Fashion house Alaia to stage first show since Tunisian designer’s death

Fashion house Alaia to stage first show since Tunisian designer’s death
Pieter Mulier was appointed artistic director of Alaia in February. Instagram
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Updated 31 May 2021

Fashion house Alaia to stage first show since Tunisian designer’s death

Fashion house Alaia to stage first show since Tunisian designer’s death

DUBAI: On July 4, just one day before Paris Couture Week begins, designer and newly-minted artistic director at Alaia Pieter Mulier will show his first official collection for the Paris-based label. 

It will mark the brand’s first runway show since Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa’s death in November 2017 at the age of 77, as well as Mulier’s debut at the helm of a brand. It will also be the first time that the house jointly presents its ready-to-wear and couture collections.

The show will take place exactly four-years after the late designer presented what would be his last show in July 2017.

The Belgian powerhouse, who has been Raf Simons’ right-hand man for a decade, following the designer from Jil Sander, to Dior and Calvin Klein, was appointed as the artistic director of Alaia in February.

“It is an absolute dream to join this prestigious Maison, its beautiful ateliers and its talented team," Mulier said in a statement at the time. "Always ahead of his time and open to all arts and cultures, Azzedine Alaia’s powerful vision has served as an inspiration, as he always sought to give the necessary time to innovative and enduring creation.”


Dua Lipa, Hadid sisters celebrate Anwar Hadid’s 22nd birthday

Dua Lipa, Hadid sisters celebrate Anwar Hadid’s 22nd birthday
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Dua Lipa, Hadid sisters celebrate Anwar Hadid’s 22nd birthday

Dua Lipa, Hadid sisters celebrate Anwar Hadid’s 22nd birthday

DUBAI: Birthday tributes poured in this week for part-Palestinian model Anwar Hadid, the youngest brother of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Tuesday. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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His partner, British pop singer Dua Lipa, shared a selection of pictures on Instagram in which the couple are seen on a beach and at dinner dates. 

“Happy Birthday, baby @anwarspc another lap around the sun — you make my world so much better,” wrote the music sensation. “I’m lucky to love you and be loved by you.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meanwhile, Bella wrote: “You make me so proud to be your sister. The love, passion, and creativity that you put into anything you do inspires me.”

His older sister Gigi wrote on her Stories, saying: “Wishing the happiest year yet to my sweet, sweet bruvo (sic).” 


French-Algerian model Younes Bendjima slammed during ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ reunion

French-Algerian model Younes Bendjima slammed during ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ reunion
French-Algerian model and boxer Younes Bendjima is the ex-partner of Kourtney Kardashian. File/AFP
Updated 25 min 24 sec ago

French-Algerian model Younes Bendjima slammed during ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ reunion

French-Algerian model Younes Bendjima slammed during ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ reunion

DUBAI: It appears that Scott Disick is not a fan of French-Algerian model and boxer Younes Bendjima, who is the ex-partner of Kourtney Kardashian. 

Part two of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reunion aired on television this week, bringing with it revelations about Kylie Jenner’s friendship with her ex-best friend Jordyn Woods, “The Kardashian Curse” as well as Disick’s thoughts on Kourtney’s relationships. 

During the episode, host Andy Cohen asked Disick, who is Kourtney’s former long-term parter, why he seems so bothered by her seeing other men.  “It seems like you get really upset when Kourtney is linked to other guys,” Cohen said, prompting Disick to respond: “Me? No. I just want to kill them. Well, the last guy,” he said, referring to Bendjima who was in a relationship with Kourtney on and off between 2016 and 2018, and briefly reunited in 2019 at the annual Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Eve party before calling it quits for good.

Younes Bendjima was in a relationship with Kourtney Kardashian on and off between 2016 and 2018. File/AFP

“Let’s all be honest here.” Kourtney’s younger sister, Khloé Kardashian added, revealing that none of the Kardashian-Jenners approved of Algeria-born Bendjima either. “Nobody was happy with the last one,” she said.

It’s not the first time that Khloe has slammed Bendjima on national television. During a recent episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Khloe referred to the 27-year-old as “toxic.”

However, while Disick wasn’t a fan of Bendima, he admitted that he still wanted to support Kourtney. “I was still there to help her through it,” said the 38-year-old, who has three children with the Poosh founder.

During the reunion, Scott also gave his opinion on Kourtney’s new relationship with Travis Barker, whom she’s been dating since January.

“I mean, yeah,” he said. “I think if you really love somebody, right, you want them to be happy no matter what. So, I do give her a blessing to be happy.” 

 


Arab Men’s Fashion Week to return as Dubai Design District partners with Arab Fashion Council

Arab Men’s Fashion Week to return as Dubai Design District partners with Arab Fashion Council
Powered by the Arab Fashion Council and d3, Arab Men’s Fashion Week Spring 2022 will get underway as a hybrid format. Supplied
Updated 23 June 2021

Arab Men’s Fashion Week to return as Dubai Design District partners with Arab Fashion Council

Arab Men’s Fashion Week to return as Dubai Design District partners with Arab Fashion Council

DUBAI: Following the successful launch of the inaugural Arab Men’s Fashion Week in January, it has been announced that the second edition of the fashion event will be held from June 28-30 in the creative hub of Dubai Design District (d3).

Powered by the Arab Fashion Council and d3, Arab Men’s Fashion Week Spring 2022 will get underway as a hybrid format much like the previous event.

Participants, which include regional and international designers such as Filipino couturier Amato, Lebanon’s Emergency Room and Lazoschmidl founded by German-Swedish design duo Josef Lazo and Andreas Schmidl among others, will premiere their Spring 2022 collections virtually via Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

Arab Men’s Fashion Week Spring 2022 will take place from June 28-30. Supplied

Additionally, as part of the ongoing partnership between the Arab Fashion Council and The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, five emerging menswear designers from Paris, will present their collections during the two-day event, including Valette Studio, EGOnlab and Louis Gabriel Nouchi.

“Fashion is an extraordinary field of dialog and of experimentation. It is not just dressing. It expresses values, an identity. It connects people. A new generation of talents is bringing a new view and shaping a better future,” said Sege Carreira, Head of Emerging Brands Initiative at The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.

“They combine sustainability, respect and inclusivity with an incredible creativity in their collections. Their distinctive aesthetics accurately reflects the current need of poetry and emotion,” he added.

Meanwhile, d3, which is  an art and design-focused business district that is home to major fashion brands such as Dior and Burberry, will play host to exclusive physical activations during the two-day event.

The event is a strategic partnership between the Arab Fashion Council and Dubai Design District (pictured). Supplied

“As a global destination for creativity, art and design, we are delighted to partner with the Arab Fashion Council and bring the Arab Fashion Week to the local and regional design and fashion community,” said Khadija Al-Bastaki, executive director of d3, in a released statement.

“This strategic partnership is important for the sustainable growth and development of the region’s fashion and haute couture industries that, much like many other sectors, need to rethink the regular to thrive in the post-pandemic world. We all need to look at creativity from a new perspective and we believe the hybrid format of activations for Arab Fashion Week Men’s Spring Summer 2022 will encourage dialogue on the future of fashion. We look forward to hosting it as we gear up for a busy calendar of events in d3,” she added.

What’s more, the Arab Fashion Council and d3 have handpicked five Arab menswear designers to showcase their most recent collections in a showroom during Paris Fashion Week as part of the Arabs in Paris campaign that serves to promote and export Arab fashion talent to the world.

The selected designers are sustainable labels Roni Helou and Emergency Room Beirut, Zaid Farouki, Proud Angeles and 1886.

 


Rags to riches: Italian project launched to help refugees, migrants start fashion career

Rags to riches: Italian project launched to help refugees, migrants start fashion career
Updated 22 June 2021

Rags to riches: Italian project launched to help refugees, migrants start fashion career

Rags to riches: Italian project launched to help refugees, migrants start fashion career
  • “Fashion Deserves the World” is an initiative by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion (Camera della Moda)
  • Project will give the young refugees and migrants an opportunity to study fashion and find work in Italian companies

ROME: Fifteen young refugees and migrants living in Italy will be given the chance to launch a career in fashion.

The project, called “Fashion Deserves the World,” is an initiative by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion (Camera della Moda). 

It will give the young refugees and migrants an opportunity to study fashion and find work in Italian companies, giving them new lives from the places they fled. 

Camera della Moda has been given the patronage of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a UN project on ethical fashion.

“Fashion Deserves the World” was introduced at the end of Milan Men’s Fashion Week as a part of the initiatives organized in Italy for World Refugee Day, in cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Mygrants, a startup that provides micro-learning programs in three languages to help migrants consolidate their knowledge and find a job.

“Giving an opportunity is an extraordinary opportunity,” said President of Camera della Moda Carlo Capasa in a press conference attended by Arab News.

“‘Fashion Deserves the World’ is not just an opportunity for refugees but also for Italian companies. With retirements scheduled to cover the next three to four years, we estimate that there will be nearly 40,000 vacant jobs in the Italian fashion sector,” Capasa added.

“A minimum of two years is necessary to train new professional figures in this field, and it would be a disaster if we lost the outstanding quality of our fashion craftsmen who will leave their jobs without heirs if we do not train somebody else so that their unique skills will not be lost.”

Talented migrants and refugees could continue the tradition of Italian fashion craftsmen. “In this sense migrants and refugees can be our assets, and fashion could be theirs,” Capasa said.

“We are starting with this small project, which we hope will soon become a big one. For the moment it is a stone in the pond, but we expect something bigger to come at some point,” he said, calling for “specific training paths set by the government with a preference for talented migrants and refugees.”

Laura Iucci, the head of private sector partnerships for UNHCR Italia, said: “In this operation, everybody wins. Companies need a turnover of well-trained and motivated people and, according to the latest macroeconomic studies, the diversity brought by migrants is an added value. The National Chamber of Italian Fashion is now forging a new path.”

Applications are open to migrants, refugees and stateless people with a good knowledge of the Italian language and a strong desire to work in the fashion sector.

The applications must be sent through the Mygrants website, where they will be examined by experts from the National Chamber of Italian Fashion in Milan.

The 15 finalists will attend training sessions and then start working at companies associated with the Camera della Moda across Italy.


Actress Jameela Jamil is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Actress Jameela Jamil is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe
She is set to play Titania, who is the longterm arch nemesis of She-Hulk. Instagram
Updated 22 June 2021

Actress Jameela Jamil is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Actress Jameela Jamil is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

DUBAI: Jameela Jamil is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s been announced that the British-Indian-Pakistani actress and body positivity activist will be joining the cast of streaming service Disney+’s new MCU series, “She-Hulk,” premiering in 2022.

Jamil, who gained prominence for her role as Tahani Jamil on NBC’s “The Good Place,”  is set to play Titania, who is the longterm arch nemesis of She-Hulk.

As reported by Cinema Blend, Jamil’s villainous character will have the superpowers of super strength and super stamina.

Meanwhile, She-Hulk will be played by “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany.

The series is premiering in 2022. Supplied

The actresses will star alongside Renee Elise Goldsberry, Ginger Gonzaga and Tim Roth.

Deadline reports that Mark Ruffalo will make an appearance at one point as the Hulk. 

“She-Hulk” was written by Jim Shooter and Matt Zeck in 1984.

The plot revolves around Maslany's character Jennifer Walters, who gets a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner –better known as the Hulk. After the transfusion, Walters gains super strength and her skin turns green.

Jessica Gao from “Rick and Morty” is the lead writer, while Kat Coiro and Anu Valia are co-directing. 

Jamil, who was born to a Pakistani mother and an Indian father in London, also stars in a new Disney Junior series, “Mira Royal Detective,” in which she voices the aunt of a headstrong young investigator.

Outside of acting, the star is also known for her activism and her I Weigh body positivity movement that she founded in 2018.

Jamil, who started her career as a model and a BBC Radio 1 presenter, is also an MC and a judge on the HBO Max series “Legendary.”