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Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is the second largest Muslim country (Algeria is the largest). Its population of 27 million does very well if a citizen is one of the 7,000 princes who can do whatever they like, and less well if the citizen is a man, men can travel freely and divorce without reason but cannot say a syllable against the absolute monarch or sharia law; and horrible for women who are treated all their lives like children or useful beasts of burden.

The very look of a woman is offensive; in public they must be covered completely. So poisonous is a woman that if she is raped she must be executed, even if she is only 6 years old. Because the law insists it was her fault. Always.

Saudi Arabia gets away with massive human rights abuses because it is swimming in oil, and ridiculously wealthy, and a major buyer of weapons, which the United States falls over itself selling to totalitarian regimes.

The success of religionists in planting the idea that cold-blooded murder of little girls and bloggers is holy has been widely noted. Religionists in neighboring countries have convinced young unemployed men lacking skills that shooting cartoonists and Jews and Syrians and Nigerians is good. And Saudi Arabia responds by building walls around its country, to keep out the fighters they so happily groomed.
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Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh
Tue, 2019-03-19 13:19

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.

Luxury street fashion brand launches in DubaiThe Six: Dior heads to Dubai with a closet-full of gorgeous gowns

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:37:56 +0000

The Six: Dior heads to Dubai with a closet-full of gorgeous gowns
Tue, 2019-03-19 11:51

Under a large circus-style tent, Dior showcased its latest haute couture collection to a crowd of Mideast-based fashionistas in Dubai’s Safa Park on Monday night.

The 15-piece collection was created with the city in mind. “When you think about Dubai, you think of a place that in a sense is very Mediterranean. So, we use more color (and) different shapes,” creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri told AFP.

Playful fashion

An accordion-style minidress in metallic rainbow colors was paired with an eye-catching glitter skullcap by celebrated milliner Stephen Jones.

Body suit

The haute couture collection included details like a “tattooed” body suit that conjured up images of Victorian-era circus performers.

Candy stripes

This candy-striped minidress brings to mind the vintage sweets of yesteryear and was paired with glittery, chunky-heeled boots.

Flying high

A sweetheart neckline edged with accordion-style pleating and silver, diamond-shaped embroidery take this look from red carpet ready to a gown more suited to a fashionable trapeze artist.

Glamour on the run

According to designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, this dip-dyed gown was purposefully crinkled in order to pay tribute to the on-the-move lifestyle of circus performers.


This pleated, metallic dress was a show-stopper with its fish-like shades and billowing cape.


Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:05:52 +0000

Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson-themed items from collection
Fri, 2019-03-15 17:09

PARIS: French fashion house Louis Vuitton has pulled Michael Jackson-themed items from its 2019 summer menswear collection following a documentary about alleged child abuse by the late pop star.
The collection was shown in January at the Paris Fashion week and is due to hit stores in June, but a Louis Vuitton spokeswoman said the Jackson-themed items would not be put up for sale.
Louis Vuitton said that at the time of the event, it was not aware of the “Leaving Neverland” documentary, in which two adult men say they were befriended by Jackson and abused by him in the early 1990s.
“I am aware that in light of this documentary, the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights,” Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh said in a statement.
Abloh, an American designer who was hired by Vuitton in March 2018, said his intention for this show had been to refer to Jackson as a pop culture artist.
The documentary has caused a backlash against Jackson’s legacy, as some radio stations stopped playing his music and an episode of “The Simpsons” cartoon show featuring his voice is being pulled from future broadcasts.
Jackson’s family has called the documentary and news coverage of the accusations a “public lynching” and said he was “100 percent innocent.”
“We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling,” Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke said, adding that the firm is fully committed to advocating the cause of child welfare.
Louis Vuitton is the world’s biggest luxury brand, with annual sales of more than 10 billion euros, and is the biggest revenue driver for its parent company, French luxury goods group LVMH.
The menswear unit is a relatively small part of its business and pulling the Jackson-themed items should not have a major impact on the label.

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Saudi brand aims to create integration between Mideast and the West
Sun, 2019-03-17 23:21

JEDDAH: Saudi luxury brand HINDAMME has a strong presence in the fashion scene in Saudi Arabia, with its “East meets West” trademark.

HINDAMME launched its latest capsule Futur Antérieur, which consists of luxury sportswear, in January. This collection is different from previous ones, which featured more elements from the past, Saudi designer and HINDAMME founder Mohammed Khoja told Arab News.

“It’s a smaller capsule but full of energy and I really feel it takes the concept of something considered quite restricted such as sportswear and elevates it, with its use of vibrant detailing and prints of cultural Saudi patterns. It’s also very forward-thinking and presents a very futuristic theme in comparison to work I’ve done before.”

“The capsule is pretty much an amalgamation of my work, presenting my signature HINDAMME look with its integration of reimagined heritage patterns in a contemporary format. It is differentiated as I feel the patterns are more colorful and vibrant but are balanced out with solid darker colors. It’s also the first time I’ve done tracksuits.”

Khoja has always had a fascination with sportswear. “I wanted to create pieces that were easy to wear, functional yet were also high-end and portrayed elements of our culture in a modern way. I used jersey, velvet and combined luxury detailing such as metallic embroidery and satin-paneled prints featuring modernized heritage patterns.”

The name Futur Antérieur represents the capsule’s message, Khoja said. “The relationship of past and future. Having lived in France for many years and being exposed to French language and culture, I felt the grammatical term, Futur Anterieur, which is used to express a future action that is expected to happen before a time of reference in the future, was very fitting.”

Traditional Arabian heritage motifs are echoed in this futuristic capsule, making it appeal to many types of consumers.

“I feel inspired to be able to portray my culture and heritage and I’d like to expose newer generations to this heritage as well as making it universally appealing to my Western clients. This time the heritage patterns are more colorful, vibrant, there’s also the use of neon. It’s sports luxe and urban and futuristic, yet also carries with it elements of the past,” Khoja told Arab News.

Explaining his choice of heritage prints and which area in the Kingdom inspires him to use their heritage prints, Khoja said that he had always been drawn to Al-Qatt Al-Asiri. 

“There is such a universal appeal to these tribal patterns and I share a deep appreciation of its aesthetic as well as the meanings behind its symbolism. I feel proud to say that I was the first to integrate it into contemporary ready-to-wear, and now I see it being used more often, which makes me quite happy to know designers are reflecting more toward our past for inspiration to create a future.”

Through HINDAMME, Khoja aspires to create a sense of integration between the Middle East and the West “as well as presenting a link between past, present and future through design. I want to reverse the tables and be able to export more of our design and culture to a global audience.” 

Khoja’s recap on the Season III collection that was launched in March 2018:

The designer said that he was inspired by mystic and astrological themes in the previous collection.

“I was so inspired by the Islamic Golden age with Season III and all the incredible accomplishments during that era, especially within the field of astronomy. I was also very inspired by the works of poets such as Rumi and surrealist designers such as Schiaparelli.”

One of Season III’s pieces, “Arabian Dream,” was inspired by Saudi Arabian former minister of petroleum and mineral resources Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi’s book “Out of the Desert: My Journey from Nomadic Bedouin to the Heart of Global Oil.”

“I felt this statement from this Saudi icon was very poignant and can be read and interpreted in multiple ways, but to me the statement basically says ‘yes, we come from humble beginnings and are proud of it as it shaped who we are today,’” Khoja said.


“Having grown up in the Eastern Province and hearing stories about Al-Naimi’s journey to success was very inspiring to many and I consider him one of our heroes.”

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:25:05 +0000

Kylie Jenner dons a daring look by Emirati label Khyeli
Sun, 2019-03-17 15:51

DUBAI: Makeup mogul Kylie Jenner just sported a daring ensemble by Emirati designer Ahmed Khyeli last week for a photoshoot and promptly followed it up by stepping out with a handbag by Dubai-based fashion label, L’Afshar.

The 21-year-old, who was recently named the youngest ever self-made billionaire by Forbes, wore a custom-made gown by Ahmed Khyeli’s London-based label, Khyeli.

The dramatic black minidress featured a frilled train running up the side along with an oversized, ruffled collar.

The label is snapping up celebrity fans — Lady Gaga took to the Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show in early March to talk about her recent Oscar win while wearing a gown by Khyeli.

The beaded tulle gown, with a swimsuit-style bodice and strappy shoulders, hailed from the label’s Spring 2019 collection and, according to the fashion house, took more than 200 hours to embroider by hand.

For her part, Jenner carried on the trend of sporting Middle Eastern labels by touting a boxy bag by Dubai-based brand L’Afshar last week.

The burnt orange Gio bag featured crocodile leather with clear acrylic top handles and Jenner wore it with a rouched bodycon dress.

The reality star isn’t the only celebrity who has shown off L’Afshar’s unique bags, however.

British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was spotted in California in March sporting a chic box bag by L’Afshar.

The 31-year-old former Victoria’s Secret Angel carried the bag at the Vital Proteins Collagen Water product launch event in Irvine, California.

The bag hails from L’Afshar’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection and is called the Ida in White.

 Model and reality TV star Kendall Jenner, Kylie’s sister, touted a bag by the brand in Los Angeles in October.

The Kardashian sibling sported a boxy purple bag with a gold chain, called the Ida in Purple Croc, at a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers — whose official colors are purple and yellow.

And those aren’t the only A-listers who seem to be huge fans of the homegrown brand — actress Jasmin Sanders, Bella Hadid, Kate Upton and Alicia Keys have all made public appearances with L’Afshar’s arm candy on hand.

Lilian Afshar, the designer behind the brand, is known for her unique, structured designs and use of marbled resin and intricate mirrorwork.

Lucite — known commonly as acrylic glass — and birthstones also feature in the brand’s range of typically heavy, straight-edged clutches in a range of clear-to-saturated colors and textures.

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:56:12 +0000
Unedited, from the Saudi Gazette, Aug 19, 2015:
"JEDDAH — Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has issued directives to all regional governors in the province to hold urgent meetings with tribal elders to finalize a document fixing a ceiling for dowry and discuss ways to end extravagant weddings, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
In a cable sent to the governors, Prince Khaled said he had noticed some families had been demanding high dowries for their daughters, eventually leading to an increase in spinsterhood in the country.
He said the situation required the intervention of the governors, who shall prepare a document specifying the maximum amount of dowry to be paid to different categories of brides after consultations with the tribal leaders and sheikhs.
Prince Khaled suggested that the dowry for a virgin must be fixed at a maximum of SR50,000 and for a divorcee at SR30,000.
A recent study indicated that the number of spinsters in the Kingdom nearly tripled to 4 million in 2015 from less than 1.5 million in 2010. Sociologists have attributed the rise in spinsterhood in the Kingdom to demands of high dowries and rising marriage expenses."

Dr Susanna: In Aug 2015, approx 4 SR to 1 USD. So a virgin will cost you approx USD12,500 and a divorcee will cost you approx USD7,500. Personally, I am cheering the virgins and urging them to escape being owned any way they can. Especially by ISIS.