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Interview With Lebanese TV Presenter Carla Haddad

Interview With Lebanese TV Presenter Carla Haddad


You know her from several TV shows and most notably from her glowing presence on Dancing With The Stars Middle East.

From a model turned actress and TV host, Carla Haddad has secured her presence on Middle Eastern television screens. But not only, because over the years the blond beauty has also become a trend setting fashionista.

Just like her persona, we had a sassy but classy conversation with Ms. Haddad.

Carla's Career

AM: Please introduce us to Carla Haddad (the person and the TV presenter)
In my opinion, the best characteristic of Carla the person and the TV host is that she is a natural and genuine person. What you see on TV is what you get it in real life. I do not put on a fake mask. Everything I do comes naturally from my laughs, jokes, interaction with my audience and even when I am angry... It's all me!

AM: How did you start off in the TV industry? 
I first started working as a model at the age of 14. Then I appeared in the comedy show Moniaa fi Lebanon, followed by Carla La La, where I hosted celebrity guests and took spectators' calls. Next I did Ya Leil Ya Ein, the Arab version of La Fureur du Samedi Soir. I was then the weather girl on LBC channel.

I then presented a daily magazine called Helwe Al Hayat and a Radio show too. Recently, I presented The Comedy show on Al Hayat Egyptian channel and I just finished hosting my fourth season of Dancing With The Stars on MTV.
As an actress I participated in more than 10 comedy plays and one drama series. Aside from being a TV presenter, I host big festivals, corporate events and weddings, which is one of my main jobs off-screen.

AM: Which job do you enjoy more: TV presenting or acting, and why?
Both! I always seek a successful project. I like them equally and I am waiting for the right role and opportunity to resume acting. And the same applies to TV hosting.

AM: What type of TV programs do you enjoy hosting the most? And why?
I don't have one certain genera, I look for projects that are the talk of the town. I do have to say that I do find myself in entertainment shows that include singing, dancing and laughing, because that's something that people really need in our country. But eventually, I would like to have a program that tackles social issues.

AM: What is your advice to an aspiring TV presenter?
My advice is to be natural, both physically and internally. You can't be fake in front of the camera. The audience will eventually figure you out and not identify with you.

AM: Being one of the most followed Arab celebrities on Instagram, what role does social media play in your life & career?
Social media is a huge part of my life and my career. Especially for my young fans who like to follow my life on Instagram Facebook and Twitter. (Editor's note: Carla's following exceeds 1 million!)
I believe that the number of social media views could exceed the number of TV viewers. Social media is the present and future, and I dedicate a lot of time for it.

I enjoy reading the comments of my followers. And I am happy to say that I rarely get bad comments which means that I am doing something right.

AM: What is your proudest moment (in your career)? 
I don't have one specific moment, because every show I do, I give it my all. My entire career path is an accumulation of proud moments.

AM: What is a career objective you want to achieve (or an upcoming project)?
I have a movie script that I am currently reading and I am studying the concept of an upcoming TV program.

Carla's Style

AM: Where do you get your fashion inspiration? 
I am keen on following all the sources of fashion. Like social media which keeps me up to date on the latest trends, in addition to magazines and my stylist Wassim Fakhoury. Since my domain requires me to always stay on top of the game.

AM: How would you describe your fashion style?  
I would say young, fresh, classic with an edgy and modern twist. I like to be sexy but not vulgar. I think I have developed my own style or "Carla's Touch" and I feel flattered when the audience complements me on my looks.

AM: Where do you shop from?
It depends on what I am searching for and the look I am targeting. Sometimes, I shop at high-end brands and sometimes at very affordable ones. I love to mix and match because I always want to reach out to a broader audience.

AM: In your opinion, what are some must-have items that every woman needs to have in her closet?
Of course the infamous black dress. A pair of jeans, the Wolford bodysuits in black and white. I can't live without them! As for shoes, some sneakers and black heels.

AM: Can you describe your diet and beauty regimen?
I exercise everyday except on Sundays. And when I miss out on a day, I feel guilty and like I have gained 10 kilograms. Sports is not an obligation but part of my lifestyle.
Also, I don't drink or smoke, and I don't like to stay out late. For me that's the obligation! I am more of a day person who likes to carry out her activities during daytime.

As for beauty products, I like to be makeup free. I only put on makeup for television and big events. All the facial creams I use are from my dermatologist, and I do some beauty treatments for my face in the Fall and Spring. I also drink lots of water.

 Carla's Favorites List: 
  • Favorite Arab designer: I have many, each has his/her own style. In general I like light dresses, not ones that feel like I am doing a body pump (She laughs)
  • Favorite international designer: I like the craziness of Alexandre Vauthier, he's currently my favorite. I am also crazy about Balmain and Tom Ford
  • Favorite clothing brand: Olivier Rousteing, Vauthier, David Koma and Dsquared2 is also out of this world
  • Favorite Fashionista: I feel that with social media everyone has become a fashionista. I don't have a person in mind
  • Favorite model: Gigi Hadid, I adore her and I think she resembles my daughter Léa
  • Favorite city: I love Italy. Cities like Florence, Como, Capri, Venice, and Rome
Editor’s note: Carla’s interview was a reflection of who she is; sweet and genuine.

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Guo Pei Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture

Guo Pei Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture



In the past, when people thought of Haute Couture, designers from France and Italy were the first to be thought of. But recently, many designers have proven that Haute Couture talents are also present elsewhere.

Chinese designer Guo Pei is amongst those talents. Her collection was royal by all means.

All the gowns presented in her Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection, were like a piece of art that invites you to observe it closely and enjoy its craftsmanship. For these pieces were inspired by patterns from ancient manuscripts and cathedrals.

Editor’s note: The experience was surreal especially in a venue as legendary as La Conciergerie.
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Alexandre Vauthier Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture


Picture this: gorgeous supermodels walking down the runway on beats that awaken one’s inner diva. Wind blowing through their modern haircuts and sheer dresses. The Alexandre Vauthier show was everything we imagined Parisian Haute Couture to be. 

Whether on satin, lace or leather, the Parisian attitude was present and par excellence. His sexy, sensual and highly sophisticated Spring/Summer Haute Couture collection attracted eyes from top to bottom and in every direction.

A woman dressed in Alexandre Vauthier is a showstopper. A femme fatale who is dressed to impress. 

Editor’s note: Yes, that’s the gorgeous Bella Hadid in the photo who opened and closed the show.
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Ralph & Russo Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture

Ralph & Russo Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture


Spring/Summer 2017 is going to be simply fabulous for those who will wear a dress from the new Ralph & Russo Haute Couture collection.

Feather and chiffon trains emodied in geometical masterpieces floated across our eyes. The house’s signature sheer and flowy gowns were present on the catwalk and mainting its simple yet glamorous touch.

There is something for every woman, satisfying various couture preferences.
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The Middle East For Your Next Film Destination

The Middle East For Your Next Film Destination


For all the filmmakers out there, throughout 2016, Arabian Moda team has attended international and local Arab film festivals. Our mission was to learn more about the cinema industry in a region that is culturally rich with hidden talents. So here are the top reasons why the Middle East should be the destination for your upcoming film.

If you are seeking a desert meets cosmopolitan setting, then Dubai is the place to be. The Dubai International Film Festival was established when the industry was relatively inexistent in the area. And over the years, the establishment of Dubai Media City and Dubai Production City accelerated the reputation and the attraction of the Emirate as a movie destination. Shooting in Dubai is very convenient, since it's located at the center of the Middle East and has a moderate weather in December (which is usually the beginning of the filming season). Additionally, its culture is a melting pot of numerous nationalities.

On the other hand, if you are seeking a beach and/or mountain destination, then Lebanon is definitely your option. While the country doesn’t provide all the financial means, it does provide fiscal exemptions and loans given by the Banque du Liban. Its human resources are an asset, as its citizens are bilingual or even trilingual in Arabic, English and French. But its main advantage lies in its beautiful landscapes and natural sites. For instance, you can film in the snow-covered mountains and on the sandy Mediterranean beaches in the same day, due to their close proximity to one another.

In recent years, a successful film recipe has been established by mixing factors from different countries in the MENA region. And the fusion often creates a unique selling proposition.

A PR and marketing film director in the Middle East elaborated this perfect mix which includes; Egyptian production with Egypt being the pioneer of cinema since the 1930s, A Lebanese content and its competencies in film marketing and branding, with a touch of the Syrian, Jordanian or Palestinian’s methods of storytelling.

Another recipe could include Tunisian, Algerian or Moroccan components that provide completely different perspectives, and that tackle topics beyond the limits of the traditional Middle East.

Form our observation, Arab cinema is booming because it has become an indispensable method of expression for all the repression and injustice in the region.

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Why You Need To Understand Virtual Reality in 2017

Why You Need To Understand Virtual Reality in 2017


As we have just welcomed the New Year, we thought of preparing you for the hottest technology in 2017, which is Virtual Reality.

You may have heard about it here and there, and thought it was too complicated to understand, but this technology will become part of your reality and daily life.

Virtual Reality or VR, immerses consumers in a 360-degree digital environment, most commonly experienced via a headset. Augmented Reality or AR, is the integration of the real-world environment with computer-generated digital information. They have been identified by international digital agencies as the key marketing trends that marketers will be looking to in the coming year. 

Fashion brands are already using VR to offer clients an easier store experience with options that allow you to try on the clothes on your “virtual you,” or to experience a full retail environment from your very own home.

And watch out for VR-enabled fashion accessories that will soon be on sale, and obviously part of our must-have gadgets. So if you thought having an iWatch was enough, think again!

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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Sales Shopping

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Sales Shopping


What better way to start off a new year? Well, by shopping till dropping of course!
The Autumn/Winter sales season (les soldes) has officially begun in Paris, as in many cities worldwide.

Here are our four must read tips for a successful and wise shopping spree.

Do keep it classic
Whether you are a fashion forward or a classic dresser, remember to buy items that you can keep for a couple of years. Before heading to the cashier, imagine yourself wearing the item two years from now.

Do think of the upcoming season
Even though the sales period offers discounts on the current season of the year, try to select garments that you can wear in the upcoming season as well. Wouldn't it be nice to have new outfits ahead of time?

Don’t overbuy
As much as you will be thinking “I must buy this” and “I really need that” keep in mind that fashion trends, colors and cuts change every year. So don’t overbuy because you surely don’t want to be labeled as démodé (old fashioned).

Don’t wait too long 
The sales are somehow like gambling. Sometimes you decide to wait a little bit longer until the 50% or 70% off tag appears, but often, someone else will steal your treasure. Don’t wait too long and follow the “finders keepers” rule.

Happy shopping!
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