From Eva Longoria to the Kattan sisters, celebrities raise $1m for charity in UAE

From Eva Longoria to the Kattan sisters, celebrities raise $1m for charity in UAE
(L-R) Maria Bravo, Eva Longoria, Mona Kattan and Huda Kattan. (Supplied)
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Updated 11 December 2021

From Eva Longoria to the Kattan sisters, celebrities raise $1m for charity in UAE

From Eva Longoria to the Kattan sisters, celebrities raise $1m for charity in UAE

DUBAI: Several Arab and international celebrities used their star-power on Thursday in Abu Dhabi to raise over $1 million for social welfare and health projects in the region and across the world, as part of the Global Gift Gala project.

The stars who attended included US-Iraqi entrepreneurs and beauty moguls Huda Kattan and Mona Kattan, who are ambassadors of the Global Gift Gala, US actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria, the honorary chair of the event, US-Somali model Halima Aden, and Australian-Lebanese model Jessica Kahawaty.

The money will be used to aid the Lebanese Red Cross, the medical service of the Lebanese Army, and the Global Gift Foundation’s programs worldwide. The Global Gift Gala includes artists, singers and athletes who are not paid to raise funds for charity.

Here are some of our favorite looks:

Eva Longoria

 

 

The actress wore a one-shouldered sparkling gold gown from UK fashion house Vivienne Westwood. She accessorized with jewelry from Lebanese jeweler Fawaz Gruosi. 

Huda Kattan 




Huda Kattan wore a form-fitting pink dress with a thigh-high slit. (Suppplied)

The founder of Huda Beauty wore a form-fitting pink dress with a thigh-high slit. She posed on the red carpet with her husband Christopher Goncalo, her daughter Nour and her sister Mona.

Mona Kattan




This was Mona’s first public appearance with her new fiancé. (Supplied) 

Mona opted for a tight beige dress with decorative silver sequins. This was Mona’s first public appearance with her new fiancé, Dubai-based businessman Hassan El-Amin, since their engagement earlier this month. 

Halima Aden 




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The hijab-wearing model wore a sequin suit in black. Halima recently appeared in an Instagram Story with Huda praising her: “You give so many girls hope.”

Jessica Kahawaty 

 

 

The model, entrepreneur and influencer wore a glitzy black dress by Italian fashion designer Alberta Ferretti. She opted for chunky green earrings, designed by Gruosi, to complete her look.

She shared a picture of her appearance on social media with the caption: “Last night at the Global Gift Gala in Abu Dhabi we raised over $1m that will go towards supporting children around the world including my dearest Lebanon.” 

Anastacia




Anastacia wore a floor-length off-the-shoulder dress in dark purple. (Supplied)

The US singer wowed the audience with a nostalgic rendition of her classic song “I’m Out of Love.” 




Her second look featured sparkling straight-leg pants with a leather jacket and a black cowgirl-inspired belt. (Supplied)

Anastacia wore two outfits: The first was a floor-length off-the-shoulder dress in dark purple, while her second look — which she wore for her performance — featured sparkling straight-leg pants with a leather jacket and a black cowgirl-inspired belt.


First photos of Lyna Khoudri in upcoming drama ‘Nos Frangins’ unveiled

First photos of Lyna Khoudri in upcoming drama ‘Nos Frangins’ unveiled
Updated 15 May 2022

First photos of Lyna Khoudri in upcoming drama ‘Nos Frangins’ unveiled

First photos of Lyna Khoudri in upcoming drama ‘Nos Frangins’ unveiled

DUBAI: French film distribution company Le Pacte has unveiled the first look at “Nos Frangins,” or “Our Brothers,” starring French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri, ahead of its global premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

The hotly anticipated new film by three time Oscar-nominated director Rachid Bouchareb is launching in the Cannes Première section and tells the harrowing true story of French-Algerian student Malik Oussekine, who died in police custody in 1986, following several weeks of student protests against a university reform bill.

Khoudri stars in the film alongside a stellar cast that includes fellow French-Algerian actor Reda Kateb, Raphael Personnaz, Samir Guesmi and newcomer Adam Amara.

In the photos, the Algeria-born actress is pictured walking down the street alongside Kateb.

 The French-Algerian actress stars in ‘Nos Frangins.’ Supplied

It is not yet known what role the 29-year-old is playing.

It is not the first time that Oussekine’s tragic tale has been adapted for the big screen. The 1995 French film “La Haine,” starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé and Saïd Taghmaoui, was largely inspired by the case of the 22-year-old student protester who died after being badly beaten by riot police after a mass demonstration in 1986, which he did not take part in. 

The story is also being examined in “Oussekine,” a Disney+ series directed by Antoine Chevrollier that follows his family’s fight for justice.

Khoudri made her Cannes Film Festival debut last year during the premiere of Wes Anderson’s 2021 comedy “The French Dispatch” in July.

She is part of an ever-growing list of Arab stars working their way up the Hollywood ladder.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Venice Film Festival Orizzonti prize winner is set to star in French-Algerian director Mounia Meddour’s new drama “Houria,” and most recently appeared in the period drama “La Place D’Une Autre” and “Haute Couture.”

She is also set to appear in a new two-part adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic French novel “The Three Musketeers,” in which she will star opposite Francois Civil as his love interest Constance D’Artagnan, formerly Bonacieux. In addition, Khoudri is shooting “Novembre,” a Cedric Jimenez-directed thriller about the French anti-terrorism services during the hunt for suspects after the 2015 Paris attacks.


Folk rappers from Ukraine win Eurovision in musical morale boost

Folk rappers from Ukraine win Eurovision in musical morale boost
Updated 15 May 2022

Folk rappers from Ukraine win Eurovision in musical morale boost

Folk rappers from Ukraine win Eurovision in musical morale boost
  • Kalush Orchestra beat out 24 competitors in the finale of the world’s biggest live music event with “Stefania,” a rap lullaby combining Ukrainian folk and modern hip-hop rhythms

TURIN, Italy: Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest Sunday with an infectious hip-hop folk melody, as the embattled nation rides a wave of public support across Europe.
Kalush Orchestra beat out 24 competitors in the finale of the world’s biggest live music event with “Stefania,” a rap lullaby combining Ukrainian folk and modern hip-hop rhythms from an energetic, breakdancing band.
“Please help Ukraine and Mariupol! Help Azovstal right now,” frontman Oleh Psiuk said in English from the stage, referring to the port city’s underground steelworks where Ukrainian soldiers are surrounded by Russian forces.
Following the win, Psiuk — whose bubblegum pink bucket hat has made him instantly recognizable — thanked everyone who voted for his country in the contest, which is watched by millions of viewers.
“The victory is very important for Ukraine, especially this year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Glory to Ukraine,” Psiuk told journalists.
Coming in second place was Britain with Sam Ryder’s “Space Man” and its stratospheric notes, followed by Spain with the reggaeton “SloMo” from Chanel.
Ukraine beat out a host of over-the-top acts at the kitschy, quirky annual musical event, including Norway’s Subwoolfer, which sang about bananas while dressed in yellow wolf masks, and Serbia’s Konstrakta, who questioned national health care while meticulously scrubbing her hands onstage.
“Only at Eurovision do people celebrate bananas, heartbreaks and wash their hands in one and the same show,” Swedish fan Martina Fries told AFP Saturday ahead of the finale.
“Eurovision is a way to show that different countries can celebrate peacefully together.”

The joy of Eurovision is in its camp and theatrics, although the nearly three-month war in Ukraine hung heavily over festivities.
The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes the event, banned Russia on February 25, the day after Moscow invaded its neighbor.
“Stefania,” written by Psiuk as a tribute to his mother before the war, mixes traditional Ukrainian folk music played on obscure flute-like instruments with an invigorating hip-hop beat. The band donned richly embroidered ethnic garb to perform their act.
Nostalgic lyrics such as “I’ll always find my way home even if all the roads are destroyed” have taken on outsized meaning as millions of Ukrainians have been displaced by war.
President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the group for topping the contest.
“Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe!” he wrote on Facebook.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the win “a clear reflection of not just your talent, but of the unwavering support for your fight for freedom,” while European Council President Charles Michel said he hoped next year’s contest “can be hosted in Kyiv in a free and united Ukraine.”
Kalush Orchestra received special authorization from Ukraine’s government to attend Eurovision, since men of fighting age are prohibited from leaving the country, but that permit expires in two days.
Psiuk said he wasn’t exactly sure what awaited the band as war rages back home.
“Like every Ukrainian, we are ready to fight as much as we can and go until the end.”

Other contenders at Eurovision included Sweden’s break-up belt “Hold Me Closer” from Cornelia Jakobs, Greece’s somber “Die Together” by Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord, and “Brividi” (Shivers), a gay-themed duet from Italy’s Mahmood and Blanco.
Italy won the competition last year with “Zitti e Buoni” (Shut up and Behave) from high-octane glam rockers Maneskin, who performed their new single “Supermodel” during Saturday night’s finale.
Eurovision’s winner is chosen by a cast of music industry professionals — and members of the public — from each country, with votes for one’s home nation not allowed.
After a quarter-century of being shut out from the top spot, Britain had hoped to have a winner in “Space Man” and its high notes belted by the affable, long-haired Ryder.
Britain had been ahead after votes were counted from the national juries, but a jaw-dropping 439 points awarded to Ukraine from the public pushed it to the top spot.
Eurovision is a hit among fans not only for the music, but for the looks on display and this year was no exception. Lithuania’s Monika Liu generated as much social media buzz for her bowl cut hairdo as her sensual and elegant “Sentimentai.”
Meanwhile, Sheldon Riley of Australia — one of Eurovision’s few non-European entries — sang his self-affirmation ballad “Not the Same” through a sparkling face veil laden with crystals.
And since no Eurovision is complete without a smattering of gyrating and undulating bodies onstage, Spain’s Chanel came to the rescue with her energetic dancing and memorable “booty hypnotic” refrain.
 


Shows, events canceled in the UAE for mourning period

Shows, events canceled in the UAE for mourning period
Updated 14 May 2022

Shows, events canceled in the UAE for mourning period

Shows, events canceled in the UAE for mourning period

DUBAI: Multiple cultural shows and events in the UAE, including Culture Summit Abu Dhabi and Dubai Comedy Festival, have been postponed following the death of the country’s president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. 

On Friday, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced 40 days of mourning with flags at half-mast from Friday, with work suspended in the public and private sector for the first three days, starting Saturday. 

Culture Summit Abu Dhabi was scheduled to take place May 16-18 at Manarat Al-Saadiyat island. The Department of Culture and Tourism is yet to announce the new dates. 

Dubai Comedy Festival will reschedule its upcoming shows including Vir Das, Jo Koy, The Comedy Bizarre and The Laughter Factory till May 16. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kuwait, along with several other countries, also announced three days of mourning. Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki canceled his concert in Kuwait, which was scheduled to take place on May 13, in honor of the late president. 


Megan Fox sports Andrea Wazen heels to Hollywood premiere 

Megan Fox sports Andrea Wazen heels to Hollywood premiere 
Updated 14 May 2022

Megan Fox sports Andrea Wazen heels to Hollywood premiere 

Megan Fox sports Andrea Wazen heels to Hollywood premiere 

DUBAI: US actress Megan Fox is officially a fan of Lebanese footwear designer Andrea Wazen. 

The 35-year-old actress is often photographed wearing the Beirut-based shoemaker’s creations, including this weekend when she attended the world premiere of her new movie “Good Mourning” in West Hollywood.  

The star stepped out on the red carpet in a head-turning pink outfit with her fiancé US rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who also matched the star in pink.  

She wore a glitzy floor-length gown with a thigh-high slit. To complete her look, the actress wore Wazen’s 15 cm beige Antigone PVC platform heels, which feature clear-strap detailing. 

The heels were previously worn in black by US superstar Jennifer Lopez last year during her 52nd birthday on a luxurious yacht with her fiancé Ben Affleck.

Fox stars alongside her partner Kelly in “Good Mourning,” which is scheduled for release on May 20.

The comedy follows a movie star, played by Kelly, whose world is turned upside down when he is forced to choose between pursuing his one true love and getting a life-changing, starring role in a movie.

“Good Mourning” also stars Kim Kardashian’s partner, comedian Pete Davidson, and actress Dove Cameron.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In October, Fox stepped out for an off-duty stroll in Los Angeles championing Wazen’s Denver pumps in black. 

In September she wore the brand’s heels to the REVOLVE Gallery Private Event in New York City. The actress opted for the Dassy Sunset PVC Pumps, a pair of clear pointed-toe heels with gold-strap detailing.

Since launching in 2013, the label’s strappy sandals and stilettos have made their way onto the pedicured toes of A-listers and It-girls across the globe, including Beyonce, Hailey Bieber, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Addison Rae, who have all championed Wazen’s creations.

The London-born designer, who is the younger sister of Lebanese fashion blogger Karen Wazen, launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label in Beirut following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson.


The lightweight sunglasses you need this season 

The lightweight sunglasses you need this season 
Updated 14 May 2022

The lightweight sunglasses you need this season 

The lightweight sunglasses you need this season 

DUBAI: US eyewear label Oakley re-launched one of the 90s’ most popular frames, but with a modern take.

The brand released its Re:SubZero frame, weighing 24 grams, used for running and training.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The glasses, which come in black and vibrant blue and orange colors, are created to wrap securely around the eyes.  

“In times like the one we are living, we have the duty to inspire people to use sports as a platform to a better life,” said Caio Amato, Oakley’s global head of marketing, in a released statement. 

“Re:SubZero is a result of our obsession with creating a great experience [for] consumers to relieve the heavy weight each one is carrying, regardless of their levels,” added Amato. “It is 40 years of heavy innovation, in just 24g!”