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Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, and Demi Moore Take to the Runway for Fendi
Last week, at a socially distanced and virtual Paris Haute Couture Week, Kim Jones – who replaced Karl Lagerfield after the iconic designer for Fendi passed away in 2019 – debuted his first collection for the Spring/Summer 2021 couture collection with none other than the biggest names in the fashion and film industry. Walking the runway for Fendi were supermodels Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Cara Delevingne, as well as Demi Moore and Lila Grace, Moss’s teenaged daughter. The models then posed in glass boxes for the perfect COVID-friendly yet stylistic exhibition.
New Citizenships Announced for UAE Expats
The UAE has announced that under the decision of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Cabinet chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, investors, specialized talents, doctors, scientists, engineers, artists, authors, and their families will now be eligible for Emirati citizenship.
The new laws passed do allow for dual citizenship. In order to be granted a UAE nationality and passport, a person must meet certain requirements in their respective fields and be nominated by the Rulers’ and Crown Princes’ Courts, Executive Councils, and the Cabinet. This news means incredible opportunities for expats who call the UAE home and ensures that the UAE will continue to attract the brightest and strongest talents from around the world.
We adopted law amendments that allow granting the UAE citizenship to investors, specialized talents & professionals including scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors and their families. The new directives aim to attract talents that contribute to our development journey.
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) January 30, 2021
BLM Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2021
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement started by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted from shooting and killing Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been nominated by Norwegian parliament member Petter Eide for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. BLM was instrumental in the nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism following the brutal murder of George Floyd. The protests sparked a global march for racial justice and equality. The Norwegian Nobel Committee will produce a shortlist in March with a winner being selected in October, and an award ceremony taking place on December 10th.
Is Tom Cruise Filming 'Mission Impossible 7 & 8' in Abu Dhabi?
While nothing has been officially confirmed, there are rumors circling that the Mission Impossible crew, including its star, Tom Cruise, have been spotted filming around the sands of Abu Dhabi. Earlier last month, aspiring actors signed up to be extras for a “major Hollywood motion picture” filming in Abu Dhabi the first two weeks of February. The extras had to be able to provide proof of quarantining for two weeks prior, as well as a negative PCR test. Now that the time has come for these extras to go to work, images of Abu Dhabi’s iconic skyline, vast dunes of sands, and camels with masked riders have been popping up on Mission Impossible writer, Christopher McQuarrie‘s, Instagram feed. Coincidence? We think not.
Borsalino x Valentino Personalization Available in Dubai
As part of the ‘Diary Resort 21’ collection and in collaboration with Borsalino, Valentino has created two new exclusive straw hats: Borsalino x Valentino. The hats feature a charming hand-embroidered Valentino logo found at boutiques in the region, and starting from February 2021, customers can also have both styles personalized with a name at the location in Dubai Mall. Additionally, a special Borsalino x Valentino packaging has been designed.
Karen Wazen Teams up with Emirati Designer for a Fresh New Collection
Emirati designer Madiyah Al Sharqi and Lebanese digital influencer and entrepreneur Karen Wazen have come together to create the ‘Madiyah Al Sharqi x Karen Wazen Collection’ for Spring 2021. The latest collaboration is a blending of perspectives, reinvention, and a fresh look for the Emirati label. Wazen conceptualized the new styles to elicit her own vibrant personality and fashion sense, and chose a natural-toned palette of fresh blues, whites, blushes, olives, and taupes.
New Chopard Boutique Opens in Kingdom Centre of KSA
Chopard, in partnership with Attar United, has opened its new design concept boutique located at the luxurious Kingdom Centre in Saudi Arabia. In an elegant and charming atmosphere enshrouded with white oak, leather, silk, and velvet, visitors feel a sense of warmth and peace as if entering a private home. Clients can browse high jewelry, watches, and accessories, as well as visit the exclusive VIP room, which welcomes selected guests to discover the world of Chopard in a private setting. Caroline Scheufele, Co-president and Artistic Director of Chopard, says: “The opening of the new Chopard boutique in Saudi Arabia [will] provide a unique customer experience.”