Vogue Arabia’s debut September issue is coming…
In a world-exclusive collaboration, legendary designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld photographed the September cover star, Bella Hadid, for the largest issue of Vogue Arabia to date. The striking Arabic and English covers were shot on location in Lagerfeld’s Paris studio for Vogue Arabia’s most coveted issue of the year. Wearing Fendi, the American-Palestinian runway star and street style hero smolders on the cover, styled as a 2017 femme fatale and featuring a net veil across her doll-like face. “The inspiration for the Fall collection is for all the girls of today — and Bella Hadid is one of the girls of the moment: she represents the strong, bold, and elegant woman of today,” Lagerfeld reflected.
This marks Hadid’s 9th Vogue cover to date, and follows her sister Gigi Hadid‘s Vogue Arabia launch cover in March.”I am so proud to have her by my side,” Bella tells Vogue Arabia. The shoot is accompanied by exclusive interviews with Lagerfeld and Hadid, who open up about their plans, career highlights, and life lessons. “The minute that you are not inspired anymore by what is going on, and you start thinking about the past, it is better you retire,” Lagerfeld muses.
In his interview with Lagerfeld, who is at the top of his game at the helm of Fendi and Chanel, Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut reflects, “His lethal quotes are compiled in books, his life is analyzed in countless documentaries, and his collections exude his eccentricities. Who can forget Chanel’s Spring 2008 quilted ankle bags inspired by Lindsay Lohan’s monitoring ankle bracelet? Or the must-have mini Karlitos, produced in Fendi-colored fur? With more than 50 years of work at Fendi, and combining impeccable taste and geniality, Lagerfeld remains the one who laughs last.”
The September issue is the third one under Arnaut’s editorship. Thus far, his cover stars have included June’s Halima Aden, the first hijab-wearing runway model; British supermodel and champion of Arab designers on the red carpet Jourdan Dunn for the July/August issue; and now supermodel Bella Hadid. “This issue is just the start of what we have in store for the remainder of 2017 and 2018. We have some incredible cover stars booked and I can’t wait to share the covers with our loyal fans,” adds Arnaut.
September also marks the announcement of the 2017 finalists of the annual DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize. The initiative fosters emerging design talent from the Middle Eastern region, and has seen winners Hussein Bazaza, Hind Matar, Ralph Masri, Reemami, and Okhtein earn a place in fashion history, supported by the DDFC/Vogue Arabia Fashion Prize platform, which awards financial grants, retail distribution, an advertising campaign, wide-reaching press, and mentorship. The 2017 winners will be announced in early November.
Nervora, the Dubai-based publisher of Vogue Arabia, has a series of milestone moments in store for the rest of the year. October marks the first anniversary of Vogue.me, the digital-first launch of the 22nd edition of Vogue. To mark the date, Nervora will debut Vogue Men across both print and digital.
It’s Vogue moments like these that make fashion history. The September issue of Vogue Arabia will be on shelves at the end of August – subscribe to the magazine here to get your copy first and fast.