Fashion star Lana El Sahely was handpicked by the label’s designers to take part in their Milan Fashion Week show.
First Dubai style icon Ahmad Daabas walked for Dolce & Gabbana men’s show in January, and now another Middle Eastern influencer has been given a starring role by the luxury brand.
Lebanese blogger Lana El Sahely was cherrypicked by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana themselves to walk in the pair’s recent Autumn/Winter 2017 display at Milan Fashion Week.
The 27-year-old style star, who’s behind the editorial and shopping site larmoiredelana.com, strutted her stuff alongside some fellow millennials chosen by Dolce and Gabbana.
When about to hit the runway, pinching myself, never would have imagined a more beautiful moment, dreams do come true. Thank you @dolcegabbana❤️ Hair by the great @guidopalau, makeup by the incredible @patmcgrathreal @journeyintolavillelumiere #DGfamily #DGmillennials #DGRinascimento #DGFW18 #mfw #LanaxDG #DGbeauty
The statement-making Italian label has chosen to diversify from casting traditional models in recent seasons, instead using social-media-savvy twentysomethings, celebrity offspring, mums and toddlers, and the often-unrepresented over-50s in their shows and campaigns.
Revealing on Instagram that she was the only influencer chosen from the region, El Sahely said the experience was a “dream come true”.
The blogger, who has more than 170,000 followers on Instagram, selected a silky pajama-inspired set for the show, complete with lashings of jewels and topped off with a gilded crown.
Shortly before taking to the catwalk, El Sahely revealed she “never would have imagined a more beautiful moment”.
Fellow models on the day included Sofia Richie (yes, daughter of Lionel), Lady Amelia Windsor, and singer Madison Beer.
And El Sahely wasn’t the only model making MFW headlines…
Earlier in the sartorial event, model of the moment Halima Aden walked at Alberta Ferretti alongside catwalk veterans including Gigi and Bella Hadid.
The Somali-American teen, who rose to fame last year after donning traditional Muslim dress to compete in a US beauty pageant, wore her hijab paired with a belted coat and wide-leg trousers.
Casting the 19-year-old was an act of “embracing culture and diversity to break norms and change the thinking of modern-day fashion,” the brand posted on its Instagram following the show.
Aden also walked in Kanye West’s Yeezy show at New York Fashion Week, shortly after being snapped up by top agency IMG Models (which also represents Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss).