We’ve already debated whether Beyonce and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are fashion icons. Here at Style.com/Arabia, while reflecting on a successful year in fashion in the Middle East, it’s been curious for us to note that some of our more famous representatives—the mainstream Arab celebrities—are more often than not far from inspirational when it comes to fashion.
In the upcoming weeks, we’ll focus on our brightest stars and offer ways to elevate them to the higher style echelons.
Najwa Karam, the beloved Arabs Got Talent judge, has had some high fashion moments, notably at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 with a Zuhair Murad illusion, floral lace dress. But since then, she has often underwhelmed us with preppy daywear and dazzling, overly-embellished stage gowns.
Karam should follow the footsteps of fellow singers Nancy Ajram and Elissa who, with the help of their stylists, found a fresh look over the past two years. And, of course, when in doubt, always go for the little black dress.
Karam has been sporting a few Philipp Plein looks lately, but is the Lebanese singer the Philipp Plein girl? Not quite. This tartan dress with leather paneling makes the diva look like she is trying too hard to go for a younger look and from what we know, she’s far from the punk Barbie type. Her makeup and hair don’t fit the look, nor does her persona.
Karam has a tiny waist that she never forgets to accentuate. Instead of the punk route, we suggest that she aim for youthful allure by sporting this Dolce and Gabbana cutout leather dress with a mid-length, full skirt and pair it with a loose chignon.
As a replacement for her safe LBD choice, while still keeping her waist as the star of the show, we chose this gold, sequined ensemble from Jordanian designer Hassan Hejazi that is equally laid back and dramatic.