Balqees Fathi

Balqees Fathi Wore an All-Pink Look with Staggering High Platforms to Her Dubai Concert

Balqees Fathi Wore an All-Pink Look with Staggering High Platforms to Her Dubai Concert

Photo: Rudolf Azzi
The fashion world is clearly not over the magic of the color pink, and neither is Balqees Fathi. For her sold-out concert in Dubai, the Emirati-Yemeni singer stunned in a full Valentino look, in the fashion house’s signature and shocking hue of pink nonetheless.

Fathi went for an ultra-feminine outfit from the Valentino Pink PP collection, which featured a mini dress paired with tights and gloves, styled by Cedric Haddad. While the dress came with glittering floral embellishments all over, the opaque tights and gloves were all matte for contrast. The highlight, however, were the staggering high platforms, which continue to rank high on every young fashion lover’s wish list, and added a bold edge to Fathi’s otherwise girly look. The singer also posed for the ‘gram in a series of photos, which show her look accessorized by a pair of dainty earrings by Marli New York. Sleek and straight hair balanced out the loudness of her outfit, while neutral, matte makeup completed her look for the evening.
Photo: Rudolf Azzi
This marks Fathi’s second pink ensemble from Valentino, following the laser cut dress she wore to the fashion house’s Fall-Winter 2022 couture show in Rome. In case you were not sold on the color yet, let her latest look change your mind.
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Balqees Fathi’s Coolest Stage Outfit Yet Includes Shimmering Statement Pants and Diamond Sunglasses

Balqees Fathi’s Coolest Stage Outfit Yet Includes Shimmering Statement Pants and Diamond Sunglasses

Photo: Instagram.com/balqeesfathi
Balqees Fathi recently took the stage at the Gamers8 Festival in Riyadh in what may be her coolest performance look yet. Dressed in an edgy top and statement pants paired with plenty of accessories, the Emirati-Yemeni singer clearly got the memo about the spirited eSports event.

Fathi’s outfit for the evening was styled by Cedric Haddad, and picked from French brand Alexandre Vauthier’s collections. While the leather halter neck corseted top was a bold choice on its own, her glitzy green and black striped pants took the ensemble to another level. The look also marked a sartorial switch-up for the singer, who is most often seen in breezy kaftans and extravagant gowns. To accessorize the outfit, Fathi looked to a stack of bracelets and rings with green stones from Marli New York, but the highlight of her look was a pair of futuristic sunglasses studded with diamonds across the lenses, from Jaupin. The limited edition sunnies gave off major Matrix vibes, but with a surprise element of sparkle that made them ideal for a stage performance.
The singer’s beauty look complemented her playful ensemble just as well. Fathi wore her long brown locks in defined waves in a half-up-half-down style, while her makeup matched her outfit with glittering green and black smoky eyes. Balqees seems to have loved her edgy new look so much, she wasted no time in changing her Instagram profile picture to a snapshot in the all-eyes-on-me ensemble.
Photo: Instagram.com/balqeesfathi
Running until September 8, Gamers8 will see a lineup of the region and the world’s most-loved musical stars including Nancy Ajram, Marshmello, DJ Alan Walker, DJ Snake, and Black Eyed Peas.
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Balqees Fathi Wore Two Brightly Colored Kaftans in a Single Week in Saudi Arabia

Balqees Fathi Wore Two Brightly Colored Kaftans in a Single Week in Saudi Arabia

Balqees Fathi in SemSem. Photo: Hala Aljahwary via Instagram.com/balqeesfathi
Solid-colored kaftans can be just as noteworthy as embellished and printed ones, and Balqees Fathi‘s recent outfits proved just that. While in Saudi Arabia, the Emirati-Yemeni singer served up not one, but two looks in different saturated hues that were all about pared-back elegance.
Photo: Hala Aljahwary via Instagram.com/balqeesfathi
The first came in the ever-classic and bold shade of bright red, which the star effortlessly wore in the form of a floor-grazing kaftan by SemSem. The head-turning number—picked from the brand founded by Egyptian designer Abeer Al Otaiba—featured crystal buttons down the center for a hint of glam, and caped sleeves that lent to the flowiness of the piece. For the occasion, Fathi’s makeup was done using products from her own brand, Bex Beauty, and took on a monochrome look with a brown smoky eye and creamy nude pout.
Fathi in Taller Marmo. Photo: Hala Aljahwary via Instagram.com/balqeesfathi
In the same week, the singer also attended a suhoor event in Riyadh, this time embracing a lush green shade for her kaftan from Dubai-based label Taller Marmo. Made with drapy crepe, the piece featured long silk tassels lining its entire hem, as well as the satin tie wrapped around the kaftan’s high neck. Once again wearing her hair down in her signature sleek and straight style, Fathi’s makeup look was switched to feature peachy bronze tones. Both looks were curated by celebrity stylist Cedric Haddad, and paired with dazzling jewelry from Marli, with which Fathi recently collaborated.
Photo: Hala Aljahwary via Instagram.com/balqeesfathi
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Exclusive: Balqees Fathi Gets Into the Spirit of Ramadan With MARLI New York’s New Jewelry Collection

Exclusive: Balqees Fathi Gets Into the Spirit of Ramadan With MARLI New York’s New Jewelry Collection

Photo: Courtesy MARLI
Among the list of the most loved musicians in the region is the name of Balqees Fathi, more often lovingly known by her fans simply as Balqees. Over the years, the Emirati-Yemeni singer, who has also counted herself as a UN Champion for Women’s Rights in the Middle East, hasn’t just taken over with her powerful voice and strong opinions, but also her unique style. A reflection of her fiery personality, Fathi’s wardrobe comes with more than its fair share of statement-makers, and it seems like her taste in jewelry falls perfectly in line with the aesthetic. This festive season, the musician is getting into the spirit of Ramadan with a special collaboration, lending her face to the Ramadan campaign of jewelry house MARLI.
Though its home may be the dynamic city of New York, MARLI takes inspiration from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and manages to strike a cord with women across the globe with its minimal shapes—and oh, so wearable—designs. For Ramadan 2022, founder and creative director Maral Artinian crafted what is now called the Tip Top collection, a sparkling series of earrings, bracelets, neckpieces and rings that blur the lines between traditional and contemporary jewelry. And to share the collection with the world, Balqees Fathi was a natural choice. “Balqees embodies the MARLI persona,” Artinian reveals to Vogue Arabia. “She is independent, accomplished, and carefree. Her personality and perseverance inspired this collaboration.”
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
Dressed in free-flowing modest ensembles, Balqees Fathi plays the perfect muse for MARLI’s Tip-Top collection, which feature diamonds and precious stones in blue for an unexpected twist. Describing her relationship with the brand as “magnetic”, the star shared, “I was always fascinated with MARLI creations and I have always been a MARLI client since they launched in the region. The TVC concept has an extraordinary story line to celebrate Ramadan… It was a privilege to work with the team and Angy Akly, the creative producer and director.” In an exclusive chat with Vogue Arabia, the musicians opens up about her favorite Ramadan rituals, her festive style, and of course, all things jewelry.
Congratulations on starring in MARLI’s Ramadan campaign! Can you tell us about your most precious pieces of jewelry? 
I have two pieces of jewelry that are very dear to me: a gold bracelet from my dad which I wore as a kid and see in all my childhood pictures, and the second piece was a necklace gifted by my grandmother, may she rest in peace, after I graduated from school, and I still have both these pieces to this day.
From sharp pantsuits to shimmering jumpsuits, your fans have seen you acing it all. But what is Balqees’s true personal style? What do you love to wear when you’re not out and about?
I’m a person who loves to change and you can see it even in my art. Being able to perform in different facets helped me to get closer to my audience. My personal style is always minimalistic, at a times even carefree, but always with a statement.
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
Is your style any different during the Holy Month of Ramadan? What is your ideal iftar look?
Elegant, minimalistic, and I love wearing a kaftan or an abaya.
How important is jewelry in defining your personal style?
It’s a part of my lifestyle, wherever I go, wherever or whenever I have an appearance; it wouldn’t be complete without the perfect piece of jewelry
Ramadan is a special time for all. What’s your favorite Ramadan tradition?
Being with my family, including all the beautiful the gatherings, and reunions — the whole Ramadan vibe.
The festive season helps us all come together with the people that matter most to us. How do you like to spend quality time with your family?
Family always comes first; I cherish every moment that I spend with my son.
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
It’s safe to say that music is, of course, a major part of your life. While your voice has inspired many, who are the musicians that most inspire you?
Definitely Fayrouz is my inspiration, and of course those who created change in the East and the West such as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Celine Dion.
And finally, Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and appreciating everything in our lives. If you could gift someone a piece of jewelry from MARLI, what would it be? Who would you gift it to?
I would give the timeless MARLI Cleo bracelet to my elementary school teacher. I always remember her; she was very patient and kind to me.

Balqees Fathi Becomes the First Arab Star to Have Her Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Dubai

Balqees Fathi Becomes the First Arab Star to Have Her Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Dubai

Balqees Fathi photographed by Sandra Chidiac for Vogue Arabia
Balqees Fathi‘s fans will soon be able to pose with her as she becomes the first Arab star to have her wax figure revealed at the Madame Tussauds Dubai. The Emirati-Yemeni singer Fathi met her wax figure for the first time today (August 17) at a side-by-side unveiling held at luxury resort Caesars Palace Dubai, Bluewaters Island.
Photo: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds
Crafting Fathi’s lifelike wax figure saw a team of Madame Tussauds’ sculptors traveling to Dubai to document 500 of her precise measurements, before setting to work back in London, spending three months handcrafting the figure and inserting real hair strand by strand. It will stand among the some of the most renowned global actors and musicians in an A-list party room where visitors can pose with the figure before hitting an interactive dance floor with a DJ.

“I feel privileged to be the first Arab artist to stand side by side my wax figure at the iconic Madame Tussauds Dubai,” said Fathi. “I am overwhelmed with the incredible likeness that this wax figure holds to my physical appearance and to the impeccable attention to detail that captures my personality. I cannot wait for people to visit Madame Tussauds and to finally be able to enjoy this unique experience in the Arab world.” Since rising to fame in 2013, Fathi has released three albums, joined the UAE NSO Symphony Orchestra, and also launched her own beauty brand, Bex.
Located next to Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel, Madame Tussauds Dubai is the first Madame Tussauds experience in the Gulf. The world-renowned attraction is set to open its doors later this year and will let visitors take photographs with 60 global stars, including 16 new figures from the Middle East.
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This is What Happened When Balqees Fathi Met Her Mentee

This is What Happened When Balqees Fathi Met Her Mentee

Piaget’s Extraordinary Encounters campaign explores the meaning of mentorship, as Balqees Fathi, Clémence Poésy, Wendy Yu, Katharine Pooley, Noella Coursaris Musunka, Momoko Ando, and Yeol Eum Son discuss women empowering women. Showcasing a global cast that embodies femininity and strength, the film sees mentor and mentee speak on their connection and mutual support.
Balqees Fathi. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
An extraordinary encounter can occur at any time. For Piaget’s global cast of extraordinary women, meeting with like-minded, inspiring individuals is integral to the fabric of their day-to-day lives. From these meetings, a meaningful mentorship grows. In intimate films, Piaget’s latest campaign sees mentor and mentee in conversation, unpacking what being an extraordinary woman truly means.

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For Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi, bringing her mentee, Hend Mohammed Farea, into the fold of the Piaget family has been critical to her own growth. Fathi, who headlined Saudi Arabia’s first-ever female-only concert in 2017, wears Piaget’s Sunlight rose gold set and the Limelight gala watch as she speaks on a specific mentoring skill – teaching Farea to write down her goals and consider them carefully. Sometimes it is the small moments that make the most extraordinary encounters.
Balqees Fathi. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Another mentor, actor Clémence Poésy, muses, “I don’t believe in ordinary. I think every woman is extraordinary.” Known for her intimate exploration of female characters, the actor contemplates an encounter with her childhood friend Ava Verden, during which she saw her in a new light. Poésy wears a crisp button-down and loafers, accented with playful diamond earrings and matching Piaget pendant as she recalls watching her friend on stage. “All of a sudden, I discovered a whole new part of you,” she tells the performer.
Clémence Poésy. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Uncovering a new side of a woman one knows intimately is shared by the Ando sisters, who wear Piaget’s Limelight Gala watches in elegant mother-of-pearl and 18ct white gold. Having featured in director Momoko Ando’s 2015 film 0.5 mm, Sakura Ando understands the symbiotic ebb and flow of sisterhood. “It’s like breathing,” she offers. Model and activist Noella Coursaris Musunka’s connection to her mentee, Marceline Ngoy Kilolo, also borders the familial. “I am your mama, your sister, your mentor,” she laughs, speaking remotely to the student of Malaika School in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, founded by Musunka in 2007.
Momoko Ando and Sakura Ando. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Empowerment shines through mutual encouragement both in personal life and professional fields. British interior designer of the decade Katharine Pooley and her former intern turned right-hand woman April Hudson embody this, comparing samples while chatting about their supportive relationship.
Katharine Pooley. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Similarly, Susan Fang tells of her first encounter with Wendy Yu, learning that the entrepreneur and philanthropist had bought a bag from her first collection. Smiling bashfully at her mentor, the young designer tells of Yu’s willingness to help creatives in China and beyond. Yu, in turn, speaks of her pride in awarding Fang the Yu Prize, her smile as radiant as the Sunlight pendant and fluid earrings she wears. This global cast of women shares their experiences and their loves because, as South Korean-born classical pianist Yeol Eum Son says, “An extraordinary woman shares her passions with others.” Inspired by the piano playing of her mentee, Juhee Lim, she is moved by sharing music. As Son is enraptured in her own playing, the white gold Limelight Gala Piaget watch keeps time on her delicate wrist.
Yeol Eum Son. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
We all have people who shape our lives, who inspire us, and drive us to do more. For Piaget’s extraordinary women, encouraging and responding to the women close to them is intrinsic – it’s what makes them exceptional mentors.
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