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



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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The Best Dressed List From Cannes Film Festival 2019




The lavish week of red carpet premieres has begun, as Cannes Film Festival kicked off in France with Hollywood’s biggest names and promising stars rocking the red carpet, at the French Riviera. 

The picks of the best dressed were surely hard, as celebrities dressed to the nines for the daily premieres of films. But with a variety of astounding gowns, and sharp tuxedos, here are our picks for the most glamorous looks from opening night.

1- Selena Gomez

Dressed in Louis Vuitton and Bulgari jewels at the premiere of The Dead Don’t Die. The white certainly suits her!

2- Elle Fanning

Wearing a caped peach Gucci gown with a floral-accented bodice.

3- Julianne Moore

Wearing a stunning Dior gown, and pairing it with an eye-catching earrings from Chopard.

4- Nadine Labaki

The Lebanese actress and director stunned in a Black Dior Haute Couture.

5- Tilda Swinton

Quite the unusual gown from Haider Ackermann. 

6- Romee Strijid

An absolutely breathtaking gown from Etro, worn by the beautiful Romee Strijd.

7- Alessandra Ambrosio

Wearing a Ralph & Russo gown from the spring/summer 2019 collection, Boucheron jewels and Rene Caovilla shoes.

8- Elle Fanning

The Cannes jury member wore a simple ruffled Ryan Lo dress and square-toe pumps.

9- Eva Longoria

Wearing an Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition satin off-shoulder gown.

10- Araya A. Hargate

Wearing a gown from Ralph & Russo autumn/winter 2017, and Chopard jewels. Can’t really decide on how I feel about this dress, but one thing for sure is that Hargate certainly pulled it off!
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Gigi Hadid Stars in Burberry’s Latest TB Monogram Campaign




The British fashion house Burberry released their latest campaign ‘TB Monogram‘ starring Gigi Hadid, which is a first for the model, after making her Burberry runway debut earlier this year at Tisci’s Fall 2019 show.

The Palestinian-Dutch model Gigi Hadid presented the different faces of Burberry, including the boy, the gentleman, the girl and the lady. Thus portraying how the brand appeals to the different ages, and various segments.

‘The idea behind the shoot was to create imagery that allowed Gigi to play out the four characters in a very simple, stripped-back and honest studio environment,” explains photographer Nick Knight, who shot the campaign.

“I have always loved and respected Riccardo’s work, and I feel so honored and grateful that he trusted me with this project,” said Hadid in an official statement. “My first Burberry show was my first time working with Riccardo, and the timing just felt perfect. It gave us our first opportunity to really get to know each other.”



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The Eye Catching Beauty Looks of the Met Gala




This year’s thematic pink carpet matching with the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” dress code meant an extra glam, and not just for the outfits and gowns that surely caught our attention but also the makeup of many.

We have already taken a deep look on the best and most daring looks during this year’s Met Gala, now if we look even closer, we can also spot the head-turning beauty looks of the evening.

1- Emily Ratajkowski

Her angelic make up complimented her stunning angelic headpiece, her whole outfit and look surely sparked on the pink carpet.

2- JLO

Her smoky lilac lids went perfectly with her breathtaking lilac diamond jewel.

3- Lady Gaga

The queen of all things that are unusual and unique, Lady Gaga look included molten gold lashes, a glossy bubble-gum pout and doll sized platinum bows.

4- Ciara

Apparently Ciara took ‘bigger is better’ quite literally, as she appeared in a huge disco hair style.

5-Liza Koshy

Switching from a high ponytail to a lower one, Liza rocked this look!

6- Ezra Miller

An extra point goes to Ezra Miller, who showed up to the Gala with five more eyes and six more brows!
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