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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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Arab style stars front new Michael Kors campaign
Tue, 2018-11-13 12:07

DUBAI: Fashion powerhouse Michael Kors (MK) has enlisted the region’s style icons to unveil an exclusive Middle East design of a limited-edition shoulder bag.

Lebanese beauty queen and model Jessica Kahawaty takes the lead in the elite portrait series showcasing a special-edition of the Whitney bag, set to be unveiled at an exclusive event in Dubai on Nov. 14.

The beauty queen took to Instagram to announce the stint, where she posted a picture of herself along with other Arab fashion icons strutting the newly redesigned Whitney bag, including Dubai-based influencer Leena Al Ghouti, fashion blogger Ola Faharat, and filmmaker Lana Al Beik..

“So honored to be fronting this @michaelkors campaign for their new Whitney bag. My MK family is here in Dubai all the way from New York for the celebration this week and I couldn’t think of more powerful ladies to share this photograph with,” Kahawaty wrote.

Dubbed as the Whitney, the compact bag is one of the newest additions to the fashion label’s exclusive accessory collection. The bag is crafted in panel-quilted lambskin, accompanied by a sleek chain strap.

“We were able to incorporate a very subtle M-shaped outline, something I’ve been sketching since I was in middle school,” American designer Michael Kors himself said.

The Middle East edition will be released in a rich blue, which Kors described as “the perfect blend of sophistication and luxury for our customers” in the region.

Kors has expressed how the Middle East is an important region for his fashion label, saying “our customers in the Middle East truly love fashion and glamour, which makes it a fun and exciting place to be as a designer.”

MK, widely known for its premium leather handbags, recently bought luxury designer Versace for $2.05 billion, bolstering its position against its larger European rivals.

“With the acquisition of Versace we have created one of the world’s leading fashion and luxury groups,” said John Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors Holdings.

This came a year after it also acquired British stiletto-heel maker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion.

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Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:10:08 +0000

Trash to treasure, Mariska Nell shows off at Dubai Design Week
Tracy Abou Jaoude
Tue, 2018-11-13 04:03

DUBAI: An interior designer from South Africa, Mariska Nell, has introduced her own style of art at this year’s Dubai Design Week, which will run from Nov. 13 to 17 in the Design District.
As an artist and environmentalist, she shared with Arab News her passion for creating art out of waste.
“It started at a really young age, when I spent time at my mother’s studio making arts and crafts from anything that I found around me,” she said.
The inspiration that kick-started Mariska’s trash-to-treasure career in Dubai were the Nespresso coffee capsules that she found too beautiful to throw away.
“Once you find something to create out of waste material and single-use items, you are giving things a second chance at life,” she said.
The artist then started collecting all the capsules she could get her hands on.
“I needed to purchase a lamp for my living room and the idea to create a lamp out of these pods came to life,” she said, introducing her first official art piece that was made out of 913 capsules.
This lamp will be part of her “Coffee Addiction” collection which is included in her exhibit “A Million Bottles Per Minute” at the design festival.
“Why would I want to paint a whole canvas if I can go for a different medium? This led me to experiment and incorporate trash with other forms of art, creating a whole new medium,” she said, talking about the ideas behind the pieces to be showcased at the exhibit.
As a South African living in Dubai, Mariska shared her opinion of art in the Arab world. “I’m excited about it ... There are so many unique elements like the history and calligraphy that makes art in the Arab world really stand out.”
Mariska didn’t focus only on creating art, but on educating people as well, on the sustainability aspect of turning trash to treasure.
“Just pick something that is easy to give up, whether it’s a water bottle that you would replace with a water filtering system in your house, and go from there,” she said, explaining how she started a zero-waste initiative in her home.
“I know that what I’m doing is a drop in the ocean, but hopefully with more people being educated about this concept, we can create a ripple of change.”

The artist's works for Dubai Design Week will also be showcased at the Rove Downtown's Sustainability Corner from November 13 to 16. 

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Tue, 13 Nov 2018 03:49:26 +0000

Women cancer patients learn makeup tips in new Egypt workshop
Mon, 2018-11-12 16:55

CAIRO: When cancer patient Merhan Khalil had a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy in 2012, her hair started to fall out in the shower. On Saturday she joined a Cairo workshop that teaches female cancer patients how to conceal signs of cancer treatment.
“It helps a lot mentally ... to feel beautiful and to feel that the medicine didn’t change us,” said Khalil, 46, who suffers from multiple myeloma, a blood plasma cancer.
The workshop is part of a program already in operation in Lebanon and the UAE called “Be Beautiful” that will be launched this month in at least seven hospitals in Egypt. It will offer women cancer patients makeup tips as well as mental health support and advice about nutrition.
“When the cancer patient feels that she is beautiful and when she gets proper nutrition that will have a positive effect on her mental state and that strengthens her immune system,” said Hanadi el-Imam, founder of the Hoda el-Imam Foundation, which is organizing the workshops.
She said the aim is to offer the workshops in five Egyptian governorates within a year.
Faten Fawzi, a breast cancer patient who was among a group of five patients learning how to paint their eyebrows and apply conditioner on dry skin at the Cairo Marriott Hotel, said she felt like her hair was burned after chemo.
“I went to my hairdresser and he shaved it off completely and I was devastated and started crying,” Fawzi, 46, told Reuters.
“But after that I put on a chic wig that looked like my hair and you couldn’t tell at all that I had cancer.”
While she recently got rid of the wig, Fawzi said she still paints her eyebrows and cares about her makeup routine because it makes her feel better.
Ghada Salah who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, said she started to experiment with different wigs and colorful hats after she lost her hair to chemotherapy.
“I didn’t want to look sick,” she said. “I didn’t want people to think ‘poor her, she has cancer.’”
The organizers hope to serve 5,000 Egyptian women in the first year, said Dina Omar, a cardiologist and one of the founders of Be Beautiful.
Globally, cancer is responsible for one in six deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately 70 percent of deaths from cancer happen in low and middle-income countries, WHO said.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:16:10 +0000

The Six: Common scents you can find across the Middle East
roya almously
Mon, 2018-11-12 11:54

DUBAI:These Middle Eastern perfume brands are changing the face of the fragrance industry in the region.

Huda and Mona Kattan, the Iraqi-American moguls behind cosmetics brand Huda Beauty, are launching their first-ever fragrance collection on Nov. 16. Called Kayali, the collection features four scents — Elixir, Vanilla, Musk and Citrus.

Anfas was launched by Emirati perfumer Asim Al-Qassim, who trained under master perfumer Rosendo Mateu in Spain.

Founded by Emirati perfumer Amna Al-Habtoor after she studied at The Cotswolds Perfumery in the UK, this brand offers unizex perfumes that are, according to the company, paraben-free, chemical-free and cruelty-free.

The name of this Kuwaiti-Saudi brand, founded by Omar Al-Houli and Abdullah Al-Dossari, combines the words “oud” and “addict.” It is made in France and mixes traditional Eastern notes, such as frankincense, with contemporary notes like bergamot.

The Fragrance Kitchen
Founded by the nephew of the emir of Kuwait, TFK combines familiar Middle Eastern scents with laboratory expertise. Expect notes such as oud, saffron and cedar wood in this delicious-smelling collection.

Named after scent connoisseur Saleh bin Nasser bin Lootah, this UAE-based brand creates Eastern and French perfumes, incenses, oud and luxury perfumed oils.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:19:30 +0000

Winnie Harlow poses in Elie Saab on the streets of Paris
Shounaz Mekky
Sun, 2018-11-11 18:10

DUBAI: Canadian model Winnie Harlow graces the cover of November’s Harper’s Bazaar en Español wearing a ruffled dress by Lebanese designer Elie Saab.

The celebrity model posed on the streets of Paris in a grey gown by the Lebanese couturier, which was accessorized with a gold belt and minimal makeup.

“Omg! Thank you @HarpersBazaarmx for having me on this amazing cover! Running around the streets of Paris has never been so magical!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you,” the model gushed in an Instagram post.

The daring, backless gown is from Elie Saab’s Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2018-19 collection.

Harlow’s cover shoot comes as the in-demand model celebrates her first-ever stint as a Victoria’s Secret angel on Thursday,

The planet’s top models transformed into angels for Victoria’s Secret glitzy fashion show, donning wings and plaid for a return to New York after a two-year hiatus, AFP reported.

With the show once again on US soil, sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid strode the runway at Manhattan’s Pier 94 with the likes of Kendall Jenner and newcomer Harlow, who walked in a sparkly silver number with a pink feather adornment.

The runway extravaganza is now in its 24th year. Taped Thursday, it will be broadcast worldwide on Dec. 2.

Sixty models put on an Amazonian display of luscious waving locks, impossibly perfect slender bodies and sun-kissed make-up for what is considered one of the most competitive gigs in the industry.

“Wow. Did this really happen? Is this real? Thank you @VictoriasSecret for allowing me to be a part of your family! This was surreal! A young Jamaican girl from Toronto taking (to) the VS runway. I’d say (it’s) a dream come true, but I can’t because this is bigger than a dream! This is a movement. Another step for representation. Another step for diversity. I’m so honored to have been one of the few chosen this year,” the model posted on Instagram.

Harlow shot to fame on America’s Next Top Model in 2014 and has since worked with the who’s who of the fashion industry’s elite, including Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger.
She made waves due to her modeling prowess and vitiligo, a disease in which the pigment cells of the skin are destroyed in some areas.

She has, however, taken tabloid newspapers to task in the past, saying that she should not be defined by her skin condition.

“I’m not a ‘vitiligo sufferer.’ I’m not a ‘vitiligo model.’ I am Winnie. I am a model. And I happen to have vitiligo,” she posted on Instagram in April.

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Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:15:34 +0000