This Poignant Conversation of Dr. Sara Al Madani and Her Mother Will Make You Call Your Mom Right Now
Perfumes are so deeply personal, and have the power to trigger emotions and evoke memories of cherished moments and relationships in your life. And what’s more significant than the special bond between a daughter and her mother? Do you recall your earliest memory with the most important woman in your life? Is it her smile, her touch, or her smell? Rasasi, the family-owned, Middle Eastern perfume house, with 40 years of mastery in perfumery, certainly understands the importance of the extraordinary bond a daughter shares with her mother, celebrating the unique relationship through their iconic line-up of fragrances.
In the sweet video above, ahead of Mother’s Day (March 21), Emirati entrepreneur Dr. Sara Al Madani and her mother open up about the significant role fragrance plays in Arab culture, passing down timeless scents through generations, and their favorite perfume from Rasasi’s inimitable range of fragrances.
Here’s How To Add Some Color To Your Smokey Eye Makeup
Toni Malt, the Middle East‘s leading international editorial makeup artist, author of makeup book Transform and owner of the prestigious Toni Malt Makeup Academy, shares her expertise in the first part of a series of educational and inspiring ‘how to’ make up tutorials designed specifically for Vogue Arabia’s readers.
Curated as a clever step by step guide to achieving the most sought after looks from the season at home, Toni guides us through a bold, feline, metallic smokey eye with insider tips and knowledge taken from her exclusive masterclasses.
Model: Tatyana B at Wilhelmina Dubai
Video: Jules Bek
Makeup assistant: Miriam Cavallin at Toni Malt Academy
Behind-the-Scenes of Ciara’s First Ever Vogue Cover
Did you know that prior to Vogue Arabia’s Spring 2019 cover shoot, Ciara was afraid of horses? “It’s funny because growing up I loved horses, and I always admired their beauty,” the star says recalling the nightmarish incident when she lost control of her ride during a horseback-riding excursion on the beach. “When my ride decided to take off and gallop in another direction, I saw my entire life flashing in front of my eyes,” she states. The star certainly got the chance to overcome that phobia in the February 2019 issue. Wearing a bohemian Saint Laurent dress, with her long, black hair flowing in the wind, Ciara takes control of two magnificent stallions belonging to UAE royal HH Sheikha Fatima Rashed Al Maktoum.
It’s the Grammy award-winning singer’s first Vogue cover, one that she is undoubtedly proud of. “This shoot was a dream. I overcame my fears of working with horses again too! So proud. God is good,” she wrote on Twitter when the English and Arabic covers were unveiled this week.
Indeed, the 33-year-old has plenty to be proud of. But the certified hitmaker — her debut single Goodies went triple platinum — counts motherhood as her biggest accomplishment of all. “I am an only child, so I always had a strong desire to have siblings, and that triggered my will to have more kids. They are an extension of my legacy and they keep me young. Motherhood definitely gives you a new conscience. My kids help me to feel motivated and keep things in perspective,” said the mother of Future, four and Sienna, one. “Seeing my kids dancing to my music or hearing my husband saying he is proud of me makes me feel accomplished,” she admits.
In the breathtaking 50-second clip above, the singer runs up a dune in a frothy Molly Goddard gown and Alexandre Vauthier hat, tames horses, and poses, barefoot in the Arabian desert. Don’t forget to pick up your issue of the magazine when it hits shelves on February 1 to read the full interview.
Videographer: Hyku Desesto
Fashion Director: Katie Trotter
Hair: Cesar Ramirez
Makeup: Niki M’nray
These Celebrities Can Prove That Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Last month, Vogue Arabia hosted the inaugural Ball of Arabia, a high profile charity gala hosted in partnership with Tiffany & Co. at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab. The glamorous event, which helped to raise funds for UNICEF’s Girls Education and Empowerment Program in the MENA region, was attended by the likes of Middle Eastern royalty, regional and international celebrities, as well as fashion insiders including Mohamed Hadid, Maya Diab, Lara Stone, and Yasmine Sabri. Meanwhile, entertainment was provided by superstar singer Ciara. In the video above, Maritta Hallani, Lara Scandar, Aram Kabbani, and Salma Abu Deif showcase some of the luxury jeweler’s most dazzling designs in celebration of the Ball of Arabia. After all, diamonds are a girls best friend.
Video: Photo Boutique
Production: Snap Fourteen
Hair: Diego Miranda
Makeup: Soha Khoury
Choreography: Shaymaa Shoukry
This Egyptian-Lebanese Photographer’s New Fashion Film is An Ode to Dubai and New York
“Finding MĀ is finding oneself between here and there. The journey between space and time. It is the cross roads of two cities I lived,” explains award-winning fashion photographer Toufic Araman of his latest video project produced in collaboration with Vogue Arabia. “MĀ refers to rooms, as well as spaces between structures,” he states. The Egyptian-Lebanese photographer, who splits his time between New York and Dubai, rounded up a crew of ultra-talented creatives that included stylists, poets, sound composers, editors, among others to realize this vision of wanderlust, which translated into a beautiful fashion film that flawlessly captures the similarities (and differences) of the two cities he calls home. Watch the striking clip above.
Director: Toufic Araman
Director of Photography: Erik Swain
Stylist: Newheart Ohanian
Model: Dalianah Arekion, New York Model Management
Poetry: Christina Andreassen
Editor: Lucas Fossati
Producer: Gabriel Montagnani
Hair: Shintaro Teraoka
Makeup: Ana Sequira
Sound Composer and Design: Kevin Pollard
Voice: Mylène Gomera
Casting Director: Barbara Pfister
DsQuared Ruffled dress; Christian Siriano dress; DsQuared neck tie; DsQuared leggings; Alexander Wang corset belt; Erickson Beamon jewelry; DsQuared shoes.
Fendi jumpsuit; Keren Wolf headband; Giorgio Armani purse; Miu Miu shoes.
Miu Miu coat; Miu Miu shoes; Giorgio Armani purse.
Marc Jacobs dress; Marc Jacobs belt; Giorgio Armani boots; GBGH choker.
Dolce and Gabbana gown; GBGH rings.
YSL dress; Dolce & Gabbana bag; Keren Wolf bracelet; Keren Wolf earrings.
Giorgio Armani dress; Keren Wolf earring.
Charlotte Tilbury Reveals Her Top Tips For a Flawless Complexion
Celebrity makeup artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury returns to share her tips and tricks for achieving a flawless complexion. “I always say if you want a beautiful painting, you have to have a beautiful canvas,” she begins. Showcasing her award-winning products she shares the iconic story behind Charlotte’s Magic Cream, to the science behind her Instant Magic Dry Sheet Mask which is the first of its kind to penetrate down to the third layer of the epidermis.
Egyptian Icon Laila Eloui Like You Have Never Seen Her Before
She’s acted in over 70 movies, won multiple awards, and has been honored in film festivals around the world, and at 54- Laila Eloui is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Egyptian star, who made her acting debut at the age of seven, now finds herself in front of the camera again after her last on-screen appearance on Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces two-years-ago. But this time, she’s not taking on a character or reciting lines. Above, Ämr Ezzeldinn and Mohamed Gamal capture the Egyptian icon in an alluring fashion film for the December 2018 issue of Vogue Arabia.
Director: Amr Ezzeldinn
Videographer: Mohamed Gamal
Hair: Mike at Hair n Flair
Make up: Diana Harby
Fashion assistants: Omneya Mourshed and Lana Kovalchuk
Shot on location at Cairo Camera Studios
In the video Eloui wears crown, Dina Mourad; Dress, Love Label; Earrings, Maison 69; Rings, Ammanii; Turtleneck, Marie Louis; Jewelry, Swarovski; Jacket, Gianfranco Ferre; Fur, Gorski; Gloves Dries Van Noten, Jacket, Marie Louis; Turtleneck, Ralph Lauren; Belt, Retromania London; Earrings, Stylist’s own; Top, Maison 69.
Now Watch: How Afef Jnifen Does Milan During Fashion Week
She’s one of fashion’s most iconic runway stars, so is well-versed in keeping pace with Fashion Week. However, this season, Afef Jnifen let Vogue.me in on just what a day during the seasonal sartorial showcase holds for the Tunisian model and actor. Inviting us to join her during Milan Fashion Week, the former Vogue Arabia cover star gave us an insight into her city highlights during a typical day. From visiting ornate boutiques to covet their many treasures to catching up with friends over a coffee, here’s what Jnifen got up to between the shows of fashion week.
Coffee With Nardine: Shereen Reda Reveals Her Key Advice for Men
Last week, Egypt’s El Gouna was swamped with Arab actors, directors, models, and filmmakers, who all flocked to the resort town to celebrate the second edition of the annual El Gouna Film Festival, which wrapped up on Friday night. The week-long cinematic event, which kicked off on September 20, brought with it a host of stars, who came out in full force to support Arab theater and acknowledge their fellow peers who have helped to shape it.
Hosting the closing ceremony of this year’s festival was Nardine Farag, actor and host of MBC’s The Voice. Despite the festival’s jam-packed schedule, the Egyptian star, who has worked alongside Youssra in two TV series, took a little time out to catch up with her friends on the sidelines. In collaboration with Vogue.me, Farag is quizzing some of the Arab world’s brightest stars over a cup of coffee in a four-part series.
Previous episodes have featured Tunisian star Dorra Zarrouk, Egyptian actor Amina Khalil, and Alexandria-born actress, model, and ballerina Nelly Karim, and now Shereen Reda is starring in our final installment. The Egyptian actor joined Farag over a hot beverage to reveal her top beauty tips, how she manages a hectic schedule, her dream role, and who she’d most like to meet for a cup of coffee. Watch the full video above to see exactly what Reda had to say.
Production: Maison Pyramide
Director: Malak El Sawi
Stylist and art director: Alia El Dessouki
Alanoud Badr’s Idea of Beauty is Probably Not that Different From Yours
“I love the idea of enhancing beauty yet still being able to have each woman’s personality shine through so you get to see the real depth of their beauty,” says Wendy Rowe, Max Factor’s Creative Director and Global Makeup Artist. Rowe has lent her expertise to Max Factor as part of the brand’s new direction – a modern shift to a truly inclusive ageless approach. Yes, the brand’s intel on what women actually want is about to bring about the beauty industry reality check we’ve all been waiting for.
Their cult products (like the newly launched Radiant Lift foundation, which takes intelligent makeup to the next level and focuses on wellbeing rather than ‘anti-aging’) are still just as affordable, and no, there isn’t a teenage beauty influencer in sight.
Rowe is also the driving force behind the introduction of the You x Max Factor video series, a diverse collective of 11 inspirational women from around the world (AKA The Max Factor Voices) – mothers, entrepreneurs and activists – whose life experiences have shaped their beauty. The Creative Director is working with the Voices to deliver makeup artistry tips that get the most out of your makeup bag and are relevant to everybody, from mastering an everyday smoky eye to the quick tricks for an instantly fresher complexion.
“We’re celebrating their life experiences and the values that they stand for,” says Sheila Chaiban, Max Factor’s Global Vice President. It makes sense then that first up in the You x Max Factor series is influential Middle Eastern fashion designer Alanoud Badr, a passionate advocate for positive cultural change who set up her own fashion label, Fozaza, to challenge convention. Badr’s story begins here.