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Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2015 v9p0115

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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‘Once it’s gone, it’s gone’: Edgy new abaya label sparks demand with limited drops
Sat, 2020-09-19 12:41

DUBAI: If one were to describe The Cap Project’s designs in a few words, “a mix of couture and streetwear” would be most fitting. Equal parts luxurious and edgy, the Dubai-based label is not your average abaya brand.

Founded in 2017 by an anonymous local design duo hailing from the UAE, the rising brand is coveted for its modern take on the Emirati woman’s sartorial staple by way of deconstructed tailoring, oversized silhouettes and a vibrant color palette, making it anything but the traditional black abaya.  

The womenswear brand was born after the designer’s couldn’t find what they were looking for in the market. Supplied

Like many fashion lines,  the contemporary womenswear brand was born after the designer’s couldn’t find what they were looking for in the market. So, they decided to make it. “Our designs are basically pieces that we would want to be seen in,” explained one half of the design duo, who choose to remain anonymous, to Arab News. 

This translates into comfortable, day-friendly abayas and luxurious chiffon overlays with matching shaylas that are perfect for nighttime with a little jewelry and the right pair of heels. 

Meanwhile, the brand’s newest collection for September 2020 has more of a utilitarian feel to it. Think buckles, oversized pockets, military green colorways and magnetic closures. “We like to push the envelope in terms of our designs,” stated the reclusive designer.

The Cap Project draws its name from its unique “capping” business model. Supplied

However, not everyone can get their hands on the brand’s highly-sought-after pieces.  

In fact, The Cap Project draws its name from its unique “capping” business model, which is a retail concept that entails producing limited pieces for purchase. The brand, which takes orders through Whatsapp, has an Instagram Stories highlights dedicated solely to the items that have been “capped” so that their clients know what’s out of stock. 

The drops are limited to pieces of three, six and eleven. Supplied

The idea, the designer explains, is that they “just want girls to feel like they have something exclusive and that’s just for them.”

It’s also an ethical component of the brand. The drops are limited to pieces of three, six and eleven, reducing waste and increasing personalization.  

And once an item is out of stock, even if there’s a demand, the designers will not produce more. Or, in the creative designer’s words: “Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

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Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:50:29 +0000

Amina Muaddi to launch handbag collection
Thu, 2020-09-17 15:59

DUBAI: Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi revealed on Thursday that she is expanding her business with a new handbag collection that will launch in October.

The Paris-based designer — beloved by celebrities — told her 573,000 Instagram followers that her new line will be called Aminis.

She shared a series of images of the new bags being manufactured. According to her shots, her rectangular purses will be available in a range of different colors — including purple, black and silver – and sizes. The handles are adorned will be adorned with crystals, some plain, others with a variety of colors.

Muaddi already has a well-established brand — famous for its signature flared heels — that has garnered a loyal following of famous fans, including Dua Lipa, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin Bieber.

Her most famous collaboration is the limited-edition footwear capsule collection with multi-hyphenate superstar Rihanna’s Fenty, which dropped in July.

Rihanna tapped Muaddi to design a collection of shoes for her luxury maison back in December. The news wasn’t all that surprising, considering that the singer-turned-designer has been a longtime fan of Muaddi. 

The designer’s eye-catching shoes also previously featured in Rihanna's Savage x Fenty show at New York Fashion Week.

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Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:00:20 +0000

Gigi Hadid’s father writes a poem to unborn granddaughter
Thu, 2020-09-17 12:21

DUBAI: Supermodel Gigi Hadid’s father, Mohamed Hadid – the Palestinian real estate mogul – shared a heartfelt message this week for his future granddaughter, who Gigi is expected to give birth to this month.

The property developer, in a now deleted Instagram post, started his words with: “In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful,” which he wrote in Arabic text. 

“Hello little grandchild, it is me, my heart as happy as can be,” he then wrote to the family’s long-awaited bundle of joy. 

“I wish for you the sun and moon, I wish for you a happy time. Know that grandpa’s always here, I’ll do anything, anything for you, my dear,” his poem read. “When I heard you were on the way, I smiled and wiped a tear away. I cried the tear because I knew my heart would always belong to you.”

The 25-year-old catwalk star and mother-to-be, who is part-Dutch, is expecting her first child with former One Direction star Zayn Malik anytime now.

Some curious fans made assumptions that Mohamed’s poem hints that the couple have welcomed their baby girl, but before he deleted his post, he replied to one of the social media users saying: “Not yet.”

For the most part, Gigi has kept mum when it comes to sharing details of her pregnancy.



growin an angel :)

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But a few weeks ago, the star shared her first maternity photoshoot with her 58 million Instagram followers.

The 25-year-old shared a series of ethereal, black and white images, which were lensed by fashion photography duo Luigi and Iango.

“Cherishing this time. Appreciate all the love & well wishes,” read one of her posts, while the other said “Growing an angel.” 

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Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:25:48 +0000

Kendall, Kylie Jenner choose Abu Dhabi for their fashion label’s first-ever store
Wed, 2020-09-16 17:03

DUBAI: Reality television stars and entrepreneurs Kendall and Kylie Jenner are set to open their joint fashion label’s very first stand-alone flagship store in the world — and it’s in Abu Dhabi.

The new Kendall + Kylie boutique will open its doors at Abu Dhabi’s The Galleria Al Maryah Island, alongside a slew of luxury brands such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Fendi and more.

Following in the footsteps of other fashion sister acts – Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (The Row) and Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte) – the duo launched their eponymous contemporary womenswear label in 2015 with a collection of dresses, jumpsuits, trench coats as well as footwear and swimwear.

However, their foray into the fashion industry began several years before that. In 2012, the sisters teamed up with Pacsun on a number of collections. They also collaborated with Topshop on a series of capsules exclusive to the British retailer.

Meanwhile, Kendall is an in-demand model in the industry, having walked for virtually every designer you can think of as well as having appeared in a number of highly coveted campaigns and editorials.

With a combined following of more than 360 million social media users who aim to emulate their distinctive styles, launching their own fashion brand was a strategic business move for the sister duo.

Although Kendall + Kylie is available for purchase in various online e-tailers, such as Revolve, the forthcoming flagship in Abu Dhabi is set to be the brand’s first physical space.

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Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:05:01 +0000

Model Tina Kunakey stuns in Azzedine Alaia dress
Wed, 2020-09-16 12:22

DUBAI: This week, models, actresses, socialites and royalty descended upon Rome to attend the lavish Bulgari Barocco bash, put on to welcome a spectacular new collection of fine jewelry titled Barocko. 

Among the guests on the star-studded guest list was French model Tina Kunakey, who donned an elegant fuchsia-colored gown from the late Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia for the occasion. 

The design featured a scooped, exposed back and a halter neckline. She elevated the look with a selection of sparkling Bulgari diamond rings and a serpent necklace.

As for her hair and makeup, the 23-year-old opted for a sleek, face-framing braid that served as a backdrop to a soft wash of burnished eyeshadow and rose-toned lips.

Tina Kunakey wearing Azzedine Alaia at the Bulgari Barocco event this week. Getty

Kunakey is married to French actor Vincent Cassel. The couple tied the knot in France in 2018. 

The model, who has walked the runway for Gaultier and starred in campaigns for L’Oreal, wore a Vera Wang wedding dress and Amina Muaddi shoes, which were custom-made by the Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer specifically for her wedding. 

A good friend of the Paris-based footwear designer, Kunakey was selected to star in Muaddi’s debut campaign for her eponymous, cult-favorite shoe line a mere two days after getting married. 

Kunakey and Cassel — who was previously married to Monica Bellucci — welcomed their first child together, a girl who they named Amazonie, in April 2019. The newborn is the French actor’s third child and first with Kunakey. 

However, Cassel didn’t make an appearance in Rome this week. Instead, the French model attended the event with her younger brother Zakari Kunakey. 

Meanwhile, also at Bulgari’s lavish event was British model and socialite Poppy Delevingne, who made her first red carpet appearance post-lockdown in Rome. For the occasion, Delevingne made a statement wearing a semi-sheer, lace-infused black gown plucked from Fendi’s Fall 2020 collection. 

British model and aristocrat Lady Kitty Spencer was also at the star-studded bash. For her part, Spencer opted for a glamorous black ball gown with a strapless corset bodice and billowing skirt made out of layers of sheer, polka dot tulle from Italian label Dolce & Gabbana. 

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Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:26:42 +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.