Beyoncé took her love for Arab designers to another level while in Dubai for the opening of Atlantis the Royal. Besides wearing Nicolas Jebran and Atelier Zuhra for her internet-breaking return to the stage after four years, she also opted for a vibrant look by Tunisian couturier Ali Karoui seemingly during her time in the city.
In a new, unseen photo posted on the website for Beyoncé’s charity foundation Beygood, the Grammy-winning artist is seen in a metallic lime green coat designed by celebrity-loved Karoui. The electric piece featured wide lapel collars and a thick belt with a crystal-encrusted buckle and was custom-made for Beyoncé. Her stylist KJ Moody took to Instagram to share a picture of the look and his gratitude for Karoui: “Thank you for making this beautiful coat for me in less than 24 hours in Dubai.” The statement coat had been styled with a diamond necklace layered with gold pieces, while the 41-year-old sported her signature glam with a pop of yellow on the eyes.
Speaking to Vogue Arabia about creating the coat, Karoui shares, “I met KJ and his team, and we got along super well and fast. The energy was really strong in the room. He asked me to design a beautiful piece for an event that Beyoncé had in 24 hours and I managed to create this fierce powerful coat in 10 hours.” He adds, “I knew this green metallic color would look spectacular on her. I’m so grateful and happy to have the opportunity to dress her. Her team is amazing and great to work with, and I can’t wait to create more looks for her.”
While this is the first time Beyoncé has opted for an Ali Karoui creation, the designer is known to have dressed a number of renowned personalities including Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez. As for Beyoncé, the star has been known to favor talent from the region long before she landed in Dubai this year. Some of her go-to Arab designers include Lebanese couturiers Nicolas Jebran, Georges Chakra, Zuhair Murad, and Elie Saab, Kuwaiti accessories brand Marzook, and Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al Jasmi.
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