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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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Queen Elizabeth II makes first visit to London Fashion Week
Tue, 2018-02-20 03:00

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II has made her first visit to London Fashion Week to present an award recognizing British design excellence.
The 91-year-old monarch gave out the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design on Tuesday to London-born Richard Quinn.
She sat next to American Vogue chief editor Anna Wintour in the front row.
The queen wore an Angela Kelly duck egg blue tweed dress and jacket detailed with tiny Swarovski crystals.
She also toured showrooms before presenting the award on the final day of fashion week.
Quinn established his label in 2016 after studying fashion at Central Saint Martins and has been widely recognized as one of Britain’s talented young designers

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:25:45 +0000

Lebanese beauty guru Maya Ahmad gets exclusive backstage access at LFW show
Tue, 2018-02-20 17:13

DUBAI: With more than one million followers on her Instagram account, it is no wonder that Lebanese beauty guru Maya Ahmad is gaining exclusive backstage access to some of London Fashion Week’s most exciting shows.
On Monday night, she led her followers on a backstage tour before the launch of British label Erdem’s collaboration with heavyweight beauty brand NARS. The line of make-up has been two years in the making, but it was revealed during founder Erdem Moralioglu’s Autumn/Winter 2018 fashion show in London this week.

“There are some collaborations that are so good they give you goosebumps when you first see them. This, is one of them,” British Vogue said of the new make-up range, available in stores from May 2018.
Ahmad, for her part, agreed and gushed about the products, which she showed off through a series of Instagram posts just before the show. She was one of a limited number of beauty bloggers to be invited backstage and flew the flag for the Middle East as one of the only Arab influencers at the event.
“Today’s backstage experience … was insane! I can’t get over how gorgeous the collection is and look at the packaging,” she posted on Instagram.

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:19:44 +0000

Dalia El-Ali makes lively debut at London Fashion Week
Denise Marray
Tue, 2018-02-20 16:04

LONDON: If you are rocking up to a party in a Dee by Dalia design – expect to be the center of attention. You are the woman dancing under the glitter ball – you are the one sprinkling a bit of stardust as you move around the room – you are the one everyone wants to get to know – because you seem to have a kind of “happiness field” around you that draws people in.
That’s the feeling that Dalia El Ali’s London Fashion Week collection inspired. You could feel the energy in the room when the models sashayed down the catwalk at Fashion Scout held in the imposing art deco setting of the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden.
El Ali’s collection was presented by Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) in partnership with FAD Institute of Luxury, Fashion & Style Dubai (FAD Dubai). The DDFC X FAD Dubai fashion initiative sponsors the participation of Emirati and UAE-based designers to showcase at London Fashion Scout, the leading independent platform at London Fashion Week. The initiative is offered exclusively to DDFC members and combines the Council’s efforts to foster the development of a sustainable fashion industry in the UAE and MENA region.
Arab News went backstage to talk to El Ali as she counted down the minutes to her first ever showing at LFW. She said she felt both nervous and excited but she looked as though she was really enjoying the atmosphere.
You get the impression that she is a person with a strong core identity who knows what she wants and has the talent and confidence to make it happen. Curiously, her background was not fashion at the outset, but finance.

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“I studied finance at American University of Beirut, worked in investment banking for six years, and then left my job to spend time with my two lovely boys. I began dabbling as a stylist for shoots for local magazines and websites but despite all that, I still felt that I had not reached where I wanted to be, so I took things to the next level. I studied fashion design at the London College of Fashion and I finally did it! I started my own line of clothes in 2013.”

Her line is all about fun, playful pieces with a twist reflecting her own personality and style. You can detect influences of the 1960s and 1970s in her designs and the AW 18 collection features her own print for the first time.
“This collection is inspired by astronomy, positive energy and women’s empowerment. I’ve included references to the ‘Me Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’ hashtags to raise awareness of these issues,” she said.
El Ali was impressed by the high level of organization at Fashion Scout. Certainly everything seemed to run like a well oiled machine with models being put through their paces as they rehearsed before each show and an army of make-up artists and stylists working to create the special “look” for each collection. It’s an intense, creative whirlpool behind the scenes but once the lights go down it’s a polished, seamless performance.
“All the people here are so experienced and know exactly what they are doing. Fashion Scout is very professional and gives designers a great platform and it’s really enjoyable because it’s so diverse,” said El Ali.

Asked about her fashion influences, she said: “From the Arab world — Queen Rania of Jordan. She is so elegant – even when she goes for a funky look she pulls it off in an elegant way. She is very classy. Also, I love Sarah Jessica Parker – she’s a real favorite.”
Asked about her views of the fashion industry within the GCC, she said: “Within the Gulf region, the fashion scene is evolving very fast. Lately, modest fashion is enjoying a high profile and it’s nice to see everyone taking an interest in the fashion of the GCC. Tastes are changing and there is an openness to new designers. Having the Design District in Dubai is also really helpful as it draws all the fashion and talent to one spot.
“DDFC are based in the Design District which is how we met. They have been extremely helpful – they do a lot for designers, from running courses to opening up opportunities with buyers.”
Thomaz Domingues, Senior Manager for Strategy and Industry Development for the DDFC, spoke to Arab News in the run-up to the show.
“We are very excited to have Dalia here. This is our third season bringing our DDFC members here to showcase at Fashion Scout. We have a very well organized and structured selection process and as more and more people become aware of what we are doing, this event is gaining traction.
“The designers who have participated here in London have been able to get some very positive results in terms of new business opportunities and media coverage.
“They all come back to us and give us their feedback and share their experience with other members. It’s a very positive engagement.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of new designers who are keen to participate. We also have a lot of back up and support from the industry which is also very important – from big international brands who help us to build and run the platforms to local companies and other government stakeholders who back us up.”
Shivang Dhruva, founder at FAD Dubai, said: “This year we’ve had a fantastic response from the media and fashion enthusiasts for the Dee by Dalia showcase. We’ve worked closely with her in evolving her collections and we are making a big collective effort to support the talents from the region.
“This year we have had 54 students flying in from FAD Dubai to support the show in London. They are working backstage, assisting with PR and social media. The idea is to give emerging talent hands on experience in the fashion week. At the end of the day we are not just supporting the designers but the whole community of fashion enthusiasts from the region.”

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:20:39 +0000

Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty parties at ultra-exclusive British Vogue event in London
Mon, 2018-02-19 15:27

DUBAI: Lebanese-Australian beauty queen and TV host Jessica Kahawaty was spotted at the ultra-glamorous, coveted British Vogue Fashion and Film party in London this week.
The Dubai-based star spent Sunday evening with such celebrities as Pixie Lott and Alexa Chung at the exclusive event hosted by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, Steve McQueen, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell in partnership with Tiffany & Co.
She was one of the few Middle Eastern celebrities to be invited to the event, held at Annabel’s in London, and she dazzled in a sea foam green Valentino gown with striking white stripes.

Kahawaty rubbed shoulders with the likes of British model Jourdan Dunn, singer Rita Ora and US actress Zendaya, among other international celebrities.

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:31:47 +0000

Lindsay Lohan sports halal make-up, hijab at London Modest Fashion Week
Nabila Pathan
Mon, 2018-02-19 14:41

DUBAI: US movie star Lindsay Lohan was spotted wearing a hijab while she attended events at London Modest Fashion Week, sending social media users into a frenzy.
The “Mean Girls” star, who recently revealed plans to shoot a film in Saudi Arabia with an all-female cast, as well as “design” an island in Dubai, spent time talking to Saudi abaya designer Samah Khashoggi at the event.
Lohan, 31, was seen wearing a silky black hijab and also claimed to be wearing halal make-up, according to a social media post by halal make-up company Hawa Cosmetics.

“Oh my days!” the post read. “As if Lindsay Lohan came over to say hello to Team Hawa! She was so lovely and was saying how she’s into halal cosmetics and what she’s actually wearing on her face today was all halal! Well all I can say is if it’s good enough for Lindsay Lohan, (girl, what are you) all waiting for?”

The actress, who lives part-time in Dubai and also owns a nightclub in Greece, was in London to attend London Modest Fashion Week, which took place from Feb. 17-18 and saw two days of seminars, runway shows and panel discussions on modest fashion.
With collections curated to focus on less skin and body shape, the exhibited range included designs by leading names such as Amal Al-Raisi, Kiran Fathima Ayub and Till We Cover.
Front rows to the catwalk shows were solely reserved for online lifestyle and fashion bloggers who have played pivotal role in bringing modest fashion wear as a concept to Western fashion consciousness.
Fashion icon Mariah Idrissi, the world’s first Muslim woman to model in hijab for the high street retailer H&M, explained her excitement about an event like LMFW: “This is perfect time, where women come together to join the wave of women demanding they be respected and not just be sexualized.”
With faith and fashion increasingly becoming intertwined via modest fashion ranges, experts and key influencers were at hand during the two-day event to answer questions about the role of influencers in young women's lives, entrepreneurship and even the evolution of Muslim men’s fashion trends.
This year, the event not only showcased designers from 20 countries from as far as Australia and Singapore, but also a designer of Jewish faith from the brand House of Lancry.
The event provides an opportunity for brands to meet buyers, consumers, industry experts and investors. “Many pieces from my collection sold out within two weeks of the show after which I secured a segment on Sky News and then a trial on ASOS for our brand,” said Bushra Sheikh, from the hit reality British TV series The Apprentice, who took place last year. This year also featured exciting new releases from emerging design talent.
It was not limited to luxury brands, headscarves and long robes, however. The range on display also included sporting and active-wear clothes.
In a press statement for the event, Romanna Bint-Abubaker, CEO of organizer and e-retailer Haute-Elan, said: “London Modest Fashion Week has demonstrated the power of grassroots revolution in fashion. Attendees have buying power and are expected to spend in the three-figures during the course of the two days on shopping experience.”
Given the immense success and demand for LMFW, Haute-Elan has decided to deliver the event twice a year and will return on Sept. 15 and 16 with global brands already in negotiation to sponsor this fixture.

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:46:47 +0000