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Riyadh Hosts the First Arab Fashion Week!

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Will Riyadh be the Arab fashion capital?

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Did you get your #Ticket? Hurry up and book yours to attend the first #ArabFashionWeek In Saudi Arabia on the 10th until 14th of April at The Ritz-Carlton #Riyadh, Book your ticket now on http://www.riyadharabfashionweek.com/ or pass by @harveynicholsRiyadh or @spazio77 لا يفوتك اول #اسبوع الموضة العربي في السعودية من ١٠-١٤ ابريل في فندق الريتز كارلتون الرياض, سارعي في شراء تذكرتك للمشاركة في العرض قبل نفاذ الكمية على http://www.riyadharabfashionweek.com/ او عن طريق @harveynichols و @spazio77 @huaweimobileksa #AFWHuaweiKSA #ArabFashionWeek #ArabFashionWeekRiyadh #AFWR #AFW #AFC #ahkgroup #Arabfashioncouncil #JacobAbrian #BMWKSA #RitzCarlton #Riyadh #RCMemories ‎#فاشن #تنسيق #فاشنيستا #ملابس #موضه #موضة #السعودية #فاشن_شو

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Who would have thought that the first edition of the Arab fashion week would take place in the Saudi capital, Riyadh? The Arab Fashion Council made that happen

“We are so excited today to be announcing a history and new era for the kingdom, and for the entire Arab world, which is Arab Fashion Week,” Jacob Abrian, CEO of the Arab Fashion Council, told Gulf News.

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@tonywardcouture Tony Ward became the first designer to show his collection in the first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh as he inaugurated the shows on the first day with a stunning couture creations for FW 2018. ‎اصبح طوني ورد مصمم الازياء الاول الذي يعرض أزياءه المميزة من مجموعة كوتور خريف وشتاء 2018 حين افتتح أسبوع الموضة العربي في الرياض. وهو أول أسبوع للموضة في المملكة العربية السعودية #AFWHuaweiKSA #Arabfashionweekriyadh #BMWKSA #Arabfashionweek #RitzCarlton #Riyadh #RCMemories #AHKGroup #jamillapaulhairartist #wellaamea #wellaproksa #wellahair #Richardmille #RichardMilleRiyadh #comfortperfumesdeluxe #makeupforevermea #lifeisastage #lazurde_fashion #lazurde #arabfashioncouncil #imanartist @makeupforevermea @wellaproksa @ahk.group @richardmilleofficial @bmw @huaweimobileksa @lazurde @comfortarabia #اسبوع_الموضة_العربي #مجلس_الازياء_العربي

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The Arab Fashion Council is non-profit fashion council that represents 22 countries of the Arab League that aims to create a hub to empower Arab designers internationally and position the Arab world in the international map of fashion.

The major fashion was supposed to be held in the last week of March; however,the fashion week took place in April 11th due to visa and regulation issues. The first edition of the Arab Fashion week took place in the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh.

 

“A lot of things have been changing in Saudi Arabia…. now we can invite everyone to come here and be a part of this change. We have so many talented designers in this country and such a love for fashion. Now we can show that to the world.” Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al-Saud, honorary president of the Arab Fashion Council in Riyadh told ArabNews.

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Saudi designer @arwaalbanawi Arwa Al Banawi dazzled the audience with her barefoot models and ultra urban looks during the Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh presented by Huawei. ‎مجموعة مميزة بكل المقاييس قدمتها المصممة السعودية أروى البناوي في أسبوع الموضة العربي في الرياض من هواوي حيث مشت العارضات حافيات الأقدام وتميزن باطلالات لفتت الحضور بحداثتها #AFWHuaweiKSA #Arabfashionweekriyadh #BMWKSA #Arabfashionweek #RitzCarlton #Riyadh #RCMemories #AHKGroup #jamillapaulhairartist #wellaamea #wellaproksa #wellahair #Richardmille #RichardMilleRiyadh #comfortperfumesdeluxe #makeupforevermea #lifeisastage #lazurde_fashion #lazurde #arabfashioncouncil #jacobabrian #imanartist @makeupforevermea @wellaproksa @ahk.group @richardmilleofficial @bmw @huaweimobileksa @lazurde @comfortarabia #اسبوع_الموضة_العربي #مجلس_الازياء_العربي

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Designers joined from all over the world along with local ones to showcase their collections in the historical fashion event.

The list of designers that participated in that fashion major movement included big names like Jean Paul Gaultier. Most are from Europe or the Middle East, along with some from Brazil or the United States. Several are from Saudi Arabia, including Arwa al-Banawi.

The closing ceremony featured a dinner gala and a dancing show by the Russian ballet.

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The ballet show from 4-6 pm is cancelled. If you have purchased the tickets for that show your ticket will be updgraded to Gala dinner with the performance of Russian Ballet, See you at 8:30 pm , The Ritz Carlton Riyadh. #AFWHuaweiKSA #Arabfashionweekriyadh #BMWKSA #Arabfashionweek #RitzCarlton #Riyadh #RCMemories #AHKGroup #jamillapaulhairartist #wellaamea #wellaproksa #wellahair #Richardmille #RichardMilleRiyadh #comfortperfumesdeluxe #makeupforevermea #lifeisastage #lazurde_fashion #lazurde #arabfashioncouncil #jacobabrian #imanartist @makeupforevermea @wellaproksa @ahk.group @richardmilleofficial @bmw @huaweimobileksa @lazurde @comfortarabia #اسبوع_الموضة_العربي #مجلس_الازياء_العربي

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A second edition of Saudi Arab Fashion Week will happen next October.

 

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Our Own ‘Okhtein’ Makes it to the Top of Forbes 30 Under 30 List

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Forbes Middle East just unveiled their list of 30 under 30, and the results are giving us utter pride with the inclusion of a number of Egyptians.

The prestigious list ranks the Middle Eastern most influential youth from different fields, that include fashion, arts, sports, music, business, culture and more. And at the top of the list is our own Egyptian sisters Aya and Mounaz Abdul Raouf, founders of Okhtein.

Not only did they make it to the top of the list, but they were also featured on the cover of the magazine.

Back in 2013, sensing a gap in the Egyptian market for true luxurious accessories, the Egyptian duo started their line of business for bags, with the aim of setting new trends and showcasing the Egyptian artistry while promoting for their own designs internationally. Their choice of the brand name itself, which means ‘sisters’ in Arabic, aligned with their aim of shedding the light on their home country, our home country.

And in September 2017, their latest line of Okhtein bags were applauded by the remarkable Vogue editor Anna Wintour during a Vogue Italia contest. The entrepreneurs expected a buzz to be created around their brand, and for orders to start pouring in but days passed and nothing happened.

So what do they do? They decide that the way to promoting their brand is for a celebrity to appear wearing their bag, and not any celebrity, Beyoncé! And they did it, they actually did it. After hard work in trying to reach her stylist, Beyoncé did appear wearing one of their bags and that was all the buzz they needed in order to go global.

The sisters also won the DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize, and following their win, their products were picked up by international e-retailers such as Farfetch, The Modist, and Moda Operandi. And were worn by a number of A-listers, including Gigi Hadid, Winnie Harlow and Emma Watson.

Emma Watson spotted wearing Okhtein’s signature backpack

Lebanese fine jewelry designer Ralph Masri who is known for his statement and one of a kind pieces, came in second place, whom designs were also worn by remarkable figures including her honor Queen Rania.

Other talents were featured including Emirati-Yemeni hitmaker, Balgees Fathi ranking the 11th position and Saudi Arabian singer Basma Alotaibi, who came in the 12th position.

The rankings by Forbes were determined via a questionnaire that was sent out to a number of Arab talents who nominated themselves.

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Our March edition features the Middle East’s 30 Under 30 – a collection of the youngest and brightest minds in the region for 2019. We take an in-depth look at how two Egyptian sisters, Aya and Mounaz Abdel Raouf, transformed a homegrown fashion label into a #global #icon, and we list the top oil and gas companies in the Middle East. Grab your copy to know more. Photo credit 📸 @aishaalshabrawy #forbesmiddleeast #businessmagazine #uae #middleeast #30under30 #forbesmiddleeast_cover #fashion #science #sports #technology #egypt #egyptian #okhtein #Dubai #companies #founder #leader #innovation #top #label #فوربس #فوربس_الشرق_الأوسط #الإمارات #الشرق_الأوسط #مصر #أختين #غلاف_فوربس_الشرق_الاوسط

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Celebrities Turn Heads at The Oscars in Middle Eastern Designs

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The 2019 Oscars leaves us stunned, as per usual, with celebrities looking fabulous on the red carpet. And this time, it is Arab designers who dressed some of those dazzling celebrities, and they are looking quite good!

It gives us utter bride to see how Arabs killed it this year at the Academy Awards, from the nominees, to the winners and now designers are making their statement through their amazing designs.

Rami Kadi

First off, is Kendall Jenner wearing a piece by Rami Kadi, and looking stunning as usual in a Lurex Velvet Gown from the RKSS19 couture collection.

ELIE SAAB

The Lebanese designer dressed a number of celebrities for the Oscars this year, including Julia Roberts, Nadine Labaki and Priyanka Chopra.

Julia Roberts in a simple, yet elegant pink dress, during her presenting of the Best Picture Award.

Nadine Labaki slaying this sophisticated dress, inspired from the Spring Summer 19 collection of Elie Saab.

Priyanka Chopra looking magnificent in black!

Last but not least, Michelle Yeoh in another masterpiece.

Zuhair Murad

Yet another Lebanese designer, who blessed us with more eye catchy pieces, worn by some iconic celebrities such as Jenifer Lopez and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Such a nice pick for Jenifer Lopez, from the Spring Summer 2019 collection.

LaBourjoisie

A perfect design, that was best worn by Shay Mitchell, in the after party of the 2019 Oscars.

Reem Acra

Lebanese are just slaying it this year at the Red Carpet, and Reem Acra made no exception.

Till the next Oscars!

 

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Karl Lagerfeld, Iconic Chanel Designer dies at 85

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Yesterday the fashion world has lost one of the remarkable figures in the industry, Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic German Designer and creative director for Chanel and Fend.

Lagerfeld has worked tirelessly for LVMH’s Fendi and his own label, up until his death. And his designs are known to have added yet another charm to the label.

Karl Lagerfeld had been designing for Fendi since 1965 and had been at the creative helm of Chanel since 1983. All of this, while still maintaining to design collections for his own brand.

He changed his name as he believed Lagerfeld sounded “more commercial”.

Lagerfeld was known to encourage young and new designers, like Victoria Beckham – who has praised him for his kindness and generosity.

It’s true Lagerfeld has left our world, but his work and memory will forever be deeply embedded in the hearts of many, and that was apparent in the many profound tributes sent his way.

“Today the world lost a giant among men,” said the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour.

Industry heavyweights, celebrities and even political figures, have all issued heartfelt tributes.

 

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