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Baby Zigi's Aunties Are Already Spoiling Her

It feels like we just saw the first photos of Gigi Hadid‘s supermodel baby bump, but Hadid and her One Direction boyfriend, Zayn Malik, took to Instagram to announce news of the arrival of their new baby girl. It didn’t take long for fans and friends to rain down congratulations on the new parents for the birth of their daughter, affectionately called ‘Zigi’, as Malik and Hadid have yet to disclose her name.

Hadid has also been sharing photos on her Instagram stories of the beautiful gifts she has received from loving ‘Aunties.’ Baby Zigi has already been seen wearing a Versace sweater gifted to her by ‘Auntie Donatella‘, wrapped in a silk, pink blanket made just for her by ‘Auntie Taylor Swift,’ and Auntie Kendall Jenner has sent along a gorgeous arrangement of flowers. If only they could be our aunties too.

Auntie Taylor Swift
Photo: Courtesy of @gigihadid

Huda Kattan Passes the Torch to Nathalie Kristo

Dubai-based beauty mogul Huda Kattan announced this past Friday that she is stepping down as CEO of Huda Beauty and passing the baton to Nathalie Kristo. Kattan’s name was launched in the beauty world in 2010 when she started a makeup blog. In 2013, she introduced her first line of false eyelashes into Sephora before expanding into lip, eye, and face products that are now sold worldwide and with global distributors, making Huda Beauty one of the fastest-growing beauty empires in the world.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Kattan announced. “In some ways, I will be more involved than ever before, but in areas where my attention can leave a lasting impact on our community.” Those areas include content and product development as well as continuing to nurture the online communities. Kattan will stay on as founder and chairwoman, as well as the creative vision of Huda Beauty.

huda kattan steps down as ceo
Photo: Courtesy of @huda

Jon Snow Proves He Does Indeed Know Something

Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington, better known as Ygritte and Jon Snow, have confirmed the news that they are expecting their first child in a photo shoot that Leslie did for Make Magazine, which surreptitiously featured her blossoming bump. The smitten couple met on the set of Game of Thrones in 2012, and married in 2018. The parents-to-be have been spending isolation in a Tudor manor house in East Anglia, which Leslie refers to as “the house that Jon Snow built.” Once the baby comes, however, one can only imagine how many times “You know nothing, Jon Snow” will echo through those old, English walls.


Rose LEslie pregnant
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Prince George and Princess Charlotte Meet One of Their Heroes

The Duke of and Duchess of Cambridge have shared new photos of a private meeting between their family and Sir David Attenborough in the gardens of the couple’s residence at Kensington Palace. The Duke and Sir David had a private screening of Sir David’s upcoming feature film, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet. This comes as no surprise as both Sir David and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are united in their efforts to “tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces.”

But perhaps happiest of all for the special encounter were Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the chance to meet one of their personal heroes. “The children are massive fans of Sir David and this was the first time they had met him, although they have always wanted to. So they were absolutely delighted, and you can see from Charlotte’s reaction in the picture how excited she was,” says a Palace aid. Prince George also received a special gift from the elder Englishman: a tooth from an extinct Megaladon, giant sharks known to have lived 23 million years ago.


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Elie Saab Junior Welcomes His First Child

Elie Saab Junior and wife, Christina Saab, welcomed their first child, Sophia Saab, on September 2, 2020 at 7:07pm, marking the first time designer Elie Saab has become a grandfather. Congratulations to the happy family and a very special little girl.

Elie Saab welcomes first child
Photo: Courtesy of Elie Saab

MDLBeast Celebrates Saudi National Day with Exclusive Soundtrack

Some of the best musical talents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have partnered with MDLBEAST to create an all-star exclusive soundtrack — Watani 90 — released this past Wednesday, to kickstart the long weekend celebrating the Kingdom’s 90th National Day.

MDLBEAST also employed its musical experience platform, Freqways, to host an EDM journey and virtual tour through the Kingdom’s most beloved spots. The soundtrack features a modern fusion of patriotic songs and includes top Saudi talent such as Lulwa Al Sharif, Sultan Alkhalid, and Badr Hakeem. It also includes the Saudi Men and Women’s Choir and a music video produced by Saudi filmmaker, Mohammed Hammad.


Nancy Ajram Gives TikTok Concert Wearing Hussein Bazaza

On the first ever MENA TikTok stage, Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram gave a live concert to an expectant audience worldwide in a customized Hussein Bazaza wardrobe. Bazaza created five jackets for Ajram to wear during the live show, with each jacket conceptualized and designed to reflect various moods during the concert and facilitate movement throughout the set for the singer.

Bazaza continued to emphasize his eco-friendly and sustainable message by only using recycled material and old garment stock to craft Ajram’s wardrobe. The results were flattering, intricately tailored pieces full of craft and talent. A colorblock, cropped bomber jacket with a ribbed waistline, cuffs, and high neck in tulle, a shimmering, beaded blazer repurposed from a dress in the SS19 collection, and a reversible baseball jacket monogrammed with the singer’s initials were some of the standout pieces.

The full concert can be seen on Ajram’s Youtube page.



Burberry's New Campaign Reflects on Freedom and Escape

Burberry Chief Creative Officer, Riccardo Tisci, has created a new campaign which takes a walk down memory lane and explores the spirit of discovery championed by founder, Thomas Burberry. Tisci reflects on past memories in an “attempt to define future ones” and crafts a collection inspired by freedom and escapism.

In a nod to gabardine, the twill fabric invented by Burberry that enabled the explorations of pioneers as they set off into the unknown world, the new collection harkens back to the days of adventurers like Amelia Earhart. Tisci stays true to Burberry’s signature characteristics of beige palettes, trench coats, and tailored duffle coats, but mixes the brand’s rich history with flashes of modern touches such as new prints, fabrics, and contemporary silhouettes.

With the natural world as a backdrop, Tisci’s vision holds that dream-like quality where the possibilities are endless and adventure awaits.


Photo: Courtesy of Burberry

La Prairie x Fondation Beyeler Art Collaboration

La Prairie and Fondation Beyeler have teamed up for the beauty brand’s corporate social responsibility strategy in their unwavering pursuit of timeless beauty by promoting and preserving the culture, arts, and sciences of Switzerland.

Fondation Beyeler is a museum of contemporary art in Switzerland and hosts one of the most comprehensive collections of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian‘s works. In 2020, La Prairie dedicated itself as the exclusive patron of a two-year project to preserve four of Mondrian’s masterpieces: Tableau No. I, Composition with Yellow and Blue,
Composition with Double Line and Blue, and Lozenge Composition with Eight Lines and Red.

La Prairie continues to foster one of its central missions of “luxury with meaning” by giving something back to the artistic community and paying homage to their cultural heritage.

Piet Mondrian Tableau No. 1
Photo: Courtesy of La Prairie

FARFETCH ‘Opens Doors’ to Optimism, Togetherness, and Open-Mindedness

COVID-19 forced many companies to reevaluate their business models, missions, and identities this past year, and FarFetch is no exception. The online fashion platform has rolled out its new ‘Open Doors’ global campaign and brand identity as a celebration of optimism, togetherness, and open-mindedness.

In a multimedia shout-out to all of the unique individuals within their diverse global community, FarFetch’s reflection during isolation is timely as the new campaign pays homage to the joy of togetherness and the indomitable human spirit by creating ‘Open Doors’ for all, and of course, ‘Open Doors to the World of Fashion.”

Farfetch rolls out new Open Doors global campaign
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Dubai’s Pastels Salon Launches an E-Commerce Site

The award-winning Dubai salon, Pastels Salon, has responded to the growing demand of consumers to shop online by launching its first ever e-store. Dubai customers will now be able to shop round the clock from the comfort of their own home for all of their favorite products that previously could only be found at the salon’s branches.

Additionally, the online shop has exclusive promotional offers on some of the Jumeirah branch’s most popular treatment packages. Treatments such as the ‘Detox & Destress’ and the ‘Pastels Make Over’ can only be purchased on the new e-shop and redeemed at Pastels Salon Jumeirah.

Karen Wazen hair at Pastels Salon
Photo: Courtesy of @pastelssalon
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