Jennifer Lopez in Georges Hobeika with Ben Affleck. Photo: Instagram.com
Over the years, we’ve witnessed many Arab designers become the go-to for international celebrities, especially when it comes to red carpet events. Celebrities such as the Queen herself—Beyoncé—has built such a reputation with Arab designers, be it while attending formal ceremonies, or while lounging on vacation with husband Jay-Z. Jennifer Lopez is also among the stars who have shown their appreciation for the artistry of Arab designers time after time, and has been seen dressed in Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad often.
In 2021, we saw even more Arab designers emerging on the global platform, and being spotted on a wide range of A-List celebrities. Among the many stars who favored talent from the region was American singer Cardi B, who donned a beautiful purple velvet dress with feather detailing and crystal embellishment from Jean- Louis Sabaji Fall 2021 couture for the 2021 American Music Awards.
And that’s not where the list ends. What better way to show up at a friend’s wedding than in a gorgeous neon blue silk chiffon couture number from Rami Kadi? That’s exactly what singer Bebe Rexha did for Paris Hilton’s big day, and in addition to that, Grammy winner Taylor Swift looked incredible on The Tonight Show in a Zuhair Murad Resort 2022 RTW look: an ivory mod-style dress with gold bead trim. Just like Swift, model Jasmine Tookes was also seen in a Zuhair Murad creation this year. Her pick: a baby blue one-shoulder chiffon gown with floral appliqué.
Christina Aguilera was also seen wearing a look from an Arab designer this year, dazzling in a red couture dress from Yousef al Jasmi, and one of J.Lo’s biggest fashion moments of the year had to be when she stepped out in Los Angeles alongside Ben Affleck, wearing a pastel mousseline draped gown with a matching velvet bow belt from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall winter 2021/2022 collection. The 52-year-old icon also took over trending charts when she appeared at the Venice Film Festival in a sculpted ivory dress with cheeky ruffles and a Swarovski-studded neckline from Georges Hobeika. Likewise, Lady Gaga spotlighted her love for Hobeika in custom-made dress at the ‘One Last Time’ concert at Radio City Music Hall.
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