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Dana Hourani Reveals the Key to Her Timeless and Effortless Style

Dana Hourani Reveals the Key to Her Timeless and Effortless Style

“Feelings are the foundation of everything that I do,” says Lebanese singer and visual artist Dana Hourani. First emerging on the fashion scene with her unique brand of style, she debuted in the music industry in 2019 with the deeply personal single “Ella Enta.” Her candid lyrics and musing vocals combined with her uplifting personality have garnered her 208,000 Instagram followers and millions of streams on YouTube and streaming platforms. So who better to team up with Vogue and Swiss fine watchmaker Audemars Piguet on a new short film exploring the connections between fashion and freedom? Part of an ongoing collaborative series to celebrate the unveiling of the latest Royal Oak timepieces, Fashioning Freedom sees Hourani delve into her early sartorial memories and covetable wardrobe to reveal the personal style cues that express her best.
Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet
We caught up with the singer at her home in Dubai, where she lives with her husband and daughter Zoe Ray. Well before her crossover into the independent Arabic music landscape, Hourani had established herself as a fashion influencer by documenting her life and style on social media. While she is now moving in the direction of her calling as a singer, her timeless fashion sense follows, as a quick scroll on her Instagram profile would prove. Going through a box of old photographs, the 34-year-old can’t help but find one thing in common with her six-year-old self. “This outfit is reflective of what my style could be today,” she says of a red and black ensemble. “I would have basic pieces but they could have a kind of twist or a unique cut out.”
Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet
Over the years, Hourani has perfected the effortless, cool-girl chic look, making it her own with unconventional silhouettes and eye-catching accessories. As for the labels she sports, they come from her version of high-low dressing centered around supporting fellow Arabs in the fashion industry. A signature accessory that ties all her looks together is the latest 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding in black ceramic, which is both timeless and versatile – like Hourani’s style. “Recreating this look brought me to an old version of myself when I was a lot edgier and daring with the way I dressed,” she says, putting together pieces that resemble the outfit in the photograph. “I feel like now I’m a lot more classic. I go for more of the effortless style, but it was nice to have a look back and remember how I used to dress.”
Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet
With her first studio album expected to be released in November 2021, the singer has a lot to look forward to, given the success of her previous tracks “Lahza,” “Zuruni,” “Enti Ana,” and “Yay.” One can only expect her upcoming work to be a soul-searching piece that honors her roots and family. “Feelings direct the motions of who I am,” she shares. “And expressing those feelings is the ultimate freedom for me.”
Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet
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These Lindberg Glasses are the Most Stylish and Functional Accessories of the Season

These Lindberg Glasses are the Most Stylish and Functional Accessories of the Season

Photographed by Greg Adamski
It all began with a visionary duo – a Danish father and son who envisioned a brighter future for eyewear. Three decades of award-winning designs and innovative technology later, the Lindberg legacy is thriving more than ever in its most revolutionary collection yet.
The brand continues to rise to new heights, setting the tone for the future of eyewear fashion through excellent designs. The ultra-lightweight titanium eyewear embodies Danish design ideals with contemporary aesthetics, innovative technology and functionalism. It is an aesthetic design language characterized by minimalism. This is best seen in iconic hinge, known for its expertly engineered spiral design, stripped of all unnecessary elements like screws and welded parts.
Photographed by Greg Adamski
Smooth surfaces and hard edges showcase the exquisite duality of the hand-finished collection, honoring the Lindberg philosophy of clean design. In this collection of contemporary classics, iconic shapes reveal unique appearances, offering a fresh perspective on the most timeless eyewear statements.
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Photography: Greg AdamskiStyle: Jennifer KolomoniHair and makeup: Michel KiwarkisModel: Jordan RandCreative direction and production: Camilla Fitz-PatrickLocation: Meliá Desert Palm Dubai

Egyptian Jeweler Azza Fahmy Breaks Down Her First-Ever Autobiography

Egyptian Jeweler Azza Fahmy Breaks Down Her First-Ever Autobiography

After three years, Azza Fahmy, chairwoman and creative director of Azza Fahmy Jewellery, finally finished writing her autobiography. The book explores all stages of her life from a different perspective and gives a personal overview of Egypt through many years and locations. “I wrote my autobiography to be an educational and cultural experience for the new generations. I want readers to benefit from the historical and geographical content. The most important for me is to have it as a readable and beneficial experience for everyone who wants to start a project or learn a craft,” she says. “Writing my autobiography gave me the opportunity to discover a lot about myself. It was the first time I thought about all the things I’ve gone through over the years. It was a challenging journey, but more beautiful than I could have imagined.”
Azza Fahmy’s autobiography. Photo: Courtesy of Azza Fahmy Jewellery
The book doesn’t only talk about Fahmy as a designer, but also gives an insight into her life as a daughter. She narrates the smallest details of her “legendary world” with her father, who instilled in her a love of knowledge and taught her many valuable lessons before he passed away when she was 13. She explains the transitional period from her luxurious childhood to the life of a simple Egyptian family.
Fifty years ago, Fahmy started her journey to becoming one of the most recognized jewelry designers in the Arab world. From the beginning, she set an important goal for herself: translating the authentic cultures of the societies of the Middle East into designs and introducing them to the world. In doing this, she did extensive research on traditional handicrafts and the continual efforts to preserve them. Being one of the most influential women in Egypt, she traveled around the globe as a cultural ambassador for her country.
An image from the book. Photo: Courtesy of Azza Fahmy Jewellery
Fahmy’s dedication and captivating designs have gained global recognition. She has a diverse list of clients and fans from around the globe, including royalty and celebrities. Fahmy works in partnership with her daughters Amina and Fatima Ghali, the CEO of the brand.
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Originally published in the October 2021 issue of Vogue Arabia

Vibrant and Inspired By Music, Okhtein FW21 is Giving Us a Major Mood-Boost

Vibrant and Inspired By Music, Okhtein FW21 is Giving Us a Major Mood-Boost

Photo: Mous Lamrabat/Courtesy of Okhtein
Fashion and music. A relationship that has spawned an abundance of mutual creativity continues to be nurtured by designers, whose memories, experiences, and ever-changing personal playlists inevitably intertwine and end up within the rails of their new season offerings. Far from background noise, a show’s soundtrack is integral to the delivery of a collection’s story and emotional resonance – if it wasn’t, Burberry wouldn’t have gone to the effort of establishing an entire platform (Burberry Acoustic) dedicated to spotlighting and nurturing young musical talent. For FW21, the significance of sound manifested in dance, with Hermès, Dior, and Kenzo all putting on performances whether through film or via models simply letting loose on the runway. And yes! What better time to crank up the volume and shake off the past 22 months of Covid-19 fatigue than with a joyful, soul-enriching score.
Photo: Mous Lamrabat/Courtesy of Okhtein
For Okhtein’s Egyptian designer duo, sisters Aya and Mounaz Abdelraouf, it is music, in fact, that informs their new collection: a capsule of top handle bags and clutches in leather and satin, trimmed with their signature brasswork. Aptly named Euphoric Reverie, this latest offering is their most vibrant to date, orchestrated in a pantone of lime green, electric blue, lilac and plum with riffs on American artist Wes Wilson’s swirling psychedelic rock show posters – works that have become a 1960s pop culture phenomenon.
Photo: Mous Lamrabat/Courtesy of Okhtein
Lensed by Moroccan photographer Mous Lamrabat, Okhtein’s accompanying campaign imagery shows model Ansar Elyacoubi traverse the foliage of Marrakech’s Anima Garden dressed in an eclectic wardrobe of silks, feathers and authentic headpieces. It’s the visual equivalent of music for the senses: a beautifully dizzying combination with nods to a myriad of cultures, coming together to heal, uplift and inspire.
Photo: Mous Lamrabat/Courtesy of Okhtein
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Photography & AD: Mous LamrabatStyle: Lisa LapauwHair and makeup: Karima MaruanProduction: Marie Juncker at ArtsphereModel: Ansar ElyacoubiShot on location at Anima Garden Marrakech

6 Jewelry Statements That Will Spark Joy This Season

6 Jewelry Statements That Will Spark Joy This Season

Vibrant blooms, bold logos, and disco-ready crystal – these are the jewelry statements that will help to spark joy this season.
Face off
Osman. Photo: Courtesy
Following a year of largely online living, designers have found inspiration in Zoom-cropped faces, with a focus on figurative jewelry in the form of earrings with eye motifs (Arthur Arbesser, Osman) and lip brooches (Victoria Beckham).
Schiaparelli. Photo: Courtesy
Of course, for Schiaparelli, the obsession with body parts is more than just a fleeting trend – it’s part of the house DNA – and for fall Daniel Roseberry made sure his predecessor’s surreal legacy remained strong with face motifs cast in gold, molded in leather, or quilted in wool crepe. White nose-shaped earrings, lip brooches, and chunky chain necklaces dripping in decapitated charms were a celebration of the body and a reminder (if one was needed), that now, more than ever, is the time to have fun with fashion.
Neck embrace

Much like fall’s wildly different fashion expressions, choker proposals were creatively inconsistent with options in leather (Acne), spring-like coils (Sportmax), and jewel-encrusted chunky chains (Gucci).
Status symbol

Logomania has taken over ready-to-wear and jewelry as designers put their names loud and proud on everything from earrings to boots, bags, and brooches.
Secret garden
Simone Rocha. Photo: Courtesy
What can be more optimistic than a budding, fresh bloom? Channeling their desire for joy, designers have incorporated floral motifs into everything from oversized earrings (Alberta Ferretti) to chainlink necklaces (Acne), in a variety of materials, including enamel-painted metal (Y/Project), fabric (Prabal Gurung), and feathers (Peter Do). A longtime signature of Simone Rocha, mismatched meticulously crafted beads were paired with leather biker jackets, Edwardian balloon-sleeved dresses, and layers of tulle embroidered with cascades of white and ivory  owers for a collection she aptly named Winter Roses. Combined with faux natural pearls hand-painted with blooms and porcelain cameo earrings, the accessory offering was as poignantly beautiful as the fashion.
Bright sparks

A splash of fluoro via colored enamel and lacquer is about as uplifting as it gets.
On the fringe

Crystal in diamanté form delivered major bling via exaggerated chandelier earrings at Lanvin, Chanel, and Saint Laurent.
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Originally published in the September 2021 issue of Vogue Arabia

Back to Work? These Statement Accessories are All You Need to Lift Your Spirits

Back to Work? These Statement Accessories are All You Need to Lift Your Spirits

Left to right: Fran bags, Rachel bag, BY FAR; sweater, Sea at Matchesfashion.com; skirt, 16Arlington at Matchesfashion.com. Photography Samer Rawadi
Aiming to make getting back to work anything but boring, BY FAR FW21 is brimming with statement accessories. The cult favorite brand has introduced a playful new color palette that straddles the line between festive and work-appropriate attire. As post-work catch-ups and soirées return, the line enables you to skip the change and simply slip on a different pair of shoes, a bag, or a piece of jewelry to elevate your outfit.
Left to right: Miranda bag, Baby Cush bag, Holly bag, Stevie 42 boots, BY FAR; jacket, skirt, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy at Matchesfashion.com; top, Genny. Photography Samer Rawadi
The range of colors includes something for everyone, with splashes of technicolor like Venus pink, taxi yellow, and bright green, and daring color combinations forming zebra scarves and striped patchwork bags. Also expect a few of the brand’s most-loved pieces like the Mini Rachel, Baby Amber, and Billy reimagined in smooth, velvety nubucks in three fresh colors – brandy, saffron, and turquoise.
A focal point of bags in this collection are oversized logo closures or logo bag chains. The new branding is used as the final detail on BY FAR’s new line of knitted accessories, introduced last season with a range of sustainable scarves and completed with warm hats for FW21. The logo also peeks from the tofu-colored jacquard label on the brand-new line of sneakers.
Left to right: Baby Cush bag, mini Rachel bag, Rodina sneakers, BY FAR; jacket, shorts, Genny. Photography Samer Rawadi
As for the shoes, think all-white sneakers reminiscent of classic styles of the 70s and 80s, but with a twist of a colored leather “flash” to express each style. The flash is inspired by the graphics and typography of socialist logos, through which the idealistic visions of a bright future were simplified for mass consumption. With the environment in mind, the sole is made in two-tone compostable rubber. As a natural material, it is known to not release harmful substances and microplastics into the soil.
Baby Cush bag, Zaya shoes, BY FAR; jacket, top, Etro; jeans, Marni at Matchesfashion.com. Photography Samer Rawadi
For the heel lovers, BY FAR FW21 features the Trix pumps, its slingback version Alena, and the Fida strap sandals. Warmer days are covered too as the collection offers boots ranging from ankle-length to above-the-knee, and everything in-between, including cowboy, combat, Chelsea, and slouchy styles.
Left to right: Miranda bag, Beverly bag, BY FAR; sweater, pants, belt, Etro. Photography Samer Rawadi
BY FAR is also introducing a special line of leather charms based on the flower paintings of Los Angeles artist Max Jansons. With his permission, the brand’s creative team selected eight painted flowers which were translated into layers of leather, fused and stitched together to create the illusion of layers of paint.
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Style: Mohammad Hazem RezqHair and makeup: IvannaSenior fashion market editor: Amine JreissatiProduction: Danica ZivkovicModel: Sam at Art Factory 

Why Cartier’s Latest High Jewelry Collection Will Appeal to Your Sixth Sense

Why Cartier’s Latest High Jewelry Collection Will Appeal to Your Sixth Sense

Tigre Cascade necklace in white gold with obsidian, emerald, onyx, and diamonds, Tigre Cascade ring in white gold with obsidian, emerald, onyx, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Taller Marmo; shoes, Jimmy Choo; hat, scarf, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
In an adept balancing act between the future and the past, Cartier‘s Sixième Sens high jewelry collection has reimagined iconic house styles in new techniques. Aiming to appeal to your sixth sense, the collection of necklaces and rings combines vivid 1,000-year-old stones in unusual textures and colors, and features geometric ornamentations, contrasting textures, and other visual patterns that exhibit optical illusions.
Alaxoa earrings in platinum with emeralds, emerald beads, and diamonds, Alaxoa necklace in platinum with emeralds, emerald beads, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Blumarine; hat, Bonfilio; gloves, scarf, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
The Meride necklace in diamond, onyx, and rock crystal creates a hypnotic checkerboard pattern, while the Alaxoa necklace’s emerald beads and diamonds are carefully arranged to caress the skin. Meanwhile, the Parhelia ring is a nod to Cartier’s classic peacock motif with a 21.51ct sapphire cabochon surrounded by five semi-circles of radiant diamonds and emeralds that fan out from each side of the center stone. It can also be worn as a brooch, enabling quick multifunctionality. A touch of black lacquer creates shadow effects to reinforce the impression of movement in the ring.
Pixelage necklace in yellow gold with topaz, onyx, and yellow, orange, and white diamonds, Cartier; dress, Michael Kors Collection; scarf, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
Described by Cartier as a “stylized play on the feline’s coat,” the Pixelage necklace, true to its name, reflects another consistent theme in the collection: pixelation. Adopting digital imagery as a new way to interpret the classic house motif of a panther’s fur, the spots on the piece are created in a puzzle of polished topaz, onyx, and white and colored diamonds.
Sharkara necklace in white gold with pink tourmalines, sapphires, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Taller Marmo; gloves, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
With variations of the same tone unlike most of the other pieces of the collection, the Sharkara necklace brings together tourmalines and colored sapphires in rosy hues, illuminated by bright orange garnets and diamonds and balancing a geometry of straight lines, curves, squares, and spheres. The collection also celebrates the diamond with the Coruscant necklace, which features six different cuts (kite, octagonal, emerald, triangle, baguette, and brilliant), each reflecting light from a different angle. Three stones stand out from the rest: a 3ct kite, a 1.62ct octagon, and a 1.54ct emerald-shaped diamond.
Udyana necklace in platinum with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds, Cartier; coat, A. Teodoro; hat, Bonfilio; scarf, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
After a long absence of in-person presentations, Cartier unveiled the high jewelry collection at an exclusive event in Lake Como, Italy. Attending guests included Egyptian actor Yasmine Sabri, Lebanese actor Nadine Labaki, and Saudi filmmaker Fatima Al Banawi.
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18 Pairs of Mood-Boosting Flatform Sandals

18 Pairs of Mood-Boosting Flatform Sandals

As the world slowly starts to open up and home once again becomes a refuge after a busy day at work (rather than the backdrop to such busyness), it’s time to consider footwear again – shoes for those lucky enough to actually be going places. Cue the flatform: versatile, modish, comfortable and just a little bit quirky.
A 90s staple (and Spice Girls’ favorite) was once again all over the SS21 runways, from Milan to New York, reincarnated with a touch of elegance in wood (Ulla Johnson) and animal print (Erdem). You see, the flatform is a carefree and laidback version of a platform heel, without the high maintenance disco pretence.
So, if you want to stride through the remainder of the summer in a shoe that is, above all else, raucous fun, consider the flatform with its dress-up-dress-down potential. Brunch at the beach? Try the classic white platform flip-flops by Jacquemus. Sunset drinks? Pair Amina Muaddi’s chic ankle-wrap flatforms with a maxi skirt (thigh-high slit optional). Or perhaps comfort is key for a day of shopping? Rick Owens provides the perfect quilted pair for a mall trawl.
We’ve rounded up 18 of our favorite flatform styles – leave all misgivings at the front door…
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More is More: How to Layer Necklaces Like the It Girls This Summer

More is More: How to Layer Necklaces Like the It Girls This Summer

Photo: Instagram/@haileybieber
Minimalists, look away. A-listers are united on the fact that—this summer—the more necklaces, the better. The obsession makes sense: During a year when making an impression was restricted to our computer screens, “waist-up” dressing offered a fresh way to smarten up an outfit. Zoom-worthy jewelry became a focal point of casual catch-ups and work calls, even if people were wearing tracksuits.
The enthusiasm for layered trophy jewels is yet to cease. Hailey Bieber has been fueling the trend. Her favorite combinations include a thick gold chain from Anita Ko, a herringbone style from Fallon, plus sweet, beaded pieces from Frasier Sterling and Ian Charms. Husband Justin Bieber and Dua Lipa are also fans of the latter brand, which founder Lisa Sahakian describes as “wild and fun.” Dua regularly complements hers with stacked gems from Arms of Eve and Éliou.
Photo: Instagram/@dualipa
Rihanna, too, has embraced the hype with a selection of flashy gold chains. She posed for a recent Instagram post in a graphic Married to the Mob tee, Linda Farrow x The Attico sunglasses, and a medley of chains from Bulgari, Briony Raymond (inscribed with her Pisces zodiac), and a chunky vintage piece from David Yurman.
Even confirmed minimalist Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has dabbled with necklace layering by way of a diamond parure from London-based Jessica McCormack (who regularly supplies the model with gems). Huntington-Whiteley experimented with two different lengths of McCormack’s ball ’n’ chain design, adding a sparkling pendant to the longer of the two.
Photo: Instagram/@badgalriri
Gigi Hadid, on the other hand, has been loading on necklaces inscribed with their respective baby names. Kendall Jenner, Meghan Markle, and Jennifer Lopez have also shown a preference for personalized jewelry—the latter confirmed the return of “Bennifer” with a “BEN” monogram necklace.
When she’s not wearing her sentimental ode to Affleck, J Lo has worn multiple charms from celebrity-approved label, Foundrae. “Layering is quite personal. Always start with the first piece you want to wear and build from there,” founder Beth Bugdaycay told British Vogue’s jewelry and watch director Rachel Garrahan. “The trick is to make your chain unique to you, so it becomes a talisman that you can wear every day.”
Below, Vogue selects the best necklaces to mix-and-match now.

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Originally published on Vogue.com

Prada is Behind This Summer’s Cult Earrings

Prada is Behind This Summer’s Cult Earrings

Photo: Courtesy of Prada
“It’s a beginning,” mused Miuccia Prada at the press conference on Prada’s spring/summer 2021 collection—the very first she created in unison with her new co-creative director, Raf Simons. With the Belgian designer at her side, Miuccia presented what Prada does best: a series of modern essentials.
Photo: Courtesy of Prada
The Prada logo took center stage. Hero pieces included sporty-chic, low-heel sling-backs, but it was the 925 sterling silver plaque studs and Symbole pendant earrings that really caught Prada fans’ beady eyes.
Photo: Instagram: @Dualipa
The jewels chimed with the logomania renaissance and proved an accessible way for Gen-Z customers to gain access to Miuccia x Raf. The punky studs were worn on different parts of the ear, offering a refreshingly contemporary—and instantly Instagrammable—styling trick. The swing tag versions, featuring a shimmering silver motif suspended upon a hoop earring, caused quite the commotion, too. The duo’s following autumn/winter 2021 collection solidified the logo plaque gems as a new-age Prada signature: the earrings reappeared in cherry-red and sunshine-yellow, offsetting the jazzy retro prints worn by the models.
Photo: Courtesy of Prada
Maybe the Zoom landscape and terms like “waist-up dressing” inspired the power pair to create jewels to suit our daily screen-bound fashion needs. Statement jewelry—specifically video call-friendly earrings—is an easy way to elevate any look, and provide the ultimate nod to your favorite brand. What’s more, the triangular emblem resonates with younger Prada fans, partly thanks to the resurgence of the well-loved Re-Nylon Re-Edition shoulder bags.
Photo: Instagram: @Stormreid
Trend follower Dua Lipa owns both the Symbole earrings and the Re-Edition bag. She wore the former for a series of holiday snaps, in which she also wears a pristine white mini from The Attico, Balenciaga shield sunglasses, and holographic flip-flop platforms. Elsewhere, Storm Reid wowed on the red carpet in showstopper custom eyelet-adorned Prada separates, fastening her hair in an incredible 13-foot braided ponytail to let her earrings shine.
It’s down to personal preference whether you pick the studs or the solo Symboles, but one thing’s for sure: both logo gems are a surefire summer winner.

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Originally published on Vogue.com

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