Gigi Hadid highlights collaboration with beauty brand 

Gigi Hadid highlights collaboration with beauty brand 
Gigi Hadid has had a bustling start to the year. (Getty Images)
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Updated 23 March 2024

Gigi Hadid highlights collaboration with beauty brand 

Gigi Hadid highlights collaboration with beauty brand 

DUBAI: US Dutch Palestinian model Gigi Hadid this week teased a new collaboration with US cosmetics brand Maybelline.

“It’s me, your resident @maybelline super stay gal,” she wrote on Instagram, sharing a mirror selfie wearing red lipstick and soft makeup. She was dressed in a white T-shirt featuring a smiley face, complemented by a black jacket. Hadid also showcased her new soft-bob hairstyle, which she debuted earlier this month.

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The model then shared a close-up picture of a camera, hinting that she could be teaming up with the brand for a new campaign.


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Last week, the model posted a picture of herself and wrote: “Lil glam with some of my new @maybelline faves — tattoo studio liquid liner, build-a-brow and plump lifter gloss.” 

Last year, the cosmetics brand starred Chilean Palestinian singer Elyanna, Egyptian actress Amira Adeeb and Kuwaiti content creator Khattafya in its campaign for Ramadan.  

The three stars promoted the brand’s Lash Sensation Sky High mascara, the Fit Me Vitamin C tint and the Superstay lipstick.  

Hadid has had a bustling start to the year.

Earlier this month, she graced the runways of Chanel and Miu Miu during Paris Fashion Week.

The catwalk sensation walked the Miu Miu runway in a white-collared, knee-length dress featuring a slit down the middle. The ensemble also featured a luxurious brown fur coat, complemented by a sleek leather purse and stylish pointy-toed leather shoes. 

For the Chanel show, Hadid — a mother of one — stepped out in a black knit dress featuring a turtle-neck collar. The dress was designed with a diagonal cut from below the waist, adorned with sheer fabric. She also sported a thin black belt with a gold clasp. 


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In February, she stunned the Versace runway in Milan in a black sheer, collared dress featuring intricate button-down detailing and a daring thigh-high slit. Complementing her ensemble, she sported black latex gloves and accentuated her look with sharp eye makeup.


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She started the year in January with the French label Jacquemus’s show in France. She wore a textured cream-colored coat featuring exaggerated curved sleeves. The coat was layered over a crisp, white-collared shirt.

Spanish jewelry brand PDPAOLA expands in Saudi Arabia

Spanish jewelry brand PDPAOLA expands in Saudi Arabia
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Spanish jewelry brand PDPAOLA expands in Saudi Arabia

Spanish jewelry brand PDPAOLA expands in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Spanish jewelry brand PDPAOLA, founded by siblings Paola and Humbert Sasplugas, is expanding into Saudi Arabia with the opening of new stores in the Kingdom.

Al-Nakheel Mall in Dammam and Al-Noor Shopping Center in Madinah saw recent openings of the outlet, with Panorama Mall in Riyadh already playing host to a PDPAOLA store.


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The Kingdom’s fourth store is scheduled to open at U WALK in Jeddah on Aug. 4 and comes after a busy first half of the year for the brand, which marked its first store opening in China in May and also opened a new boutique in Peru this spring.

“We feel there is a natural fit with our value and selling proposition in this market,” Humbert told Arab News of their decision to target Saudi Arabia. “The key of PDPAOLA is that it constitutes a new jewelry language that blends effortless elegance with contemporary lines to create timeless sophisticated pieces,” he said.

“Our desire and plan is to naturally engage with Saudi women in a fresh yet respectful way,” he added. 


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The brand offers rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. It is known for shaping natural gemstones into signature shapes using contemporary techniques and blending them with traditional artistry.

The element of traditional artistry is important to Paola, who told Arab News that she has been passionate about jewelry since she was a young girl.

“I used to hand-make jewelry pieces for myself, intuitively discovering my identity with every creation,” she said.

“Our pieces are designed for modern living, versatile designs with a comfortable fit that transcend occasions and become the ultimate symbol of self-empowerment,” she explained. 

The founders are also planning to expand into key markets in the region, including the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

“We want to center the presence of the brand in cosmopolitan and contemporary areas that align with the brand such as the United Arab Emirates,” Humbert said. 

Gigi Hadid hits the runway in Paris as Saudi star Nojoud Al-Rumaihi looks on

Gigi Hadid hits the runway in Paris as Saudi star Nojoud Al-Rumaihi looks on
Updated 24 June 2024

Gigi Hadid hits the runway in Paris as Saudi star Nojoud Al-Rumaihi looks on

Gigi Hadid hits the runway in Paris as Saudi star Nojoud Al-Rumaihi looks on

PARIS: US Dutch Palestinian supermodel Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner rode horses, Moroccan Egyptian Dutch star Imaan Hammam hit the runway alongside French Algerian icon Farida Khelfa and Venus and Serena Williams and Katy Perry modeled on the cobbles. This was Paris’s Place Vendome as never seen before.

On International Olympic Day, Vogue World took over the last day of Paris Fashion Week’s menswear collections with a show-cum-spectacle themed around the Olympics, with Saudi influencer Nojoud Al-Rumaihi in the well-heeled audience. 

Saudi influencer Nojoud Al-Rumaihi attended the show in Paris. (Getty Images)

The rare event blended athleticism, French fashion, and pure, unadulterated razzmatazz from the past century — marking 100 years since the last Games in Paris in 1924. The event also referred back to June 23, 1894, the day on which the founder of the modern Olympics, French nobleman Pierre de Coubertin, launched the International Olympic Committee.

Matching different sports to different eras and styles, the high-octane collection extravaganza felt like a polished Broadway musical — with amazing clothes — as the sun set on Paris’ magnificent Place Vendome.

Dancers on the runway during Vogue World: Paris at Place Vendome on June 23, 2024. (Getty Images)

For the third Vogue World event, following a New York street fair in 2022 and a tribute to London’s theater scene in 2023, the show dovetailed with the Paris Games — celebrating all things French and runway. Fashion designs were showcased to a backdrop of tap dancing, pirouetting waiters, and even models clutching baguettes.

Tracing a century, each decade was paired with a designer and style era. The ‘20s was cycling and featured white coats by designers such as Chanel and Schiaparelli. The ’30s was “track and field” by Balenciaga. The ‘40s, the era that gave the bikini to the world, featured “aquatics” by Jacquemus. The ’50s brought “equestrian” styles shown through the prism of the decade-defining New Look by Dior. The ‘60s was Courreges’ fencing looks.

Models walk the runway during Vogue World: Paris at Place Vendome on June 23, 2024. (Getty Images)

By the time the ’70s came up with choreographed Givenchy-fueled “gymnastics,” some journalists had completely forgotten to keep taking notes, caught up in the intoxicating sight of the choreographed spectacle on the picturesque plaza, whose star-filled front row, including Pharrell Williams, rivaled even the stars that trod the runway.

Vogue World took place in Paris at Place Vendome. (Getty Images)

The ‘80s focused on martial arts and the ’90s on soccer, with a reinterpretation of late Tunisian icon Azzedine Alaia's tricolor dress. Cheers rose when the Williams sisters appeared for the “tennis” section, Venus in a bold figure-hugging mermaid dress and Serena warrior-like in a black, utilitarian split gown.

The finale featured breakdancing. The atmosphere was electric, serving as an unofficial kickoff for the Paris Games, which will run from July 26 to Aug. 11.


Lolo Zouai co-writes track for K-Pop band NewJeans

Lolo Zouai co-writes track for K-Pop band NewJeans
Updated 23 June 2024

Lolo Zouai co-writes track for K-Pop band NewJeans

Lolo Zouai co-writes track for K-Pop band NewJeans

DUBAI: French Algerian singer Lolo Zouai has written a song for K-Pop band NewJeans for the five-piece’s Japanese debut.

The 29-year-old hitmaker shared a snipped of the song and its video on Instagram, where she shared her excitement about the co-songwriting credits.


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“‘Right Now’ by @newjeans_official out now!! Written by me. I’ve been a fan of NewJeans for a while and I’m honored to be a part of their Japanese debut! Also sang some background vocals on this one. Shoutout the incredible @freerangeneighborkid, we had so much fun writing in Korea last summer. I (love) this song and these girls,” she captioned the post.

NewJeans is a South Korean girl group composed of five members: Minji, Hanni, Danielle, Haerin, and Hyein. They are known for their 1990s and 2000s-style pop tracks, with “Right Now” hitting streaming platforms as part of a double release alongside a song titled “Supernatural.”

Zouai has had a busy year so far, most recently performing at China’s Strawberry Music Festival while she works on a new album.

The artist, who divides her time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles, took to Instagram earlier this month to share images and videos of the concert with her 298,000 followers. “72 hours in China,” she wrote, mere weeks after she took to social media to tell fans she is working on a new, unnamed, album.


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The songwriter and producer, known for her unique blend of R&B, club-pop and hip-hop, has gained an international fanbase for her dynamic stage presence and genre-blending music.

Her career highlights include the release of her debut album “High Highs to Low Lows” in 2019 and her follow-up album “PLAYGIRL” in 2022.

In April, Zouai took to Instagram to celebrate the five-year anniversary of her debut album. “Happy 5 years to the album that started it all (sic),” she wrote. “Thank you to all my lil lo-riders for being on this ride with me from the beginning (sic).”

To celebrate the milestone, Zouai announced to her fans that she brought back merchandise pieces originally created at the time of her debut album. The collection included sweatshirts and T-shirts featuring Zouai’s name, some of which were signed.

Meanwhile, her follow up record “PLAYGIRL” featured 13 songs.

After the album’s release in October 2022, the singer was featured on a billboard in New York’s Times Square.

The singer, who has over 300 million digital streams, embarked on an expansive tour for the album, showcasing her music to audiences across North America and Europe in 2023. The tour, which included 30 stops, featured cities in the US, France, Canada, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.


Review: Jessica Alba-starring ‘Trigger Warning’ lacks punch, poise or purpose

Review: Jessica Alba-starring ‘Trigger Warning’ lacks punch, poise or purpose
Updated 23 June 2024

Review: Jessica Alba-starring ‘Trigger Warning’ lacks punch, poise or purpose

Review: Jessica Alba-starring ‘Trigger Warning’ lacks punch, poise or purpose

LONDON: It’s hard to take “Trigger Warning” — Netflix’s latest attempt to create a pseudo “John Wick” franchise of its own — too seriously. After all, the movie’s outlandish premise sees special forces operator Parker (Jessica Alba) returning to her sleepy hometown after the mysterious death of her father. Once there, she winds up in the middle of a violent gang’s machinations and has to dispense justice in her own unique, knife-wielding way. Director Mouly Surya lets us know this by opening the film with a decidedly lackluster high-speed (but very clearly not) car chase, ostensibly set in Syria (but very clearly not), during which Parker, confronted by a violent gang, dispenses justice in her own unique, knife-wielding way. She also smacks down a corrupt fellow soldier when he executes a prisoner. Because she really hates injustice, you see? High-concept filmmaking this is not.

And, as becomes even more apparent over the next 106 minutes, many of the creators of “Trigger Warning” aren’t taking the movie very seriously either. The script is littered with rote plot cliches, eye-wateringly clunky dialog, one-dimensional characters and abandoned storylines. By the climatic third act, “Trigger Warning” doesn’t even have the good grace to try and hide its gaping plot holes anymore. It just stumbles towards the finish like a bad guy who’s been beaten up by a knife-wielding hero who really hates injustice.

Alba, at least, tries to take the film seriously while Gabriel Basso (star of the recent, surprisingly enjoyable Netflix series “The Night Agent”) makes for an amiable sidekick.

Some movies can offer glorious bouts of escapism, others, like this one, are simply thrown together without any seeming sense of cohesion or care, relying on a charismatic lead to drag the whole mess toward some kind of satisfying conclusion. “Trigger Warning” is a film that should come with one.


Chef Fadi Kattan’s debut cookbook celebrates Palestinian cuisine

Chef Fadi Kattan’s debut cookbook celebrates Palestinian cuisine
Updated 22 June 2024

Chef Fadi Kattan’s debut cookbook celebrates Palestinian cuisine

Chef Fadi Kattan’s debut cookbook celebrates Palestinian cuisine

DUBAI: Franco-Palestinian chef Fadi Kattan says the release of his debut cookbook, which pays tribute to Palestinian cuisine, feels “confusing.”

More than eight months have passed since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, and the current catastrophe is something Kattan could never have predicted when he began writing the book two years ago.

However, in the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity, as they say.

Kattan is based in Bethlehem. (Supplied)

“None of us imagined this horror,” Kattan, who is based in Bethlehem, told Arab News. “On the one hand, I think we need it. People need to see what we are and who we are. We have had enough of this monolithic, dehumanizing image of Palestinians. At the same time, it’s very difficult to be talking about food and celebrating food in this situation.”

The pages of Kattan’s book, “Bethlehem,” reveal a personal portrait through vibrant snapshots of local foods and markets, natural landscapes, Kattan’s family members, and Bethlehem’s culinary community. Designed by Lebanese illustrator Nourie Flayhan, the book cover features warm hues of red and yellow, embellished with a border of patterned embroidery, reportedly native to Bethlehem. It is a love letter to Kattan’s ancient hometown.

Divided into the four seasons of the year, “Bethlehem” features over 60 recipes. (Supplied)

“Bethlehem is called ‘the city’, but in reality it’s a small town,” he said. “It’s a very interesting place. It has a lot of history. The symbolism is very strong because you have (one of) the oldest churches in the world, Church of the Nativity, and opposite it you have the Mosque of Omar. It refers to Omar Ibn Khattab’s pledge to not build mosques in place of churches, but next door. And I think that’s a very strong message of the fact that there’s no coexistence here: We’re all Palestinian. It’s beyond coexistence.” 

Despite Bethlehem’s vibrancy, Kattan says his home has been impacted by the Israeli occupation. The settlements and concrete walls give the “feeling that the city is being choked more and more. At the same time, what I see in Bethlehem is the resilience of people and the fact that people are still surviving and are still here, even though a lot of the components of a normal life are not there.”

“Bethlehem” includes recipes such as taboon bread, cauliflower makloubeh and stuffed eggplant. (Supplied)

Tourism in Bethlehem has also taken a hit since last year’s Oct. 7 attacks, he adds.

Divided into the four seasons of the year, “Bethlehem” features over 60 recipes including classics such as taboon bread, cauliflower makloubeh and stuffed eggplant. The chef describes his recipes as accessible, aiming to make Palestinian food as approachable as French or Italian cooking. He also touched upon the contested topic of Israel’s appropriation of Palestinian food and culture. “I don’t always fight it. I think that just telling our story is enough, because our story is the real story,” he said with a smile.

Kattan, who founded the modern Palestinian eatery “Akub” in London, hopes readers will “make a mess” out of his book. “I want them to cook with it and make their copies dirty,” he said. “I want it to be a book in kitchens across the world.”

Chef Fadi Kattan’s cheese-stuffed grape leaves

Chef Fadi Kattan’s cheese-stuffed grape leaves. (Supplied)

Serves 10


Cheese parcels 

20 fresh grape leaves (or substitute leaves stored in brine) 
1 tablespoon raisins 
Olive oil, for brushing 
150 g / 5 1⁄4 ounces Akkawi or Nabulsi cheese (or substitute another fresh brined cheese, 
such as halloumi, fresh Syrian cheese, or queso blanco) 

2 small tomatoes, thinly sliced 
3 tablespoons dried and crumbled zaatar leaves (or substitute oregano)


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
1 pinch of salt 
Leaves of 5 sprigs of fresh mint or fresh zaatar or another green herb of choice 
2 drops of water (optional)


  1. To make the parcels, if you’re using fresh grape leaves, blanch the whole leaves in a large pot of lightly salted water until they turn a deep green and are soft to the touch, 5 to 7 minutes depending on the thickness of the leaves. Drain well. 
  2. Put the raisins in a bowl filled with enough warm water to cover them, because we need to hydrate them slightly.
  3. Brush ten little ramekins, 5 to 7 cm / 2 to 3 inches in diameter, with a bit of olive oil. Place two grape leaves in each one, with the top side downwards so that when we flip the ramekin, we’ll end up with the outside of the leaves facing up.
  4. Cut the cheese into ten equal portions. Drain the raisins.
  5. Put one piece of cheese, a slice of tomato, a few raisins, and a bit of zaatar leaves on the grape leaves. Fold the leaves to enclose the filling in the ramekins.
  6. Preheat the oven to 160°C / 325°F. Place the ramekins in a roasting pan and fill the pan with water to the height of the grape leaves in the ramekins.
  7. Cover the top of the ramekins with a baking sheet; we don’t want the grape leaves to dry out.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the water bath and let cool.
  9. When you’re ready to serve, flip the ramekins onto plates to see the beautiful stuffed grape leaves.
  10. To make the dressing, combine the olive oil, salt, and herbs in a blender and process to a homogenous green sauce. Add the water to thin the dressing, if needed.
  11. Sprinkle it on top of the grape leaves and serve.