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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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Victoria’s Secret to charm China with fashion gala
Author: 
AFP
Sun, 2017-11-19 07:43
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SHANGHAI: The star-studded, super-hyped Victoria’s Secret lingerie show hits the catwalk in Shanghai on Monday, the first time the US brand is holding its self-described “sexiest show on earth” outside the United States or Europe.
Coming to China is all about business: the company’s bottom line is sagging and it is staking its future on the growing Chinese market.
Here is everything you should know about the annual festival of music, lace and flesh, now in its 23rd year.
Western markets for intimate wear have already matured, but China’s is still blossoming as rapid societal changes help loosen Communist-era prudity.
China’s women are a growing consumer force and more interested than ever before in expressing their sexuality, fashion analysts assert, and they increasingly have the money to do so.
Lingerie is among the fastest growing segments of Chinese women’s apparel market, reaching 112 billion yuan ($17 billion) in 2015, according to market-intelligence firm Mintel Group, which projects it will grow by another 32 percent by 2020.
Victoria’s Secret, whose business performance has withered amid US competition and a product realignment, has taken notice, opening its first two Chinese flagship stores this year, including a huge four-story Shanghai emporium.
Making the VS runway is one of the most coveted gigs in modelling, but the company has been accused of bias toward leggy blondes or Latinas in selecting its “angels” — so-called for the trademark wings they wear.
But last year it tapped a record four Asian models and, in a nod to this year’s hosts, Shanghai will feature six of Chinese origin, according to reports.
They are led by China’s top model Liu Wen, the first Asian on Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid fashion divas.
She’ll reportedly be joined by Shu Pei, Sui He, Xiao Wenju, Shanghai’s own Ming Xi, and Paris-born Estelle Chen, who will prowl the catwalk along with top earners such as Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jasmine Tookes, and Karli Kloss.
Holding the racy event in Communist-ruled China seemed destined to get somebody’s knickers in a twist.
Sure enough, US model Gigi Hadid withdrew Friday after Chinese netizens accused her of racism and warned her to stay home over a video clip of her making a squinty-eyed “Asian” face.
Hadid, who had apologized to Chinese fans in September, gave no reason for suddenly withdrawing, and it was not clear whether VS or China’s government may have dropped her to avoid a PR fiasco.
US fashion media also have run unconfirmed reports that Russian models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova, and Ukraine’s Dasha Khlystun, had been denied Chinese visas, for reasons unknown.
Critics pan the show as a sexist and bloated branding stunt, but it nevertheless manages to generate significant buzz with its mix of bling and star power.
Musical performers through the years have included the Spice Girls, Phil Collins, Destiny’s Child, Sting, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga, and A-list celebs typically occupy audience seats that reportedly cost thousands of dollars.
The 2017 performers will include Harry Styles, Grammy winner Miguel, and Chinese singer Jane Zhang.
The night’s highlight comes when a model dons the jewel-encrusted “Fantasy Bra.”
The honor this year goes to Brazil’s Lais Ribeiro, who will model a $2 million bra made by Swiss-based luxury-goods company Mouawad and studded with nearly 6,000 gemstones including diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topaz.
The show tapes in Shanghai on Monday night but will not air globally until November 28.
Even with the splashy China debut, Victoria’s Secret and its premium products — a single bra in its Shanghai store runs up to 658 yuan ($100) — may find a tough battle on its hands.
A range of established domestic and foreign brands like China’s Aimer and Cosmo Lady, and France’s Aubade, already have staked out Chinese turf, and growth rates are tapering off.
Mintel said annual growth spiked to 18 percent in 2011 but projects that to slow to just 4.4 percent by 2020.

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Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:57:11 +0000


Shanghai police see no foul play in Russian teen model’s death
Author: 
AFP
Sat, 2017-11-18 07:29
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SHANGHAI: Shanghai police have ruled out foul play and cast doubt on allegations that overwork contributed to the death of a 14-year-old Russian model after she took part in Shanghai Fashion Week last month.
The death of Vlada Dzyuba in a Shanghai hospital on October 27 threw a spotlight on the murky world of foreign models in China — many from the former Soviet Union — and raised questions over why a minor was working abroad without a proper guardian.
A Shanghai police statement released late Friday said Dzyuba died of multiple organ failure stemming from a suspected central nervous system infection, possibly meningitis.
“A forensic examination found no violent injuries on the surface of the body, routine blood tests were negative, and no abnormalities were found,” the statement said.
English-language newspaper The Siberian Times had alleged that Dzyuba, from the city of Perm, died of meningitis compounded by exhaustion following “a gruelling fashion show in Shanghai.”
But the Chinese agency representing Dzyuba, ESEE Model Management, has vehemently denied the claim.
Shortly after her death, ESEE reproduced a medical report from Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai that gave the cause of death as septicaemia, a type of bacterial blood poisoning.
The teen, who despite her youth was allowed to model under Chinese law, died without her family at her side because her mother could not travel to China in time.
Her body was returned to Russia on November 11, Shanghai police said.
Shortly after Dzyuba’s death, Russian investigators in Perm opened a probe into whether her death was caused by negligence, TASS state news agency reported, citing regional investigators.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:47:34 +0000


Model Gigi Hadid pulls out of Victoria’s Secret China show
Author: 
Associated Press
Fri, 2017-11-17 03:00
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SHANGHAI: Supermodel Gigi Hadid said Friday she will not be walking the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai next week, a few months after Chinese Internet users accused her of racist behavior.
Hadid said in a post on her Twitter account: “I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!!“
Hadid did not give a reason and Victoria’s Secret refused to comment on the issue.
“Victoria’s Secret will not have a response,” a spokeswoman said by email.
The surprise exit comes months after a video of Hadid triggered an outpouring of criticism on Chinese social networks. It showed Hadid squinting in a way that appeared to be a reference to a stereotype about Asian facial features.
Hadid responded by apologizing in September on China’s popular Twitter-like microblog site, Weibo. “I have learned to be very careful of how my actions can come off or be portrayed, and I’m hopeful you’ll accept my apology,” the post said.
It was not immediately clear whether Hadid had been denied a visa. Asked about this at a regular briefing, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said he was unclear about the issue.
It is not uncommon for entertainers and performers to be denied visas by Chinese authorities for political reasons.
Most recently, as tensions rose between China and South Korea over a US missile defense system, some K-pop and K-drama stars had to cancel widely anticipated visits to China due to visa delays.
South Korean actor Ha Jung Woo could not get a visa needed for a movie project with China called “The Mask,” starring Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:35:30 +0000


Fairies, brides in black descend on Arab Fashion Week
Author: 
AFP
Fri, 2017-11-17 03:00
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DUBAI: Fairies, brides in black and hand-knit dolls take the runway in Dubai this week for the fifth Arab Fashion Week, a five-day affair focused on instantly available “ready couture” and pre-collections.
At the opening shows Wednesday night, ballgowns and evening gowns appeared in full force, with Lebanese designer Saher Dia showcasing a collection inspired by old Hollywood — including a metallic-fringed dress that appeared to be a modern-day tribute to Ginger Rogers.
And in a city that has become a metaphor for luxury, Filipino designer Furone One, of Dubai’s Amato Couture, turned his models into fairies living the high life.
“This collection is inspired by fairies — sea fairies, all kinds of fairies, because as a child I believed in fairies,” Furone told AFP backstage.
His collection did not disappoint.
The celebrity favorite, who has dressed Beyonce, Katy Perry and Heidi Klum among others, sent more than 20 models down the runway in holographic and pearl headpieces.
Embroidered or beaded, gowns in muted blues, blushes and beiges were paired with voile capes and purses made from seashells in a collection that was still wearable for the Dubai crowd. “For me, Arabs are very creative,” One said.
“They love to experiment, they love to explore,” he added. “Here in Dubai, you have the time for luxury.”
While Aiisha Ramadan, the Lebanese designer who has garnered a dedicated following in the Gulf for her traditional abaya robes, did embrace the unisex structured blazer; hers had blue ruffled overlays pouring out of the shoulder pads.
“The Arab client is definitely changing,” Ramadan said backstage, in biker boots studded with crystals.
“She’s changing in the way she’s thinking. She’s becoming simpler, someone who wants to shine more than the dress on her.”
The shows this week will also feature Mua Mua’s hand-knit celebrity dolls, made in Bali by Italian designer Ludovica Virga.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:21:26 +0000


From Egypt with love: Find out why handbag brand Okhtein is flying off the shelves
Author: 
Lisa Kaaki
Tue, 2017-10-31 11:45
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BEIRUT: Founded by two sisters, Egyptian brand Okhtein is one of the country’s hottest exports and for good reason.
The popular brand — which is sold in such high-end outlets as Bloomingdales in Dubai and Harvey Nichols in Saudi Arabia — is known for its quirky, cute and ultra-feminine bags and scarves.
The brand, which means “two sisters,” was launched in 2013 by Aya and Mounaz Abdelraouf and has since gone on to reach astronomical heights in its success around the Middle East.
“We used to work on several projects together when we were kids and both of us had good work chemistry and shared an artistic vision,” the pair told Arab News. “We felt like we both completed each other and we should pursue our dream and start a brand together. We love fashion and both of us love accessories. Growing up, we had a fascination with luxury handbags. We always wanted to wear unique bags that weren’t available in the market, so we both ended up designing our own.”
What is less known is the decisive influence exerted by the duo’s grandmother on their taste and ideas about fashion. According to the sisters, their grandmother kept her clothes from the 1960s and 1970s and allowed the pair to rummage through her closed in search of inspiration.

The sisters believe that the secret behind their success is their story and the fact that they produce their line of bags and other accessories in Egypt.
“We sell our bags to big players in the market who usually have ‘Made in Italy’ stamped on the inside (of their other products). Our ‘Made in Egypt’ (concept) is new and it changes the expectations of people,” the pair said.
To manufacture their products, the sisters take a philanthropic approach to their work based on their desire to incorporate more handmade embroidery and straw into their leatherwork. The pair set up a collaboration with several local NGOs that provide assistance to skilled female workers from economically unstable backgrounds in the country.

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The duo is proud that the brand is exporting the values of Egyptian craftsmanship and giving back to those in need — all through the power of fashion.
Harnessing the creativity of Egypt is clearly important to the sisters who were born and raised in Cairo. Aya studied communication and media arts along with digital arts and design at the American University of Cairo while Mounaz studied marketing and art at the same university and also went on to become a painter who has exhibited in galleries in Paris and Egypt.
It is no wonder then that the brand is known for its creativity and its ability to capture certain moods and moments in time.
This is especially visible in the brand’s flagship models, the “Palmette Minaudiere” and “Palmette Backpack.”

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The minaudiere, also known as the box clutch, comes in a variety of colors as is based on the invention of the box clutch in 1934 by French jewelry, watch, and perfume company, Van Cleef and Arpels. Charles Arpels was inspired by watching Florence Gould, the third wife of famed casino owner Franck Jay Gould, toss her personal belongings in a tin box. The small, handle-free clutch bag quickly became the ultimate chic statement and the sisters have put their own, decidedly unique, spin on it.
Recently, the designers chose a brand ambassador to help bridge the gap between the brand and their consumers.
“We’ve chosen Karen Wazen from Lebanon, who lives in Dubai… We love her style, her personality and everything about her. She feels connected to our brand because she’s a twin and has twin daughters, so the bond of sisterhood is very special to her. In addition, we have Egyptian actress, Amina Khalil as our local brand ambassador. She’s strong and charismatic and fits very well with our identity,” the pair said.

Styling two dresses in one with our all time favorite Mini Studded Red Gold. #styledby @maisonmehany

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Avid fashionistas should keep their eyes peeled as the designers are currently working on creating a luxury line of travel bags and suitcases and also plan to incorporate crystals, silk and artificial fur in their future collections.

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Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:01:34 +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.