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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 October 2018

Vanessa Hudgens steps out in regional designer SemSem

The singer and actress proves her love for Middle Eastern fashion once again

Vanessa Hudgens arrives at a post Emmy Awards Party wearing SemSem. Photo / Getty 
Vanessa Hudgens arrives at a post Emmy Awards Party wearing SemSem. Photo / Getty 

Clearly, Vanessa Hudgens has good taste. And a penchant for regional designers. Not content with wearing Fujairah designer Madiyah Al Sharqi for an episode of So You Think You Can Dance in August, she has just been spotted in SemSem at the Emmy Awards.

To attend the swanky after party for the 70th Annual Emmy Awards, the actress and singer chose a dramatic one shouldered mini gown with a train. A jet black satin train spilled off one shoulder, and had just enough sheen to give depth to the simple, black velvet dress, which, shorn off mid-thigh, looked perfect on Hudgens. Such a statement dress can be hard to pull off, but in this instance, the star is framed, not swamped by the glamorous silhouette.

Vanessa Hudgens wearing Semsem
We love the jet black satin train

Raised in France, SemSem designer Abeer Al Otaiba originally hails from Alexandria in Egypt. She worked in civil engineering in Dubai before marrying her husband, UAE Ambassador in Washington Yousef Al Otaiba, and relocating to the United States. It is this mix of cultures that lies at the heart of her work - her collections are a sassy blend of European chic mixed with an Arabic love of dressing up, while the name SemSem is taken from the nickname of her daughter.

Here's a SemSem look from a Luxury magazine shoot last year:

Top, Dh2,755; trousers, Dh3,120, both from Semsem. Booties, Dh2,600, Salvatore Ferragamo. Earrings, Dh532, Elsa O
Top, Dh2,755; trousers, Dh3,120, both from Semsem. Booties, Dh2,600, Salvatore Ferragamo. Earrings, Dh532, Elsa O

And a reminder of Hudgens wearing Fujairah designer Madiyah Al Sharqi:

Vanessa Hudgens wears Madiyah Al Sharqi
We love a jumpsuit

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