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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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Stars put on a show at the El Gouna Film Festival 
Wed, 2020-10-28 15:35

DUBAI: The fourth edition of the annual El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt, running until Oct. 31, has been a hot topic this week, with fans on social media discussing stars’ best and worst red carpet looks.

Here we have rounded up some of our favorite gowns from day five.  

Lekaa El-Khamissi 

The star wore a voluminous black dress by Egyptian couturier Osama Abdallah. (AFP)

The Egyptian actress, who started her acting career in the late 1990s, wore a voluminous black dress by Egyptian couturier Osama Abdallah. The strapless creation featured a transparent net-like pattern on the waist.  

She accessorized her look with dangling diamond earrings and a slicked-back hairstyle.  

Reem Samy 

The 25-year-old actress turned heads in a creamy white suit designed by Lebanese talent Basil Soda. (AFP)

The rising Egyptian talent has been building her name in the industry over the past few years, with her latest series “El-Prince” being among the most-watched Ramadan shows in 2020.  

The 25-year-old actress, sister of the director Mohammed Samy, turned heads in a creamy white suit designed by Lebanese talent Basil Soda. She wore a floor-trailing chiffon blouse, satin pants and a silver-cropped embroidered jacket. 

Mayssa Maghrebi 

Teh actress wore a fully-embellished ensemble by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi. (AFP)

The Emirati-Moroccan actress stepped out in a fully-embellished ensemble by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi. Sticking to COVID-19 safety precautions, Maghrebi wore a white mask to go with her form-fitting dress. 

The star started working her acting career in 2000. She acted in several Egyptian, Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Emirati television series.


The star wore a black off-the-shoulder lace dress by Lebanese designer Fouad Sarkis. (AFP)

The Egyptian actress and singer is the co-founder of the star-studded festival. 

The star wore a black off-the-shoulder lace dress, cinched at the waist, by Lebanese designer Fouad Sarkis.

Laila Eloui

The veteran Egyptian actress wore a gown by Lebanese designer Basil Soda. (AFP)

The veteran Egyptian actress opted for a vibrant pink satin gown by Lebanese designer Basil Soda. 

She started her career at the age of seven. Now, being in the industry for over 40 years, she has more than 70 movies under her belt. 

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:46:06 +0000

‘Parisians in Dubai’ showroom aims to bridge fashion industries
Wed, 2020-10-28 14:11

DUBAI: On Wednesday, the Arab Fashion Council (AFC) in partnership with the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM) — the French institution that coordinates Paris Fashion Week — launched “Parisians in Dubai,” a new initiative that “aims to connect the French designer members of Paris Fashion Week to the Arab fashion industry and to create a bridge between the two fashion industries.”

It is the first time that the Arab fashion world  welcomes an official delegation from the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in Dubai. The six participating French designers who will showcase their collections at the “Parisians in Dubai” showroom include Paris-based womenswear brand Boyarovskaya; Bluemarble, a menswear label founded by Anthony Alvarez; the eponymous Dawei fashion house, and ethical ready-to-wear-label Mossi.

Boyarovskaya is a Paris based womenswear brand founded in 2016. Supplied

Other French labels who will be showcasing their collections for the first time in the region are ready-to-wear brand Victoria/Tomas and Francisco Terra’s Paris-based label Neith Nyer.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode for the first time in the Arab region, and to present to the Middle East market and introduce them to press and buyers,” stated Mohammed Aqra, chief strategy officer of the Arab Fashion Council, in a press release. “The reciprocal relationship between the AFC and FHCM is pivotal to bridge both French and Arab fashion industries,” he added.

Neith Nyer was founded in Paris in 2015 by Francisco Terra. Supplied

The showroom, situated in Dubai’s Citywalk, is open by appointment to press and buyers until the Oct. 30.

Similarly, back in September, to ensure that Arab design talent gets the recognition they deserve during fashion week, the FHCM teamed up with the AFC to host an exclusive showroom and presentation on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar that shone a light on Middle Eastern designers.

The goal of the initiative, titled “Arabs in Paris,” was to not only spotlight the fashion talent from the region on a global scale, but to also connect designers with international media and buyers. Participating designers included Lebanese design duo Azzi & Osta, Beirut-based footwear brand Poise Design, Esmod graduate Aboud Jammal, Lebanese womenswear label Ecaille, New York-based handmade jewelry brand Saad Collection, Jordanian ready-to wear label Mada’En and Emergency Room Beirut, a clothing store based in Lebanon’s capital.

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Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:16:54 +0000

Kim Kardashian slammed for ‘tone deaf’ 40th birthday do
Wed, 2020-10-28 12:33

LOS ANGELES: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian faced a backlash Tuesday after chartering a private jet to fly her entourage to a remote tropical island for lavish 40th birthday celebrations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kardashian and her “closest inner circle” spent last week dancing, kayaking and swimming with whales on a private isle where they could “pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time,” she tweeted.

The trip took the celebrities, including US-Palestinian musician Fai Khadra, sisters Khloe and Kourtney and half-sister Kendall Jenner, some 6,400 kilometers from Los Angeles to Tahiti, according to E! and TMZ.

But the glamorous festivities were immediately condemned as “disgustingly tone deaf” by social media users at a time when coronavirus has killed more than 226,000 Americans. 

“Are you that insensitive you don’t realize this is not what the majority of people during the worst covid spike yet want to hear? People are going to food banks not private islands,” posted British musician Peter Frampton.

“Cool, people have had to say goodbye to loved ones over the phone while they died alone in a hospital, but neat trip to post all over social media while the world suffers. So humble and so down to earth, truly,” tweeted another user, in a post swiftly drawing 11,000 “likes.”

Kardashian said her guests had been asked to quarantine for two weeks before departure, and had undergone multiple “health screens.”

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 09:48:30 +0000

Halima Aden teams up with Tommy Hilfiger on charitable T-shirt
Tue, 2020-10-27 10:46

DUBAI: US-Somali model Halima Aden has teamed up with American fashion house Tommy Hilfiger on a limited-edition T-shirt for a good cause. The 23-year-old, who made her runway debut at Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 show during New York Fashion Week in 2017, used recycled fabrics and leftover material to custom design the garment for Tommy Hilfiger. 

Aden joined 23 other models and creatives  for this charitable initiative, such as Dubai-based blogger Haifa Beseisso, ballerina and author Michaela De Prince and model Jasmine Sanders, among others.

The pieces are being auctioned on online marketplace Catawiki and all proceeds from the sales will be donated to the WWF Water Stewardship program in China’s Taihu River, the Mekong River basin in Vietnam and the Büyük Menderes river basin in Turkey. 

“Honored to have custom designed a T-shirt with my friends @tommyhilfiger for a good cause,” wrote Aden on Instagram, adding that bidding for the design ends on Nov. 1 for this “one-of-a-kind Tommy Hilfiger piece.”

The 100% organic cotton shirt designed by Aden comes in a blue, red and white colorway and boasts a Tommy Hilfiger label in the center. It’s also emblazoned with the text “Waste Nothing & Welcome All” on the back. 

The charitable new initiative appears to be an extension of the American label’s global ad campaign for Fall 2020, which urges consumers to create fashion that “wastes nothing and welcomes all.”

The 23-year-old used leftover fabrics to custom design a T-shirt for Tommy Hilfiger for charity. Supplied

Last month, Aden was selected to star in Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall 2020 global campaign alongside a diverse cast of other top models, including Dilone, Alton Mason and Soo Joo Park, among others. More than just an ad, the campaign was based on the “Together We Create” initiative, which invites consumers from around the world to reimagine archive pieces by using scrap material in an effort to save the environment.  

Meanwhile, the model and activist has a longstanding relationship with the American brand. In addition to fronting the campaign for the label’s first-ever hijab, Aden – who made history in 2019 as the first-ever person to wear a hijab and burkini in the pages of Sports Illustrated – returned for the publication’s 2020 issue, wearing a custom Tommy Hilfiger burkini.

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Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:49:49 +0000

Keke Palmer shows off Lebanese design in new music video
Mon, 2020-10-26 12:56

DUBAI: American singer and actress Keke Palmer released her latest single “Dreamcatcher,” turning to Lebanese couturier Georges Hobeika to design her eye-catching look.

The 27-year-old, who gave us hits such as “I Don’t Belong to You” and “Man in the Mirror,” wore a gold, asymmetric gown plucked from the Baskinta-born designer’s Spring 2020 couture collection. The dazzling creation boasted a high slit and iridescent sequins and beading throughout. A delicate knot detail further accentuated the hitmaker’s waist. 

Hobeika’s Spring 2020 couture collection, which was presented at The Théâtre National de Chaillot Couture in Paris during Haute Couture Week in January, drew inspiration from the idyllic shores of Sardinia, Italy. 

The look was put together by Palmer’s longtime stylist, Mikiel Benyamin, the US-Egyptian stylist whose celebrity client list includes Bella Thorne and Saweetie, among others. The Egypt-born creative, who got his fashion start with a number of styling internships, went on to make a name for himself after putting together the memorable looks for Cardi B’s hit “Bodak Yellow” video.

Hobeika, on the other hand, recently made headlines after US hip hop star Nicki Minaj announced her pregnancy with a series of images, one of which sees the star wearing a floor-length veil custom-made by the Lebanese designer. 



Keke’s new single Dream Catcher.... SHE stuns in @georgeshobeika @jenniferfisherjewelry & @alevimilano

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Singer Hailee Steinfeld also recently turned to Hobeika to unveil her latest single via Zoom on the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” For the virtual performance, she opted for a black, strapless mini dress with an asymmetric hemline and a cascading tulle train.

Indeed, celebrities constantly turn to Hobeika to dress them in his creations for some of their most important events. Case in point: Singer-turned-actress Jennifer Lopez who chose an elegant off-the-shoulder black gown for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards and before that, a cream-colored, backless gown encrusted with gems at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Meanwhile, it’s not the first time that the “Scream Queens” star has donned a design by an Arab designer. The US actress rocked up to the 2019 MTV VMAs in Los Angeles wearing a sunny yellow column gown by Kuwaiti couturier Yousef Al-Jasmi. She accessorized the glamorous look with a rhinestone encrusted 1980s cell phone.

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Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:00:00 +0000