1886: The Saudi streetwear brand you need on your radar

1886: The Saudi streetwear brand you need on your radar
The label is now one of the trendiest in the Saudi market. (Instagram)
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Updated 13 May 2022

1886: The Saudi streetwear brand you need on your radar

1886: The Saudi streetwear brand you need on your radar

DUBAI: After international streetwear experienced a boom in 2016 with brands like Supreme and Off-White taking the market by storm, Saudi entrepreneurs Fahad Al-Jomiah and Khalid Al-Jammaz took advantage and launched the Kingdom’s “first streetwear brand.”

The label, 1886, was launched in the duo’s dorm rooms in London and is now one of the trendiest in the Saudi market.




The duo work at incorporating technology and progressive design to offer products that are contemporary and durable. (Supplied)

“For two students living in London at that time, that was such an inspiring and creative moment,” Riyadh-based Al-Jomiah and Al-Jammaz told Arab News. “Even though our background is not in fashion, we felt it was the right time to bring together our passion for music, art, urban trends and street movements into a brand that could translate our own vision as Saudis.”

The name of the brand came from their dorm rooms: 18 and 86. While in London, Al-Jammaz studied marketing while Al-Jomiah did business administration.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“When we discovered our common interest for fashion and for mixing and matching different styles, our rooms became the creative studio to share ideas and draft the first sketches,” said the founders, who are inspired by pop art, music, street culture and new technologies.

“The walls of our rooms functioned as a mood board, entirely covered with paper clippings, styling photographs, inspirational graphics and anything that grabbed our attention,” they added.

1886 aims at “bridging fashion to the future by uniting the tradition of urban wear to tomorrow’s innovations and technical aesthetic.” The duo work at incorporating technology and progressive design to offer products such as joggers, hoodies, T-shirts, dresses and accessories that are contemporary and durable.




One of the duo’s challenges was proving that a Saudi brand could deliver quality and style on par with big international names. (Supplied)

According to the founders, the local streetwear fashion scene was “practically absent” in the Kingdom before 2016.

“Today the streets of Riyadh, Jeddah or Khobar are brimming with styles that effortlessly mix old and new, tradition and innovation, East and West. This has inevitably led to a diversity of style and new trends that are unique to the region,” they added.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One of the duo’s challenges was proving that a Saudi brand could deliver quality and style on par with big international names.

“There was a lack of trust toward local brands and their product that was hard to break,” they said. “It took us time to overturn this belief and prove them wrong. We believe that Saudi Arabia provides an incredible environment for inspiration and can compete with other international labels as a valid option in the fashion industry.”


French Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri nominated at Cesar Awards 

French Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri nominated at Cesar Awards 
Updated 26 January 2023

French Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri nominated at Cesar Awards 

French Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri nominated at Cesar Awards 

DUBAI: French Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 48th Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars. 

Khoudri has been nominated for her role in filmmaker Cedric Jimenez's “Novembre,” which tells the story of the terrorist attacks in Paris on the night of Nov. 13, 2015. She plays Samia, a charitable young woman who volunteers at a homeless camp. Her flat mate is bankrolling her cousin, one of the terrorists. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress is no stranger to starring in films based on real-life incidents. In November 2022, she premiered “Nos Frangins” or “Our Brothers.” The movie 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 plays the role of his sister. 

Meanwhile, Louis Garrel’s “The Innocent” and Dominik Moll’s thriller “The Night of the 12th” are leading the race at the Cesar Awards, with 11 and 10 nods, respectively. 


Saudi-helmed Ashi Studio, Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali showcase new designs in Paris 

Saudi-helmed Ashi Studio, Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali showcase new designs in Paris 
Updated 26 January 2023

Saudi-helmed Ashi Studio, Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali showcase new designs in Paris 

Saudi-helmed Ashi Studio, Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali showcase new designs in Paris 

DUBAI: Saudi designer Mohammed Ashi, founder of Beirut-based label Ashi Studio, and Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali showcased their newest collections this week in Paris.  

Ashi’s new collection is called “Moon and Dust.”  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The creations include glitzy gowns that mirror the sparkling night sky. Some of his new ensembles had voluminous, structured fabric around the waist and shoulders.   

The dresses came in white, beige and black hues.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He treated fans who were not able to attend the presentation to a 14-minute video of the show published on his website.   

Some of his Grecian style dresses featured draped silhouettes and others had feathers in gold. (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Al-Ali presented a pastel-colored collection that was inspired by the Golden Fleece, one of Greek mythology’s oldest fables. 

Some of his Grecian style dresses featured draped silhouettes and others had feathers in gold.


US Palestinian model Fai Khadra and Kylie Jenner spotted front row at Paris Haute Couture Week 

US Palestinian model Fai Khadra and Kylie Jenner spotted front row at Paris Haute Couture Week 
Updated 27 January 2023

US Palestinian model Fai Khadra and Kylie Jenner spotted front row at Paris Haute Couture Week 

US Palestinian model Fai Khadra and Kylie Jenner spotted front row at Paris Haute Couture Week 

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia-born Fai Khadra — a US Palestinian model and artist — has been spotted at a number of events during Paris Haute Couture Week alongside American reality TV star Kylie Jenner. 

The duo were most recently seen front row at the Jean Paul Gautier show on Wednesday. Hollywood stars Timothee Chalamet and Tilda Swinton were also present at the show. 

Khadra and Jenner were also seen together at the Maison Margiela Co-Ed Collection show on Sunday in Paris. 

The two friends were joined by “Elite” star Manu Rios on the front row, as well as singer Noah Cyrus and supermodel Naomi Campbell. 

Jenner also stepped out for the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring Summer 2023 show on Monday, wearing a faux taxidermy lion’s head on the front of her dress, creating quite a stir on social media. 


Lebanon’s Zuhair Murad presents latest designs at Paris Haute Couture Week  

Lebanon’s Zuhair Murad presents latest designs at Paris Haute Couture Week  
Updated 26 January 2023

Lebanon’s Zuhair Murad presents latest designs at Paris Haute Couture Week  

Lebanon’s Zuhair Murad presents latest designs at Paris Haute Couture Week  

DUBAI: Lebanese designer-to-the-stars Zuhair Murad joined the stellar line-up of Arab designers who presented their Spring/Summer 2023 collections during Paris Haute Couture Week.  

The couturier on Thursday offered up gowns that will most certainly be sported by his A-list clientele on red carpets around the world for film festivals and movie premieres this year. 

Murad presented his Spring/Summer 2023 collection during Paris Haute Couture Week. (Getty Images)

The Ras Baalbek-born designer’s new collection features form-fitting gowns, voluminous capes, high-slit dresses, asymmetric ensembles and more. Feathers, sequins, fringes, ruffles, hooded dresses and geometric patterns were all seen on the runway. 

His feminine suits featured cut-out detailing to add an elevated touch to his designs.

Zuhair’s new collections features satin scarves. (Getty Images)  

Headgear seems to be making a comeback this season. Zuhair’s new collections features oversized hats, satin scarves and beaded headpieces.  

Italian Lebanese designer Tony Ward’s collection also featured hats. Made from the same fabric and patterns as the dresses, the asymmetric, geometric and structured hats will make a statement on red carpets.  

Lebanese designers Elie Saab, Georges Chakra, Georges Hobeika and Saudi designer Mohammed Ashi, founder of Beirut-based label Ashi Studio, showcased their latest collections in Paris this week.  


Review: Shababik Restaurant — follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps at this authentic Lebanese hotspot in Saudi Arabia  

Review: Shababik Restaurant — follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps at this authentic Lebanese hotspot in Saudi Arabia  
Updated 26 January 2023

Review: Shababik Restaurant — follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps at this authentic Lebanese hotspot in Saudi Arabia  

Review: Shababik Restaurant — follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps at this authentic Lebanese hotspot in Saudi Arabia  

RIYADH: Shababik restaurant’s pop-up location in Diriyah, Riyadh, made headlines recently when Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently signed for local team Al Nassr, stopped by for dinner with Saudi Minister for Sport Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal.  

Shababik serves authentic Levantine cuisine. It launched in 2014 in Jeddah, and the pop-up will be open until Feb. 22 as part of Diriyah Nights. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shababik’s outdoor terrace makes it an ideal place to visit while the weather is cool (there are heaters provided to make sure it’s not too chilly). Sitting outside gives you the opportunity to take in the surrounding palm trees and urban art, and the nearby architecture, which is inspired by the traditional Najdi style. It’s a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere — although the restaurant does occasionally host live music.   

We visited earlier this month to sample a little of the Ronaldo lifestyle.  

For starters, we selected the hummus with meat. It was fresh and tasty, but lacked the all-important final touch: a drizzle of olive oil. The Fattah — a staple dish of cooked eggplant and toasted croutons — was a great way to begin the meal, and we also enjoyed the cheese roll, which was dusted in wild thyme and served grilled rather than fried, giving it that slight crunch without the grease. 

The oriental potatoes were fine, if a little lackluster. They needed more flavor to really bring the dish to life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From the seafood menu, we selected the grilled prawns in a marinade of buttery garlic and lemon sauce with chopped cilantro. The prawns were tender and beautifully cooked, and the sauce complemented them well.   

The highlight of the meal was the lamb shank oriental rice wrapped in pita bread. The cinnamon-and-pistachio aftertaste was especially interesting and really worked to enhance the flavors of the meat. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Throughout our visit, the staff were friendly, prompt and eager to help. 

As you might expect, given the restaurant’s recent high profile, those wishing to dine at Shababik must first reserve a table on the MyTable app and pay SR350 per person up front. 

Overall, the food was good, but it’s the Diriyah location that really makes a visit to Shababik worthwhile — giving it a vibe inspired by authentic Saudi roots.