Emirati jewelry brand cameos in Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ video

Taylor swift wore the Emirati jewelry brand Ruwaya. (AFP)
Updated 26 August 2019

Emirati jewelry brand cameos in Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ video

DUBAI: US pop superstar Taylor Swift just released her much-lauded new album “Lover” and also took to the internet to share the colorful music video for its title track this weekend — complete with a glittering cameo by Emirati jewelry brand Ruwaya.

In one scene, Swift can be seen decked out in a pink ensemble, with butterfly-printed pajamas by Fleur du Mal, which she paired with Gucci loafers, as well as a gold bangle by Misahara Jewelry, cocktail rings by Anabela Chan and a pair of glittery pink earrings by Ruwaya called the Nayra Earrings, according to Emirates Woman magazine.

Founded by Emirati designer Fatima Al-Dhaheri in 2015, the brand is based on the designer’s extensive study of her craft at the Gemological Institute of America and boasts delicate, Arab-inspired pieces in a range of colors.

Rihanna was spotted sporting the label’s snake bracelet for her SavagexFenty Spring campaign in April, while the likes of Tiffany Haddish, Jenna Dewanand Ariana Grande have also shown off Al-Dhaheri’s designs.

For her part, Swift chose to wear the drop earrings in a pink-hued scene that is just one part of a wildly colorful video, which pairs perfectly with the syrupy song “Lover.”

Swift’s highly anticipated seventh album arrived on Aug. 23 in all its lovestruck, honeyed glory, a clear shift from the vengeful goth lite of her previous record, AFP reported on Friday.

But the 18-track “Lover” is not just an ode to matters of the heart — it’s the pop star’s first record that she actually owns, under the terms of the multi-album deal she struck last year with Universal Music Group/Republic Records.

“This album is very much a celebration of love, in all its complexity, coziness, and chaos,” Swift tweeted upon Friday’s midnight release of her latest project.

“It’s the first album of mine that I’ve ever owned, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

In her latest album Swift, no stranger to catty celebrity feuds and lyrical disses, sets a mood of moving on — with a touch of snarky self-care — in her opener “I Forgot That You Existed.”

It’s a clear break from 2017’s “Reputation,” when Swift momentarily tossed her princess tiara to try on the hardened snake skin of Dark Taylor.

In classic Swift form, “Lover” includes a streak of reflection on her past romantic woes, but the album exhibits an ebullient optimism determined to focus on the power of love, particularly concerning her relationship with English actor Joe Alwyn.


A day in Elton John’s life: Buy Rolls, write hit song, dine with Ringo

Updated 19 October 2019

A day in Elton John’s life: Buy Rolls, write hit song, dine with Ringo

  • Diary entries helped jog Elton John’s memories from his 50-year career
  • ‘Even when I was doing a lot of drugs, I still carried on playing music’

LONDON: When Elton John was working on his new autobiography, the legendary singer, songwriter and performer pulled out diaries he had been encouraged to write during a stint in rehab.
One entry read like this: “Got up, tidied the house, bought a Rolls Royce, had dinner, wrote ‘Candle in the Wind,’ had dinner with Ringo Starr,” the musician said. “That was one day.”
John, 72, spoke in a video interview provided to Reuters by his publisher, Henry Holt & Co., to promote the release of his book, which is titled simply “Me.”
The diary entries helped jog John’s memories from his 50-year career filled with hit records, Grammy awards and royal friendships but also addiction and a suicide attempt two days before a show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
“I wanted to show the tough ride of being a successful artist, and how I went through tough times, and how I came out at the end and got my life together,” John said. “It’s the story of my life up to the present day, warts and all.”
In the book, the “Crocodile Rock” singer revealed recent health scares including a near-fatal infection and a serious bout with appendicitis. “I did like 10 or 11 shows, 24 flights, with a burst appendix,” he said.
John is currently in the middle of a lengthy “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” world tour that will bring his touring career to an end. In the interview, he said performing on stage “just never gets old.”
“I never go on stage late,” he said. “I just love to get out there and I’m raring to go.”
“Even when I was doing a lot of drugs, I still carried on playing music,” he added. “It’s been my touchstone of my whole life.”
A highlight, John said, came in 1975 when John Lennon joined him to perform three songs at Madison Square Garden. It was Lennon’s first appearance on stage in New York since the Beatles played Shea Stadium.
Lennon was so nervous that he vomited before the performance, John said. “He came out to probably the most touching ovation I’ve ever heard,” John said. “We all shed a tear on stage.”
John said he is not sure what his future holds but he is still writing songs.
“I don’t know what’s next and I don’t want to know what’s next,” he said. “I’m just ready for the next chapter.”