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Christian Louboutin’s Commitment to Preserving Egyptian Heritage Will Be Honored By the World Monuments Fund

Christian Louboutin’s Commitment to Preserving Egyptian Heritage Will Be Honored By the World Monuments Fund

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin‘s commitment to preserving Egyptian cultural heritage is being recognized by the World Monuments Fund. The famed shoe designer, who is part Egyptian, has been named the recipient of the organization’s Hadrian Award for his financial support to the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, which has seen the excavation of 113 sculptures of the goddess Sekhmet and various other ancient columns.
Louboutin will be presented with the award at the 33rd Hadrian Gala on October 24 at the Rainbow Room in New York. As part of the World Monument Fund, which advocates for projects to safeguard heritage sites and monuments worldwide, the annual event celebrates individuals championing cultural conservation and preservation works. The gala will also honor Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander, and art collector Suzanne Deal Booth, with Lacma director Michael Govan and Monument Lab director Dr Paul M Farber, presenting their awards respectively.
Leading up to the gala are a number of events planned by the organization, which include the World Monuments Summit on October 22, with  Louboutin participating in a special talk on Egypt and how it has inspired his work. It will be followed by a gathering at Louboutin’s Madison Avenue boutique, with sale proceeds going to the World Monument Fund and the next day, a tour and reception hosted by Diane von Furstenberg on Little Island with designer Thomas Heatherwick.
Since being founded in 1965, the organization has raised more than $ US300 million. More recently, it released its World Monuments Watch list by naming 25 heritage sites as urgent projects for the organization.
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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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Vacheron Constantin Celebrates the Artworks of Four Great Civilizations With a Special Watch Collection With the Louvre

Vacheron Constantin Celebrates the Artworks of Four Great Civilizations With a Special Watch Collection With the Louvre

The Métiers d’Art series of watches pay tribute to great civilizations. Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin
It was a night at the museum to go down in history. This week, special guests were delighted with a private tour of the Louvre in Paris. The occasion was the reveal of four Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art watches stemming from a partnership with the Louvre and inspired by great civilizations of Antiquity—Egypt, Persian, Greek, and Roman. Years in the making, the limited-edition timepieces (five per theme) featured a miniature interpretation of a historic artwork representative of one of the four eras on the dials. Created in the form of gold appliqués is the Great Sphynx of Tanis from the Ancient Egyptian Empire (2035—1680BC); the Lion of Darius from the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids (559—330BC); the Victory of Samothrace from Hellenistic Greece of the Antigonid dynasty (277—168BC); and the Bust of Augustus from the Roman Empire of the Julio-Claudians (27 BC—68AD).
Following an haute cuisine buffet lunch at the private men’s Automobile Club—open to all Vacheron Constantin invitees for the occasion, guests retired to their rooms at the Crillon hotel where, notably, Lebanese architect Aline Asmar d’Amman collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld to renovate its most exquisite suites. After changing into gowns and black tie, guests reconvened at the Louvre—again exceptionally void of people save for a quartet playing mystical music composed for the evening. After walking through the grand courtyard, past flag bearers, guests entered the I. M. Pei.-designed pyramid and descended for a dinner prepared by three-starred Michelin chef Frederic Anton.
Aligned with the theme, each of the four dishes was inspired by one of the aforementioned great civilizations. Green asparagus, poutargue, candied lemon, virgin olive oil with elder flower, and caviar was a nod to Egypt. Seabass, fennel salad, mariniere sauce, and truffle savings was inspired by Greece; Bresse rousted poultry, Roman style artichokes, curry powder and greasy juice pointed to the Roman empire; while honey, light mousse, crunchy sugar, grenade sherbet, and raspberry coulis was inspired by Persia. Adding heightened drama to the soirée, each dish was preceded by a musical highlight also touching on one of the four civilizations. After dinner was served, a curtain dropped, and a full orchestra revealed itself to the enchanted crowd. The Swiss maison offered a gala evening very much aligned with its ethos of niche and authenticity; undeniably, this night was one of not many.

A closer look at the inspiration and processes behind the four new timepieces:

The Buste d’ Auguste looks back at th Roman Empire of the Julio-Claudians (27 BC – 68 AD). Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin
The Ancient Egyptian Empire (2035-1680 BC) is honored with a timepiece that depicts the Grand sphinx de Tanis. Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin
The vibrant art of the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids (559 – 330 BC) comes to life via the Lion de Darius. ​Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin
As a tribute to Hellenistic Greece of the Antigonid dynasty (277 – 168 BC), Vacheron Constantin presents the Victoire de Samothrace ​. Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin

This is When the 44th Cairo International Film Festival Will Take Place

This is When the 44th Cairo International Film Festival Will Take Place

Nour at Cairo International Film Festival 2019. Photo: Instagram.com
Cairo International Film Festival has announced the dates for its 44th edition, which will be held from November 13 to November 22, 2022, at the Cairo Opera House. Holding true to tradition, the award-winning films will be screened the day after the closing ceremony, November 23. Submissions for the event are set to open via the festival’s website on May 15 and close on August 15, 2022.
“Preparations for the festival have started already and we are hoping to achieve an edition worthy of the festival legacy,” stated actor and festival president Hussein Fahmi. Festival director Amir Ramses echoed Fahmi’s statement, saying, “We have already started to watch , invite and follow up on the expected important films of the year along with the programming team.”
In the 43rd edition of the festival, a total of 98 films varying from as many as 63 countries participated. This is inclusive of 27 world premieres, seven international premieres, 44 MENA premieres and 15 Arab and North African premieres. The diversity and creativity of the festival’s contributors is what holds the event at such high regard, even on an international level.
Previously, the festival has featured Egyptian actor Nelly and presented her the career achievement award for her contribution to art. Renowned Egyptian actor Karim Abel Aziz has also received recognition with the Faten Hamama award for his artistic contributions, while other honorary awards were presented to Cannes film festival director Thierry Frémaux, Indian composer AR Rahman, American producer Lawrence Binder and French producer and distributor Eric Lagesse.
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5 Things To Know About Lanvin’s Ancient Egypt-Inspired FW22 Collection

5 Things To Know About Lanvin’s Ancient Egypt-Inspired FW22 Collection

Creative director Bruno Sialelli delved into the house archives for a collection that nodded to Ancient Egypt, as well as the Art Deco style of the interwar years, when Jeanne Lanvin was at the height of her influence. Here, five key takeaways from the collection.

Ancient Egypt was on the moodboard
Photo: Courtesy of Lanvin
Jeanne Lanvin’s 1920s gowns epitomized Art Deco style, but the motifs that define the movement were shaped thousands of years before in Ancient Egypt – a world that fascinated the couturier. “I find time patterns very interesting to observe,” Sialelli tells Vogue. “Discovering that Jeanne Lanvin was an Egyptophile, and that she traveled to Egypt at a time of big archeological discoveries, made a lot of sense to me in how Egypt informed the Art Deco movement.” These links were explored in the jewelry in particular – worthy of Cleopatra herself.
But there were futuristic influences, too
Photo: Courtesy of Lanvin
There was also more than a hint of sci-fi to the collection, a reflection of the graphic, modern feel Sialelli recognizes in cultural depictions of Egypt. He was among the millions of viewers captivated by Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake, starring Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet. He was musing on the sci-fi epic – and rewatching David Lynch’s 1984 original – while his fall/winter 2022 collection was in the works, as well as both Cecil B DeMille and Joseph L Mankiewicz’s versions of Cleopatra.
A standout look was all about power
Photo: Courtesy of Lanvin
A little bit like Cleopatra, or Madame Lanvin herself, the collection was created with a powerful woman in mind. Look 20 in particular holds special resonance for Sialelli. The dress “calls for desire and attraction, and at the same time it creates a distance in between the wearer and the viewer”, he says. The spiky textured embroidery could mean “don’t touch me” or “respect me”, according to the creative director. “I love the power it gives to a woman – being attractive, but in control of her own physicality.”
It honored house heritage 
Photo: Courtesy of Lanvin
Lanvin remains about understated opulence
Photo: Courtesy of Lanvin
For Sialelli, the Lanvin woman is sophisticated, but edgy too – and always with a dash of humor. “She has this effortless sense of glamour and understated opulence,” he says. “She embraces her feminist and her power with a certain elegance.”
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

This Mobile Boutique Brings Summer Fashion Right to the Beach

This Mobile Boutique Brings Summer Fashion Right to the Beach

The Bambah mobile boutique hits the beaches of Northern Egypt. Photo courtesy Bambah
Dubai-based fashion line and boutique Bambah is hitting the streets and sandy beaches of the North Coast of Egypt, known as Sahel, with a “mobile” boutique pop-up truck. The vehicle will move from one destination to another throughout the summer and park in prominent destinations in different resorts. Created by Bambah’s in-house design team, the truck follows the same aesthetics of the brand’s retail outlets in Dubai and Cairo. It is an extension of Bambah’s newly launched ‘Resort’ division, which focuses on an accessible resort wear line with easy-to-wear pieces. Fitted with a changing room, air conditioning, and display tables that showcase clothing and accessory collections, the truck aims to engage guests in a fun and unique way.

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Bambah’s Resort 21 collection will also be presented in a beach fashion show in Kiki’s Beach Club in Hacienda White on August 5 with a backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. The show will have a casual, cozy set up in a blue and white nautical theme, evoking Alexandrian summer days of the 1970s. From curated floral off-duty summer dresses and lightweight beach cover-ups to trendy summer kaftans, nautical stripes, and elegant linen sets, the statement collection embodies luxurious fabrics, lady-like silhouettes, and striking hues. Generous ruffles, bare shoulders, oversized bows, and colorful floral prints are front and center of the line, making it versatile for occasions such as weddings and red carpets, as well as for anywhere with sunshine.
Inside the Bambah mobile boutique hits the beaches of Northern Egypt. Photo courtesy Bambah
Egyptian entrepreneur and founder of the brand, Maha Abdul Rasheed, says, “I wanted to create something extraordinary… something young, fresh, and flirty; I wanted the girls to be striking and the sun shining.” Since its inception in 2010, Bambah has picked up momentum with HM Queen Rania, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Amal Clooney, Maisie Williams, Dita Von Teese, and Emma Roberts, who have all worn pieces from the brand.

Lebanese Couturier Rami Kadi Recalls His Career’s Favorite Moments Ahead of 10th Anniversary Show

Lebanese Couturier Rami Kadi Recalls His Career’s Favorite Moments Ahead of 10th Anniversary Show

Rami Kadi in his atelier photographed by Tarek Moukaddem
Lebanese designer Rami Kadi is all set to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his eponymous fashion house. On June 9, Walk of Cairo (WOC) will host the couturier for a fashion show, making it the first time Kadi has been welcomed by the Egyptian pedestrian high street destination. Kadi’s latest SS21 Retrospective 10 collection and a selection of iconic dresses from the FW21 Dessiner le Vide collection, among other exclusive designs, will be presented. Along with the show, there will be an exhibition that commemorates the fashion house’s journey of iconic and unique moments and designs spanning a decade.
The fashion show will be styled by renowned regional celebrity stylist, Yasmine Eissa, whose work has been featured on top regional and international media platforms.

Speaking to Vogue Arabia about his 10-year anniversary, Kadi shared that the last decade has been one of experimentation, learning, and growth. “We have explored themes ranging from the individual to the collective, inspiring ourselves from festivals, books, films, events, inanimate objects, and many others,” he says. “During those 10 years, we have been fortunate to receive the support of many celebrities and influencers, with whom we retain sincere relations, and to who we are utterly grateful. Similarly, the press has been a supportive force, featuring us in print and on screen, and to those people in the press industry we owe a great deal,” he adds. As such, Kadi believes that it is only natural that the Retrospective 10 collection be dedicated to the 10-year mark, and the event thank all the people that have worked with his fashion house and brought it success.
Kadi expresses his excitement to celebrate the anniversary in the chosen location of WOC, calling it a luxurious space with a beautiful landscape and architecture. “Cairo and Egypt in general have a vast culture and are known well in the fashion and cinema industry, so I’m very excited to be there and have my show there for the first time,” he tells Vogue Arabia. “I’m mostly looking forward to meeting my customers because we’ve never done anything in Cairo,” he adds.
Myriam Fares in Rami Kadi. Photo: Courtesy of Rami Kadi
At the early age of 25, in May 2011, Kadi started paving his professional designer career, with the launch of his own showroom and his first atelier in the heart of Beirut. Looking back, Kadi fondly recalls three memorable moments that he considers the highlights of his career. “The first one was in 2014 at the beginning of my career when Myriam Fares wore my design. This built momentum for my career as people started to know about the brand and who I am. The second time was my debut fashion show in Paris, during the couture week, and the third time was when Kendall Jenner wore my design at the Vanity Fair Oscar’s party,” he says. Having had significant international reach and recognition already, Kadi’s eponymous label has also been worn by Rachel McAdams and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Kendall Jenner in Rami Kadi. Photo: Getty
This kind of widespread support was especially crucial in the wake of a majorly heartbreaking setback in Kadi’s, and many other celebrity-loved designers’, career when his atelier was left shattered with broken glass and scattered with fabric after the August 4 explosion in Beirut.
Kadi grappled with the tragedy by launching limited-edition T-shirts embroidered with feminist messages, to support families who were affected by the deadly blast, and a number of celebrities, including Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Kourtney Kardashian, purchased the designer’s shirt to show support for Lebanon.
Just two months after the devastating damage, Kadi and his team bounced back bravely to unveil a new collection laced with poignant hope, the FW21 Dessiner le Vide. He dedicated the collection to the resilience of his country, using the pieces to highlight the holes left by the tragedy. As a proud Arab designer and representative of the Middle East internationally, his goal is to compete with international fashion designers and be at their level, and to be known as an “international Arab designer.”
Photo: Instagram/@Ramikadi
The designs of the collection to be showcased at WOC were created by digging into years of archives of his work. Ultimately, the selection process was based on two key criteria: signature status and endorsement. The former denotes a dress that can be easily recognized as Rami Kadi Maison de Couture, whether in terms of cut, embroidery, or treatment, while the latter denotes a dress that was worn by a major celebrity or that was met with popular or critical acclaim.
Kadi’s Retrospective 10 label consists of 10 pieces, and in contrast with the chromatic boldness that usually typifies his fashion house, Retrospective 10 bases itself on metallic colors such as gold, silver, platinum, and bronze. While this collection is to go on display in the WOC, Kadi says that his favorite collection so far is Tourbillon Celeste. “It was inspired by a very special experience I had in Venice that’s very close to my heart,” he shares. “I was inspired to recreate it in my own way and the way I dream of it.”
Rami Kadi fall 2019 couture. Photo: Patrick Sawaya
Indeed, Kadi’s decade-long journey in the fashion industry has been like no other, brimmed with defining moments of stardom and vicissitude. Having come a long way since inception, the most notable changes that Kadi has observed in the industry over the years are that most designers are opting for sustainable fashion and cruelty-free materials, using less exotic skin. “The industry is being more environmentally friendly and that’s a good step for the future,” the UN Goodwill Ambassador tells Vogue Arabia. Reminiscent of the time he started out and how he overcame numerous hurdles courageously over the span of his work, Kadi states that ambitious fashion designers and fashion students may dream of a lot, but the industry is not as easy to break into as it may seem. “My advice for aspiring fashion designers is that they need to be up to date of every single detail in this industry and to work really hard to be recognized in the fashion world,” he adds.
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How Tiffany’s Yellow Diamond Became The Real Star in Hollywood’s Death On The Nile

How Tiffany’s Yellow Diamond Became The Real Star in Hollywood’s Death On The Nile

Resembling a transparent nugget, the virtuoso fancy yellow 128ct Tiffany Diamond is the largest yellow diamond in the world. It was last worn by Lady Gaga on the Oscars red carpet in 2019, and prior to her, Audrey Hepburn when publicizing Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961; now its exact replica is making its silver screen debut in cinemas worldwide this December.
The Tiffany diamond.

Death on the Nile, based on Agatha Christie’s 1937 mystery novel that recounts a murder and misadventures aboard a glamorous river steamer, sees it woven into the screenplay.
The film stars Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Jennifer Saunders and  Dawn French and is directed by Kenneth Branagh, a five-time Academy Award nominee who also plays the lead as detective Hercule Poirot. Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co. chief artistic officer, considers the central role “deserving of our priceless diamond,” which has rarely made an appearance outside its vault since it was process.” Delgado waxes poetic on how the jewelry brings an added dimension to a character.
Agatha Christie.

Proposed sketches for the Tiffany diamond’s setting

“The Tiffany Diamond’s color and beauty are quite extraordinary; it’s a hypnotic piece,” he says, describing how the jewelry offers a new layer of beauty and quality to the costumes. To wit, if Benning’s character is glamorous and eclectic, avant garde jewels and particularly bracelets, pulled from the Tiffany Jean Schlumberger collection, help to balance the aesthetic.
The jewelry will not only highlight the costumes but also glisten against an exceptional Egyptian landscape. Death on the Nile is filmed against the grandiose Giza pyramids, the sparkling Nile River, and expansive desert. And while the diamond is a replica, for both protection and comfort’s sake, its fiery glow and ambitious girth will garner as many gasps from the audience as the numerous turns of Christie’s mystery.
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Originally published in the November 2020 Issue of Vogue Arabia

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