Part-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid to launch new clothing label

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DUBAI: Making the leap from runway to design studio, Palestinian-Dutch supermodel Gigi Hadid is set to launch her new clothing label. On Thursday, Aug. 4, the supermodel offered a sneak peek at her newest venture, Guest in Residence, on Instagram.

Sharing the behind-the-scenes process of creating her knitwear line, she posted a gallery of images showing herself hard at work, as well as the fabric swatches, the brand’s logo, clothing tags and piles of sweaters, in addition to her wearing lavender knitwear. Also seen in the photos were stylist and fashion editor Gabrielle Karefa-Johnson; knitwear designer CJ Kim; and fashion publicist Kevin McIntosh Jr.

“Been workin on something . . . with love, @guestinresidence,” Hadid, 27, captioned the images.

She also added “founder, creative director @guestinresidence” to her Instagram bio.

While a launch date and further information have yet to be revealed, the Guest in Residence Instagram account and website are up and running. “Coming soon,” the site currently reads.

Hadid’s friends and fans lent their support in the comments section, with sister Bella Hadid writing: “What we’ve all been waiting for.” Hailey Bieber also commented, writing: “So excited about this.”

Gigi made a splash last month when she hosted the British Vogue X Self-Portrait summer party. As the newest brand ambassador of the contemporary luxury label from London, the supermodel showed up in a lime-green, figure-hugging dress from Self-Portrait. She completed the look with matching metallic heels and Self-Portrait’s new-season Bow bag — creative director Han Chong’s first bag design.

Meanwhile, Yolanda Hadid, the 58-year-old former model, and mother to Gigi and Bella, returned to social media after a nine-month hiatus on Sunday, revealing that she has been battling depression following the death of her mother, and had experienced a Lyme disease relapse.

“Coming back from a nine-month social media hiatus, a time to reevaluate my life. After the loss of my mother, I really struggled with depression followed by a Lyme relapse . . . the emotional stress and grief strongly affected my immune system,” Hadid wrote.

“My phone addiction didn’t help either, it started to take so much time away from being present in my life. It’s so easy to get lost in other people’s stories while forgetting to live and love your own. Texting is so much easier than picking up the phone and calling someone. We are all guilty of it,” she continued in the lengthy post.