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Priyanka Chopra embraces Moroccan talent in Dubai

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Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood actress.

Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas has a well-documented penchant for Arab designers. The Indian star has been pictured donning looks from regional labels on plenty of occasions, including designs by Zuhair Murad and Nicolas Jebran, to name a few.

Just days after celebrating Diwali in Los Angeles with her husband, singer Nick Jonas, the former Miss World touched down in Dubai this week. She announced her visit on Instagram with a video of the city’s skyline, which she captioned “so happy to be back.”

The reason for her visit was to attend the launch of Italian luxury brand Bulgari’s latest “Jannah” collection. For the occasion, Chopra, who is a Bulgari ambassador, opted for a striking, saffron-colored design from sustainable Moroccan couture house Benchellal.

The orange air mesh blazer dress featured a draped shawl cape and pockets and was plucked from the label’s ninth collection. She wore it with slim-fitting black trousers and pumps.

Naturally, the actress accessorized the head-turning look with Bulgari jewels.

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The ensemble was put together by celebrity stylist Law Roach, who is responsible for some of Zendaya and Kerry Washington’s most iconic outfits. In an Instagram post, she thanked Roach for “recognizing incredible talent from the world,” for her.

Indeed, Dutch-Moroccan couturier Mohamed Benchellal, who launched his namesake womenswear label in 2007, has made a name for himself with his elegant and upcycled eveningwear.

His striking, structural designs have been worn by popstar Camilla Cabello, actress and activist Jameela Jamil and supermodel Helena Christensen, to name a few.

The Moroccan-born, Amsterdam-based designer recently took home the eveningwear award at the 2021 Fashion Trust Arabia Prize ceremony for his dramatic, voluminous creations.

Arab designers have increasingly become the “go-to” for Indian celebrities at major events.

Ami Patel, one of India’s leading celebrity stylists, previously explained Bollywood’s love affair with Middle Eastern design talent to Arab News, saying: “I think Middle Eastern designers understand the Indian body type and silhouette very well. They know exactly what Indian celebrities want and cater to them.”

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Actor Timothee Chalamet, designer Haider Ackermann create hoodies to help Afghan women

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US actor Timothee Chalamet has partnered with Colombian-born French fashion designer Haider Ackermann to design hoodies to help children and women in Afghanistan.

The pair revealed on Instagram on Wednesday that all profits from the sweatshirts will go to Afghanistan Libre, a nonprofit organization that fights for the rights of women and girls in the country.

“For a couple of years now @tchalamet and I have been wanting to make something together,” Ackermann, who spent years of his childhood in Algeria, wrote on Instagram. “In August, we were horrified to learn of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and decided to design a hoodie where 100 percent of the proceeds will go to @afghanistanlibre.”

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The white sweatshirts feature a picture of a young child in a blue paint splatter design with text that reads “Silent Soldier” and “HA+TC A Common Thread,” referring to Chalamet and Ackermann’s initials.

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Giorgio Armani puts on a flamboyant show in Dubai

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Italian designer Giorgio Armani put on a flamboyant show in Dubai on Tuesday night, with a stellar guest list to match.

The well-heeled crowd included US actress Sharon Stone, Italy’s 100m Olympic gold medalist Marcell Jacobs, and musician Eric Nam. For the evening’s entertainment — besides the bevvy of gorgeous gowns that were paraded down the runway — the audience was serenaded by Coldplay front man Chris Martin, who jokingly dedicated a song to “everyone here who owns a skyscraper, even if it’s only one skyscraper.”

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The silver, palm-tree lined runway, which was located at the Armani hotel at the Burj Khalifa, played host to a showcase of Armani’s Spring 2022 collection and pieces from the Armani Privé couture line.

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Menswear also made a strong appearance, with sharp blazers and quirky accessories on show — from liquid velvet workwear to tailored pants perfect for work-to-play needs.

The second portion of the show was dedicated to womenswear — and it was a treat.

Crystal embroidery, sparkling sequins and lashings of fringe were on show throughout as the graceful models showed off a collection of full-skirted gowns and ruffles galore.

Ahead of Armani’s first-ever Middle East showcase, the Italian designer received a UAE golden visa, giving him 10-year residency in recognition of his contribution to the international fashion scene.

The golden visa scheme began in 2019 and grants 10-year residency in recognition of special contributions to the country. Armani was given the UAE golden visa by Major General Mohamed Ahmed Al-Marri, director general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.

The designer opened the Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa, which at 160 stories is the world’s tallest building, ten-years-ago.

Tuesday night’s exclusive fashion show was planned to coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai, while also marking the 10th anniversary of the hotel and the 40th anniversary of the Armani brand, which was launched in 1981.

The One Night Only Event was first staged in London in 2006, and has since been reinterpreted in Beijing, New York, Paris and Rome, among other cities.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a glittering gold dress to the ‘No Time To Die’ premiere

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The royals have returned to formalwear in full force. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, came together to attend the glamorous world premiere of No Time to Die, the newest James Bond feature. The group arrived together at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the big event on Tuesday evening (28 September).

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For the occasion, The Duchess made a statement in an embellished gold Jenny Packham cape dress, featuring architectural shoulders and a flowing train. She paired the gown with circular gold earrings and an intricate updo.

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The premiere’s audience not only includes two future kings, but also healthcare workers and members of the military, who joined the royals for the special outing. Daniel Craig, of course, was also in attendance, celebrating his fifth and final time playing James Bond.

After many delays due to the pandemic, No Time to Die will finally arrive in cinemas on 30 September. In addition to Craig, the movie also stars Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas and Naomie Harris among others. Notably, Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge contributed to the screenplay, alongside Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and the movie’s director, Cary Joji Fukunaga.

The newest iteration in the franchise follows Bond as he reemerges from retirement to help a friend. The log line notes: “Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

The royals often turn out for Bond premieres. William and Kate attended the premiere of the last Bond movie, Spectre, back in 2015, accompanied by Prince Harry. Prince Charles and Camilla also attended the premiere of Skyfall in 2012.

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