DUBAI: Jordanian-Romanian designer Amina Muaddi has been the Kardashian-Jenner clan’s go-to designer this week.
On Wednesday, one of Muaddi's Instagram posts showed reality TV star and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner — carrying her three-year-old daughter Stormi, from her relationship with rapper Travis Scott — stepping out in a pair of white boots by Muaddi called “the Pernille bootie.” The Kylie Cosmetics founder also accessorized her look with the brand’s Pernille handbag from the designer’s newly launched line.
Earlier in the week, Jenner’s older sister Kim Kardashian shared a series of images with her 228 million Instagram followers of herself in a green suit by French fashion label Jean Paul Gaultier and a daring corset by London-based Spanish designer Luis De Javier, which she paired with Muaddi’s green Karma pumps.
Muaddi’s brand — famous for its signature flared heels — has garnered a loyal following of famous fans, including Dua Lipa, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin Bieber, and many more.
‘Schumacher’ is a touching, if unsatisfying, portrait of a legend
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LONDON: Michael Schumacher will always be an iconic figure in Formula 1 — widely regarded as one of the most gifted racers of all time, with a work ethic hitherto unseen in the sport, and a drive for perfection that left his rivals staggered by his laser focus. And while this documentary, created with the blessing and cooperation of the Schumacher family, offers an incredible look at the personal and private life of the German driver, it does little to expand on what most people already know about the seven-times world champion.
Now streaming on Netflix, a procession of famous faces from the world of F1 — Ross Brawn, Flavio Briatore, Jean Todt, Eddie Irvine, David Coulthard and many others — offer their recollections of Michael, and those interviews are expertly combined with archival material from Schumacher himself, home videos released by the family, and interviews with his wife and children.
But while directors Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns, Vanessa Nöcker and Michael Wech do a skilled job of stitching everything together, they rarely take the chance to take “Schumacher” into new territory. Subjects such as Schumacher’s aggression-fueled lapses in racing judgement, or his insistence that he simply couldn’t be in the wrong in any crash, get little more than lip service — perhaps understandably, given that the film was created in such close cooperation with his family. But it does beg the question of what “Schumacher” hopes to achieve. Anyone who follows F1 knows that his was a generation-defining talent, and hearing that same sentiment reflected by a series of notable interviewees simply rings a little hollow.
What’s more, the movie steers clear of offering up any glimpse of Schumacher today. At the end of 2013, Michael suffered a significant brain injury during a skiing trip and hasn’t been seen since. He is, his family insists, continuing to live his life as privately as possible. And while that privacy is important, and absolutely his right, it makes for a strange juxtaposition with a film billed as offering such an intimate portrait of a racing legend.
Luxury label Jean Paul Gaultier celebrates Saudi National Day with new film
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DUBAI: French luxury fashion label Jean Paul Gaultier is celebrating Saudi Arabia’s 91st National Day, which falls on Sept. 23, in its first-ever launch dedicated to a Middle Eastern country.
The brand has brought to life the traditional card game of baloot through a film shot by an all-Saudi production team in Riyadh.
The film features a host of Saudi personalities, including actress Sarah Taibah, emerging fashion model Domie Alsalim, fashion and beauty multi-hyphenates Yara Alnamlah and Faisal Alghazzawi, as they compete in the game.
The brand is also celebrating the country’s heritage and culture with the baloot box — a luxe green reimagination of its signature perfume case which comes in velvet stamped with gold details.
The celebrity-loved fashion house created a deck of cards exquisitely designed by Saudi artist Raghad Al-Ahmad.
Al-Ahmad merged Jean Paul Gaultier’s signature iconography with cultural motifs rooted in the identity of Saudi Arabia through the art form of collage. The queen, king and jack of the deck are reimagined to represent the regions and cities in the Kingdom.
The baloot box is packed in a green bag with gold-embroidered straps, patterned after the intricate gold trimming of the traditional Saudi bisht.
The bag was designed and created by traditional Saudi tailor Salman Alhamad and Atharna, a social enterprise dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Saudi crafts and culture.
The eight-episode series, which ranges from 24 years before the heist to one year after, also casts Spanish actress Paz Vega, British star Rufus Sewell, US actors Tati Gabrielle and Peter Mark Kendall, Australian talent Jai Courtney and Iranian actress Niousha Noor.
Director Mounia Akl’s ‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’ wins award at Toronto Film Festival
Updated 20 September 2021
DUBAI: Lebanese director Mounia Akl this week won the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) award at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival for her feature “Costa Brava, Lebanon.”
Her impassioned debut is an eerie family drama set amid a raging climate crisis in near-future Lebanon.
The film stars actors Saleh Bakri and Nadine Labaki.
“Costa Brava, Lebanon – an exquisite intergenerational family story – is an ode to sustainable futures by visionary new talent, Mounia Akl from her precious and troubled country,” said the NETPAC jury, that included Spanish filmmaker Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Beijing based film producer Isabelle Glachant and BAFTA-nominated producer Elhum Shakerifar, in a statement published in Deadline.
The 32-year-old filmmaker’s haunting and upsetting feature was originally meant to depict a dystopian Lebanon in 2030 at its worst.
“I tried to imagine this dystopian future where none of our problems had been solved and the country was an extreme version of itself,” she told Arab News at the festival.
“It was somehow a way for me to imagine the worst for myself in the same way you sometimes want to explore your trauma in a cathartic way. It was a way for me to imagine the worst in my mind as a way of avoiding the worst happening in my mind and in life.”
But Lebanon’s crisis deepened as Akl and her team got closer to shooting the movie. “The reality of Lebanon became more tragic and more dystopian than even the dystopia that I imagined in 2030,” she said.
In the film, the now trash-filled surroundings of Lebanon’s “Costa Brava” had meant to be the free-spirited Badri family’s getaway utopia from the pollution and social unrest of Beirut. But their dreams were trashed when construction of a landfill site started next door to the family’s home.
Costa Brava is an actual landfill in Lebanon that opened in April 2016 as one of two sites advertised by the Lebanese government as a solution to the eight-month trash crisis the country had experienced the year before. However, within two weeks of its opening, residents and activists launched protests at the site demanding its closure.
Fashion highs from the Emmys: From Dior to Zuhair Murad, TV's finest go all out
Updated 20 September 2021
DUBAI: From actress Yara Shahidi stunning in a forest green Dior look, to plenty of gowns from Middle Eastern designers, Sunday’s 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles was a night to remember.
US-Iranian Shahidi, who currently serves as a global ambassador for Dior’s fashion and beauty segments, showed off an off-the-shoulder, tea-length dress by the storied French fashion house.
With a thin belt at the waist and gentle tulle gathered on the bodice, it was a standout look on the red carpet. The actress and Harvard student was dressed by celebrity stylist Jason Bolden, who finished off his client’s look with chunky Cartier jewelry.
There was no shortage of glamour from the Middle East at the awards ceremony, with a number of stars opting for Arab designs.
“Kate” actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead showed off an evening gown by Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad, complete with dramatic floor-grazing epaulettes. For her part, US athlete Allyson Felix chose a simple look by Lebanese designer Reem Acra, with a peek-a-boo cutout on the waist.
Other standout outfits included TV actress Nicolette Robinson in a deep blue gown by Lebanon’s Tony Ward, which featured a sheer skirt and ruffled neckline; dancer Kylie Marie Jefferson in a structured grey ensemble by Beirut-based Azzi & Osta and actress Allison Janney in yet another structured look by the same duo, this time an all-white gown from their Fall/Winter 2019 collection.
Special mention should go to Lebanon’s Rani Zakhem, who is a relative newcomer to Hollywood red carpets. Zakhem’s gowns adorned not one but two celebrities at the Emmys, with the executive producer of hit show “WandaVision” Jac Schaeffer opting for a dark and moody floral gown, and TV news personality Zuri Hall showing off an icy grey jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and split legs.
On to the international looks and Anya Taylor-Joy, the star of acclaimed chess drama “The Queen’s Gambit,” stunned in a backless slinky butter-colored Dior gown paired with a dramatic bright yellow shawl that descended in a long train.