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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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Designer Ali Xeeshan teams up with UN Women to challenge child marriage in Pakistan
Author: 
Sabah Bano Malik
Sun, 2017-12-17 15:31
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ISLAMABAD: At this year’s Pantene Bridal Couture Week, the king of putting on a show, Ali Xeeshan, used his platform to shine a spotlight on the epidemic of child marriages in Pakistan.
Hand in hand with UN Women, Ali’s finale had a young, school-aged girl dressed in a school uniform outfitted with bridal trappings, like borders and embroidery, walk the ramp. Adorned in the traditional jewels that, for generations, have marked one as a bride and with henna-painted hands, the image of this young girl was a shock to the system and went viral on social media.
Last year, Ali used his platform at bridal week to highlight the issue of forced marriage in Pakistan. This year, the tackling of the issue comes from the lack of improvement in the circumstances surrounding child marriage in Pakistan, even when there are countless organizations and groups fighting to change laws regarding it.
According to the UN Women’s official press release on the collaboration, Pakistan’s Child Marriage Restraint Act (CMRA) sets the legal age of marriage as 16 for women and 18 for men, but it is still estimated that more than 20 percent of women are married off before the age of 18 and three percent overall do not even cross the age of 15 before they get married. There have been efforts to increase the legal age of marriage from 16 to 18 for women across the nation, but this has faced criticism and resistance.
Jamshed Kazi, country representative for UN Women Pakistan, said: “It’s astounding how women aren’t allowed to drive or vote before the age of 18 and at the same time, they’re forced into this lifelong commitment way before they reach that age.”
The show was followed up by UN Women’s website directing people to head to www.thebridaluniform.com and urging those stopping by to learn more and sign a petition urging Pakistan’s Parliament to push the issue and have the marriage age for women to be upped to 18.
Proceeds from Ali Xeeshan’s collection will be donated to Pirbhat Women’s Development Society and Sujag Sansar, organizations striving to end violence against women and working against child marriages in Pakistan.

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:40:57 +0000


Looking back on Dubai’s dazzling Modest Fashion Week
Author: 
Emily Jardine
Tue, 2017-12-12 14:27
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DUBAI: Held in Burj Park, alongside the glittering lights of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s first Modest Fashion Week was a showstopper. For two days, on Dec. 8 and 9, modest fashion designers, influencers and enthusiasts participated in more than 40 fashion shows, 50 pop up stores, talks with more than 100 influences and fashion and art exhibitions from 20 countries. The cat walk alone showcased more than 300 modest looks led by leaders in the modest fashion world, including Selma Sari by Modanisa, Canadian modest teen brand — Yours Truly, modest brand Huw Roman Tokyo and US based Fllumae as well as contemporary ready-to-wear Malaysian label, aere, followed by Kuwaiti brand Anotah.
Modest style is no different than mainstream style in its essence and core and, as modest style becomes more mainstream, influencers and designers are creating a style that is accessible to fashionistas, modest millennials and mainstream style enthusiasts. As the founder of faith-conscious label RANAZONE, Rana Al-Sayyed said in a Modest Fashion Week panel discussion on Style Talk, “modest fashion is new to the world, so we always need to bring something new (and) as style is an art, each one of us from our own cultures, languages and places can use style to express who we are.”

Stunning @huwromantokyo on @modestfashionweeks stage #dmfw #dubaimodestfashionweek

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Dubai aims to be a hub of this multi-billion dollar modest retail industry in the Middle East and this two-day event was officially opened by Sheikha Azza bint Rashid Al-Nuaimi, Mouza Obaid Ghubash, Diana Haddad and founders Franka Soeria and Özlem Şahin of Think Fashion as well as Arif Ebrahim of Red Connect.
This event was marked with an influx of social media bloggers and influencers as the effect of these platforms on fashion and beauty cannot be denied. As Manal Chinutay, a beauty blogger known best for her make-up and hijab tutorials explained in her talk on style, “social media has inspired me to take a different turn with my style and there are so many different ways to dress modestly so it’s important not to be discouraged,” if you are on your way to defining your own modest style.

@sumayya.sss on the runway of @modestfashionweeks Beautiful diversity on the stage... We are One. Photo by @rooful #dmfw #dubaimodestfashionweek

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Modest style took center stage as the catwalk lit and the future of modest fashion is bright, beautiful and detailed. Opening up with Doris Dorothea, a premium leather brand, influencers and modest icons took to the catwalk showed their style alongside this premium exotic leather band. Moving on to Studio Teh, an up and coming modest fashion line for women, models brought life to multi-dimensional designs, with movement designed through layers, lace, and tulle.
Shows continued late into the evening with the event finally closing after 11 p.m., marking the end of a celebration and unveiling of modest style. Although considered a success, it was noted by Chinutay on her personal instagram, that a focus for future modest fashion week events can be an increase in diversity to represent the full mélange of the modest community. “I was the only black woman to be flown out and participate… The lack of black or deeper complexion Muslims that get invited to these events almost seems normal. This isn’t and really needs to change… as we are meant to represent one ummah/community.”

Talented modest model @fatiimamao as one of the muse of @fllumae from US on the runway of @modestfashionweeks #dmfw #dubaimodestfashionweeks

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As Dubai Modest Fashion Week looks to next year, the focus will be on continued growth and development. As Arif Ebrahim, founder of organizing partner Red Connect, explains, “After the success of the first DMFW, we can’t wait to bring back Modest Fashion Week in Dubai and do it all bigger and better for next year. Watch this space as we are currently looking to bring Modest Fashion Week to further dynamic locations around the world!”
Overall, “we are thrilled with the success of Dubai Modest Fashion Week (as) this weekend we have welcomed modest fashion industries’ shining stars from the around the world to this truly innovative city. With (Dubai’s) position as the center for modest fashion in the GCC, this is another step in strengthening the movements already burgeoning influence on the mainstream fashion industry,” said Franka Soeria, DMFW co-founder and co-creator of Think Fashion.
Özlem Şahin, DMFW co-founder, added: “Our aim with Modest Fashion Week is to engage international and local ground-breaking fashion talents, to show the world that trendsetting design and modest fashion go hand-in-hand. The past two days have undoubtedly highlighted the diversity and depth of this fast-growing industry and further cemented its influence.”

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:31:45 +0000


Dubai’s first ever ‘Modest Fashion Week’ draws to a close
Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Tue, 2017-12-12 03:00
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DUBAI: Following its iconic opening show starring international hijab supermodel Halima Aden, to a talk on the evolution of the abaya from Sheikha Hend Faisal Al-Qassemi, the first Dubai Modest Fashion Week (DMFW) drew to an impressive close this week.
The two-day style event that took place on Dec. 8-9 saw both established and emerging designers from over 20 countries take part in 40 fashion shows, with 50 brand booths, interactive workshops and talks, fashion and art exhibitions, plus 100 celebrities and influencers, gather at the city’s Burj Park to showcase the latest modest fashion trends.
Working toward coining Dubai as a hub for the multi-billion dollar modest retail industry in the Middle East, Sheikha Azza bint Rashid Al-Nuaimi, Mouza Obaid Ghubash, Diana Haddad, and organizers — Modest Fashion Week founders Franka Soeria and Özlem Sahin (Think Fashion) as well as Arif Ebrahim (Red Connect) officially opened the weekend.
Aden, the first Hijabi super model, walked the DMFW catwalk for the opening show, the Modanisa Fashion Show with Rasit Bagzibagli and Muslima Wear. Set within an open-air catwalk beneath the site of the Burj Khalifa, Aden’s fans got to see the international icon in action and get a glimpse of the star quality that has seen her grace the covers of Vogue Arabia and fashion magazines around the world.
Day two kicked off with a jam-packed schedule of shows from Selma Sari by Modanisa, Canadian modest teen brand Yours Truly, modest brand Huw Roman Tokyo and the US’ favorite Fllumae, as well as contemporary ready-to-wear Malaysian label, aere. This was followed by a show from one of modest fashion’s most established names, Kuwaiti brand Anotah.
“We are thrilled with the success of Dubai Modest Fashion Week. This weekend we have welcomed some of the modest fashion industry’s shining stars from around the world to this truly innovative city. With its position as the center for modest fashion in the GCC, this is another step in strengthening the movement’s already burgeoning influence on the mainstream fashion industry,” said Franka Soeria, DMFW co-founder and co-creator of Think Fashion.
Özlem Sahin, DMFW co-founder and co-creator of Think Fashion added: “Our aim with Modest Fashion Week is to engage international and local ground-breaking fashion talents, and to show the world that trendsetting design and modest fashion go hand-in-hand. The past two days have undoubtedly highlighted the diversity and depth of this fast-growing industry and further cemented its influence.”

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:42:23 +0000


Does responsibility trump affordability in fashion? This Pakistani designer thinks so
Author: 
Amna Ehtesham Khaishgi
Wed, 2017-11-29 14:49
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KARACHI: Those who are fashion conscious should look for the responsible, not the affordable, a leading Pakistani fashion expert has said.
“Affordable fashion means that somewhere, at some stage, someone was exploited,” Mohsin Sayeed, creative director of The Pink Tree Company, told Arab News.
He is unapologetic about his brand The Pink Tree being relatively expensive, saying: “Each piece we create carries lots of hard work and creativity. We don’t believe in mass production.”
The Pink Tree Co. was established in 2011 by three friends, including Sayeed, 50, who spent most of his professional life as a journalist before moving to fashion.

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“Our designs come straight from the heart. Our passion is to delve into the rich history of fashion and textiles, bring back something from the past and give it a contemporary feel. That leaves the viewer with a cozy, déjà vu feeling. Our identity is our design diversity,” said Sayeed, adding that the boom in the fashion retail industry comes at the expense of creativity.
“Ready-to-wear fashion can be affordable for many, but it doesn’t cater to the creativity that good fashion should carry,” he said.

“Art is an exclusive form of expression. It can’t be produced in factories like soaps and shampoos. Those who do that aren’t creating art pieces, they’re just making clothes,” he added.
“Responsible fashion means you take care of your costumes for years and, perhaps, for generations. It means all those craftsmen who made this piece have been paid properly and their work has been respected. Affordable fashion means you’re treating your dress as a tissue paper: Use and throw.”
Sayeed, many of whose clients are from the Middle East, said Arab women should not be obsessed with Western fashion trends.
“The new generation of Arab women is very fashion conscious, but unfortunately they consider Western brands as the ultimate fashion word,” he said.

“Asia, particularly South Asia, has more amazing creative fashion designers that can cater for style with a good understanding of their social circumstances. We in South Asia can proudly say we have the best craftsmanship.”
Sayeed said Pakistani craftsmen are among the best. “They’re not mere embroiderers or tailors. They’re like poets who create poetry on a piece of cloth,” he added.
“We have a history of craftsmanship as old as 500 years. We produce best fabric in the world. No one can beat us when it comes to creativity in fashion.”

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:57:19 +0000


Christian Louboutin releases Lahore-inspired shoe
Author: 
Sabah Bano Malik
Mon, 2017-11-27 15:37
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LAHORE: Earlier this year, Pakistani social media flew off the handle when shoe designer Christian Louboutin landed in the country and now shoe fans have been treated to the designer's latest creation, which is named after the city of Lahore.
Louboutin, who was in Pakistan attending an exclusive dinner hosted by the Art Divvy Foundation in April, visited design and art schools, made appearances at art events and traveled to sites to take in what Pakistan had to offer.
Known worldwide for his infamous red-soled shoes, owning a pair of his shoes is as much a style bucket list item as it is a status symbol.
Last week, reports broke out that on his website, a new shoe design had been released dubbed the “Lahore Flat.” Naturally those that love when Pakistan gets a nod abroad collectively rushed to the site to get a look at the shoe and its description. Curiously enough, though the shoe holds the name of Lahore, the description itself refers to the designer’s visit to Venice as the inspiration behind the shoe.

Follow in the footsteps of Lahore.

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A flat shoe complete with a pointed toe and a wrap-around scarf for the ankle — which one could say resembles a dupatta, or scarf — comes in a classic black and two variations of the designer’s signature scribbles.
With Pakistan aiming to be a brand among international shopping enthusiasts, the little nod to his trip has been appreciated.

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Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:43:26 +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.