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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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Models Gigi, Bella Hadid walk designer Gaultier’s last fashion show
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Thu, 2020-01-23 15:32

DUBAI: French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier on Wednesday took his final bow of a 50-year career in the industry at the Paris Couture Week.

Part-Palestinian sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were among the big names walking his last haute couture runway, the models wearing Gaultier’s latest designs from his Spring 2020 collection.




Gigi was dressed in a sailor’s outfit featuring a striped bodysuit with white wide-leg trousers and sailor hat. (AFP)

Gigi was dressed in a sailor’s outfit featuring a striped bodysuit with white wide-leg trousers and sailor hat.

Bella wore a strapless peacock-like black dress which the stylists paired with boots and gloves.




Bella wore a strapless peacock-like black dress which the stylists paired with boots and gloves. (AFP)

Gaultier shared a video on his Instagram this week inviting his followers to attend the show and celebrate the end of his half-century career with him. “It is going to be a party with my friends, and we are going to have fun until very, very late.”

He then went on to announce his farewell. “Now I am going to share something with you. This will be my last haute couture show. Be there! You can’t miss this,” he said. “However, stay tuned, Gaultier Paris will go on. The haute couture continues. I have a new concept and I will tell you about it later.”

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Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:43:13 +0000


Elie Saab unveils his latest collection at Paris Couture Week
Thu, 2020-01-23 12:38

DUBAI: Lebanese designer Elie Saab unveiled his latest Spring/Summer 2020 haute couture collection on Wednesday during Paris Couture Week.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Daring & charming, bold & graceful yet always refined | ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Spring Summer 2020 #ELIESAABHCSS20

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His daring yet charming show featured asymmetrical and voluminous cuts, jaw-dropping embroidery and floor-length capes.

The collection was inspired by “Imperial Mexico,” according to the fashion house. “(It) intertwines the regal past of both Europe and Mexico, bringing them together in the present,” the account shared on Instagram.

From evening dresses to red-carpet gowns, the dazzling offerings came in shades of beige, white, gold and blush.

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Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:48:57 +0000


Zuhair Murad looks to Ancient Egypt for Spring 2020 couture line
Thu, 2020-01-23 08:31

PARIS: In recent collections, Zuhair Murad has riffed on imperial Russia, Native American culture and sea life, but on Wednesday he looked to Egypt centuries ago. 

With the magnificent setting of the former 19th century palace Hotel Potocki in Paris as the backdrop for his eponymous womenswear label’s latest couture offering for Spring 2020, the Lebanese designer showed off a glamorous homage to Ancient Egypt.




Wearing a bejeweled headdress, the model emerged on the catwalk wearing a heavily-embellished, haute couture take on the kalasiris, evoking a modern day Cleopatra. (Supplied)

As the Ras Baalbek-born couturier knows well, the North African nation has intrigued fashion designers for centuries, most notably in the years immediately following Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, which was filled with the treasures that were intended to guide the monarch to the afterlife. 




The offering was also rife with second-skin gowns in rich fabrics like duchesse satin and chiffon. (Supplied)

Murad referenced those with some Deco Egyptian detailing, sending out a dazzling gold number that was bejeweled with hundreds of tiny red, blue and purple sequins and beads that took the shape of various hieroglyphics, tomb paintings, scarabs and eagles to kick off the collection.




There were almost as many sequins in the front row as there were on the runway. (Supplied)

The offering was also rife with second-skin gowns in rich fabrics like duchesse satin and chiffon, sequin-encrusted jumpsuits, belted minidresses with dramatic padded shoulders, crystal embellished jackets, sequined silk tulle numbers with slit sides and billowy, sheer chiffon trains and shimmery skirts paired with equally shimmery crop tops.




Murad referenced those with some Deco Egyptian detailing, sending out a shape of various hieroglyphics. (Supplied)

There were almost as many sequins in the front row as there were on the runway — an indication that the designer’s latest offering is sure to delight his loyal clientele of A-listers and royals. A white embellished evening gown with a criss-cross bodice and thigh-high slits on either side practically screamed, “wear me now, Jennifer Lopez.”




Added to the harmonious color palette of gold and ivory were coral, crimson and scarab blue. (Supplied)

Added to the harmonious color palette of gold and ivory were coral, crimson and scarab blue. 

Even the bride was an Egyptian queen. Wearing a bejeweled headdress, the model emerged on the catwalk wearing a heavily-embellished, haute couture take on the kalasiris, evoking a modern day Cleopatra. The crystal-emblazoned wedding dress featured a floor-trailing train, dramatic attached cape and a glimmering collar that imitated Ancient Egyptian necklaces.

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Thu, 23 Jan 2020 05:51:33 +0000


Rami Al-Ali reimagines the orchid for Spring 2020 in Paris presentation
Wed, 2020-01-22 12:35

PARIS: Dubai-based Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali decided to return to Paris to present his couture offering for his eponymous womenswear label at the Salon Pompadour in Hotel Le Meurice this week.




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Last season, the designer unveiled otherworldly gowns that fused together romantic details, such as lashings of beads and tulle, that went on to clothe the likes of actresses Dorra Zarrouk and Eva Longoria. His Spring 2020 collection is no different.




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Wildflowers, more specifically the orchid, served as the main inspiration for the 22-piece offering, appearing in embroidery and appliques. Rather than keep the references subtle, Al-Ali opted for bolder, more obvious interpretations of the colorful and fragrant flower. 




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Floral-inspired motifs came in multiple varieties at his presentation, including in the form of clusters of beads that evoked droplets of dew on a petal and laser cut fabric arranged in a tessellated pattern to portray a beautiful bloom. A red pleated gown adorned with flower appliques throughout turned one of the models into something of a bouquet for the presentation. 




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Structured jumpsuits in light-reflecting materials came in a range of shades — from sharp lime green with bronze detailing to dusty pink with oversized, floral-like embellishments on the bodice. Aquamarine blue and fuchsia also made appearances in the new line, with an array of floor-grazing gowns showing off the designer’s know-how. From floaty tulle to Disney-style ballgowns with wide, structured skirts, Al-Ali’s mastery of his craft was well and truly on display.




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To further capture the mood of spring, models posed with eyes encircled in pink frames, courtesy of makeup artists from MAC Cosmetics. The color palette included cheerful hues of aquamarine, coral, ruby and lime.

You can imagine an A-list star like Beyonce, who routinely dons Al-Ali’s designs, gliding down the red carpet in any number of the extravagant pieces that went on show in Paris this week. 

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Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:50:18 +0000


Catching up with Iraqi influencer Deema Al-Asadi at Paris Couture Week
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Wed, 2020-01-22 10:14

DUBAI: We caught up with the Iraqi fashion influencer Deema Al-Asadi, who was spotted dashing around the streets of the French capital for Paris Couture Week. The trend-setter shared what it’s really like to get caught up in the madness of fashion week.

To manage her time, the Dubai-based influencer said she prepares her looks in advance. “The minute I have my schedule in hand, I take a break from everything and sit in a coffee place and just create a mood board on my Instagram,” she said. Her mood board includes what she wants to highlight this season, what styles she wants to rock and what colors she wants to mix together.

“I then combine everything together and I make sure that I take a picture of every look before I travel, including the accessories and sunglasses, so when I travel, I am ready and I have all these looks ready,” Al-Asadi explained.

And if you’ve ever wondered how influencers afford it all, Al-Asadi reveals the truth —a lot of these looks are collaborations with brands who dress influencers for exposure online.  

The blogger said her second Paris Couture Week experience is less hectic than the usual ready-to-wear weeks. “I usually start with having breakfast and coffee. Then I would changing and prepare my looks for the day. I either start with a shoot or a show.”

Fashion events inspire Al-Asadi’s style, she told Arab News.

“When you watch the latest shows, you get to know what is happening the next season (and) what’s trending next season. So, this helps you create more looks and motivates you to be more adventurous and take risks with your next looks,” she said.

And what makes Couture Week’s Arab offerings so unique? Al-Asadi is convinced that the likes of Zuhair Murad, Rabih Kayrouz and Georges Hobeika bring something special to the international showcase of Haute Couture.

 “Western designers are known for their cuts, but not with embroidery, not with using crystals, sequins and beads,” she said. “Arab designers are the ones that add this kind of extra glamorous feel to Couture Week.”

 “It is a lot of work but I enjoy it… Being here and surrounded by all those amazing international designers and influencers worldwide just makes me more inspired to do more and give more,” she added.

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Wed, 22 Jan 2020 07:22:25 +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.