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Yasmine Sabri’s PFW Photo Diary: Check Out How the Egyptian Actor Got Ready for Balmain’s SS 2023 Show

Yasmine Sabri’s PFW Photo Diary: Check Out How the Egyptian Actor Got Ready for Balmain’s SS 2023 Show

Photo: Amina Zaher
Last night, fashion enthusiasts across France—nay, the world—came together for Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2023 presentation at Paris Fashion Week. The outdoor showcase at the Stade Jean-Bouin arena, which ended on a high note with the appearance of musical icon Cher on the runway, saw Olivier Rousteing send out his rendition of a more environmentally conscious collection that burst with playful prints and earthy hues, many crafted using banana peels, fallen wood and raffia. And among the many famous faces spotted in the audience was a Middle Eastern favorite, Egyptian actor Yasmine Sabri.
Sabri, who seems to have flown in to the fashion capital specifically to catch her favorite shows, spent her day prior to Balmain’s show prepping for the big moment. In a very special photo series, the star gave Vogue Arabia access to her hotel suite to follow her through the day, which started, of course, in a cozy king size bed loaded with outfit options.
Having had her makeup done for the day in her signature look—glossy lips, peaches and cream skin, bold brows and lush lashes—Sabri found herself spoilt for choice when it came to her Balmain ensemble of the day, finally opting for a fail-safe aesthetic: head-to-toe black. Her pick: a classic black Balmain blazer with the brand’s signature gold buttons, paired with the fashion house’s very much on-trend black leather pantaboots. Her jewelry of choice included an edgy gold chain, her favorite diamond earrings, and a delicate ring.
Once ready, the actor posed for the shutterbugs in her sprawling hotel room, did a last minute makeup check, and then made her way across the bustling streets of Paris to the venue that was brimming with Balmain fans for a night to remember.

Scroll now for a peek at Yasmine Sabri’s Paris Fashion Week diary.
Decisions, decisions: Selecting the perfect blazer and bag for Balmain’s S/S 2023 show
Photo: Amina Zaher
Ready and all set for a few pre-outing pictures
Photo: Amina Zaher
A final touch-up before heading out…
Photo: Amina Zaher
…And it’s show time!
Photo: Amina Zaher
No time for rush hour, a brisk walk is all it takes to reach on time
Photo: Amina Zaher
Just in time, moments before the show begins at the Stade Jean-Bouin arena
Photo: Amina Zaher
A final snapshot before calling it a day
Photo: Amina Zaher

Arab Hair Stylist Ilham Mestour Named New Artistic Director of Balmain Hair Couture

Arab Hair Stylist Ilham Mestour Named New Artistic Director of Balmain Hair Couture

Photo: Courtesy Balmain
Dutch-Moroccan hair stylist, Ilham Mestour has been announced as the new Artistic Director for Balmain Hair Couture. The friend of Vogue Arabia is known for her creative eye and gravity-defying voluminous hair designs – and her own crown of stunning curls – with her work appearing in top editorials and campaigns.
Hair by Ilham Mestour. Photographed by Julien Vallon for Vogue Arabia October 2021
A Fashion Week veteran, she has engineered hair looks backstage for Armani, Burberry, Gucci, Valentino, Givenchy, Max Mara, Fendi, Rick Owens, Ferragamo, and Zac Posen. Mestour has worked with celebrities, top models, and royalty, with her impressive client list including Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Farida Khelfa, Imaan Hammam, Carla Bruni, Amina Muaddi, Mona Zaki, Samira Said, Nadine Nassib, Carla Bruna and many more.
Hair by Ilham Mestour for Vogue Arabia March 2022. Photographed by Tom Munro
“I have known Balmain Hair Couture for over 20 years, and our friendship has now been sealed with a beautiful collaboration in which we share the same vision and passion,” Mestour tells Vogue Arabia. “I’m very excited for this new adventure.”
Originally from Casablanca, Mestour moved to the Netherlands as a girl, before returning to Morocco, and later, to Paris. Here she honed her craft during the fast pace of Fashion Week. In a stroke of synergy, Balmain Hair Couture also has a Dutch connection, with the brand launching after Pierre Balmain began collaborating with young wigmaker Dick Guliker, a Netherlands native.
Hair by Ilham Mestour. Photographed by Domen & Van De Velde for Vogue Arabia

A Deep Dive Into Balmain’s Debut Fine Jewelry Showcase in Paris

A Deep Dive Into Balmain’s Debut Fine Jewelry Showcase in Paris

Photo: Courtesy Balmain
Balmain’s first fine jewelry presentation was reminiscent of Pierre Balmain’s spectacle of French luxury in the 1950’s. Fast forward to today, and this opulent yet modern take on the brand’s fine jewelry approach was nothing short of powerful and authentic; Oliver Rousteing impressively dedicated the collection to today’s rebellious spirit, with the richness of couture heritage. The collection also featured Balmain’s most well-known signatures—both classic motifs, pulled directly from the house’s rich archive, were present in this debut collection.
Oliver Rousteing, the house’s brilliant artistic director, brought the idea of paying homage to Pierre Balmain to life with the showcase, by “building upon that unique heritage by having our first jewelry collection’s riff on a host of items pulled from our archives, including Monsieur Balmain’s legendary Labyrinth pattern, the house’s distinctive coat of arms and the couture-like embellishments of my Fabergé collection, which I first sent down the runway ten years ago.” The historically striking pieces that use onyx and diamonds are of a particularly striking note to the legacy of Balmain. 
Photo: Courtesy Balmain
The house chose to focus its fine jewelry collection on the celebration of the self, identity and gender neutrality. Emblem and Labyrinth are symbolic of belonging to a greater whole, creating pieces that work interchangeably. Each piece marked a statement, relying on a brilliant mix of yellow gold, diamonds, onyx and tsavorites to reference the heraldic language of the Balmain Blazon and the masterful embroideries of one of Olivier Rousteing’s most influential runways, the Fabergé collection of 2012.
Balmain’s fine jewelry collection explored French opulence, allegiance, with notes of medieval heritage, while boldly addressing today’s modern world. The house’s creative director successfully produced Balmain’s first high jewelry presentation with an intriguing complexity to today’s diverse world. Bravo.  

Below, take a closer look at some of the pieces from Balmain’s debut jewelry line.
Photo: Courtesy Balmain
Photo: Courtesy Balmain
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Photo: Courtesy Balmain

Yasmine Sabri Takes Her Favorite Knee-High Boots Out for a Spin in Dubai

Yasmine Sabri Takes Her Favorite Knee-High Boots Out for a Spin in Dubai

Photo: Instagram.com/yasmineP_sabri
Over the years, Yasmine Sabri has seemingly perfected the sophisticated look created around knee-high boots and a double-breasted blazer. The Egyptian actor’s time-off in Dubai saw her reaching for the same, which has come to be one of her signature outfits.

In the photos shared with her nearly 18 million followers on Instagram, Sabri can be seen sitting al fresco at one of Dubai’s skyscrapers overlooking the sea and the Burj Al Arab. Going for an almost monochrome look, she paired her white collared shirt and trousers with an off-white blazer thrown over her shoulders. This particular number is from Balmain, which is also her go-to brand for outerwear. To elevate her ensemble, the actor opted for a pair of heeled leather boots in a deep purple color, from Paris Texas, and completed the look with one of her favorites, an Hermès Birkin in a bright red shade. The star also blinged out her wrists with the Cartier Love bracelet alongside multiple diamond ones, and diamond rings on both hands to match the dainty choker and stud earrings which complimented her fresh beauty look. With her hair parted to the side and pulled back in a sleek low bun, Sabri went for minimal makeup and pink glossy lips.

The look is another version of a previous one the former cover star was spotted in. After spending last year’s party and event season and her birthday in a series of glamorous looks, Sabri’s recent outfits prove that her casual looks can be just as inspiring.
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Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kate Middleton, Queen Rania and Rami Kadi

Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kate Middleton, Queen Rania and Rami Kadi

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen. Photo: Instagram.com/dukeandduchessofcambridge
If there’s one thing that we all know, it’s that Zendaya never ceases to impress on the red carpet, whether she’s wearing a gown to a premiere or just being her unapologetic self on a day off. This week, the CFDA fashion icon and award-winning actor lived up to our expectations once again at the Euphoria premiere. Zendaya stole the show when she arrived wearing a vintage strapless black and white striped Valentino dress that paid tribute to iconic ’90s supermodel Linda Evangelista. To put it simply, she made red carpet history.

Not too long after, Her Majesty Queen Rania was also seen making a sartorial statement this week. Known for her modest, yet always fashion-forward ensembles, the Queen stepped out in a traditional Jordanian keffiyeh in order to meet the country’s youth on January 11.  Because what better way to show one’s appreciation for their country than by donning its traditional attire with pride?

On the other side of the globe, another lady from the royal family was also seen having her share of fun playing dress up. The Duchess of Cambridge commissioned Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton to make three custom ballgowns for her 40th birthday portraits. The pictures captured by Paolo Roversi showed a beaming Kate Middleton painting a picture of elegance in her dreamy McQueen creations.

What better way to wrap up this week’s hottest Instagram posts than with a look back at its biggest fashion launches? The week kicked off with the Yeezy Gap collection engineered by Balenciaga. ICYMI, rapper and designer Kanye West is joining forces with the creative director of Balenciaga (Demna Gvasalia) to work on a special project at Gap that aims “to create utilitarian fashion for all.”

Another exciting venture that caught our eye was the playful Balmain x Barbie collaboration, followed by Rami Kadi‘s upcoming line titled ‘Lucid Algorithms’, which marks the designer’s first human-computer collaboration. Scroll for a closer look at all the action that went down over the past seven days.

Now You Can Dress Like a Barbie in Balmain

Now You Can Dress Like a Barbie in Balmain

Ken avatar wears dungarees and jumper by Balmain x Barbie®. Trainers by Balmain. Barbie avatar wears blazer and shorts by Balmain x Barbie®. Shoes by Manolo Blahnik Barbie®Avatars created by Forget Me Not for the Balmain x Barbie® collaboration. Sculpts provided by Barbie®
It makes sense that Barbie would wear Balmain. A style icon since the Eisenhower administration, she’s known to take some fashion risks befitting the French house. But the two are now betting that humans will want to dress in Barbie-inspired Balmain dresses, sweats, and bags. Creative Director Olivier Rousteing has created a genderless collection for adults, inspired by Barbie and Ken, that speaks not only to their tastes, but also to Rousteing’s childhood memories and hopes for the futures. “It’s not only the dream of a designer, it’s a dream of a kid, you know?” he says, adding that as a kid he was told not to play with the dolls. “That I can create a collection with Barbie today shows how the world has changed, and how good it feels to be free with yourself without being judged.”
Barbie x Balmain. Photo: Rob Rusling
Rousteing says he approached this project with two minds: one of a “kid dreaming of Barbie,” and one of a top designer. He took Balmain’s house codes—the Labyrinth monogram designed by Pierre Balmain in the ’70s, the shoulder pads, the oversized gold buttons, even some couture pieces—and incorporated them with Barbie’s visual world to create 50 items of clothing and accessories. In addition to the clothes, the collection is modeled by CGI dolls and three NFTs depicting Barbie and friends in Balmain will be auctioned.
Barbie avatars both wear Balmain x Barbie® collection and accessories. Avatars created by Forget Me Not for the Balmain x Barbie® collaboration. Sculpts provided by Barbie®
As for the pink, of which there is plenty, he created several shades and melded the more dusty pink he’s known for with Barbie’s signature bubblegum shade. One of his prized pieces is a replica of a dress he made for his Fabergé-inspired collection in fall 2012. “I reproduced it exactly in pink, with all the straps and padding and Swarovskis,” he says. On the opposite end of the spectrum of formality is his other favorite item: a sweatshirt with the Balmain logo in Barbie font. These pieces and the rest of the limited edition capsule collection will be available on January 13 worldwide. The collection itself ranges from US $295 to $42,494, prices that speak to the Balmain side of the collaboration.
Photo: Marie Rouge/ Courtesy of Balmain
This isn’t Rousteing’s first time working with Mattel, either. Barbie and Ken sat in the front row of a digital 2021 runway show, and the designer has made doll-sized clothes for her and the Claudia Schiffer Barbie before. Still, Rousteing calls this “a fun collection with a deep, deep message.” The main reason is that the collection is mostly genderless. After all, in a Barbie world, you can create your own rules. “You can be Ken and borrow the clothes of Barbie and Barbie can borrow the clothes of Ken,” Rousteing says, adding, “At the end of the day, you can create a society that is about freedom and not about stereotypes.”
Photo: Marie Rouge/Courtesy of Balmain
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Originally published on Vogue.com

The Style Evolution of Kim Kardashian West, from Socialite to Trendsetter

The Style Evolution of Kim Kardashian West, from Socialite to Trendsetter

There’s no denying, Kim Kardashian, Vogue Arabia’s September 2019 cover star, has an impactful influence on fashion. While today her choices are often sleek and inspiring, her journey to obtaining the polished, Instagram-worthy look has been a little rocky along the way.
When Kardashian first made a name for herself – as Paris Hilton’s stylist and friend – her style featured figure-hugging bodycon dresses, in the noughties IT bags and oversized gold hoops were her go-to accessories of choice. Over a decade later, and beauty mogul has transitioned into a sartorial trailblazer with a fearless approach to fashion. Her daring style is emulated around the world. Whether she’s wearing an emerging streetwear label or a vintage designer relic, the KKW effect has the power to create a new craze, or controversy – either way, she gets people talking.
“I think that Kim Kardashian’s style evolution is definitely something worth mentioning,” says Egyptian celebrity fashion stylist, Yasmine Eissa, “Kim is a perfect reference for how fashion can be a great marketing and PR tool. She started off by wearing high-end party dresses, which were all wearable and could be sourced. She later transformed her style into a bold, unique look. We now see her in second-skin silhouettes, mesh and plastic fabrics, exotic leathers and a lot of pastel and nude colors. She opts for cutouts, transparent pieces, the latest catwalk looks and custom made outfits. Her style is definitely controversial, but it makes her the woman everyone wants to copy.”
In the early years of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the former reality TV star made laid-back red-carpet appearances in jeans and knee-high boots. This was followed by a series of wrap dresses and platform wedges – before she advanced to designer outfits from the likes of Givenchy, Azzedine Alaïa and Balmain. Kardashian was then spotted on front rows at fashion week and formed close friendships with some of the industry’s most noteworthy names; including Olivier Rousteing, Riccardo Tisci, and Valentino Garavani.
As Kardashian’s style has evolved, we’ve learned to appreciate her elevated take on athleisure, her monochromatic dressing in earthy tones and her interesting play on proportions – often styling an exaggerated fur coat with a waist-pinching bodysuit. In recent years, she has taken inspiration from her former designer-husband Kanye West and adopted a low-key, street-inspired aesthetic, yet she has always maintained a penchant for skintight silhouettes that have become her signature style throughout the years.
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The Supers Turned Out En Masse for Olivier Rousteing’s 10th Anniversary Balmain Show

The Supers Turned Out En Masse for Olivier Rousteing’s 10th Anniversary Balmain Show

Carla Bruni. Photo: Getty
Despite entering the world of politics when she married the then president of France in 2008, Carla Bruni has always maintained her foothold in fashion. She proved it once again at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, with a show-stealing cameo at Olivier Rousteing’s 10th anniversary Balmain show.
Milla Jovovich made a return to modeling. Photo: Getty
The 53-year-old chanteuse was one of a posse of supers – both original and new generation – stalking the runway in Rousteing’s cut-out dresses, outsize embellished jackets and inflated sandals. The show, opened by Imaan Hammam, featured Naomi Campbell, Natasha Poly, Natalia Vodianova, Milla Jovovich, Lara Stone, Karen Elson, Edie Campbell, Precious Lee, and Mariacarla Boscono (wearing pearl-encrusted bike shorts). Actor Tina Leung also took a turn on the runway for Rousteing.
Naomi Campbell. Photo: GoRunway
Actor Tina Leung also appeared on the Balmain runway. Photo: Getty
There was also an audio tribute to Olivier – and the “new, fresh, empowering outlook” he brought to Balmain when appointed creative director aged 24 – from his friend Beyoncé, whose unmistakable voice rang out over the speakers at the venue as Naomi walked. The musician, who has worn Balmain in videos, for her history-making Coachella performance, and for “many personal moments”, praised Rousteing’s diverse vision, calling Balmain his “amazing tool for beauty and change”.
Natalia Vodianova on the runway. Photo: Getty
Natasha Poly also walked the runway for Olivier Rousteing. Photo: Getty
Rousteing staged a Balmain festival to mark his decade at the helm of the house, with performances by Doja Cat and Jesse Jo Stark.
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

20 of the Best Jeans in Every Kind of Style

20 of the Best Jeans in Every Kind of Style

After lounging in sweats last summer, it’s now time to step out in your best denim. Jeans are a wardrobe staple that will never go out of style: pair with a simple T-shirt (so 70s Jane Birkin), an OTM crochet top and bucket hat, a silk shirt, and blazer… The options are endless.
Loose-fit jeans are the new skinny and were spotted all over the SS21 runway. Chanel paired wide styles with a mini bag belt and signature tweed jacket, while Balmain declared the 90s are back with skinny flares under strappy dresses. Stella McCartney’s 70s flare is the definition of nostalgia (with a fresh twist), and those straight-leg styles by Versace? Utterly timeless. Choosing the right pair for you means making your selection based on what you feel confident in and will work with your current wardrobe – after all, the beauty of denim is its ability to mix and merge seamlessly with any number of key pieces.
Scroll through to see a range of jeans for all sizes, shapes, and personal styles…
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Beyoncé Cast Her Ballot for the US Election in Custom Balmain

Beyoncé Cast Her Ballot for the US Election in Custom Balmain

In case you were wondering who Beyoncé was voting for, she made her choice loud and clear this afternoon. The superstar took to social media to share a selfie wearing a mask bearing the Biden/Harris logo. While countless celebrities have used their platforms to share opinions on the upcoming election and encourage their fans to […]
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