What We Are Buying Today: Spanish designer Belen Mancha’s abayas, thobes combine modern style with vintage crochet

What We Are Buying Today: Spanish designer Belen Mancha’s abayas, thobes combine modern style with vintage crochet
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Updated 23 September 2022

What We Are Buying Today: Spanish designer Belen Mancha’s abayas, thobes combine modern style with vintage crochet

What We Are Buying Today: Spanish designer Belen Mancha’s abayas, thobes combine modern style with vintage crochet

Thaa, a Saudi brand born in 2016 with an occidental influence, creates statement abayas and thobes. Using a mix of local and imported textiles, carefully crafted products are created by hand, using different techniques, one of the most distinguished being crochet.

Every season they release new styles as well as a classic linen crochet abaya that has become the brand’s signature. Every piece is made with love for the clients who appreciate and understand the work behind it.

Founder Belen Hernandez-Mancha, a Spanish designer who married a Saudi man, began to experiment with the abundant array of textiles, designs and patterns in the Kingdom. Being surrounded by art and talents within her family sparked the right moment for her to follow her dreams.

Since then her approach has been to cater to sophisticated customers who are trendy with refined taste. The re-emergence of crochet has been one of the best fashion trends this year.

Taking a modern look on a vintage classic crochet pattern, the Thaa abayas are designed to create unique, timeless pieces.

A hand-crocheted abaya features various organic shapes and a flowy design made of lightweight material.

“We will continue to create with passion and service our circle of clientele with a devoted attention to meet each client’s satisfaction, always paying attention to every detail from the design itself to the packaging and service offered,” said Hernandez-Mancha.

You can find Thaa apparel at Homegrown market in Jeddah, Mira Y Mano store in Riyadh and RAYA galleria in Alkhobar.

For more information, visit @thaa_ksa on Instagram.


French Tunisian actress Sonia Ben Ammar to star in ‘The Equalizer 3’ 

French Tunisian actress Sonia Ben Ammar to star in ‘The Equalizer 3’ 
Updated 27 November 2022

French Tunisian actress Sonia Ben Ammar to star in ‘The Equalizer 3’ 

French Tunisian actress Sonia Ben Ammar to star in ‘The Equalizer 3’ 

DUBAI: French Tunisian actress Sonia Ben Ammar is set to star in “The Equalizer 3” alongside lead stars Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning. 

The film’s plot is being kept under wraps, but it is the third in an action series centered on Washington’s vigilante character Robert McCall. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the first film in the series was released in 2014 and earned more than $194 million worldwide, spurring a 2018 sequel that grossed over $190 million worldwide. 

On Saturday, Deadline reported that Ben Ammar was among six new stars set to join the ensemble cast, including Eugenio Mastrandrea (“From Scratch”), Remo Girone (“Ford v. Ferrari”), Daniele Perrone (“Baaria”), Andrea Scarduzio (“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”) and Andrea Dodero (“Blocco 181”). Italian actress Gaia Scodellaro will also star in the film, as previously announced.  

Ben Ammar has joined the ever-growing list of rising Arab stars working their way up the ladder in Hollywood. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 23-year-old recently made her Hollywood debut in the fifth instalment of the “Scream” franchise, which hit theaters on Jan. 14 this year. 

With French Tunisian heritage, Ben Ammar was the first Arab main character in a “Scream” film. 

“I’m just really happy to be a part of it and represent my roots and I’m excited for people to watch it,” Ben Ammar previously told Arab News. 

“I’m really looking forward to films representing more of real life and the people and the places we live in so I am really stoked (about) that,” she added. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She said that “Scream” was a new experience for her because, unlike the film’s loyal fanbase, she does not like scary movies. 

“Doing something that scares me and being a part of that was interesting,” she said, adding “But I think being part of the behind-the-scenes process of being in it really takes a lot of the scary elements out of it. When I saw the movie (at) the screening for the first time, I was jumping up from my seat.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Although “Scream” marked Ben Ammar’s first high-profile Hollywood gig as an actress, it is not the Paris-born actress’s first foray into the film industry. 

Ben Ammar, who is the daughter of Tunisian film director Tarek Ben Ammar and Polish-born actress Beata, previously starred in Guillaume Canet’s French-language film “Jappeloup,” as well as the stage musical “1789: Les Amants de la Bastille.” 

Before following in the footsteps of her parents, the multi-hyphenate made headway in the fashion world as a model, fronting campaigns for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu and Chanel. 


Dutch Moroccan model Imaan Hammam stars in charitable zine

Dutch Moroccan model Imaan Hammam stars in charitable zine
Updated 27 November 2022

Dutch Moroccan model Imaan Hammam stars in charitable zine

Dutch Moroccan model Imaan Hammam stars in charitable zine

DUBAI: Dutch Moroccan Egyptian model Imaan Hammam was photographed for a 36-page zine by Australian photographer Max Papendieck, with all proceeds from the sale of the self-published work going to the She’s The First (STF) organization.  

Hammam is an ambassador for the grassroots organization that helps empower young women through education around the world. 

She was photographed by New York-based Papendieck for an image-based zine that comes with a displayable plexiglass case. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hammam first teamed up with STF in 2019, when she brought her Instagram followers along on a learning trip to visit young girls in The Gambia.  

“The girls and boys were getting ready for the talent show that was taking place that day. I was so excited to see what they were working on, from dancing to poetry to singing. My role for the day was to accompany them and offer any advice that I might have,” she later explained of the “life changing trip” on Instagram. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 26-year-old model previously opened up about her involvement with the non-profit organization and how she hopes to champion young women in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar US. 

“Being a woman and having this type of career and this job, I just felt like at some point I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I have to help women like me, or girls like me, to tell them and show them that you’re able to dream big and be able to pursue any kind of dream you have,’ she said of her partnership with She’s the First.  

 

 

During the conversation, the model also revealed that her mother, who immigrated to the Netherlands aged 19, is a huge source of inspiration for her.  

“I just have so much respect for her and for her journey that she had,” she said. “My mom didn't always have it very easy, and I feel like I did. And that's why I think I'm so strong about helping women like my mom, or some girls like me that have always had a dream.” 

Hammam is one of the most in-demand models in the industry. She was scouted in Amsterdam’s Centraal Station before making her catwalk debut in 2013 by walking in Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture show. 

Since then, she has appeared on the runway for major fashion houses, such as Burberry, Fendi, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Balenciaga and Carolina Herrera, to name a few. 

Hammam, who has been featured in leading fashion publications, such as Vogue and V Magazine, also starred in international campaigns for DKNY, Celine, Chanel, Versace, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and many more. 


Katwalk: The marketplace linking creatives with fashion-conscious consumers

Katwalk: The marketplace linking creatives with fashion-conscious consumers
Updated 25 November 2022

Katwalk: The marketplace linking creatives with fashion-conscious consumers

Katwalk: The marketplace linking creatives with fashion-conscious consumers

Katwalk marketplace connects creative and emerging designers with fashion-conscious customers, showcasing the latest Arabian trends.

Fashion-savvy shoppers can browse through abayas, kaftans, kimonos, cardigans, and dresses with unique styles and a variety of colors, prints, cuts, and shapes.

The products are from 14 different designers from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain who share the same values and passion to produce bespoke Arabian fashion items. 

Katwalk aims to build a long-standing relationship and be a destination of inspiration for creative and talented designers and a one-stop-shop for consumers.

After finishing her studies in the UK and returning to Saudi Arabia, company co-founder and creative director, Aliya Almusawi, launched Katwalk in a bid to elevate traditional local shopping to a modern and seamless experience with pieces women desired. 

She noted that Arabian fashion had evolved from traditional norms to become part of women’s chic everyday wear and it was her mission to highlight it on a global stage.

Collections include travel, casual, evening, and formal wear with a focus on affordability, high-quality materials, and tailored-made items, all presented in distinctive branded packaging. 

Almusawi said: “At Katwalk, a designer’s pieces always stand out with the help of exceptional pictures. The brand works with experienced photographers in the Kingdom to deliver the finest results, from preparing mood boards and searching for unique locations, to photo selection and editing.

“We always ensure that we bring in new ideas and seek inspiration from different minds, depending on the occasion and time of year, while maintaining the quality and guidelines of the brand and designers’ expectations to achieve the best results,” she added.


Bella Hadid named ‘most stylish person on the planet’ by British magazine 

Bella Hadid named ‘most stylish person on the planet’ by British magazine 
Updated 24 November 2022

Bella Hadid named ‘most stylish person on the planet’ by British magazine 

Bella Hadid named ‘most stylish person on the planet’ by British magazine 

DUBAI: US Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid has been announced as British GQ’s “most stylish person on the planet” for 2023. 

The 26-year-old supermodel was “commended for her ability to make menswear, womenswear, smartwear and even wavywear work,” the men’s style and fashion magazine said. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Hadid does menswear better than most men — and she can still wear everything and anything else. Tailoring. Prada loafers. Big denim jackets. There was even a tie at one point. It’s wavy, classic and uncomplicated all at once.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The magazine’s “most stylish people” list also included the likes of Chris Pine, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Harry Styles, Elliot Page, Florence Pugh and more. 


British actress Florence Pugh spotted in Moroccan label  

British actress Florence Pugh spotted in Moroccan label  
Updated 23 November 2022

British actress Florence Pugh spotted in Moroccan label  

British actress Florence Pugh spotted in Moroccan label  

DUBAI: British actress Florence Pugh was spotted in an ensemble by Moroccan-led label Casablanca in Los Angeles on Tuesday.  

The “Don’t Worry Darling” actress was styled by Rebecca Corbin-Murray, who chose the futuristic look from Casablanca’s Spring/Summer 2023 ready-to-wear collection.  

 

Featuring peek-a-boo cutouts and oversized lapels, the outfit is everything fashion insiders have come to expect from the pioneering brand.  

Corbin-Murray finished off the look with understated Tiffany & Co. jewelry. 

Casablanca, founded by Charaf Tajer, is known for its use of luxury silk and cashmere in clothing inspired by Tajer’s Moroccan roots.  

The label has been flaunted by the likes of British singer Dua Lipa in the past, while US actor Nicolas Cage starred in a recent campaign for the brand.  

No stranger to the limelight, Tajer partnered with Italian luxury brand Bulgari on a new collection in March. 

The seven-piece collection, a mix of sporty and elegant designs, was divided into two launches. 

The first, inspired by tennis bags and titled Apres Tennis, was released on April 20. The second launch, Mosaic Story, which dropped on May 2, was inspired by landmarks in Rome, the city where Bulgari was founded. 

The brand’s debut runway during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in 2018 was a love letter to the designer’s parents who met while working side by side in a clothing atelier in the fashion district of Casablanca. 

Casablanca is also known for its charitable initiatives.  

In March, the label pledged to donate all proceeds from sales on its website this weekend to help Africans fleeing Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion.  

In a statement on its Instagram, the Paris-based label said: “Throughout the growth of Casablanca, our ambition is to support as many people in need as we can, on every level. Globally, many countries and people are in need of critical help as a repercussion of countless unnecessary wars and conflicts.” 

For her part, Pugh is set to star “Dune: Part 2,” with shooting locations confirmed in Jordan and the UAE. However, it is unclear whether the star will touch down in the Middle East for her role in the hugely anticipated sci-fi film.