Italian designer Gaia Repossi to join Fashion Trust Arabia’s 2022 advisory board
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DUBAI: Gaia Repossi, the creative director of contemporary Italian jewelry brand Repossi, has been appointed as a member of Fashion Trust Arabia’s 2022 advisory board.
Fashion Trust Arabia was established in 2018 as a prize to support up-and-coming fashion designers from the Middle East and North Africa region. The organization’s mission is to support local creatives by providing them with global opportunities and by creating a network in which they can participate in important conversations and the exchange of ideas.
The advisory board is responsible for selecting 24 finalists who will then get the chance to showcase their work before the jury. The ceremony itself will take place during the week of Oct. 24, 2022 through a series of local activations in Doha, Qatar.
"The Turin-born,cult-favorite jewelry designer was a natural fit for the FTA advisory board, who assumed her role at the family business at the young age of 21 and has helped turn Repossi into a brand beloved for its luxe minimalism and contemporary aesthetic. Gaia’s extensive involvement and networks in the world of fashion make her the perfect member to provide expertise and guidance for the up-and-coming regional talents in the competition (sic)," read a released statement.
Miss Universe Bahrain Evlin Khalifa to open Arab Fashion Week
Evlin Khalifa will walk the runway for celebrity-loved brand Amato by Furne One.
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DUBAI: The newly crowned Miss Universe Bahrain, Evlin Khalifa, will be the official show opener for the new season of Arab Fashion Week in Dubai on Oct. 11.
The 24-year-old pianist and model from Riffa, who won the beauty pageant last month, will open the premiere show of the Couture Fall-Winter 22/23 season, which will be staged by Dubai-based brand Amato by Furne One.
Amato has been worn by many international celebrities over the years, including Beyonce, Katy Perry, Tyra Banks and Shakira.
“I am so thrilled to be a part of this fabulous show. It has always been my dream to walk on the runway of Arab Fashion Week and now that dream will finally come to life. This is even more special as I will be walking for the world-renowned fashion designer to the royalties and stars, Furne Amato of Amato Couture.” said Khalifa in a released statement.
“This whole journey of Miss Universe has been incredible so far and I cannot wait to see you all as we have been preparing to represent the Gulf region on the global stage of Miss Universe,” she added.
DUBAI: US rapper Kanye West sparked controversy at Paris Fashion Week by wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt at his runway show — and now US Palestinian Dutch model Gigi Hadid is wading into the ensuing debate.
The model made a statement via Instagram Stories showing support for Vogue US fashion editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, who slammed West over his choice of attire.
Karefa-Johnson shared her thoughts on social media following the rapper’s show.
“It didn’t land and it was deeply offensive, violent, and dangerous,” she wrote in a series of IG story slides that featured screenshots of her conversation with someone else about Kanye’s shirt. “The idea that white supremacy is in danger of extinction is what justifies mass incarceration, murder en masse, indeed the advent of slavery,” she added.
In true Kanye style, the rapper reacted with an online attack on Karefa-Johnson and posted pictures of her, shared a screenshot of her Instagram account and critiqued her fashion choices in a series of potshots aimed at the editor.
But models are showing support for Karefa-Johnson, with the likes of Hadid and Hailey Bieber voicing their concerns over West’s reaction.
”As if the ‘honor’ of being invited to your show should keep someone from giving their opinion? Lol. You’re a bully and a joke (sic),” Hadid wrote.
“You wish you had a percentage of her intellect… If there’s actually a point to any of your s***, she might be the only person that could save you,” the model added, referring to West’s new sartorial offerings.
Vogue US also released a statement in support of Karefa-Johnson.
“She was personally targeted and bullied. It is unacceptable. Now more than ever, voices like hers are needed and in a private meeting with Ye today she once again spoke her truth in a way she felt best, on her terms,” the magazine posted on Instagram, referring to West by his legal name, Ye.
For her part, Bieber wrote “my respect for you runs deep my friend!” in a comment on Karefa-Johnson’s Instagram account.
Meanwhile, Karefa-Johnson shared an updated statement following the online furor, saying “there is no excuse, there is no art here. I’m sorry I failed to make that clear — I thought I did… I do think if you asked Kanye, he’d say there was art, and revolution, and all of the things in that T-shirt. There isn’t.”
Arab models Nora Attal, Nour Rizk grace Chanel runway in Paris
Updated 04 October 2022
DUBAI: British Moroccan model Nora Attal and Lebanese rising star Nour Rizk walked the runway for French fashion house Chanel at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, showing off a number of looks as part of the label’s Spring-Summer 2023 showcase.
For her part, Rizk took to the runway in a ruffled halter neck top paired with sharply pressed knee-length shorts. Attal’s look was a similarly ruffled buttoned mini dress with a sailor collar in a summer-ready shade of white.
The ensembled were part of a 71-piece collection designed by the fashion house’s creative director Virginie Viard.
The day before her outing with Chanel, Attal hit the runway for luxury label Lanvin.
Designer Bruno Sialelli was in a more low-key mood than usual in the saleable spring collection featuring neat, unfussy looks that on the whole packed no surprises — like an alabaster tuxedo jacket with square shoulders and fraying hems, or a ruched medieval-style top with tubular sleeves.
The creative energy luckily picked up toward the end of the co-ed show, The Associated Press reported.
A great series of corset-cum-lingerie silk babydoll looks in pastel shades were the highlight and played with the idea of transparencies. They were accessorized with bejeweled sheer fabric in the shape of a cloche hat that covered the model’s face.
After several years in the fashion wilderness, France’s oldest continually operating fashion house continues to have a spring in its step with the renewed direction of this French designer.
Attal also made an appearance at the Hermes show as artistic director Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski seized on the vibes of the Burning Man Festival, adding swirls of color and utilitarian touches to a sleek spring and summer collection sent down the runway on Saturday to techno beats.
“A rave in the desert,” announced show notes, according to Reuters.
The first look was classic Hermes: a pale, tan leather shirt and trouser ensemble, the top with a collar and wide sleeves, while pant legs were gently cinched at the bottom.
A burst of russet-colored looks came later, followed by silky dresses in large patches of orange and pink, garments crafted from perforated leather and slightly bolder, graphic prints outlined with black.
Tent-like straps lifted panels from hems and decorated bare midriffs, while laces ran up and down seams and a minimalist military-style leather vest had a slim backpack pouch.
Celebrities and international crowds flooded the French capital for Paris Fashion Week, which ended on Tuesday, and marked the fashion industry's sweeping return as the post-pandemic boom in luxury sales continues.
Balenciaga taps Syrian wedding singer for Paris Fashion Week after party performance
Updated 04 October 2022
DUBAI: Luxury fashion label Balenciaga tapped famed Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman to perform at its after party at Paris Fashion Week.
The label — which is famous for its boundary-pushing, sometimes bizarre creations — hosted a performance by the popular singer at its after show event, which also featured performances by Taxi Kebab and Von Bikräv & Evil Grimace.
Prior to the invite-only event, designer Demna Gvasalia pulled off a stellar showcase of the label’s Sprint/Summer 2023 collection.
Kanye West, now known legally as Ye, walked as a model in the ready-to-wear show.
After beginning his career performing at weddings and other events in northern Syria, Omar Souleyman's upbeat electronic music won him international fame in recent years.
He has released several albums and collaborated with musicians such as Bjork and Four Tet, as well as playing at Britain's Glastonbury Festival and a 2013 concert for the Nobel Peace Prize award.