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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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Annabella Hilal boosts Beirut boutique’s profile
Sun, 2018-03-18 15:53

DUBAI: Lebanese model and TV presenter Annabella Hilal offered an unexpected boost to the online profile of Beirut-based “concept store” One Melrose on Saturday.
Hilal, a former Miss Lebanon and Miss World contestant, posted on Instagram an image of herself at MTV Lebanon’s HQ in Beirut dressed in stunning blue-grey Herve Legere bandage dress from One Melrose which garnered over 20,000 ‘Likes’ within 24 hours.
Hilal, 31, is the host of MTV Lebanon’s “Celebrity Duets,” which finished its second season last month, with Lebanese actress Maguy Bou Ghosn claiming first place.
Hilal got her big TV break at LBC, as the anchor and presenter on two shows: “Mission Fashion” and “Helwe w Murra,” before moving on to host the wildly popular talent show “Arab Idol” alongside Ahmed Fahmi on rival network MBC.
But Hilal’s talents go far beyond television. She holds a masters in law and has reportedly said that her ambition is to become a judge.
Hilal is also, according to MTV Lebanon’s website, an “emeritus lecturer in the field of Human Rights” and has given a number of talks both at home and internationally.
With over 1.8 million followers on Instagram, Hilal is one of the Arab world’s most popular TV presenters and leading social-media influencers, and her post in praise of shopping local will undoubtedly raise the profile of One Melrose — which currently has just over 5,500 Instagram followers.

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Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:59:30 +0000

Selena Gomez broadens Coach collaboration
Sat, 2018-03-17 19:21

DUBAI: Former Disney starlet turned global pop superstar, via a stint as Justin Bieber’s girlfriend, Selena Gomez has announced that her collaboration with luxury fashion brand Coach will expand later this year from the accessories and bags currently featured to include her first ready-to-wear clothing line.
“Fam, my second collection for @coach is going to include clothes! So grateful I got to work on this with @stuartvevers. Can’t wait to show you this fall,” Gomez tweeted last week. A statement from Coach said the new collection would reflect Gomez’s “feminine, confident personal style.”

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Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:24:59 +0000

Arab fashion icon Tamara Al-Gabbani wants to inspire people to be happy
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Sat, 2018-03-17 03:00

JEDDAH: Dubai-based fashion star Tamara Al-Gabbani has collaborated with the UAE’s Ministry of Happiness to promote the sunny side of life.
Al-Gabbani announced the collaboration in an Instagram post.
In a video, the Saudi designer, blogger and fashion icon talks about what she would tell her younger self. “Life is going to bring me some tragic moments but not to let me down ... it’s okay to be sad for a little while but then I have the tools and the tenacity to overcome them and that happiness is my choice,” she said. In a second video, Al-Gabbani shares with her fans how she copes with each day.
“I would say there is a series of happy moments in my life but everyday I wake up deciding that today whatever happens I am gonna go to sleep a happy girl,” she said.
“Positivity and happiness is most definitely a journey where you choose how to handle and manage your reactivity to life, emotions, moods, curve balls, circumstances ... etc,” Al-Gabbani wrote.
“It doesn’t mean not feeling the human response to a situation or moment, but rather feeling it and then taking the decision to accept what has happened, find the silver lining (if you can), and then moving on ... Happiness is a choice and a responsibility. No one is perfect, but we can use each day to work on ourselves and become better version of ourselves. Change is a good thing, and we are all capable of it,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:55:52 +0000

French couturier Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91
Tue, 2018-03-13 03:00

PARIS: French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” has died at the age of 91.
The house of Givenchy paid homage to its founder in a statement as “a major personality of the world of French haute couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century.”
“He revolutionized international fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for over 40 years,” the house of Givenchy said. “His work remains as relevant today as it was then.”
Givenchy was part of the elite cadre of Paris-based designers including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and his mentor, Christobal Balenciaga, that redefined fashion in the wake of World War II.
A towering man of elegance and impeccable manners, he forged close friendships with his famous clients, from Hollywood screen sirens of the likes of Liz Taylor and Lauren Bacall to women of state, including Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Born into an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais on Feb. 21, 1927, Givenchy struck out for Paris in his late teens, in the wake of World War II.
Couturier Jacques Fath hired Givenchy on the strength of his sketches. He spent two years learning the basics of fashion design, from sketching to cutting and fitting haute couture styles.
After apprenticing with other top names, Givenchy founded his own house in 1952.
His debut collection ushered in the concept of separates — tops and bottoms that could be mixed and matched, as opposed to head-to-toe looks that were the norm among Paris couture purveyors.
Working on a tight budget, Givenchy served up the floor-length skirts and country chic blouses in raw white cotton materials normally reserved for fittings.
“Le Grand Hubert,” as he was often called for his 6-foot, 5-inch (1.96 meters) frame, became popular with privileged haute couture customers, and his label soon seduced the likes of Gloria Guinness, Wallis Simpson and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran.
But the client whose name would become almost synonymous with the house was Audrey Hepburn, whom he met in 1953, when he dressed her for the romantic comedy “Sabrina.”
Legend has it that Givenchy — told only that Mademoiselle Hepburn would be coming in for a fitting — was expecting the grand Katherine Hepburn. Instead, the diminutive Audrey showed up, dressed in cigarette pants, a T-shirt and sandals.
Thus began a decades-long friendship that saw Givenchy dress the star in nearly a dozen films, including the 1961 hit “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The sleeveless black evening gown she wore in the movie, complete with rows of pearls, elbow-length gloves and oversized shades, would end up becoming Givenchy’s most famous look.
Aiming to reach a wider market, Givenchy launched a line of upscale ready-to-wear and accessories in the 1960s. Its commercial success soon enabled him to buy out his backers, making him one of only a handful of Paris couturiers to own their own label outright.
In 1988, he sold the house to French luxury conglomerate LVMH, the parent company of a stable of top fashion labels that now includes Dior, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Pucci and Kenzo.
Givenchy retired in 1995, and was succeeded by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Italy’s Riccardo Tisci and its current chief designer, Clare Waight Keller, the first woman in the role.
Waight Keller, at the helm of the brand since last year, said on her official Instagram account she is “deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet.”
“Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met,” she wrote.
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, said he is “deeply saddened” by Givenchy’s death.
“He was among those designers who placed Paris firmly at the heart of world fashion post 1950 while creating a unique personality for his own fashion label,” according to a statement released by LVMH.
Givenchy is survived by his companion, French couturier Philippe Venet.

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Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:49:37 +0000

Mariah Idrissi walks tall for UAE online retailer Namshi
Mon, 2018-03-12 15:04

DUBAI: Modest-fashion icon Mariah Idrissi has been spotlighting her new campaign for UAE-based online fashion retailer Namshi on Instagram.
Posting a picture of one of the campaign’s posters inside the Dubai Metro, the British model and social-media star wrote the self-deprecating missive: “When boss mans on their way to work and they gotta see my bighead.”
Idrissi first made headlines in 2015 when she became the first model to wear a hijab in an international fashion campaign — Swedish retailer H&M’s “Close the Loop.” The 25-year-old, who has Moroccan and Pakistani ancestry, has since been hailed as one of the pioneers of the Muslim-influenced modest fashion movement, working for a diverse range of brands, including MAC Cosmetics and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty.
The Namshi campaign continues this trend, once again featuring Idrissi in her hijab.
Idrissi had earlier posted images from the Namshi campaign photo shoot on her Instagram page, including a shot of her dressed in a crushed velvet silver two-piece, belted at the waist, sitting on a step ladder placed on a rooftop with Dubai’s iconic skyline behind her, accompanied by the caption “All the way up.”
Idrissi recently returned from a trip to Los Angeles, also chronicled on Instagram, during which she hung out with fellow Brit, actor John Boyega, star of the current “Star Wars” movies, among others.
“What I’ve loved about this city are the two worlds that co-exist so beautifully,” she wrote. “You got the whole Hollywood, everybody tryna be somebody city, but then you also have the land’s natural beauty.”

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Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:07:45 +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.