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Jessica Chastain Showed Support for Women in Iran With a Statement-Making ‘Mahsa Amini’ Shirt

Jessica Chastain Showed Support for Women in Iran With a Statement-Making ‘Mahsa Amini’ Shirt

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Jessica Chastain is once again showing her support for the women of Iran, many of whom have been protesting the country’s extreme laws regarding how women dress and behave for the past two months.
Stepping out in New York City to appear on Live With Kelly and Ryan, the Oscar winner wore a tailored brown suit and a white T-shirt with the name Mahsa Amini printed over and over in pink capital letters.
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On September 16, 22-year-old Amini died after being detained by police for not following the restrictive dress code, per CNN. Outrage followed and, according to a human rights group, at least 300 protesters have died. Meanwhile, clips of women removing and sometimes destroying their hijabs have gone viral online. Celebrities, too, have taken notice; Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche both publicly cut their hair in solidarity with Iranian women, while Meghan Markle was recently spotted wearing a T-shirt with the Farsi slogan “Zan zindgi azadi”, which translates to “Women life freedom”.
Though she’s kept her signature red hair, this isn’t the first time Jessica Chastain has shown support for the cause. She posted on Instagram three times in September, writing, “I stand with the women of Iran and will amplify their voices from afar. When one woman is attacked, it is an attack on as all 🖤.”
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Chastain has also advocated for women’s equality closer to home, fighting for pay parity in her movie projects and helping women of color, like her friend Octavia Spencer, do the same. Spencer recalled Chastain’s commitment in 2018, telling a panel, “I love [Jessica] because she’s walking the walk and she’s actually talking the talk…. She said, ‘Octavia we’re gonna get you paid on this film.” I said, ‘I would love to do your film, but here’s the thing: I’m gonna have to get paid.’ She said, ‘Of course, and you and I are going to be tied together. We’re gonna be favored nations, and we’re gonna make the same thing. And you’re gonna make that amount.’ Fast-forward to last week, we’re making five times what we asked for.”
Originally published in Glamour.com

Social Club Prada Mode is Coming to Dubai with This Immersive Installation By Damien Hirst

Social Club Prada Mode is Coming to Dubai with This Immersive Installation By Damien Hirst

Prada Mode Moscow by Damien Hirst. Photo: Courtesy of Prada
Traveling social club Prada Mode is bringing its eighth edition to Dubai soon, with an immersive installation by famed artist and friend of the Italian fashion house, Damien Hirst. Taking place at ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC from November 9-10, the installation will follow the artist’s work with Prada Mode Moscow in 2021 to present a new rendition of ‘Pharmacy by Damien Hirst’.
Prada Mode Moscow by Damien Hirst. Photo: Courtesy of Prada
The project will see ICD Brookfield Place, which is DIFC’s epicenter of culture, lifestyle, and business, transformed by some of Hirst’s signature works into a dedicated space filled with art, music, and conversations over food. Members can expect floor-to-ceiling medicine cabinets, life-size molecule models, wallpaper inspired by catalogs of prescription medicine, and much more. “I’m thrilled and honored to be invited by Miuccia Prada to recreate Pharmacy for Prada Mode in Dubai after our successful collaboration in Moscow,” says the artist. “I’m working really hard with a complicated but beautiful space, ICD Brookfield Place, to create harmony between the inside and outside of the new building. Once again, Prada have found a space that will provide the perfect place for it. I’m so excited to be doing this!”
Pharmacy by Damien Hirst dates back to 1992, when the artist first showcased his work at the Cohen Gallery in New York, followed by a fully functioning restaurant version in Notting Hill, London in 1998, for which Miuccia Prada designed staff uniforms. Speaking of the concept, Hirst says, “I’ve always thought great restaurants can be seen as art, and art without the evidence as we always remember great meals on great evenings with great people in great places and in this way Pharmacy is definitely a kinetic artwork, that works best filled with people and art existing and living and breathing and eating and drinking and enjoying themselves as one.”
Prada Mode Moscow by Damien Hirst. Photo: Courtesy of Prada
Known to offer guests exclusive access to talks, programs, and content on cultural engagement, Prada Mode was launched as a “natural evolution” of the Prada Double Club by artist Carsten Höller, with the inaugural edition taking place in Miami in 2018. Since then, the private club has traveled to Hong Kong (2019), London (2019), Paris (2020), Shanghai (2020), Moscow (2021), and Los Angeles (2022)
Early access to Prada Mode Dubai will be made available for members to join panels in the morning and afternoon, followed by nightly events marked by beverage sampling and dinner.
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Diwali 2022 Gift Guide: 30 Presents That Are Perfect for the Festival of Lights

Diwali 2022 Gift Guide: 30 Presents That Are Perfect for the Festival of Lights

It’s that time of the year again! Just before Halloween, Christmas and New Year comes Diwali, the Indian festival of lights that sees homes around the world light up to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. If you celebrate the occasion, it’s likely that you’re planning to host a get-together over the coming days, or are seeing your calendar quickly fill up with Diwali outings at the homes of your closest friends and family. And no Diwali is truly complete without a few good gift exchanges.
Before we get started with this year’s gift guide, however, an important note for all who celebrate Diwali: With environmental concerns only growing stronger year on year, it’s important for all to approach the festival of lights more thoughtfully, using the occasion to reconnect with loved ones and make memories without fireworks and crackers, which are extremely harmful to the ozone layer, dangerous to humans, traumatic for animals, and major contributors of noise pollution.
Now let’s dive in! Household pieces are always a winning choice when it comes to Diwali gifting—why not treat your favorite hosts to ikat print glasses, a paisley print throw, or Versace cake stand? Other must-haves include La DoubleJ’s vibrant dessert plates, party-ready pearl-detailed napkin rings by Completedworks, and beaten gold trays by Tom Dixon, which can easily be decorated with fresh marigold blooms for an authentic festive finish.
For the hosts who love throwing card parties during Diwali, there’s no going wrong with a pristine Alexandra Llewellyn cards set, which comes in rich wooden casing, or even a travel-friendly set by Aerin. A scented Jo Malone candle makes a great pick for those who like to brighten up ever corner, as are Trudon’s earthy candle holders and Ginori’s incense burners.
Coming to fashion, Diwali is a wonderful time to invest in festive wear, and young Indian designers like Saaksha & Kinni and Arpita Mehta are offering up an array of ensembles that perfectly blend traditional elements with modern silhouettes. As for beauty, Miss Dior’s hair oil is as apt a choice as Saanté Selfcare’s collection of facial elixirs and hair potions, all made using ancient Indian remedies rooted in Aromatherapy, Reiki and Ayurveda. For makeup enthusiasts, Makeup by Mario’s jewel-toned eyeshadow palette is a festive must-have.
Below, check out Vogue Arabia’s edit of the best Diwali 2022 gifts. 
Beyond Extravagance, Assouline. AED 1,824
Birdcage scented candle, L’objet. AED 777
Blanket, Alanui. AED 8,669
Born In Roma, Valentino. AED 425
Cake stand, Versace. AED 2,132
Candle holder, Trudon. AED 1,506
Cape set, Arpita Mehta. AED 1,385
Crystal bowl, Reflections Copenhagen. AED 2,056
Dessert plates, La DoubleJ. AED 942
English Pear & Freesia and Lime Basil & Mandarin candle, Jo Malone London. AED 701
Hair oil, face elixir and pillow spray, Saanté Selfcare
Heels, Malone Souliers
Ikat dress, Rianna + Nina. AED 8,945
Ikat print glasses, Les Ottomans. AED 500
Incense burner, Ginori 1735. AED 1,000
Kaftan, Sea. AED 1,703
Kurta and trousers, Saaksha & Kinni. AED 1,225
Linen napkins, Cabana. AED 660
Master Metallics Palette, Makeup by Mario. AED 186
Miss Dior Hair Oil, AED 222
Napkin rings, Completedworks. AED 1,146
Place mat, Sea. AED 351
Playing cards set, Alexandra Llewellyn. AED 20,415
Silver bowl, Buccellati. AED 1,483
Snack server, L’objet. AED 2,746
Sugar bowl, Dolce & Gabbana. AED 1,400
Tea light holder, Tom Dixon. AED 246
Travel cards set, Aerin. AED 2,072
Tray, Suzanne Kalan. AED 1,224
Tray, Tom Dixon. AED 1,348

Meet Kween Karaza – The Artist Behind Instagram’s Coveted Arabic Calligraphy Vases and Scarves

Meet Kween Karaza – The Artist Behind Instagram’s Coveted Arabic Calligraphy Vases and Scarves

Photo: Creatively Directed by Marwa Atik in collaboration for VELA X KweenKaraza
“Qawiyah”: the Arabic word for “a woman who embodies strength” is scripted in bold, bubble-gum-pink letters with an emerald-green shadow in the centre of a fuchsia-toned silk scarf that flaunts intricately-illustrated vines topped with floral and pomegranate motifs. The scarf is one of the first designs to sell out from the collaboration between Kween Karaza and Vela Scarves, which launched on October 10, bringing the Chicago artist’s distinctive touch to a medium that’s both wearable an accessible – while stocks last, that is.
Photo: Creatively Directed by Marwa Atik in collaboration for VELA X KweenKaraza
And judging by her track record, that won’t be very long. I should know – for the past year I’ve had something of an Instagram girl crush on Kween Karaza, whose overall aesthetic is one that I would gladly dress my whole house in. In fact, hers is the only Instagram account I have notifications turned on for, so that I never miss a post. Still, I’ve never managed to get my hands on one of her highly-coveted creations – carpets, cushions, lampshades, vases and vessels brought to life with vivid and vibrant hand-painted Arabic calligraphy. For almost as soon as a new piece is posted, it sells out instantaneously, eternalized on Instagram in a colorful portfolio of painted masterpieces that are a fusion of contemporary culture.
Some are monochrome, while others are a lively marriage of bright pigments and floral patterns. Words like “love” and verses from poets like Nizar Qabbani are emblazoned in Arabic amid romantic backgrounds on the sculptural, statement pieces.
Photo: Creatively Directed by Marwa Atik in collaboration for VELA X KweenKaraza
Eliza Karazah – the artist of Irish and Levantine heritage behind the Kween Karaza moniker – says that each piece she creates is entirely hand-painted and one-of-a-kind. “I’ve been painting since before I can remember and never stopped. I can’t really navigate print or getting people to copy what I do, so I just doodle on my own stuff directly,” she tells Vogue Arabia, adding that she is content being a one-woman brand. “Slow art is truly the only way to make it, unless you want to work with people. I don’t like working with people. I like making my pieces at home and then sending them out myself with as little interaction as possible,” she explains.
Instagram, says Karazah, has been instrumental in building brand awareness, generating hype and helping her posts go viral. “I was an art teacher before switching to full-time creator,” she reveals. “It was either post online, or subject my students to my little doodles forever.” Her collaboration with Vela was born out of a DM from the US-based headscarves brand. “It was really wild, and I was super nervous because I don’t have the most pious reputation and Vela is about embracing modesty. I’m not modest,” says Karaza. “But they were here for my work, not my religiosity and they were truly the best collaborators I’ve ever had.”
Kween Karaza and Marwa Atik. Photo: Creatively Directed by Marwa Atik in collaboration for VELA X KweenKaraza
Vela co-founder and creative director Marwa Atik co-designed the collection with Karaza, and directed the shoot, which was a nod to their respective Syrian and Levantine cultures, and an explosion of kaleidoscopic calligraphy.
“We wanted to embrace the idea of feminine strength and self,” says Karaza. “In art, Arabic is mostly reserved to religious contexts. The Ayat Al Kursis at the doors, the Bismillahs in the kitchens. And that’s beautiful and I have all that in my home as well, but I want my pieces to be less sacred. I want them to be on the floors, touched whenever, wherever. Arabic is not just for holy truths, but for swearing and flirting.”

Photo: Creatively Directed by Marwa Atik in collaboration for VELA X KweenKaraza
“I’m a love poem and occasional Sufi scribble kind of gal,” continues Karazah, who experimented with the idea of divine inspiration for her collaboration with Vela. “I’ve always felt a connection with Rabia Al Basri’s Sufi poetry because it isn’t harsh or judgmental. It’s her expression of love; not fear. So we used lines from her work about finding love in the divine to find love with herself. And that could be about Allah, or that could be just about finding purpose around you.”
Al Basri’s famous saying, “I came to know love the moment I found your love” is scrawled in whimsical script across sand-toned scarves – a muted alternative to the brightly-hued green, blue and pink designs in the collaboration. A hoodie and sweatpants set stamped with “Qawiyah” is also included in the range, bringing the characteristics of the collaboration’s empowered, spiritual, culturally in-tune and multifaceted muse full circle.
Photo: Creatively Directed by Marwa Atik in collaboration for VELA X KweenKaraza
Photo: Creatively Directed by Marwa Atik in collaboration for VELA X KweenKaraza
The Vela X Kween Karaza collaboration is available at velascarves.com while stock lasts.

4 Arab Musicians Come Together To Celebrate Music and Watchmaking With Audemars Piguet in Switzerland

4 Arab Musicians Come Together To Celebrate Music and Watchmaking With Audemars Piguet in Switzerland

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For Swiss fine watchmaker Audemars Piguet, the art of watchmaking holds significance well beyond the limits of its craft. While deeply anchored in its craftsmanship and traditions, the company has continuously drawn inspiration from the larger cultural world, looking to fields as diverse as art, music and architecture to spark unique encounters and dialogues between fields of creative practice. In so doing, Audemars Piguet has established an inclusive global community of passionate individuals who speak the same language of emotions and value the precious moments that make up our lives.
It is this dedication towards the special moments of life that inspired Audemars Piguet to become a global partner of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2019, a two week-long annual celebration of jazz that lights up the shoreline of Lake Geneva. Founded back in 1967 by Claude Nobs, MJF is now known for its legendary performances, intimate ambience, and incredible hospitality. Given the gold standard that it promises—and delivers—it comes as no surprise that it made the perfect fit for Audemars Piguet. In fact, the Swiss watchmakers have been supporting the Montreux Jazz Digital Project together with the Claude Nobs Foundation and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) since 2010, and one of the best results of this partnership has been the digitalization, restoration and preservation of the MJF’s complete sound archives, which are now acknowledged by the UNESCO as part of its “Memory of the World.” Add to that the fact that both Audemars Piguet and Montreux Jazz Festival share common values—respecting traditions but always looking forward to a brighter future—and you’ve got a match made in heaven.
Photo: Alex Teuscher
This year, however, Audemars Piguet decided to invite four of the Middle East’s most-loved female musicians, namely Dana Hourani, Ss.hh.a.n.a, Cosmicat and Ashibah on a memorable journey through its cultural universe and beyond. What sounded like an exciting holiday to Switzerland soon unfolded to become a trip that these four talented women would never forget. The foursome made their way to Le Brassus, where the brand Audemars Piguet has been rooted since 1875, to take a tour through its fascinating Musée Atelier. As the second part of the journey they also got a chance to explore Claude Nobs’s chalet, one of the most inspiring spots in the region, which honors the memorabilia of the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival with its warm and inviting ambience, and has also been visited by the likes of Quincy Jones and David Bowie.  This inspirational trip finished on the shores of Lake Geneva, in the beaten heart of the festival for a night long celebration with Audemars Piguet and timeless memories to bring back home.
The once-in-a-lifetime experience didn’t just bring Dana Hourani, Ss.hh.a.n.a, Cosmicat and Ashibah closer together as musicians, it also invited them into a world few get to enjoy, and observe how the Swiss manufacturers bring each piece together to create a watch that beats to a different rhythm.

During the trip, the four musicians were also captured by Vogue Arabia’s lens wearing classic wristwatches that spotlighted the very best of Audemars Piguet’s offerings. As they walked through the winding interiors of the brand’s headquarters, they witnessed how everything is ultimately connected to art, and how creativity is the binding force behind most things we enjoy—be it an iconic timepiece like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, or a hauntingly beautiful piece of jazz music, composed from the heart.

On Dana Hourani: Watch, Audemars Piguet 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding limited edition in black ceramic; top, skirt, Rēnwa. Photo: Alex Teuscher

On Cosmicat: Watch, Audemars Piguet 37mm Royal Oak Selfwinding “50 th Anniversary” ergonomic in stainless steel; top, stylist’s own; skirt, Joseph through Net-a-Porter. Photo: Alex Teuscher
On Ss.hh.a.n.a.: Watch, Audemars Piguet 38mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph in pink gold; jumpsuit, Azzi & Osta. Photo: Alex Teuscher
On Ashibah: Watch, Audemars Piguet 34mm Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding in 18ct white gold; top, Ashibah’s own; pants, Nikolaj Storm. Photo: Alex Teuscher
Photography: Alex TeuscherStyle: Rawan KattoaHair: Loic Hauck, lleana CostantiniMakeup: Noelia de Jesus, Sandrine Thomas Production: Rama NaserBrand partnerships manager: Danica ZivkovicOnsite production coordinator: Polina ReshetnikovaTalents: Dana Hourani, Ss.hh.a.n.a, Cosmicat, AshibahProduction assistant: Leen NaserVideo: Olivia Peters and Mikhail KulikovCreative agency: F2MaxArt direction: Valentina BobrovaWorn in video: Alaïa at Net-a-Porter, 16 Arlington at Net-a-Porter, Riyeka Studios, Les Benjamins, Soeren Le Schmidt, Nikolaj StormSpecial thanks to Claude Nobs Chalets
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Sneak Peek: Carrie Bradshaw Will Wear The Boldest Accessories in And Just Like That Season 2

Sneak Peek: Carrie Bradshaw Will Wear The Boldest Accessories in And Just Like That Season 2

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Sex and The City’s Carrie Bradshaw (portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker) is no stranger to bold fashion statements. This is the fictional figure who wore men’s shirts as dresses and giant bird feathers on her head! In the reboot series, And Just Like That, Carrie’s closet has only gotten even more experimental—right down to the vintage Jean Paul Gaultier suits and her babushka-style headscarves. Now that the HBO show is currently filming its second season, Parker just shared a sneak peek at what we can expect from Carrie’s style once again—and it appears she’ll be rocking some of her boldest accessories yet.

Sharing a behind-the-scenes photo captioned “streets of NY,” Parker offered a waist-down photo of herself from set in character. While only her cropped cargo pants and accessories are in view, it’s enough to make any fashion lover giddy. Let’s start with the whimsical bag. We can’t wait to see Carrie lug around JW Anderson’s pigeon clutch, which retails for $870. The 3-D printed bag is fully functional, but is a cheeky way to honor New York’s most pesky denizens. Shoes-wise, she’s also seen sporting archival Dior heels that she wore in the first Sex and The City film—she’s the queen of re-wearing her iconic pieces—with knee-high socks. She even added a tiny Fendi anklet bag, a purse so small it could fit a tiny lipgloss and maybe a pack of gum.

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Now, the kitschy shoes and bag are hardly everyday staples, but it wouldn’t be a Carrie outfit without a dash of impracticality. Isn’t that why you watch the show in the first place?
Originally published in Vogue.com

Deepika Padukone on Her Rise from Actordom to Stardom, High Fashion Partnerships, and Self-Care

Deepika Padukone on Her Rise from Actordom to Stardom, High Fashion Partnerships, and Self-Care

A decade-and-a-half after her silver-screen debut, the actress remains at the top of her game. And acting is not all she’s doing well.
Cape, Mrs Keepa; dress, Zuhair Murad; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti; necklace, Cartier. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
Under a condenser microphone is, what we assume, a script – a stack of spiral-bound sheets. The title is illegible and out of focus. There’s a white coffee mug on the far left, the caps of two highlighter pens providing neon color pops in an otherwise grayscale frame. #WIP #pathaan is all that the caption reveals. Deepika Padukone’s Instagram post from late September tells us what we already know, but we bite anyway. The last time we checked, 259,517 people had liked her post, the comments a series of fire-hot emojis. Perhaps it’s the sudden reminder that movie stars do mundane things like reading stacks of A4 sheets while dosing on caffeine that tugs at our heartstrings.
Now, Padukone and I are speaking on Zoom on a Friday night, her profile image a photograph of white orchids against a sunny blue sky. When prodded to reveal a little more about the upcoming January 2023 release that stars Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham alongside her, she says, “Magnum opus. I think Siddharth Anand is fantastic at doing that – making really cool, slick, good looking movies. Pathaan is the kind of movie you want to go back to the cinema hall for, with your popcorn, and with your family.”
Top, skirt, shoes, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
It’s been 15 years since Padukone made her Bollywood debut with the Farah Khan-directed Om Shanti Om, the distance from actordom to stardom traversed in the 162-minute-long running time of a film dedicated to Bollywood, in which she played a movie star as well as an actress hired to impersonate the aforementioned movie star. Since then, Padukone has played cab driver, assassin, party girl, acid-attack survivor, queen, runaway bride, and yoga instructor, among other roles, and worked with the most acclaimed directors of the Hindi film industry, from Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat) to Shoojit Sircar (Piku), Homi Adajania (Cocktail, Finding Fanny), and Rohit Shetty (Chennai Express). She was last seen on screen in Gehraiyaan (2022), which revolved around a love affair running into murky waters.
Cape, Mrs Keepa; dress, Zuhair Murad; necklace, Cartier. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
The genres of her films, which span grand historical sagas staged in crystal-and mirror-drenched sets to road trips with family and few outfit changes, have showcased the range of the actress’s talent; whether she’s playing Mastani with her fierce luminescence or Piku dealing with her aging father with both annoyance and equanimity. “I feel I value the journey a lot more today than I probably would have if, say, you had spoken to me 10 years ago,” says Padukone. “I can see the obstacles and moments where I could have faltered –and it’s not to say I haven’t faltered or made mistakes – but I was able to go through this like a horse with blinkers on and not let anything pull me down. It’s a little bit like what I would tell my younger self… I feel it’s been a pretty incredible journey.”
Jacket, pants, belt, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
The year 2022, with its airport paparazzi and Insta Reels and hookstep challenges, is different from the milieu in which Padukone entered the film industry. Om Shanti Om (2007) came after a spell of modeling, with Farah Khan reportedly casting her after spotting her in a Himesh Reshammiya music video. Before modeling, Padukone, the daughter of Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone, was a national-level badminton player. “For a young girl growing up in this country 15 or 20 years ago, when there was no social media, you were so colored by everything you were fed,” she reminisces. “The way a heroine is supposed to be, the way she is supposed to conduct herself, the way she should enter the industry, the kind of movies she should do… You come into this world thinking that if you want to be a successful actor, you have to be all of these things. And then you discover along the way that you can also do it your way.”
Dress, Zuhair Murad; gloves, stylist’s own; necklace, Cartier. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
One of the most remarkable waves to have swept the Indian film industry in recent years has been the rise of the “pan-India film” – typically, made-for-the-big-screen blockbusters with ensemble casts and grandiose themes, often dubbed simultaneously in many languages, exemplified by the likes of Baahubali, KGF, and RRR and their mega success. So far, the films have mostly come from the Telugu and Kannada film industries, and Bollywood is seeking to emulate it. What does Padukone, who hails from Karnataka, think of the phenomenon? “I think I’m on the side that says it was high time. I’ve always wondered why we worked in clusters. When you work as a collective, it becomes such a powerful narrative. It’s nice to see how everyone is coming together and making films for a much larger audience, not just for the 1.5 billion people in our country but also for the world.”
Dress, top, pants, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
Like many of us, Padukone spent the Covid-19 lockdown alternating between despair, ennui, and gratitude. “It was a bittersweet time. In the second wave the whole family went through it together. My father was in the hospital. You’re being a caregiver while also recovering from it yourself… But in the first wave, like with everyone else, there was a lot of confusion, trying to find calm within all this and trying to take care of those around you,” she recalls. The lockdown also happened a little over a year after her wedding with actor Ranveer Singh. “We’d just married, and soon after that we got back into work, so this [the lockdown] was really when we got uninterrupted time with each other.” In her own life, she says, downtime and self-care are indispensable. “Making time for myself is a very important part of my self-care, whether it’s a digital detox or working only certain hours a day or certain days a week. And I think that my experience with mental illness has brought me to this space today. I prioritize my mind and my body over everything else. Did it take an illness to bring me to that level of awareness? Yes. But I guess that’s what it is. Sometimes you need to go through those experiences to really come out of something having learned something,” she says. Padukone made headlines in 2015, when, in an interview with news channel NDTV, she spoke out about being diagnosed with depression a year prior – a rare (and powerful) revelation coming from an Indian celebrity. The Live Love Laugh Foundation that she set up in 2015 has been working towards making mental-health counseling accessible to all. There are programs for schools, doctors, and villages, as well as a counseling assist helpline.
Dress, top, pants, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
Padukone has been in the global spotlight of late. One of the actress’s most talked-about public appearances in recent months was as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival this year alongside the likes of Asghar Farhadi, Noomi Rapace, and Rebecca Hall, among others. The occasion, as expected, brought with it a range of stellar fashion choices. An ochre-and-black sequin-plastered Sabyasachi sari inspired by the Bengal tiger. An ivory-hued Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla bubble-hem sari with a pearl collar, which saw her looking every bit the sea goddess on the French riviera. A floral Richard Quinn and a flaming Ashi Studio sculptural gown from the Saudi label was lauded by her 69 million followers – and many custom Louis Vuitton looks, thanks to her being appointed ambassador of the French maison, the first Indian celebrity in the role. As this collaboration was announced, fans rejoiced and underlined online the importance of representation, and of having a south Asian star as the face of the heritage European brand. The actress describes Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton’s creative director, as “gentle, sensitive, and generous.” On the year-old association withthe brand, she comments, “[For] the way they’ve welcomed me into the Louis Vuitton family and proudly flaunted me across the world, I just feel grateful at the moment.” Meanwhile, her “off-duty” wardrobe was equally streamlined – athleisure co-ords, loads of denim and oversized shirts, and pristine sneakers. “At the core of it, so much of [fashion] is what I’ve seen and learned from my mother – classic and elegant. But over the years, having been a model and an actress and being able to engage with some of the best creative minds in the world and playing different characters, your style evolves. I think I’ve now found that place where I’m able to have fun with fashion,” she says, having also just been announced as an official Friend of the maison Cartier.

The weekend is coming up. Padukone has recently started watching the HBO satire The White Lotus. Like many, the actress sometimes enjoys time on the couch in front of her TV. “How do I explain this…? Right from Emily in Paris to Succession, I’ve watched everything,” she reveals. “My life before I became an actress and a model was so rigid and disciplined because I was an athlete. I didn’t watch television; I didn’t grow up watching many movies. Today I feel I can actually sit and understand and enjoy something, whether it’s a movie or a show… It’s also an escape, right?” Padukone is also a “music junkie”; her current earworm is the AP Dhillon number ‘Summer High’. Her husband, she says, finds her taste in music both “good” and “commercial.” She enjoys working out and is also obsessed with organizing. “My husband and people around me don’t know why I keep cleaning all the time, but I find that therapeutic,” she laughs. There’s also her recent love for cross-stitch, which she picked up during a bout of Covid. “Yes, don’t even ask… The list is endless.” In Dubai recently for this shoot with Vogue Arabia, Padukone wishes she visited the Emirates more often and, for once, not for work. She was last in the region in December, for the world premiere of 83 at the Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah. Where would she go first? “I know this is highly inappropriate, but I’m going to say…the mall. I’ve been here so often. I’ve shot films here, I’ve shot ads here, and I’ve not had the opportunity to visit Dubai, or anywhere in the UAE, on just a holiday. But whenever I have visited, it has always been familiar and comforting.” The timer on our interview is about to go off. We say our goodbyes. The white orchids disappear. Padukone will probably go back to watching The White Lotus. It’s hard to compete with Jennifer Coolidge.
Originally published in the October 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia
Style: Amine Jreissati Hair: Dani Hiswani Makeup: Gianluca Casu Photography assistant: Héloïse DombrevalDigitech: Ali JeromeJunior fashion editor: Mohammad Hazem Rezq Style assistant: Vaidehi Pal Producer: Sam Allison
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Hold Hands in New Powerful Portraits

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Hold Hands in New Powerful Portraits

Photo: Misan Harriman
Misan Harriman, the photographer who has captured some of the most significant moments in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s lives, has released two never-before-seen portraits of the couple.
The powerful photos were posted to Harriman’s Instagram account and taken behind the scenes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s appearance at the One Young World Summit in Manchester on September 5. The event marked one of many in Prince Harry and Markle’s series of engagements away from their home in the US, which came to a stop due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.
Photo: Misan Harriman
In the first new portrait, the couple looks on straight into the camera, with Markle standing tall and slightly in front of Prince Harry as she lightly holds his hand. The second black-and-white portrait taken from the side sees them holding hands completely this time, a loving gesture they often share when together at public events. Markle is wearing a bright red blouse and trousers from eco-conscious brand AnotherTomorrow with Aquazzura heels, and gold hoops, while Prince Harry wears a dark blue suit. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moments before attending the opening ceremony of One Young World last month,” Harriman captioned the photos on Instagram.
Markle, who has served as a counselor for One Young World since 2014, also took the stage at the summit to deliver an inspiring speech, which was her first time addressing an audience since the couple stepped down as senior royals in March 2020. “I am thrilled that my husband is able to join me here this time, to be able to see and witness firsthand my respect for this incredible organization and all that it provides, as well as accomplishes,” Markle said. “One Young World has been an integral part of my life for so many years before I met him, so to meet again here on UK soil with him by my side, makes it all feel full circle.”
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Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Lily James, and More: The Best Dressed Women at the 2022 Emmy Awards

Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Lily James, and More: The Best Dressed Women at the 2022 Emmy Awards

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2022’s Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California celebrated the year’s best television shows and performances—but on the red carpet beforehand, the paparazzi were cheering on something a tad different: A-listers in their finest formalwear. Sticking to tradition, many stars in attendance adhered to the event’s signature glamorous feel. The designer dresses were heavy on the sequins, shining brighter than a disco ball in Studio 54.
Given the night’s best gowns went all in on sequins and beads, many of the silhouettes were simple and streamlined as a result. Squid Game star Hoyeon Jung’s sequin patchwork, for instance, was done on a no-fuss slip dress; Amanda Seyfried’s lilac sequins came via Armani Privé’s strapless column dress, with a sheer (and barely-there) accent of tulle at the bust. Both allowed for the frocks’ delicious texture to shine. Equally, Lily James’s slinky Versace chainmail dress, and Christina Ricci’s bedazzled Fendi Couture slip dress, were formfitting—and all about accentuating the shape.
It wasn’t all razzle-dazzle, though. A few celebrities opted for more of a pared-back elegance. Zendaya, in custom Valentino, embraced Old Hollywood with her strapless, full-skirted gowns. It’s a nod to an archival Valentino design from its fall-winter 1987 collection. The White Lotus’s Alexandra Daddario also stood out in a sheer, one-shoulder tulle gown from Dior Haute Couture, finished with sublime beadwork.
There were even a few risks tonight, too—namely Julia Garner’s embroidered Gucci dress with a cutout at the belly button, and Jasmin Savoy Brown in Christopher Kane’s latex dress with cutouts at the hips and bust. Skin is clearly in!
Zendaya in custom Valentino
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Hoyeon Jung in Louis Vuitton
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Lily James in Versace
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Alexandra Daddario in Dior Haute Couture
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Laura Linney in Christian Siriano
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Jasmin Savoy Brown in Christopher Kane
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Amanda Seyfried in Armani Privé
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Ariana DeBose in Prabal Gurung
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Julia Garner in Gucci
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Sandra Oh in Rodarte
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Christina Ricci in Fendi Couture
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Elle Fanning in Sharon Long
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Sydney Sweeney in Oscar de la Renta
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Originally published in Vogue.com
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This Newly Signed Memorandum Will Empower the Saudi Fashion Industry and Designers

This Newly Signed Memorandum Will Empower the Saudi Fashion Industry and Designers

Saudi brand Atelier Hekayat. Photo: Hayat Osamah
The Misk Foundation’s Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City in Riyadh and the Saudi Fashion Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to empower the blossoming fashion industry in the Kingdom on Monday.
The agreement was signed by David Henry, CEO of the City, and Burak Çakmak, CEO of the Saudi Fashion Commission at the Ministry of Culture headquarters in Diriyah. The event was held in the presence of His Excellency Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez, Vice Minister of Culture and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Fashion Commission.
The partnership was made to cultivate cooperation between the two associations to establish more education and training programs for young Saudi designers, get familiarized with entrepreneurial opportunities and bring in talents and investors to the fashion industry in the Kingdom. It also provides a platform to collaborate and bring forth a diverse range of fashion-related events and festivals in the city. The Fashion Commission also signed a contract at the City Hub to construct a high-end product development studio for product sampling and prototyping. The studio will be furnished with the most advanced and latest machinery, technology, and expertise to foster the development of the fashion design community.
Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City and The Ministry of Culture’s Fashion Commission sign MoU
Çakmak explained the importance of fashion in the country’s cultural landscape and said, “Fashion is a true reflection of Saudi heritage and identity. The signing of the memorandum of understanding reflects the commitment of the Fashion Commission to advance the growth of the Saudi fashion sector and enhance its contribution to the local economy in line with Vision 2030.” Meanwhile, Henry said the collaboration will be an important step toward the growth of the fashion scene in the Kingdom while staying in line with the city’s vision. “We look forward to working together with the Fashion Commission to create opportunities that inspire the next generation of talent and cement the Kingdom’s position as a global leader in the industry while showcasing Saudi culture,” he said.
The Nonprofit City is located in the Irqah neighborhood, bordering the Wadi Hanifa, and is spread over more than 3.4 square kilometers.
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