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A Peace Of Fashion

For the first time since the Abraham Accords, two fashion magazines from Israel and the UAE join forces for a historic cover collaboration celebrating talents from both countries. Proving that when societies thrive, business thrives - and that fashion and politics go hand in hand.
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In that spirit, fashion entrepreneur Anna la Germaine, founder of media and consulting company Fashion Politique Ltd. has kickstarted and completed one of the most ambitious fashion diplomacy initiatives of the year. Thanks to her efforts, top Israeli model Yael Shelbia appeared on the cover and in the pages of the February issue of L'Officiel Arabia, shot by Israeli photographer Yossi Michaeli and wearing a look by Israeli designer brand MICU. On the other hand, Israeli fashion magazine LAISHA honored this historic moment by putting the same image on the cover of its issue coming out on February 1st and featuring the special shoot in its pages. At the same time, LAISHA dedicated its back cover to Dubai-based super model Chanel Ayan photographed by Adam Browning-Hill, and publish coverage of the fashion and luxury scene in the UAE. "Fashion and Politics are inseparable, and the successful combination of both creates the ground for a flourishing business resulting in thriving economies of the countries. With Yael Shelbia on the cover of L'Officiel Arabia and Chanel Ayan on the cover of LAISHA we are aiming to celebrate new business opportunities between UAE, Bahrain, and Israel.", says Anna la Germaine.

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Dress: Avaro Figlio Earring: Erickson Beamon
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Skirt and Top: Esme Vie Belt: Lele Sadoughi Boots: Alessandra Balbi Earring: Erickson Beamon
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Skirt and Top: MICU Glasses: Ülsje Handcrafted Glasses Headband: Lele Sadoughi Necklace: Erickson Beamon Earrings: AVē Jewelry

For the first time since the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, UAE, and Bahrain in September 2020, an Israeli Model appears on a UAE Magazine's front page. A fashion publication LAISHA from Israel promotes a UAE talent Chanel Ayan on its cover. Israeli top model Yael Shelbia is a 19-year-old upcoming industry star with 1,3 million followers on Instagram, who has modeled for Kim Kardashians' KKW Beauty and was recently named the most beautiful face 2020 by TC Candler and the Independent Critics.

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Dress: Avaro Figlio
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Dress: Avaro Figlio
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Dress: Esme Vie Ring: AVē Jewelry

L'Officiel Arabia is a Dubai-based High-Fashion magazine published by Chalk Media FZ LLC under Jalou Media Group's license in Paris. As an influential voice in its region and abroad, it makes a perfect partner for LAISHA Magazine, Israel's most successful magazine, published since 1947 by Israel's leading publisher, Yediot Ahronoth group. LAISHA equally makes a strong statement by putting a top model from the UAE on its second cover, which will be visible on the same issue when you flip the magazine. Chanel Ayan is originally from Kenya and made history as the first black model successfully making a career in the UAE, having appeared on Vogue Arabia and Elle Arabia and worked for Valentino and Chanel's brands. She is also the face and ambassador of Dior Make-Up in the UAE.

 

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Dress: MICU Shoes: Alessandra Balbi Necklace: Erickson Beamon

Both covers are parts of a milestone that reflects a new chapter in the history of Israel's relationship with the UAE and Bahrain. Following the recent peace agreement between the countries, this collaboration symbolizes the unique potential for opportunities for fashion, lifestyle, and luxury brands and the promise of progress for creative ideas and business partnerships on all sides. Anna la Germaine is a former student of International Relations who graduated with a Masters Degree and decided to apply her expertise in politics and diplomacy to fashion. She called her firm Fashion Politique accordingly, starting in 2011 as the digital magazine F'OLITIQUE, which exists today. The company has since developed a 360-degree range of services focusing on emerging and medium-sized brands and digital space endeavors.
 

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Kaftan: Esme Vie Necklace: la Germaine

La Germaine's holistic approach to fashion and its talents, as well as her belief in their strong impact on society, lead her to start working on this project in September 2020. It took months of negotiations and planning to make the vision become a reality. "L'Officiel is known for breaking boundaries and pushing forward the future of fashion. I'm proud that we are the first in the region to carry out a cover shoot with Yael Shelbia, post the signing of the UAE-Israel peace accord.", says Editor-in-Chief of L'Officiel Arabia, Boba Stanic. Karina Shtotland, Editor-in-Chief of LAISHA, says: "We are happy to congratulate Anna la Germaine and L'Officiel Arabia for choosing an Israeli model for a cover, the talented Yael Shelbia, and for giving Israeli fashion a wonderful stage. We are excited to be her partner on this groundbreaking first-ever international collaboration, when two major magazines from different countries – who have just signed a historic accord – share a cover, promoting a message of peace, brotherhood (or shall I say sisterhood?), and cooperation, that bridges and unite between our nations. Shtotland adds: "It is our pleasure to have on our second cover a successful model from the UAE, Chanel Ayan. The women of Israel are eager to be introduced to UAE women and learn more about them and all aspects of life and culture. No doubt, celebrating talents, fashion, and creation – is a wonderful way to tie connections and to build a strong and fruitful peace".

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Dress: FOXYLAB

Inside the magazines will also feature a special collaboration involving an Israeli artist as well as an UAE-based artist. At the heart of the collaboration is New York-based brand FOXYLAB (foxylab_ny): FOXYLAB is a creative laboratory that marries art by different creatives with streetwear fashion. Following the guiding motto of the issue, FOXYLAB has teamed up with Israeli Illustrator Talia Zoref (@taliazorefstyle) as well as with Dubai-based calligrapher and muralist Diaa Allam (@diaallam) to create dresses imprinted with artworks of the talents.

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Dress: Avaro Figlio

Production: Anna La Germaine (@anna_lagermaine_private and @pr_yoda_diaries) x Fashion
Politique (@fashionpolitique)
/ www.fashionpolitique.com
PR: FP PR&Media (@fp.pr) / fp-pr.com
Creative direction and styling: Julia Morris (@juliaamorris) @ Tracey Mattingly Agency
(@traceymattinglyagency)
Photography: Yossi Michaeli (@yossimic)
Model: Yael Shelbia (@yaelshelbia) @ Itm Models (@itmodels__)
Hair: David Cruz using Kevin Murphy (@thedavidcruz) @ Tracey Mattingly Agency
(@traceymattinglyagency)
Make-up: Georgina Billington using Chantecaille (@georginabillington) @ Judy Casey Agency
(@judycaseyinc)
Nails: Kayo Higuchi using CHANEL Le Vernis Rouge Puissant (@kayo.hc) @ Bryan
Bantry Agency (@bryanbantryagency)
Location: The Peninsula New York (@thepeninsulanyc)
Brand Relations: Gili Biegun at joysmagazine.com (@joysworld_)
Talent Relationship: Akash Mehta (@mehta_a), Ryle Tuvierra (@thefiercewalker)
Assistants to Anna La Germaine: Maria Vittoria del Rosso (@mariavittoria_delrosso), Ekaterina
Chekhirkina (@chkhrkna)
Assistant to Yossi Michaeli: Michael Santos (@michaelsantosphoto)
Postproduction: Doctor Raw

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Dress: FoxyLab Print: Diaa Allam

Anna la Germaine cover story production for LAISHA Magazine
Team credits:
Production: Anna La Germaine (@anna_lagermaine_private and @pr_yoda_diaries) x
Fashion Politique (@fashionpolitique) / www.fashionpolitique.com
PR: FP PR&Media (@fp.pr) / fp-pr.com
Creative direction and styling: Anna la Germaine (@anna_lagermaine_private and
@pr_yoda_diaries)
Photography: Adam Browning-Hill (@browning_hill)
Model: Chanel Ayan (@chanelayan)
Hair&Make-up: Marianna Ivanets (@m_beauty_and_brows)
Brand Relations: Gili Biegun at joysmagazine.com (@joysworld_)
Talent Relationship: Akash Mehta (@mehta_a), Ryle Tuvierra (@thefiercewalker)
Assistant to Anna La Germaine: Ekaterina Chekhirkina (@chkhrkna)
Assistant to Adam Browning-Hill: Jaffar (@jaffar_shereey)

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