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Saudi Arabia

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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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Emirati-Palestinian Lana Hattab’s modern take on modest fashion
Thu, 2019-08-22 08:07

DUBAI: To many, modest wear is an expression of their religious beliefs, but to Lana Hattab, modesty defines who she really is. “It is part of me,” she said in an interview with Arab News.

The Emirati-Palestinian blogger, who is based in the UAE, hopes to provide inspiration to young women who may find it challenging to dress conservatively yet still look fashionable.

Lana Hattab said her dual culture has helped shape her style. (Supplied)

According to the 22-year-old, “it is very important for modest-wear influencers to have a strong presence on social media because such women inspire young girls to stick to their culture and religious beliefs.”

While many women struggle to see a representation of themselves on the internet, Hattab said she hopes to constantly remind women that they have the choice of being who they want to be. “Optionality is key,” she said.  

Lana Hattab was raised in the UAE. (Supplied)

“International brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, Gucci, Nike and Adidas have adapted to the Middle Eastern culture and are aware of the modest market, which makes it easier for women to relate more to these international brands now,” she added.

When speaking about the pressure that social media has on women, Hattab said that people are much wiser than they might appear on Instagram. “It is not always about dressing modestly, but rather about dressing confidently. A lot of women think of the hijab as a restriction, but I believe you can look very modern, very friendly and very classy while being comfortable to the extent of how much each person wants to cover up,” she added.

The 22-year-old studied accounting. (Supplied) 

The blogger, who has 44,000 followers on Instagram, said “even though my platform is mainly about fashion and beauty, I also like to share with my followers what I do on a daily basis. It reflects my daily life and portrays how a hijabi is just like everyone else.”

Hattab, who has a degree in accounting, is busy establishing a Dubai-based business with her partners that is yet to be announced. She is also collaborating with international and regional brands on upcoming projects. 

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Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:20:49 +0000

Dubai handbag brand gets royal approval
Wed, 2019-08-21 08:55

DUBAI: HALM is the Dubai-based handbag brand whose discreet take on design has caught the eye of several of the region’s tastemakers including Queen Rania of Jordan.

Across fashion, there is a “new luxury” that you can see taking momentum, and nowhere is it more obvious than in the women’s go-to item, the handbag. HALM embodies that emerging trend.

With Swedish creative director Hanna Ransjo, who has lived in the Emirates over 25 years, and British project manager Hannah Louise Brewer, who came from womenswear label Temperley London, the company has gone from strength to strength.

The duo have merged the best of three cultures into their two-year-old brand: Scandinavian minimalism, British pragmatism and Dubai’s love for luxury. Theirs is a “Made in the Middle East” label that embodies global fashion’s move towards blending minimalism and maximalism. 

Their signature bag, Chilluxe, works as a perfect day to night accessory, and was given the ultimate seal of approval when Queen Rania carried it at her first official engagement of 2019. On a visit to the Children’s Museum — she stepped out in a checked buttoned top by A.W.A.K.E, paired with an asymmetric navy skirt — her hand firmly clutched a HALM bag.

“We see this bag as ‘relaxed understated luxe,’ elegant yet chilled, designed in such a way as to gently soften with wear, yet maintain its core signature structure,” said Ransjo. Another edition is set to follow in their next collection.  

Brewer added: “It was a very conscious decision to keep branding on the bag to a minimum — we want the customer to know that they will be buying quality and design, not just a name.” HALM is helping to change the notion that “Made in the Middle East” is about maximal design and shows how the region is embracing the new feel of luxury.

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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:00:01 +0000

Celebrities step out in Andrea Wazen’s shoe designs
Wed, 2019-08-21 08:13

DUBAI: If you are on a hunt for the trendiest footwear, you cannot have possibly missed the Lebanese designer Andrea Wazen’s label.

Many celebrities have been sporting shoes by Wazen, including the American actress Lucy Hale to last week’s Teen Choice Awards. 

Lucy Hale wore black Dassy PVC pumps by Andrea Wazen at the Teen Choice Awards. (Getty)

Hale, who is famous for her roles in the 2008 series “Privileged” and the seven seasons of “Pretty Little Liars,” wore a pair of clear pointy-toed heels with black-strap detailing, called the Dassy PVC pumps.

One pair was not enough for Hale to show her love to Wazen’s luxury handmade footwear. At the same event, she wore the same slinky heels, but in green.

Lucy Hale wore green Dassy PVC pumps by Andrea Wazen at the Teen Choice Awards. (Getty)

Being the star of the event, Wazen’s neon Gloria PVC mules were also spotted on the actress Maddie Ziegler. She paired them with a blue Chanel suit.

Maddie Ziegler wore Wazen's Gloria PVC mules to the Teen Choice Awards. (Getty) 

The Dassy PVC pumps seem to have grabbed the eyes of many celebrities. Actress Gabrielle Union-Wade showed off a pair on the live show of “America’s Got Talent” last week.

In June, the shoes were also worn by model Ashley Graham at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony, paired with a custom-made Christian Siriano dress, with puffed sleeves and a form-fitting silhouette.

It does not end there. Wazen also saw her shoes worn by the Brazilian fashion influencer Camila Coelho on Monday. The Gigi Mule summer sandal was decorated with neon yellow leather straps.




She goes by the name of GIGI #andreawazen

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And we must not forget Wazen’s neon-green high boots that Jennifer Lopez wore during her “It’s My Party World Tour.”


Wazen shared a snap of the singer on her Instagram account, captioning it: “I never imagined this day would come!! I remember dancing with my sisters to all her songs growing up (still do now). And now she’s dancing on stage in MY BOOTS!!! Feeling so blessed, thank you!”

Wazen was trained by the leading footwear brands Rupert Sanderson and Christian Louboutin in London. Her shoes are now designed and produced in Beirut.




Introducing Karen Wazen Eyewear // The Retro’s In Green // Available on

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Wazen is not the only member of her family who has made headlines. Her sister, Karen Wazen, has also launched an edgy eyewear line in December 2018. Earlier this year, British singer Dua Lipa was spotted wearing “The Glamorous” eyeglasses from Karen’s collection. 


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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:50:15 +0000

Miami Modest Fashion Week to take place in November
Tue, 2019-08-20 13:34

DUBAI: The United States will host what is being billed as its first ever modest fashion week in Miami from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

The three-day event is said to promote inclusivity by focusing on diversity, creativity, education and the future of modest fashion. It aims to bring together fashion houses, influencers, designers and models.

Malaysian-born Norsham Mohamad-Garcia is the founder of Miami Modest Fashion Week. She is the managing director of the Connector Group International, a marketing agency in Florida that focuses on art and lifestyle, which will sponsor the event.

Other modest fashion weeks have been previously held in Milan, Istanbul, Dubai and London. Modest influencers, including Aya Massri, Marwa Hassan and Yasmin Jay attended the previous events.

Fashion designers can now start registering on to participate in the fashion shows and educational talks.

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Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:41:21 +0000

Priyanka Chopra steps out in Jordanian-Romanian designer
Tue, 2019-08-20 08:08

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was spotted wearing a pair of sandals by the Jordanian-Romanian designer Amina Muaddi at US pop star Joe Jonas’s recent James Bond-themed birthday party.

The label shared a picture of Chopra wearing Muaddi’s feather-trimmed Adwoa sandals. Chopra paired them with a sheer feathered mini-dress with a beaded boat-cut neckline. Her husband, Joe’s brother Nick Jonas, looked very 007 in a black tuxedo.

Chopra, wearing sandals by Amina Muaddi, with husband Nick Jonas at his brother’s James Bond party. (Instagram)

Muaddi’s up-and-coming label is known for its bright hues and razor-thin stiletto heels that often widen out into a squared block at the base of the heel. 

Muaddi, whose footwear label is designed in Paris and produced in Italy, has also been in the spotlight, with the likes of Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Rihanna and British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showing off her heels earlier this year.



Kylie @aminamuaddiofficial

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Back in April, beauty mogul Rihanna was spotted in New York – reportedly out and about with her Saudi beau Hassan Jameel – wearing a black coat with strappy white sandals by Muaddi, while Huntington-Whiteley has been an avid fan for quite some time and regularly takes to Instagram to show off Muaddi’s latest designs.

Joe Jonas, who turned 30 on Thursday, celebrated with his family and friends at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. According to E! News, he and his wife, Hollywood actress Sophie Turner, arrived at the party in an Aston Martin, which is the car James Bond drives. 



It’s in the air..

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This is not the first time Chopra has shown off the works of Arab designers. When Turner married Joe Jonas in June, Chopra wore multiple ensembles by Saudi fashion label Honayda. She went casual in a button-down lilac shirt dress from the label’s Spring-Summer 2019 collection, but she ramped things up for the rehearsal dinner with an ivory strapless satin gown that featured a sweetheart neckline from the same collection.

Earlier this year in Los Angeles, Chopra was spotted wearing a mustard yellow trench coat by Dubai-based modest wear brand Bouguessa.

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Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:32:10 +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.