Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam return to New York Fashion Week runway

Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam return to New York Fashion Week runway
Gigi Hadid wowed the audience at Italian luxury fashion house Moschino’s spring/summer 2022 show. (Supplied)
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Updated 10 September 2021

Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam return to New York Fashion Week runway

Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam return to New York Fashion Week runway

DUBAI: Models Gigi Hadid and Imaan Hammam returned to New York Fashion Week’s runway following the easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions.

Hadid, who is of Palestinian and Dutch descent, on Thursday wowed the audience at Italian luxury fashion house Moschino’s spring/summer 2022 show, almost one year after giving birth to her daughter, Khai, with former One Direction star Zayn Malik.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She closed out the runway, by creative director Jeremy Scott, wearing a colorful gown with cartoon characters printed on it. The star had a baby bottle in her hand which she bit as she walked the fashion show.

The 26-year-old also wore a colorful suit, accessorized with a chunky necklace that had letters dangling from it.

Hammam, who is Egyptian, Moroccan, and Dutch, wore a bright yellow set that had joyful icons of rabbits, cows, elephants, birds, and more.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She also wore a strapless dress, with a thigh-high slit that featured a 3-D design of a bunny around the chest area.

This is the brand’s NYFW debut.

On the opening day of the fashion week, London-based designer Peter Dundas collaborated with online fashion retailer Revolve for a unique launch at the event.

Hammam was among the models that displayed the partnership’s new designs. She wore a black cape, styled as a dress, over a lace body suit. She closed off the show wearing a Greek-inspired golden dress as she walked down the aisle with Dundas and a baby.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Oslo-born Dundas, who was previously at Italian fashion houses Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci, presented 46 ready-to-wear looks that featured slinky dresses, chunky knits, high-waisted shorts, and jackets in black and metallic colors. There were also dabs of hot pink, red, and orange on trouser suits and frocks.

On Wednesday, Hadid walked the runway for the New York-based brand Proenza Schouler. The supermodel wore a floral maxi dress with zip-up vest.




The trendsetter put on a plunging leather jacket which she paired with an asymmetrical ruffled skirt. (AFP)

Besides Hadid’s catwalk looks, she also stole the show at the Daily Front Row’s eighth annual Fashion Media Awards.

The trendsetter put on a plunging leather jacket which she paired with an asymmetrical ruffled skirt. She topped off her look with a slick-back hairstyle, safety clip earrings, and an edgy pair of studded heels.

NYFW, which runs until Sept. 12, has seen a return to in-person catwalk shows after 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last two seasons, designers turned to digital video releases to present their collections.


What We Are Reading Today: Athens at the Margins by Nathan T. Arrington

What We Are Reading Today: Athens at the Margins by Nathan T.  Arrington
Updated 22 October 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Athens at the Margins by Nathan T. Arrington

What We Are Reading Today: Athens at the Margins by Nathan T.  Arrington

The seventh century BC in ancient Greece is referred to as the Orientalizing period because of the strong presence of Near Eastern elements in art and culture. Conventional narratives argue that goods and knowledge flowed from East to West through cosmopolitan elites. Rejecting this explanation, Athens at the Margins proposes a new narrative of the origins behind the style and its significance, investigating how material culture shaped the ways people and communities thought of themselves.
Athens and the region of Attica belonged to an interconnected Mediterranean, in which people, goods, and ideas moved in unexpected directions. Network thinking provides a way to conceive of this mobility, which generated a style of pottery that was heterogeneous and dynamic. Although the elite had power, they were unable to agree on the norms of conspicuous consumption and status display.


What We Are Eating Today: Chilly Peri

What We Are Eating Today: Chilly Peri
Updated 21 October 2021

What We Are Eating Today: Chilly Peri

What We Are Eating Today: Chilly Peri



Chilly Peri is a Saudi family-based business that offers three main products — crunchy chili flakes, crispy onions, and spicy mango pickle — inspired by an Indian and Middle Eastern kitchen. The products are provided per order and are freshly made in big quantities.
Many ordinary home dishes sometimes lack a missing element. Perhaps a sour, spicy, or crunchiness would make it better. Chilly Peri is the answer as it adds a little sparkle of the spicy, crunchy, sour chili flakes that elevates any dish.
The freshly-dried chilies offer a strong, spicy aroma and are made for those who appreciate that spicy twist. The crunchy onion and chili flakes can also be used as a topping or garnish for sandwiches, sushi, or soups.
The spice level of the chili flakes can be customized per customer as requests can be made for individuals, large parties, or an entire restaurant.
Products can be shipped across the Kingdom and are also available through the website www.chillyperi.com


Zac Efron, Jessica Alba return for latest Dubai Tourism campaign

Zac Efron, Jessica Alba return for latest Dubai Tourism campaign
Updated 21 October 2021

Zac Efron, Jessica Alba return for latest Dubai Tourism campaign

Zac Efron, Jessica Alba return for latest Dubai Tourism campaign

DUBAI: Hollywood actors Zac Efron and Jessica Alba are the stars of Dubai Tourism’s fifth and latest promotional campaign.

Released on Wednesday, the short action-packed clip, titled “Dubai: A Riveting Mystery,” sees the duo embark on an adventure to solve a mystery in the UAE city.

The video starts in the Dubai Opera center and features other locations including Al-Seef, the Museum of the Future, and Downtown Dubai.

Dubai Tourism recently released three videos, directed by Australian filmmaker Craig Gillespie, ahead of the long-awaited Expo 2020 Dubai event.

The first ad was a spoof of an action film featuring Alba and Efron fighting off enemies at well-known landmarks across the city, such as the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, and the Museum of the Future.

In the second video, the stars appeared as tourists visiting the city. Upon arrival at their hotels, they discover they have got each other’s bags. The celebrities then travel across the city on various adventures to meet and collect their identical luggage.

In the third advert, Efron plays two characters, a younger and older version of himself who comes from the future to teach him life lessons. The two characters go on a journey in the country’s souks and surrounding deserts, and also go skydiving.

For the fourth video, Alba stars as a young pilot who explores the country’s deserts. The clip takes a close look at the UAE’s traditional activities and attractions.

The films present some of Dubai’s most-admired sites, including the city’s dunes, Sheikh Zayed Road that runs through the heart of Dubai, Dubai Creek, and the historic Al-Fahidi district.


Everything you need to know about Ain Dubai’s opening weekend 

Everything you need to know about Ain Dubai’s opening weekend 
Updated 21 October 2021

Everything you need to know about Ain Dubai’s opening weekend 

Everything you need to know about Ain Dubai’s opening weekend 

DUBAI: Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest and largest observation wheel, is opening to visitors this weekend. 

To celebrate the launch, organizers are hosting a packed schedule of free activities that will take place across the outdoor plaza.

On Oct. 22 and 23, the celebrations will kick off with a host of family-friendly activities, alon with 12 food stations, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

At 5.30 p.m., UAE-based DJ Dany Neville will play music inspired by the sunset for an hour.

Ain Dubai’s official celebration will commence with the inaugural light and drone show at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday. 

On Friday, light shows will take place on the wheel at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 

The plaza will also host six artists, including Moh Flow, Shebani, Freek, Michele, Molham and Mougleta, from Flash Entertainment and Virgin Radio Dubai’s Regional Artist Spotlight (RAS) initiative until 10:30 p.m.

Entry for the opening weekend at the plaza is free. However, visitors will need to purchase tickets at Ain Dubai’s website to experience a ride on the wheel. 

Ain Dubai – or Eye Dubai in Arabic – stands over 250 metres. It will offer visitors a 360-degree view of the city and its coastline.

It will have 48 capsules, which can carry more than 1,750 visitors at once, with each of the 30-square-meter capsules having the capability to be converted into fine-dining venues for up to a dozen guests. 


Louvre Abu Dhabi showcases historic cultural links between China, Islamic world

Louvre Abu Dhabi showcases historic cultural links between China, Islamic world
Updated 21 October 2021

Louvre Abu Dhabi showcases historic cultural links between China, Islamic world

Louvre Abu Dhabi showcases historic cultural links between China, Islamic world
  • Second international exhibition of the year explores artistic exchange stretching back centuries

DUBAI: Over the past decade the world has watched as China has expanded its economic presence in the Gulf region, becoming the biggest trading partner and external investor for many Middle Eastern countries.

Yet what many forget is that China’s relationship with the Arab world dates back to antiquity — to the time of the Silk Road and the birth of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula.

Thanks to Arab explorers, such as the 14th-century adventurer Ibn Battuta, and the expansion of trade activities in Europe, business and cultural exchange flourished between China and the Arab world.

The show includes over 200 masterpieces from the Louvre Abu Dhabi in partnership with the Guimet Museum in Paris. (Supplied)

What many analysts refer to as China’s “new Silk Road” is, in essence, a return to this shared past, one that is explored through the exhibition “Dragon and Phoenix: Centuries of Exchange between Chinese and Islamic Worlds,” on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi until Feb. 12, 2022. 

The show includes over 200 masterpieces from the Louvre Abu Dhabi in partnership with the Guimet Museum in Paris, and showcases the cultural and artistic exchange between the two civilizations for more than 800 years up till the 18th century. 

The exhibition pays tribute to the Dragon, representing China, and the Phoenix, referring to the Islamic world, with artifacts dating back to the establishment of the first Arab merchant colonies in the trading city of Canton in the 8th century.

Fabulous animal, dragon. (Supplied)

Objects reveal the journeys of tradesmen and explorers from the Arab world through Central Asia and across the Indian Ocean to China and South-east Asia. 

“Dragon and Phoenix: Centuries of Exchange between Chinese and Islamic Worlds” was curated by Sophie Makariou, president of the Guimet Museum, in collaboration with Souraya Noujaim, scientific, curatorial and collections management director, and Guilhem Andre, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s chief curator of Asian and medieval art.

“The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to compare artworks, set side by side, from different regions that are connected by overwhelming aesthetic and symbolic similarities,” Andre told Arab News.

The exhibition also includes paintings, silverware, ceramic, glassware, manuscripts and luxury fabrics. (Supplied)

“The works appear similar at first glance, but when you uncover their history and provenance you are made aware of the many threads of inspiration and cultural exchange which run between the Chinese and Islamic worlds. Each of these items and the materials used represent mediums for artistic exchange between these great cultures.”

Masterpieces on display include the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s rare Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) gold cup with dragon-shaped handle from China, which may have been made for a nomadic dignitary.

Another highlight is the Panni Tartarici (or Tartar cloths) — Mongol silk fabric with gold threads — from the Guimet collection.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a cultural program, including weekend family film screenings. (Supplied)

A calligraphy section features paintings and calligraphies by Wen Zhengming (1470-1559), Dong Qichang (1555–1636) and Zha Shibiao (1615–1698) on loan from the Guimet Museum. These works correspond to the exquisite letters of Arabic script found in a selection of illuminated manuscripts from the Qur’an.

The exhibition also includes paintings, silverware, ceramic, glassware, manuscripts and luxury fabrics. 

“Wherever trade routes exist, artistic and cultural exchange exists in parallel,” Andre said. “With every exhibition, we hope that visitors come away with an understanding that, as humans, we have more in common than we realize, whether historically or in the present day. Exhibitions such as this allow us to trace the routes of exchange and inspiration between peoples and cultures that have been present for thousands of years and will continue to be sources of inspiration.” 

Vase with dragons and clouds. (Supplied)

The exhibition will be accompanied by a cultural program, including weekend family film screenings. 

Andre said that the exhibition is the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s most important show of 2021. With the opening of Expo 2020, this is a pivotal year for the UAE in terms of cultural exchange, he added. 

In 2022, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature a performance piece by local artist Ahmed Al-Areef. Starting in October, educational activities and programs will include daily express tours for adults, Take Me to Asia interactive events with museum educators, “MakeandPlay” activities inspired by the exhibition, and masterclasses.