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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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Lebanese label Jessica K determined to ride out financial storm
Wed, 2020-07-01 13:26

DUBAI: The whole fashion world has been impacted by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, but designers in Lebanon have also had to deal with the severe economic crisis besetting the country.

Jessica Khoueiri-Achkar, of the Jessica K brand, told Arab News that her team of six was now on half wages as she fought to keep her business alive and ride out the double whammy inflicted by the virus and the financial meltdown.

“It’s really bad. The most important thing right now is to survive. If you can break-even until the end of the year you are a king or queen,” said the designer from her home in Beirut where she is juggling nursing her newborn and keeping the business afloat.

The designer’s love of fashion started early and she credits her stylish mother as an inspiration. Supplied

Her designs, including eye-catching accessories, are particularly popular with women in their 30s who are looking for stylish clothes for work and socializing that do not break the bank. Her signature blazers, beautifully cut in striking colors, look good on all shapes and sizes, and her distinctive prints give a fresh, artistic note.

One ray of light is that with the Lebanese pound in freefall, some women who would normally buy couture are looking for a quality alternative.

“A Gucci dress worth $2,000 online is now double the price here in Lebanon. People are not buying like they used to, and they might start switching to Lebanese and local designers, which would be a good thing. There could be an opportunity for us,” she said.

Having studied at the Istituto Marangoni in London, followed by a stint with the Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab, she understands what the top end of couture has to offer and has worked out her own style drawing on everything she has learnt from working with top players in the industry.

The designer studied at the Istituto Marangoni in London, followed by a stint with the Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab. Supplied

“I took a lot of things from working for Elie Saab – such as how each department worked and the structure of the company. Of course, Jessica K is everyday-wear and not haute couture – my evening dresses are very dressy but affordable,” she added.

Khoueiri-Achkar’s love of fashion started early and she credits her stylish mother as an inspiration. Her business acumen, she said, came from her father who runs the Kababji restaurant chain. She thought she would join the family business, but her father observed her passion was for art and design and encouraged her to follow her heart.

Her designs, including eye-catching accessories, are particularly popular with women in their 30s. Supplied

“I thank him now for that advice,” she said.

She has enjoyed success and is determined to face the current challenges head on.

“All my production is in Beirut as I want to help our local industry as much as possible at this time. It is costing us four to five times more than it used to due to the present crisis in the country,” she added.

She admits that her planning has been thrown into disarray. “We are really late with the fashion schedule, but I am not worried about that because everyone is shifting their operation due to the global pandemic. It means that now we are actually seeing summer clothes in the stores in summer.”

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:36:36 +0000

New London-based modest label aims to diversify fashion industry
Wed, 2020-07-01 10:41

DUBAI: After making its brand debut with a collection of hijabs earlier this year, London-based modest label ELHM has released its first evening wear line on Wednesday. 

The Spring 2020 evening dress collection includes six embellished, high-neck and long-sleeved maxi dresses in pastel shades. The collection also includes an “exclusive bridal gown” that features delicate bead work and sequined details on chiffon fabric.    

“When we started creating this collection, we wanted our dresses to stand out from what has been seen before,” Breshna Hemati, co-creator of ELHM along with Hind Mahdi, told Arab News. “We are proud to say that we have put together a collection for modest women that does not sacrifice elegance and timeless style.”

The Spring 2020 evening dress collection includes six embellished, high-neck and long-sleeved maxi dresses in pastel shades. Supplied

The ELHM store is also releasing a set of hijab caps made from “soft breathable material” to protect hair from breakage and skin irritation, along with the label’s new “EID Hijab collection” for the upcoming Muslim holiday.

Co-owner and business partner Mugel Al-Harazi claims ELHM’s new hijab caps will bring “an end to one of the biggest problems for hijab wearers.”

The brand’s co-owners say that the label was created with the aim of “enriching” the modest fashion industry.  

“As a woman who dresses modestly, I know the struggle of finding good stylish pieces while staying modest. I found looking for clothes online difficult. I always felt that what I found was not suitable or that it didn’t allow me to express my style, making me feel as though my outfits were boring and not trendy,” Al-Harazi said. 

The ELHM store is also releasing a set of hijab caps made from “soft breathable material.” Supplied

Al-Harazi explained the fashion industry can no longer be “tone-deaf” to diverse needs, and recent pushes for inclusion have raised international expectations of brands to be socially and culturally aware.

This was one of the inspirations behind the label, as the owners of the all-female-run business explained. “We want to give women of all backgrounds who wish to stay modest stylish and elegant choices by offering one platform that caters to all their fashion needs,” they said.  

Muslim consumer spending on clothing is expected to reach $368 billion by 2021, which would be a 51% increase from 2015, according to the “State of the Global Islamic Economy Report,” produced by Reuters in collaboration with DinarStandard.

“The ELHM store is a family created by girls who knew the struggle of finding stylish yet modest clothing,” Mahdi said. “What kept us driven was the thought of girls who needed more choice and quality in their closets.”

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:46:32 +0000

Gigi Hadid unveils new Chanel advert
Wed, 2020-07-01 09:47

DUBAI: “Have been waiting since December to share this dream come true!!!” exclaimed part-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid, unveiling on Instagram this week the latest Chanel Pre-Fall 2020 campaign, in which she stars in. 

Lensed by American photographer Melodie McDaniel, Hadid showcases designs by Karl Lagerfeld’s successor Virginie Ward, including the brand’s jumpsuits, bomber jackets and handbags, posing against a mirrored staircase.

The model features in the campaign alongside other megamodels including Mona Tougaard, Ola Rudnicka and Anna Ewers. Catwalkers Rebecca Leigh Longendyke, Pan Haowen, Vittoria Ceretti and Blesyna Minher also appear in the advert.

The advert was lensed last year, well before the 25-year-old revealed that she was expecting a baby with her partner, British-Pakistani singer Zayn Malik. 

When it came to confirming the news officially in April, Hadid told show host Jimmy Fallon: “Obviously, you know, we wish we could’ve announced it on our own terms, but we’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well wishes and support so…”

The interview with Jimmy Fallon came after TMZ’s initial breaking report. Her mother Yolanda Hadid confirmed the news to a Dutch media outlet, RTL Boulevard: “I'm excited to become a Oma in September especially after I lost my mom so recently. But this is the beauty of life: One soul leaves us and a new one comes in. We feel very blessed.”

Hadid features in the campaign alongside other megamodels. Supplied

However, it’s likely that the mom-to-be was pregnant when she shot the campaign for Chanel in December. The supermodel recently revealed that she was already a “few months” into her first pregnancy when she walked the international catwalks two months later in February.

In a live streamed interview with beauty giant Maybelline, Hadid chatted to make-up artist Erin Parson about how rumors that she’d had facial fillers had been circulating online. In fact, she said, her plumper cheeks were down to her pregnancy glow, more noticeable during fashion month when she was “a few months preggo,” the supermodel revealed.

January saw the model feature in a string of campaigns, in addition to walking for Chanel, Jacquemus, Lanvin and Jean Paul Gaultier during Paris Fashion Week.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 06:50:47 +0000

Rami Malek stars in star-studded Cartier campaign
Tue, 2020-06-30 16:02

DUBAI: US-Egyptian actor Rami Malek has been selected to star in Cartier’s new star-studded campaign to celebrate the re-launch of the French brand’s iconic Pasha watch. 

The Oscar winner stars alongside “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, Australian singer Troye Sivan, American singer Willow Smith and Chinese rapper Jackson Wang.

Cartier shared a snippet of the campaign video on Instagram, writing “'Cartier relaunches its signature watch from the 1980s, made for those who view the world in a broader way. #PashadeCartier coming in September (sic).'”

Pasha de Cartier was originally designed by the luxury label for the Pasha of Marrakesh in 1933.

The iconic timepiece is expected to hit the market in September.

The 38-year-old actor has previously served as an ambassador for the prestigious fashion house. 

Earlier this year, Malek starred in Saint Laurent’s Menswear campaign for Spring 2020.

The “Mr. Robot” actor landed his first high-fashion gig when he served as the face of Dior Homme, fronting the label’s Spring 2017 campaign alongside English singer Boy George, as well as rapper A$AP Rocky. 

Recently, the James Bond villain has been nominated for the Best Actor in a Drama Series at the Golden Globes 2020 for his role as a computer hacker named Elliot Alderson in the American thriller television show “Mr. Robot.”


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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:07:33 +0000

Kim Kardashian West is now a billionaire following deal with Coty Inc.
Tue, 2020-06-30 10:45

DUBAI: Just a few weeks after Kylie Jenner and Kanye West topped the annual Forbes list of the highest paid celebrities, Kim Kardashian West is now reportedly a billionaire. 

The reality TV star, who is the brainchild of brands KKW Beauty, KKW fragrance and SKIMS shapewear, sold a stake in her beauty label to Coty, a beauty conglomerate, for $200 million, in a deal that values Kardashian’s three-year-old business at $1 billion.

“We are thrilled to welcome one of the most influential beauty icons to the Coty family: @kimkardashian West!” the company wrote on Instagram Monday.

Kanye West, father of her four children, took to Twitter to congratulate his wife. “I am so proud of my beautiful wife Kim Kardashian West for officially becoming a billionaire,” he wrote to his 29.2 million followers.

“You’ve weathered the craziest storms and now God is shining on you and our family.”

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:50:48 +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.