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Kim Kardashian is ‘Reevaluating’ Her Balenciaga Relationship After ‘Disturbing’ Ads

Kim Kardashian is ‘Reevaluating’ Her Balenciaga Relationship After ‘Disturbing’ Ads

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Kim Kardashian, arguably Balenciaga’s most high-profile brand ambassador, has issued a statement about her relationship with the fashion house after disturbing ads featuring children were published online.
“I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened,” Kardashian wrote in a statement published to her social accounts on Sunday, November 27.

As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. The safety of children must be held with the highest regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society — period.
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 27, 2022

“As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. The safety of children must be held with the highest regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society—period,” she wrote.
Last week, shoppers called out the Spanish fashion house for publishing photos of children holding teddy bears wearing leather harnesses and cuffs to its website. “Balenciaga using photos of little girls playing with teddy bears dressed in bondage gear on their website. Lovely,” wrote one user on Twitter. In another ad for Balenciaga’s collaboration with Adidas, documents pertaining to child pornography laws are clearly visible in the foreground. Observant users have since found even more references to the exploitation of children in campaigns published earlier this year.
Kardashian concluded her statement addressing her “future” with the fashion house. “I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with—[and] the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children,” she wrote.

As for my future with Balenciaga, I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with — & the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children.
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 28, 2022

In a statement posted to its Instagram Stories last week, Balenciaga condemned the “abuse of children in any form” and noted it planned to take legal action against the “parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items for our spring 23 campaign photoshoot.”
Originally published in Glamour.com

Printemps Doha, the Middle East’s Largest Luxury Department Store Opens in Qatar

Printemps Doha, the Middle East’s Largest Luxury Department Store Opens in Qatar

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Today, November 25, marks the opening of Printemps Doha, the largest luxury department store in the Middle East. The Qatar capital is the first international outpost of the iconic Parisian department store, making it the second-largest Printemps worldwide. With its entry in the Middle East, the department store brings over 600 brands, with some of them making their regional debut. “The new Printemps store within Doha Oasis is strategic for a lot of Qataris as many old families in Qatar were living in this area. The emotional link between the customers is strong for both locations,” says Jean-Marc Bellaiche, CEO, Printemps Group.
Photo: Courtesy of Printemps Doha
Standouts of Printemps’ retail experience include exclusive offerings across a variety of categories from coveted brands like Coperni, The Attico, Ganni, and Sarah Lavoine, alongside pre-loved luxury concepts, and bespoke services. Designed by multi-award-winning studio Yabu & Pushelberg, the store features a three-floor elliptical structure spanning 40,000sqm, with an immersive shopping atmosphere that combines the style and essence of Paris with the culture and character of Doha. Exclusive brands are presented as boutiques or dedicated corners on floors that take on the personality of Doha via the soft and organic architectural forms of its landscape, and an earth-toned palette, while Paris is embraced by its urban refinement and an assortment of furniture the studio designed for iconic European houses.
Photo: Courtesy of Printemps Doha
Printemps has also joined forces with Qatar’s M7 on a three-month mentorship program. Named The Collective, aims to guide seven short-listedQatar-based established and up-and-coming designers through their creative process while enabling them to have a better understanding of the business of fashion – connecting them with industry experts, offering them one-on-one mentorship and ultimately, preparing them for their entry into the retail market.
Photo: Courtesy of Printemps Doha
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Kim Kardashian Opened Up About Kanye’s Fashion Influence and How She’s Moved on

Kim Kardashian Opened Up About Kanye’s Fashion Influence and How She’s Moved on

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It’s pretty much a given that her relationship with Kanye West helped Kim Kardashian blossom into the fashion-forward figure we know her as today. Pre-Ye, Kim almost exclusively wore bandage dresses and nude pumps. But when they got together in 2012, he helped her gut her closet and bought her a new, more sophisticated wardrobe. The next year, she was his plus-one at the Met Gala. And thus, a style star was born.
A decade later, Kardashian doesn’t need her soon-to-be-ex husband to get into the Met, or to help her figure out her style. A recent episode of The Kardashians on Hulu finds all five sisters and their mom Kris Jenner headed to the 2022 Met Ball, and the Skims founder reflects on how her clothes and her personal journey have both evolved.
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“At my first Met experience, Kanye was there to teach me so much about fashion, and I’m so grateful to him,” she said. “But now, it’s so fun and empowering to just try to do it on my own. And I just wanna make sure that everything is perfect.”
Perfect is the watchword! While getting ready, Kardashian treats her sisters to a tour of some other Marilyn Monroe items, plus the dress she’s about to wear, set up in her hotel suite, but warns them to touch nothing, bring no food or drink inside, and if they have to sneeze, step away. Yep, Kim Kardashian is truly running the show now, she needs no guide.
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The fact that every sister got an invite this year points to just how far the family has come, celebrities in their own right as opposed to famous for the men they date. Not that the reality star is ready to walk the carpet solo. She attended the event with then-boyfriend Pete Davidson.
Originally published in Glamour.com

Estée Lauder to Buy Tom Ford For US$2.8 Billion

Estée Lauder to Buy Tom Ford For US$2.8 Billion

Beauty giant Estée Lauder Cos Inc. has purchased luxury American fashion, cosmetics and fragrance brand Tom Ford. The deal sees Tom Ford himself remaining as the brand’s creative director until the end of 2023, when the newly-minted billionaire plans to move on. Already responsible for the license for Tom Ford Beauty, overseeing the distribution and management of the designer’s luxury fragrances and makeup – a profitable collection which saw an almost 25 percent net sales growth in a combined Q1 and Q2 this year. The deal ensures that Estée Lauder will completely acquire the well-performing Tom Ford Beauty, as well as add a fully-fledged fashion house to its portfolio for the first time, a move that experts say mimics similar moves made by other major luxury groups.
Gigi Hadid for Tom Ford SS19
First prominent as the boundary-pushing creative director for Gucci, then Yves Saint Laurent, Ford opened his eponymous fashion house in 2005. Tom Ford Beauty first launched in 2008 with the iconic Black Orchid EDP, a spicy floral created by David Appel and Pierre Negrin. Released the following year, the brand’s Private Blend collection cemented Tom Ford Beauty as a chic and sexy companion to Ford’s sultry fashion aesthetic. Color cosmetics followed in 2011, with a skincare line named Tom Ford Research launching in 2019.
While Tom Ford Beauty is predicted to continue its upwards success, Estée Lauder has seen multiple beauty brands in its stable close recently. Female-founded brands Rodin Olio Russo and Becca Cosmetics both shuttered in the last two years. Its designer fragrances division which holds the licenses for Donna Karan, DKNY, Michael Kors, and Tommy Hilfiger will be closed in June 2023, leaving the brands to seek new agreements elsewhere.

Exclusive: Prada Announces Abaya-Inspired Collection with Proceeds Supporting Qatar’s Creative Industry

Exclusive: Prada Announces Abaya-Inspired Collection with Proceeds Supporting Qatar’s Creative Industry

Garments inspired by the abaya boost a creative industry.
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Miuccia Prada is beloved for her merging of traditional and modern styles, to craft understated, tasteful glamour. Now, in an affirmed gesture to the Middle East, fashion house Prada announces an exclusive collection of garments inspired by the abaya – with 20% of the proceeds set to go toward a Qatar Museums’ fund to support its flourishing creative industry.
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Meanwhile, a dedicated Prada installation for the Qatar Museums’ project will stand inside the fashion house’s new store in the Doha Place Vendôme mall. Prada revisits the traditional abaya in three ways. The voluminous garment is made of Re-Nylon Piuma, taffeta, or technical pongee. The hues range from black, to blue, laurel green, and sand. Complementing the abayas are elegant silk twill scarves with a small, all-over triangular pattern and a triangle brooch to accessorize the scarf.
Originally published in the November 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia
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Naomi Campbell Teams Up with Qatar Creates to Bring Her ‘Fashion for Relief’ Charity Show to Doha

Naomi Campbell Teams Up with Qatar Creates to Bring Her ‘Fashion for Relief’ Charity Show to Doha

Naomi Campbell and HE Sheikha Al Mayassa. Photo: Instagram.com/naomi
Naomi Campbell‘s charitable organization Fashion for Relief has partnered with Qatar Creates, under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa, on a new global program named Emerge. As part of the initiative, the British supermodel will co-host a fashion show and charity gala to uplift “young creative and business talent from emerging regions, with a focus on Africa, the diaspora, and developing communities around the world.” As a whole, the program also aims to “create new apprenticeships, after-school programs and university programs focused on creative and alternative industries such as general education, fashion, technology, art, sustainable innovations, and agriculture.”
Emerge will take place in three main events—Art Exhibit, Fashion Exhibit, and the Emerge Talk—leading to a couture show featuring regional designers as well as international fashion houses Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and more. The Art Exhibit will highlight acclaimed young artists, while the Fashion Exhibit will see participation from a number of renowned designers from Africa, the diaspora, and the Middle East, such as Thebe Magugu, Bianca Saunders, and Abdel El Tayeb. The Emerge Talk will begin with a conversation on the power of creativity in business between Campbell, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa, and Kehinde Wiley followed by a panel discussion by professionals on the future of alternative industries.

“With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we stand at the cusp of an incredible moment for our region,” HE Sheikha Al Mayassa said in a statement. “It is our responsibility to seize this moment and draw the attention of the international community towards causes that benefit marginalized people across the globe. I am grateful to Emerge for joining our efforts, and I am confident that we can harness this opportunity to uplift and empower those who need it most while creating cultural milestones.
The charity gala and fashion show is a ticketed event that will be held on October 28 at Qatar’s Ceremonial Court, followed by an auction and VIP dinner. Past editions of Campbell’s Fashion for Relief charity shows have featured a star-studded runway with Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Jane Fonda, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Winnie Harlow.
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Exclusive: How You Can Win a Mentorship With Huda Kattan

Exclusive: How You Can Win a Mentorship With Huda Kattan

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Huda Kattan says she hopes to kickstart the next generation of entrepreneurs with Huda Beauty’s latest campaign. Inspired by her brand’s origin story, the new EM[POWER]ED makeup collection has launched alongside a one of a kind campaign. Aspiring entrepreneurs can win one of three start-up prizes, each including a US$6,000 prize to go towards their budgeoning business, along with an exclusive mentoring session with Kattan.
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“As I have been on the journey learning to love myself even more deeply, I’ve started to feel more empowered,” Kattan tells Vogue Arabia. Famously, Huda Beauty was founded after Kattan secured a US$6,000 loan from her sister Alya, funding what would become one of the biggest beauty brands in the world. “The loan from my big sister meant and means the world to me. Not only was it what I needed to create our very first product – and that was a lot of money for both of us at the time – but it was such an incredible symbol of support and belief in me,” shares Kattan. “That huge gesture gave me the courage and the resources to chase after my huge dream and that’s exactly what I want to empower other people to do. When I first started the Huda Beauty Blog, I never imagined that I could create a business and sustain myself from my passion, but Alya encouraged me to push the boundaries, take risks, and has been there for me every step of the way.” By paying this act of support on, Kattan hopes to fund another’s dream. “Because of my journey, I want to be that person for someone… a big sister for our community! Now it’s my chance to pay it forward and empower others all over the world,” she explains. “By doing this, I hope to encourage the development of new skills and the continuation of creative endeavors in the beauty realm.”
The lip kit trio. Photo: Courtesy Huda Beauty
Following the bold themes of empowerment and creativity, the new EM[POWER]ED collection includes a brush set, lip trio kit, face gloss and mascara, among other beauty essentials. “The EM[POWER]ED collection was inspired by my personal journey of self-worth, and this collection aims to empower everyone to dream big, believe in themselves, achieve it, and celebrate themselves and the people around them,” shares Kattan. The EM[POWER]ED eyeshadow palette includes 18 shades of golds, coppers, browns, and neutrals, plus a QR code that leads to the campaign entry page. “To me, empowerment is about accepting and embracing every aspect of who you are and then unlocking that superpower that is in in every single one of us,” Kattan tells Vogue Arabia. “By doing that, you have the power to change the world and everything around you for the better. This collection empowers me to live my best-life with versatile, buildable, and perfect-for-all occasions shades and formulas.”
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Future entrepreneurs can apply from the Huda Beauty EM[POWER]ED grant by scanning the EM[POWER]ED eyeshadow palette QR and completing the microsite application.

Dior’s Kim Jones Will Present the Pre-Fall Men’s Collection Against the Giza Pyramids in Egypt This Year

Dior’s Kim Jones Will Present the Pre-Fall Men’s Collection Against the Giza Pyramids in Egypt This Year

Vogue Arabia, November 2019 Photo: Elizaveta Porodina.
The MENA region is once again gearing up to host a major fashion spectacle as Dior announces Egypt as the venue of its next men’s show. Come December 3, the Giza Pyramids in Cairo will become the backdrop of the fashion house’s Pre-Fall 2023 menswear collection designed by artistic director Kim Jones.
According to a statement shared with WWD, “the celestial collection celebrates a lifelong passion for travel,” given that Jones spent his childhood years in Africa and is known for his love for globetrotting and staging his menswear designs abroad. Although the upcoming show marks Dior’s first in Egypt, the French fashion house’s relationship with the country dates back to 2004. It is when Dior’s then-creative director took inspiration from his travels to Egypt to create the iconic Spring/Summer couture collection replete with cultural details.
Dior Spring/Summer 2002 couture
The Pre-Fall show will also be the second one post-Covid after last year’s London presentation since Jones brought back traveling shows after halting them due to coronavirus restrictions. Previously, Dior has staged collections in Spain, China, Greece, Italy, South Korea, the UK, and the US.
Dior is not the only luxury fashion brand to have set its sights on the Middle East and North Africa in recent years. In 2021, the UAE hosted Giorgio Arman’s One Night Only show celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the first-ever Armani Hotel in Dubai, while Chanel later showcased its Cruise 2021/22 collection in the emirate, which was followed by Christian Dior’s first exhibition in the Middle East, in Doha, Qatar.
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Exclusive: Jean-Louis Sabaji’s Latest Collection Opens the Portal to a Magical Underwater Kingdom

Exclusive: Jean-Louis Sabaji’s Latest Collection Opens the Portal to a Magical Underwater Kingdom

Photo: Courtesy Jean-Louis Sabaji
10 years, thousands of followers, and countless noteworthy creations: Having completed a decade in the industry, designer Jean-Louis Sabaji is running stronger than ever. And for his latest drop, the Lebanese favorite has come up with yet another series of stunning ensembles that blur the lines between fashion and art.
This time around, Sabaji’s creative eye takes him on a journey under the sea, where soothing blues and pearly white clash with fiery reds and corals, and sculpted waves crash into golden seashells and shimmering mirror work. The inspiration behind the Fall 2022 Couture collection came from a holiday the designer took recently. “I’ve always found inspiration in Mother Nature, and especially so after a trip with my friends to Zanzibar, Tanzania. I fell in love with the sea all over again,” he tells Vogue Arabia in an exclusive chat. “We rented out a house by the beach where I lived the full experience of waking up to the sounds of the ocean for 10 days. I discovered so much above shore and under waters. I found myself waiting for high tide to become low, and got with me all the shells I could find and actually gold plated them and placed them on a few pieces in the collection. I found myself sketching every day until this collection came to life.”
Photo: Courtesy Jean-Louis Sabaji
The result is a series of mesmerizing dresses and gowns that would look just as elegant on the red carpet as they would at a beach party on a balmy evening. In true Jean-Louis Sabaji fashion, the couture selection takes a simple concept, and transforms into something out of a fantasy. Below, we find out more about the designer’s creative process, his favorite fashion memories, and his plans for the future.
Can you share any special memories you share with the sea or the seaside?
I was born and raised in Lebanon, so the Mediterranean is part of my DNA. I spent my whole childhood between the mountains and the sea. I was very intrigued by the fish in the sea, and was constantly looking for colored fish like the ones we saw in movies, until my parents got me an aquarium at home with two of the most colorful fish you can find.
Photo: Courtesy Jean-Louis Sabaji
Nature seems to be a theme that’s close to your heart. Why is this so?
I spent most of my summers in the mountains and we had a very big garden filled with all types of trees and plants. My parents were also passionate about raising animals. We had a rooster, chickens, flamingoes and birds. It’s hard not to find inspiration when I was surrounded by all the beautiful things nature offers.
If you could pick one hero piece from this collection, which one would it be, and why?
The hero piece of this collection is the dress with the big exaggerated seashell made out of copper. It was a piece I had thought of doing for a while, and the process of seeing it come to life was very enlightening. Every step of the creation was an experience, starting from creating the mold, to the gold plating, and then deciding to cover it with crystals. I love how the corset fits the body perfectly, and that it turned out to be better than I imagined it.
Photo: Courtesy Jean-Louis Sabaji
Fashion can make people feel a myriad of emotions. What do you hope to achieve with your creations? How do you hope to make your wearers feel?
Albert Camus once said, “If the world were clear, art would not exist.” Fashion is the art that we cannot escape from. I want my creations to be appreciated even if the woman doesn’t see herself wearing it. But for those who do go through the exclusive journey in my atelier and try on my dresses, all I want is for them to be comfortable, yet stand out with confidence.
Who, according to you, is the ultimate Jean-Louis Sabaji woman? What are her strongest personality traits?
The Sabaji woman is someone who is bold, feminine and loves to be unique. She is confident enough to wear statement pieces and be the best version of herself.
Photo: Courtesy Jean-Louis Sabaji
Name three women you hope to see wearing your creations someday.
As cliché as this might sound, I would love for my designs to be in EVERY woman’s closet someday.
What was the biggest challenge you faced while creating this line?
The beauty of couture is that the sky is the limit. Especially after launching a toned-down RTW line, I was able to be as conceptual as I want with this collection. Although you can see the theme clearly throughout the pieces, my biggest challenge was keeping it as wearable as I could.
Lastly, what is next for you?
There is project coming up in October that I can’t wait to share with everyone. Stay tuned!
Photo: Courtesy Jean-Louis Sabaji
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Kourtney Kardashian Barker Expands Her Wellness Portfolio By Launching a Gummy Supplement Brand

Kourtney Kardashian Barker Expands Her Wellness Portfolio By Launching a Gummy Supplement Brand

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Kourtney Kardashian Barker is adding a new wellness venture to her portfolio. The reality TV star and entrepreneur, who also founded the lifestyle community Poosh, has now launched a vitamin brand named Lemme. “After years of struggling to find the right supplements, I embarked on a journey to create science-backed products that you would legitimately look forward to taking every day,” Kardashian Barker stated in the announcement.
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Each formula in the ingestible beauty brand was muscle tested on herself, and features three gummy variants: Lemme Focus, a strawberry-flavored gummy cognizin citicoline, lion’s mane, MCT oil; Lemme Chill, a berry-flavored gummy with ashwaghanda and goji berry; and Lemme Matcha, which is said to be partially inspired by her relationship with husband Travis Barker. They come packaged in clear lilac bottles with matching pastel labels, inspired by vintage candy jars and Kardashian Barker’s love for them.
While her sisters Kim and Kylie have a major hold on the beauty and skincare world with their respective lines, a vitamin brand makes sense for Kourtney Kardashian who is a known wellness enthusiast. The 43-year-old previously fronted Vogue Arabia’s July/August 2020 Wellness Issue, where she shared that her clean living journey began when she had her first child, “I started learning about what we put in our bodies and then it was kind of a snowball effect. You can’t unlearn the information,” she said.

Speaking to WSJ about Lemme, and how the brand name came to be, Kardashian Barker said, “I couldn’t think of the right word for each scenario [in which to take a supplement], but we’d say all the time, ‘Lemme focus on this.’ Once we realized we use it so much in our vocabulary, none of us could get it out of our heads. You know, Lemme-everything-that-I’m-doing.”
Kardashian Baker’s Lemme will be available to purchase via the brand’s website from September 27.
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