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Nemer Saade’s Latest Collection is an 80s-Inspired Celebration of Togetherness

Nemer Saade’s Latest Collection is an 80s-Inspired Celebration of Togetherness

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As we move ahead with the new normal, nostalgia for the decades gone by remains strong, and any chance to honor that time must not be missed. Lebanese designer Nemer Saade is of the same mind, as he harkens back to the joyful 80s for the latest collection of his eponymous brand.
The strong silhouettes and bold fabrics synonymous with the era collide in Nemer Saade FW22, bursting with color while being rooted in elegance. Pieces form the designer’s response to a fast-paced post-isolation time, where togetherness is celebrated as a way of slowing down and taking stock of life. To that end, the femininity and masculinity in the designs of both genders are dialed up, sometimes blurring the line between the two in a “homage to the fun and combative spirit of men and women.” Think, a grey leather jacket for women, and a hot pink suit for men, with both equally capable of sparking confidence within the wearer.
The collection’s color palette features neutrals like beige, cream, and grey with pops of purple, yellow, and blue. The designer also taps the winning color combination of bright pink and red, offering it in the form of a suit that can take you from day to night. A desert-colored cashmere wool coat is the highlight in the women’s collection, featuring Swarovski crystal-encrusted embroidery on the sleeves.
The Beirut-based label has been worn by many regional stars including singer Ragheb Alama, actor Nadine Nassib Njeim, and more recently, Nadine Labaki. The Lebanese actor-director wore a black suit by the designer to the Dubai premiere of her new Netflix film, Perfect Strangers.
Take a look at some of the key pieces from the collection below.
Photo: Nader Moussally
Photo: Nader Moussally
Photo: Nader Moussally
Photo: Nader Moussally
Photo: Nader Moussally
Photo: Nader Moussally
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Mona Zaki Wore a Romantic Black Velvet Gown by an Arab Designer for the Premiere of Netflix’s Perfect Strangers

Mona Zaki Wore a Romantic Black Velvet Gown by an Arab Designer for the Premiere of Netflix’s Perfect Strangers

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Last night saw the premiere of Perfect Strangers, Netflix’s first-ever Arabic original film starring Egyptian actor Mona Zaki, and six noteworthy stars from the region. For the glamorous evening celebration at the Bulgari Yacht Club in Dubai, Zaki walked the red carpet looking every bit the movie star in a dress championing local talent.

Styled by Cedric Haddad, the Egyptian actor chose a dress from Lebanese designer Sandy Nour’s eponymous label. The black velvet number featured a figure-hugging silhouette, an off-shoulder neckline, full-length sleeves, and a thigh-high slit. More daring than most of Zaki’s usual looks, the sultry gown was paired with dazzling Aquazzura heels, and a clutch from another much-loved Lebanese label, Sarah’s Bag.

Zaki’s glam look for the night was a lesson in how one can never go wrong with classics. Adding to the bold sophistication of the look, the actor’s hair channeled Old Hollywood romance, styled in a slick side part with soft waves by Rafi Fazaa. She also sported a glossy red lip and a cat-eye liner, complemented by glowy skin and peach-toned blushed cheeks.

The outdoor premiere was also attended by Zaki’s co-stars: Lebanese actor-director Nadine Labaki, Jordanian-Egyptian actor Eyad Nassar, and Lebanese actors Diamand Abou Abboud, Georges Khabbaz, Adel Karam, and Fouad Yammine. Ahead of the screening, the stars caught up with Vogue Arabia to divulge details about the making of the film and the challenges they faced.

Perfect Strangers, titled As-hab wala A’az in Arabic, is the regional adaptation of the hit Italian film of the same name, and is all set to release on Netflix on January 20, 2022. The thrilling drama marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Wissam Smayra.
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