Celebrating creativity and optimism, the November 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia speaks to fashion’s power to stimulate our senses. Landing her first-ever Vogue cover is actor of the moment, Lily Collins. The star and producer of the wildly successful Netflix series Emily in Paris is also set to star in the upcoming biopic Mank.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to work with Lily Collins on her first-ever Vogue cover, especially when she’s experiencing such an incredible moment in her career. With bold styling and attitude, this shoot reflects our mood of the moment. Fashion and creativity are elixirs for wellbeing and ingredients that can bring some lightness and happiness in the troubled times the world is going through,” says Manuel Arnaut, Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief.
In the exclusive interview, the actor speaks of overcoming her struggles pre-Covid. “In the past, I would seek ways to control myself. It came out in the form of eating disorders or deep anxiety,” she reveals. “I try and sit and work through my emotions instead of ignoring them. The old me would have focused more on the negative. Now it’s just one part of my life. All these other positive things prevent me from obsessing.”
Among her various professional endeavors, the daughter of music royalty Phil Collins also speaks of her engagement to film director and writer Charlie McDowell. “I knew from the moment we met that this was the person for me,” she says, adding that together they have joined Black Lives Matter protests, adopted a puppy, and devoted themselves to causes like the children’s non-profit GO Campaign. Addressing French critics, who disliked the global hit Netflix series Emily in Paris, Collins responds conscientiously, “As disheartening as it sometimes is to read these things, it’s also a gift; you’re being allowed to improve.” The 31-year-old furthers that ahead of a possible season two, she will evolve the narrative, adding that the series’ creator, Darren Starr, and fellow producers, “Championed my opinions and opened me up to an experience that was so rewarding and empowering.”
The November issue is bursting with hopeful stories of celebration. The stars of the El Gouna film festival come out to shine on the red carpet, with Yousra, Laila Elwi, Jamal Soleiman, Lobloba, and Yasmine Sabri posing for exclusive portraits. In another exclusive scoop, Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson opens up about his plans for the Spanish heritage brand, while regionally, Bahraini designer Shaima Al Mansoori who has dressed stars such as Beyoncé and Julia Roberts, shares her rules of success. On the topic of motherhood, Dubai-based Iraqi interior designer Marmar AlHilali shares her story of pregnancy through surrogacy – the first such pregnancy recorded in Iraqi history.
Celebrating ageless beauty, a unique portfolio spotlights women in the region who embrace their natural evolution and authentic selves. Far from the android-like ideal championed on social media, these women proudly wear their age like a symbol of a life well-lived.
Having spent her life serving the less fortunate, Lebanese Lady Palumbo is photographed in London, where she is chair of her family’s members-only Walbrook Club. The daughter of the late publisher Kamel Mrowa shares inspiring words for Lebanon, “If you love a place, you will work hard and bring it back, differently, but you will bring it back.”