It was a moment of national pride as Ely Dagher, a Lebanese filmmaker, scooped the prestigious Palme D’or prize at Cannes for his short film. Telling the tale of a Beiruti teenager who becomes disillusioned with his life, the animated film speaks to Lebanese youth who feel trapped in lives that lack creativity.
This turquoise treat by Charlotte Olympia is the color of the Mediterranean.
Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol will be taking up residency in Beirut soon with the opening of Opera Gallery, a space showcasing some of the finest works from both Modern Masters and contemporary artists. Stop by to admire Damien Hirst’s large-scale, controversial collection of butterfly wings or the fashion photography of Guy Le Baube. Opens on June 4.
Drawing inspiration from her relationship with Paris, Lebanese designer Sarah Baadarani’s fall/winter 2015 collection balances sensuality with sharp shapes to create balance. A classic palette of creams, blacks and navy – livened up by an unexpected flash of canary yellow – are luxurious in their choice of fabrics and attention to detail.
Eastside neighborhood Los Feliz boasts a new hangout in the form of sleek Hotel Covell. The interior design is a talking point in itself: inspired by a fictitious character named George Covell, each room represents a different chapter in his life. Tel. 323.660.4300
Middle Eastern fare is gaining momentum on the West Coast with Madcapra, a much-anticipated new restaurant. Described as an “all-things-vegetable falafel spot,” it partners an emphasis on local and seasonal produce with good, old-fashioned grub. Tel. 213.624.2378
Fashion legend Alexander McQueen may soon be gracing twenty-pound notes in Britain once a new set of historical figures are decided upon for the currency. Known as one of Britain’s greatest fashion figures, it would be a fitting tribute to a designer that revolutionized style in his own inimitable way.
The black-tie AMFAR event in Cannes drew in a crowd of supermodels, Hollywood superstars and musicians who rallied together to support the foundation’s research into AIDS. Our personal favorite? Chanel Iman’s frothy, glittering couture concoction by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad.
Jourdan Dunn in Vera Wang, Chanel Iman in Zuhair Murad, Anja Rubik in Dsquared2, Zoe Kravitz in Vionnet, Toni Garrn in Elie Saab, Karlie Kloss in Tom Ford
Trust the French to turn summer clothes saucy. Parisian label G Kero puts the ‘r’ in risqué with this shirt. Just don’t wear it to Sunday lunch with your granny.
Buy a large bucket of popcorn, several bottles of soda and settle into the comfiest seat you can find – tonight marks the launch of Future Shorts Festival’s spring edition. Celebrating the world’s most innovative and inspiring short films, stop by Minus 5 to be part of this global event.