-wear show in March. 

She also turned heads at the French maison’s socially-distanced Spring 2021 ready-to-wear show in Paris, as well as at the brand’s Spring 2019 couture, Spring 2018 ready-to-wear and Fall 2018 couture shows, among others.

Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri focused on athleisure for the cruise collection. AFP

The Dior Cruise 2022 collection — which featured a color palette of mostly black, white, grey, gold and blue — also boasted suits inspired by jackets and pants worn by iconic German-American actress Marlene Dietrich.

Peplos, the robe traditionally worn by women in ancient Greece, was also a major source of inspiration for the show’s eveningwear components.

The work of Greek artisans was featured in the collection, including a tailor and embroiderer from Argos in the Peloponnese, a silk factory in the northeastern town of Soufli, and a maker of fisherman’s caps from the port of Piraeus.

The work of Greek artisans was featured in this collection. AFP

Additionally, after receiving the green light from Greece’s top archaeological advisory body to have photoshoots in some of the country’s cherished ancient sites, such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the temple of Poseidon at Sounio and the temple of Zeus at Nemea, Dior presented the photographs from the shoot during the runway show.

 


French fashion house Balmain seeks inspiration from Arab divas for Resort 2022 line

French fashion house Balmain seeks inspiration from Arab divas for Resort 2022 line
Balmain resort 2022. Supplied
Updated 19 June 2021

French fashion house Balmain seeks inspiration from Arab divas for Resort 2022 line

French fashion house Balmain seeks inspiration from Arab divas for Resort 2022 line

DUBAI: Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing grew up not knowing who his birth parents were. He was adopted by a French couple from the region of Bordeaux when he was a baby. It wasn’t until very recently that the young designer discovered his genetic heritage. His mother is from Somalia and his father is Ethiopian. His parentage is set to be explored in a forthcoming Netflix documentary, “Wonder Boy,” launching on June 26. It will follow Rousteing’s 10-year tenure at Balmain, in addition to his search for his biological parents.

Due to the pandemic, Rousteing has been unable to visit Somalia or Ethiopia, though he has been vying to go. Instead, he has taken to researching the Horn of Africa and was particularly moved by a visit to the exhibition “Arab Divas: From Oum Kalthoum to Dalida” currently taking place at the Arab World Institute in Paris for Balmain’s Resort 2022 collection. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The exhibition’s influence is palpable throughout the new collection, which Rousteing has dubbed “perhaps his most personal offering to date,” especially when it came to the jewelry.

The designer also reflects on his Ethiopian and Somali heritage in the collection by way of loose silhouettes, strong patterns and rich textures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The offering comprises 60-looks, and offers both womenswear and menswear in the form of roomy ponchos, silky kaftans and mini dresses for women as well as bomber jackets, loose trousers and sharply-tailored, embellished blazers for their counterparts.

The new collection marked the 75th anniversary of Pierre Balmain’s debut presentation with Balmain’s 2022 Resort Collection.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In celebration of the milestone, the designer chose to revive the archival labyrinth print, invented by Pierre Balmain and reintroduced by Rousteing, splashing it on oversized hobo bags, floor-length coats, palazzo pants, wrap skirts and crop tops. “The clients really like it, so we played with it even more,” he said.

Another highlight of the collection is a pair of fur shoes that are notably cruelty free– the footwear consists of a mix of faux fur and long-haired goat fur sourced from the goat-milk industry.