WHY GIGI HADID MATTERS TO THE WORLD 🌎 specially MUSLIM world
WRITER and image maker Mohieb Dahabieh is Vogue Arabia’s special projects director. Syrian but educated in London, he lives between Paris and London - where he is director of celebrity relations at couture label Ralph & Russo - and the Middle East. As Vogue Arabia’s inaugural cover, featuring Gigi Hadid, is revealed, he writes for us on the story behind the cover – and why this beautiful fashion image means so much more than that. - Credits to Vogue Arabia
isually, undoubtedly this is one of the best Vogue covers of all time, but the sentimental value that it bears for the Arab world makes it all the more iconic and transcendent than that. It resonates with us. And for me personally, it makes me proud in a way that only editor-in-chief Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz could do. Deena’s original vision was to have the late Zaha Hadid share the cover with Gigi. To feature two women aware and proud of their Arabic identity coming together to celebrate the diversity of Middle eastern women, from captivating brunettes of the Gulf to breathtaking blondes of the Levant and beyond.
The veil toys with the notions of paradoxical perception, and ushers Gigi to a bygone mystical era. The cover also explores the veil as an ever-shifting and multi-layered emblem encompassing illusion, divination, envelopment and sacredness. To celebrate it for its potent subtlety as a symbol of faithful legacy, beguiling mystery and exotic enchantment.
So beautiful, yet - as the Burqa debate continues to surface in Europe - so controversial. To some it’s the rejection of women objectified, to others the reverse. When the argument ends, and taking eras into retrospect, I wonder which of the two will be considered the most loaded fashion item: the corset or the veil.
Being an insider is what Vogue is about. A Vogue editor’s job is to find a balance between the future of fashion and what’s existing right now. But Deena has the added responsibility of chronicling the style heritage of not just one country, but 22!
Say hi to D&G veil
DolceGabbana- Captured by Morelli Brothers
Dolce & Gabbana Shoot New Abaya Campaign In Dubai
The Italian duo headed to the souk for sartorial inspiration Set amongst the spice and jewellery stores on Souk Street in old Dubai, Dolce & Gabbana showcased their latest abaya collection with a little help from Dubai-based model and personal shopper Faten Ezzat who took a staring role in the colourful campaign. The second line of modest-wear from the fashion house features their signature floral and lace embellishments on traditional black abaya styles with batwing sleeves and matching headscarves. -Credit: Harper's Bazaar Arabia
Dolce&Gabbana- captured by Morelli Brothers
What's up Riri
So after all Rihanna’s not the only bad gal in town. At the singer’s detention-themed runway show for her Fenty Puma collection, held at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Cara Delevingne played the class clown.
My favorite looks from Puma by Riri
Middle East & Fashion
Trends In IRAN and PERSIAN World As you know Iran is one of the countries in Middle East with its own special trends which has been growing so much in the past 20 years. The Iranian fashion is full of colors , let's say full of bright colors and it's also very glamorous. I want to introduce some of the most famous Iranian designers in The World . One of my favorite Iranian designers is Orchid Ganji . Her designs are bringing a luxury simplicity with salt and pepper to our fashion world . I was lucky enough to have some beautiful pieces from here previous collection.
OrkideGanji- ORKALIA Design's Co.Founder
Art exhibition Dubai2017
The fair will bring together 93 galleries from 44 countries to showcase the works of more than 500 artists
Art lovers can look forward to discovering new contemporary artists, art movements and trends, and rediscovering the work of modern masters at the 11th edition of Art Dubai to be held at Madinat Jumeirah from March 15 to 18. The art fair will bring to Dubai 93 galleries from 44 countries showcasing the work of more than 500 artists. It will also host a public programme featuring a spectrum of art-related projects, activities and events for all ages.
Global Art Forum 11: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, from March 15 to 17
The forum will bring together international curators, museum directors, writers, artists and other art professionals to discuss the theme, Trading Places, focusing on the trade of goods and ideas that shape and reshape the world. The programme includes writer William Dalrymple speaking about the history of the East India Company; Laleh Khalili reflecting on the role played by transportation and logistics in the making of the Modern Middle East; an overview of his monumental projects by artist Christo; and Farah Al Qasimi’s photographic study of Dragon Mart, the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China.
Exhibitions by Art Dubai sponsors
Sunny Side of Life presented by Piaget will showcase their latest collections of haute couture jewelry and watches.
Homage Without an Homage presented by Julius Baer. In previous years, the Swiss private banking group has exhibited works by prominent contemporary Swiss artists at their lounge at Art Dubai. But this year, the company is celebrating the life and legacy of the late Emirati artist Hassan Sharif through their exhibition. The show, curated by Cristiana de Marchi, features works by artists from different generations who have been mentored, influenced, or inspired by Sharif’s conceptual art practice and teaching. These include the core group of Emirati conceptual artists — Hussein Sharif, Mohmmed Ahmed Ibrahim and Mohammad Kazem; artist, writer and filmmaker Nujoom Ghanem; the next generation of Emirati artists such as Ebtisam AbdulAziz, Layla Juma, Shaikha Al Mazrou and Jumairy; as well as Sharif’s international friends such as Vivek Vilasini, Cristiana de Marchi, Salwa Zeidan, Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian. The show is accompanied by a programme of performances, video screenings and talks addressing various aspects of Sharif’s artistic journey.
Here are the event details:
Event: Art Dubai 2017 Venue: Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Dates: March 15 – March 18 Public timings:
March 15 – 1pm - 4pm Ladies Day Preview, open to all women; March 16 - 4pm to 9.30pm; March 17 - 2pm to 9.30pm; March 18 -12noon to 6.30pm.
Art Dubai Portraits is a film series that provides a short perspective into the lives and workspaces of artists that are connected to the fair through its programming or participating galleries.
Portrait 2: Ramin & Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian Dubai-based Iranian artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian are constantly redefining the limits of their practice as individual artists and as a collaborative, fervently developing their work to tackle issues that constitute nowadays reality. Permanently researching, reflecting, experimenting and creating, the trio’s first collective exhibition, I Put It There, You Name It, took pace in 2012 at their Dubai gallery, Isabelle van den Eynde, and they have since gone on to stage shows around the world. Most recently, they touched upon subjects of displacement at the recent Speak, Lokal exhibition at the Zurich Kunsthalle, the constraints inherent to the logistics required by the art system in the 9th Liverpool Biennale, the fluxus strategies in their immersive multi-room and multi-disciplinary installation at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s The Creative Act. In all subjects, they seek to embrace the positive while they also explore alienation, disorientation and loss of meaning.