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Exclusive: Farida Khelfa Talks About Playing Muse for Taller Marmo’s High Summer 2023 Collection

Exclusive: Farida Khelfa Talks About Playing Muse for Taller Marmo’s High Summer 2023 Collection

Photo: Louie Banks
Algerian-French beauty Farida Khelfa is many things: a model, a filmmaker, and, it goes without saying, a style icon in her own right. And this season, the multi-hyphenate is lending her face to Taller Marmo, the Dubai-based label that has grown to be loved across the globe by fashion enthusiasts.
For the label’s exclusive high summer 2023 line—dedicated to the Middle Eastern woman—a glowing Khelfa beams for the camera dressed in a series of covetable creations, ranging from sorbet greens and creamy whites, to pop pinks and royal blues. “I like the way [designers Riccardo Audisio and Yago Goicoechea] use fabrics and colors,” she tells Vogue Arabia in an exclusive chat. “The dresses are very comfortable and can be worn in both, the daytime or evening, in cold or warm weather.” In fact, come summer, you’re likely to see Farida in a host of looks from the upcoming line. “I will wear the whole collection!” she shares, “I really enjoy colors now, especially when the sun is out.”
Photo: Louie Banks
Comprising of a whopping nine capsules, Taller Marmo’s high summer 2023 collection was made to satisfy every need for the season. “This year, the collection is the biggest ever done,” the designers explain, revealing that the nine lines have been made in collaboration with Taller Marmo key retail partners including Net-a-Porter, BrownsFashion, MatchesFashion, MyTheresa, Bloomingdale’s Middle East, Harvey Nichols Dubai, Ounass, Etoile La Boutique and Harrods. How do they differ from one another? “With Net-a-Porter, the focus was on creating different looks for the modern woman from sets in earthy tones, to bright and bold kaftans. With MatchesFashion it was all about femininity and lightness using floral fil-coupe textiles and pastel colors. With BrownsFashion, [the approach] was edgy and modern using pastel-neon colors and experimental textiles. With MyTheresa, we wanted to create something elegant, sexy and sumptuous. With Harrods it was all about mixing iconic and new styles in metallic and citrus hues. With Bloomingdale’s Middle East and Harvey Nichols Dubai we wanted it to be very ladylike, and we started with colors we’ve never used before, like lilac and mint. And finally for Etoile La Boutique, we played with idea of sunrise and sunset, working with gold and sunkissed hues.”
Photo: Louie Banks
The result is a final high summer collection that celebrates all aspects of womanhood, while still coming together to tell a bold story. To make the dream come true, the designers worked with a wide palette, and an equally vast range of fabrics—think shiny metallics versus matte textures, asymmetrical silhouettes versus symmetrical styles, fluid crepe cady versus crisp couture-quality fil coupe and jacquard textiles, and sleek fringes versus vaporous feathers. And given the 360 degree appeal of the line, no one but Farida Khelfa would do for the duo when it came to shooting the clothing. “We wanted to work with her as she is the ultimate muse!” the designers gush when asked about their muse for the season. “Were truly honored of having her starring the new campaign. She embodies the modern diva, able to incarnate a spirit and a look that hinted at rebelliousness while representing high octane glamour. We had so much fun on set and there was a perfect chemistry between her and Louie Banks, the photographer. She is a supermodel so her self-awareness made everything so cool and easy.”
Photo: Louie Banks
As we wait for the collection to hit stores, Vogue Arabia sits down with Farida Khelfa for an exclusive chat about everything, from her experience with Taller Marmo, to her summer style.

Tell us about your experience shooting for Taller Marmo. What was the best part about it?It was a very tight schedule on Sunday, during couture week. We worked all day as [Riccardo and Yago] had to go back to Milan the same day. The shoot was in Paris and went extremely well. I loved working with Louie Banks, the photographer—he’s really fast, I like that!
Photo: Louie Banks
What is your relationship with Riccardo Audisio and Yago Goicoechea like? How do they inspire you?We met during the shoot, but it seemed like we knew each other for a long time. I like duets in fashion, they work well in the industry. They seem to care for each other and have a strong idea of the brand should be. They’re very focused.
If you could have left the shoot with one Taller Marmo outfit, which one would it have been?My anis (light green) dress! I love this color, and the fact that it could be a gandoura like the ones we have in Algeria. I used to wear those as soon as I was home when I was younger and lived with my parents.
Photo: Louie Banks
What’s one thing about Middle Easten women’s style that you think is extremely admirable?They love fashion in the right way. They have their own style and stick to it, and are always on top of fashion.
Lastly, what are three style tips you’d like to share with every woman who looks up to you?Dare it! Don’t be shy, even if you have it wrong.  It’s the only way to find your own style.Red lips are always a good option.If you’re not comfortable with your outfit, try a tuxedo. That often works.
Photo: Louie Banks

Iconic Models Farida Khelfa and Carla Bruni on Frienship, Fashion and What It Means To Be Soul Sisters

Iconic Models Farida Khelfa and Carla Bruni on Frienship, Fashion and What It Means To Be Soul Sisters

When talk turns to family and juggling everything and everybody, Bruni jumps in, “When children are little, they take up a lot, but they give a lot and then they grow up.” Finishing her friend’s sentence, Khelfa adds, “And then they leave!” Bruni continues, “People always say it must be difficult to be married to a president but no, it wasn’t. It was much more difficult with my children. You have to change your schedule and we are lucky enough not to have to run to a job. We are in show business and have special times. My job is the majority at night. I start writing at 6pm until midnight and now, I work between 10pm and 2am. I am not a morning person.” On her agenda currently are several fashion projects and traveling for her music, along with tending to an olive oil property in the South of France. Khelfa, meanwhile, confesses to being a morning person, currently working on a podcast with Cartier featuring women like Nadine Labaki and Sudanese poet Emi Mahmoud. Together, the women express that the fashion world embraced them and as Bruni comments, “Fashion gave us names.” Khelfa adds, “For me, fashion is freedom and full of joy and life and I really love it.” The industry may have changed since their earliest days modeling, but for both, along with their friendship, it is one of life’s greater constants.
Cape, dress, Dior Haute Couture. Photo: Kiki Xue
Jumpsuit, cape shoes, Elie Saab Haute Couture. Photo: Kiki Xue
Dress, necklace, Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture. Photo: Kiki Xue
Top, pants, Ashi Studio. Photo: Kiki Xue
Dress, necklace, Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture. Photo: Kiki Xue
Jacket, Valentino Haute Couture. Photo: Kiki Xue
Dress, Valentino Haute Couture. Photo: Kiki Xue
Originally published in the March 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia
Style: Amine JreissatiHair: Ilham MestourMakeup: Aya Fujita, Harold JamesNails: Shirin TamerPhotography assistants: Emil Kosuge, Lucile Brizard, Olivia TranStyle assistant: Gaby CamberoDigital assistant: Lorenzo Touzet Creative producer: Laura PriorLocal production: Production Berlin GroupAll furniture: Infinite Mirror Tables designed by Axel Huynh Paris for Henryot & CieShot on location at La Galerie BourbonSpecial thanks: Moma Group, Benjamin Patou, Grégory Lentz

Farewell 2020: Looking Back on 10 of the Biggest Fashion Moments of the Year

Farewell 2020: Looking Back on 10 of the Biggest Fashion Moments of the Year

Although 2020 has not been the year that many hoped for, it has certainly been a time that we won’t forget. The pandemic disrupted many things, the realm of fashion among them. However, while fashion shows were canceled and red carpet events postponed, this year saw the world get creative. As we say goodbye to 2020, Vogue Arabia looks back on 10 of the biggest fashion moments of the past 12 months.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s final catwalk show
Bella Hadid for Jean Paul Gaultier’s final catwalk show. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com

At the beginning of this year, Jean Paul Gaultier announced that his SS20 couture show would be his final catwalk spectacular. The show, which took place on January 22, saw the French designer out in style, with the ultimate runway cast, featuring models Karlie Kloss, Bella Hadid, Irina Shayk, Yasmin Le Bon, and the standout appearance of former supermodel Farida Khelfa.
Zendaya goes vintage for the Green Carpet Fashion Awards
Actor Zendaya wears a vintage Versace made in the year she was born, to the Green Carpet Fashion Awards. Photo: Supplied

When Zendaya picked up the Visionary Award at the virtual Green Carpet Fashion Awards on October 10, her outfit was quick to make headlines. The actor wore a vintage slinky brown Gianni Versace dress from the year she was born, in 1996. “She was actually born in 1996, so I thought that it’d be fun [for her] to wear something from that year. It’s taking her back – if Zendaya had been of age then, maybe she would have been a Versace model,” said celebrity image architect Law Roach on Zendaya’s outfit.
Meghan Markle’s final appearance as a member of the royal family
Meghan Markle wore an emerald green Emilia Wickstead dress for her final appearance as a senior member of the British royal family at the Commonwealth Service in March. Photo: Getty

Some of the biggest news this year was Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s announcement that they would be stepping down as senior members of the royal family. The couple officially marked the end of their royal lives at the Commonwealth Service in London, in March; and Markle showcased one of the most-talked-about fashion moments of the year, wearing an emerald green Emilia Wickstead dress.
Farida Khelfa and Jean-Paul Goude Reunite for Vogue Arabia
Farida Khelfa x Jean-Paul Goude for Vogue Arabia October 2020

The October issue of Vogue Arabia saw the iconic artist Jean-Paul Goude and his forever-muse, Algerian-French filmmaker Farida Khelfa, reunite after 30 years. The pair came together for the cover shoot, creating two unforgettable images and echoing their unique creative relationship and trust in each other. “The images that Jean-Paul creates, they stay forever. They are not something that disappears,” Khelfa shared.
Natalie Portman’s Dior cape at the Oscars
Natalie Portman in Dior at the 2020 Oscars. Photo: Getty

Natalie Portman delivered one of the most powerful feminist statements in Hollywood this year, with the black Dior gown she wore to the Academy Awards in February. The actor topped the gown with a long black coat, where the inside edge was embroidered with the names of several female directors who did not receive nominations at this year’s Academy Awards,  including Lorene Scafaria, director of the film Hustlers, and Greta Gerwig, who directed Little Women.
Emily in Paris
Lily Collins’ envious curly locks in Emily in Paris. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

Since its launch in October, the Netflix series Emily In Paris has been the subject of much discussion throughout the world. Both loved and hated by viewers and critics alike, there was no denying that the show featured some exceptional fashion looks on actor Lily Collins. The show has also been named as part of the most influential style moments of the year, with online platform Lyst citing a 342% increase in searches in Kangol bucket hat after Collins’ character was featured wearing one.
Kim Kardashian West and Paris Hilton bring velour tracksuits back
Kim Kardashian West and Paris Hilton bring back velour tracksuits. Photo: Courtesy of Skim

Kim Kardashian West offered the ultimate early 2000s throwback this year, bringing back velour tracksuits for her Skims label. Kardashian West brought in close friend, and fellow velour-lover Paris Hilton to show off looks from her Skims collection that launched in October. “Velour is one of my favorite collection launches to date! It’s the perfect blend of 2000s nostalgia and present-day loungewear,” Kardashian West said at the time of the collection’s release.
Gigi Hadid’s maternity shoot
Gigi Hadid’s maternity shoot. Photo: Instagram/@gigihadid

One of the more exciting pieces of news this year was the announcement that Palestinian-American model Gigi Hadid was having a baby with her partner, British-Pakistani singer Zayn Malik. Although Hadid kept relatively quiet through her pregnancy and the subsequent arrival of her daughter, she released a series of images from a maternity shoot that took place in July. The stunning photos saw Hadid cradling her bump, with the model noting she was “growing an angel.”
Kamala Harris named as first-female Vice President of the United States
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris wore a white pantsuit at victory speech with President-elect Joe Biden, in November. Photo: Instagram/ @kamalaharris

In one of the most historic moments of the year, the world watched the US elect its first female Vice President, Kamala Harris, the running-mate of President-elect Joe Biden. Harris provided a statement fashion moment, signalling the re-birth of the power suit as she wore a white pantsuit, at a victory speech with Biden in November.
Emma Corrin makes her debut in The Crown as Diana, Princess of Wales
British actor Emma Corrin made her debut in The Crown as Diana, Princess of Wales. Photo: Courtesy of The Crown

British actor Emma Corrin made her debut in the fourth season of the Netflix series The Crown, in November, and her striking resemblance to the late Diana, Princess of Wales certainly didn’t go unnoticed by the world. Throughout the season, viewers saw Corrin wear replicas of many of Princess Diana’s famous outfits, including the royal blue suit worn by the Princess of Wales for her engagement photos, as well as her iconic wedding dress, originally designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.
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