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.
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.”
Jennifer Lopez’s Marry Me wedding dress weighed 95 pounds
Jennifer Lopez’s wedding dress in Marry Me weighed 95 pounds (43 kilograms).
In the new romantic comedy, the superstar portrays Kat Valdez, a pop star who decides to marry a stranger, as played by Owen Wilson, after learning that her on-stage partner Bastian (Maluma) has been having an affair.
For one of the film’s most important scenes, Lopez donned a heavily embellished Zuhair Murad bridal gown.
“(The beading) made it extremely heavy,” costume designer Caroline Duncan told Variety. “The dress weighed 95 pounds and required five people to transport it and an entourage to get Jennifer in and out of it, but it gave the dress that volume.”
And while the wedding dress was stunning, Duncan insisted that it symbolised so much more for Lopez’s character.
“First, you see her get into the car, and it’s a symbol of how that wedding had gotten too big, and it wasn’t honest and has taken over her ability to see who she was marrying,” the design guru continued. “Later, you see her in the bedroom alone on what should have been her wedding night, and here she is trapped in this claustrophobic dress that’s like the concert – bigger than she is. It’s the loneliest shot in the movie.”
Marry Me, directed by Kat Coiro, is now showing in US cinemas.
Actor Timothee Chalamet, designer Haider Ackermann create hoodies to help Afghan women
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.”
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.
Giorgio Armani puts on a flamboyant show in Dubai
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.”
— CM and DJ 🐳💜🐙 (@__Dartin) October 26, 2021
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.
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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