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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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Bella Hadid stuns on Givenchy Fall 2021 runway
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Mon, 2021-03-08 13:06

DUBAI: Matthew M. Williams presented the Givenchy Fall 2021 ready-to-wear collection via an audience-free runway show at a 50,000-seat concert venue in Paris on Saturday. 

For his sophomore offering, the new creative director of the Parisian maison churned out a lineup of extravagant looks that were modeled by the likes of Adut Akech, Jourdan Dunn, Vittoria Ceretti and Bella Hadid.

Hadid closed the show, wearing a black deconstructed top and tailored black trousers.

She later posted a picture of herself on Instagram wearing a piece from the designer’s Fall 2021 collection — an angular leather bag, with a chunky silver chain strap.

“Right after walking the @givenchyofficial show,” she captioned the photo. 

Hadid, who was born in the US to a Dutch mother and a Palestinian father, is a Givenchy house favorite.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She recently appeared in Williams’ first official campaign at the helm of the Givenchy brand.

For the campaign, the Parisian fashion house’s artistic director invited a few models and musicians to style themselves in key pieces from his debut Spring collection.

Hadid opted for a beige-toned dress with crystal-embellished cutouts at the elbows and a larger cutout in the back, paired with the brand’s marshmallow slides.

Late actor Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, also made her runway debut for Givenchy this season, opening the show. 

The Givenchy Fall 2021 show was Williams’ first runway presentation for the house.

Celebrities Kim Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Doja Cat and more all slipped into looks from Williams’ Fall 2021 collection as they watched the livestream of the show.

US actress Anne Hathaway posted a carousel of images, along with a sweet caption thanking Williams for the invitation and for sending her “these gorgeous threads.”

“How I look getting to see Givenchy’s virtual fashion show,” the Oscar winner wrote, referring to her outfit.

The founder of streetwear label 1017 Alyx 9SM was appointed as the creative director for the Parisian luxury label last June.

He became the French house’s seventh couturier, succeeding previous Creative Director Clare Waight Keller, who stepped down from the role in April after serving for three years.

Bella Hadid wearing Givenchy Fall 2021 RTW. Instagram
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Mon, 08 Mar 2021 10:10:51 +0000


Leading e-tailer Net-a-Porter makes its Middle East debut with localized platform
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Mon, 2021-03-08 11:57

DUBAI: This week, e-commerce platform Net-a-Porter made its official and highly-anticipated Middle East debut. 

The localized platform will be available in both Arabic and English and as a mobile app and website, which has been customized to fit the needs of the Middle Eastern consumer. 

Optimized features include dual language product search as well as local editorial content and product curation. Meanwhile, prices will be displayed in local currency according to the market. 




The localized platform will be available in both Arabic and English. Supplied

For those who have been paying close attention to the booming Middle Eastern market, the launch of a version of the website in the region is hardly surprising — the region is one of the largest luxury markets in the world.

Nisreen shocair, CEO of Yoox Net-a-Porter Middle East, said in a statement: “As the leading luxury platform, the launch of the localized Arabic site allows us to celebrate the unique beauty and talent of our community in the Middle East, bringing Net-a-Porter even closer to its customers,” adding “We will continue to realize exciting developments in future, including collaborations with local designers through to new personalized experiences supported by platform capabilities, to ensure we continue to offer best-in-class curation and service in the market.”

Net-a-Porter follows in the footsteps of other luxury brands, such as Farfetch, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, which have recently introduced Arabic versions of their websites in an effort to facilitate the online shopping experience of shoppers based in the region.

The luxury etailer offers a diverse range of brands. Supplied
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Mon, 08 Mar 2021 09:02:26 +0000


Saudi Ministry to launch fashion promotion’s third phase
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Sun, 2021-03-07 23:49

RIYADH: The third phase of the Saudi Ministry of Culture’s fashion incubation program will kick off on April 11 in an effort to promote the fashion sector and cultural entrepreneurship in the Kingdom.

Startups wishing to participate in the third phase can register on  https://engage.moc.gov.sa/fashion_bootcamp between March 7 and 15.

For five months, the selected startups will work together with the help and support of experts and specialists to develop their ideas and projects, and qualify them to compete in the market.

The ministry aims to attract and encourage talent in the emerging Saudi fashion industry to promote local brands on the local and international levels. It also seeks to establish an integrated and comprehensive fashion system that relies on exchanging expertise among specialists, young entrepreneurs and startups.

The fashion incubation program is divided into three phases: Fashion Hackathon, Fashion Bootcamp, and Incubator, providing participants with an intensive training and fashion-related concepts.

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Sun, 07 Mar 2021 21:05:55 +0000


Elie Saab presents glamorous Fall 2021 ready-to-wear collection
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Sun, 2021-03-07 15:53

DUBAI: Lebanese couturier Elie Saab presented his eponymous label’s Fall 2021 ready-to-wear collection on Saturday. 

A celebration of strong women, the over-80-piece offering boasted both daytime and evening options and was punctuated with glamorous, heavily-embellished gowns, pleated maxi skirts, expertly-tailored separates and flared jumpsuits. Some of the looks were paired with bold, over-the-knee leather boots and opera gloves or dangling crystal-embellished earrings.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by ELIE SAAB (@eliesaabworld)

The color palette was largely monochromatic, with bursts of blush pink and lime. Meanwhile, lashings of marabou feathers, tiny sequins, beads and ruffles added an extra dose of glamour. 

With a global pandemic that rendered virtually every red carpet event redundant and prompted many to cancel special occasions like weddings in addition to the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut, it’s safe to say that 2020 was a difficult year for the Lebanon-born designer. 

“I think that what the Lebanese people have suffered since the fourth of August and onwards is by far worse than war,” Saab told Arab News. “It has been a very difficult time for all of the Lebanese people. I do not know if sometimes the Lebanese forgot about COVID-19 only to come out of the terrible disaster of the 4th.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by ELIE SAAB (@eliesaabworld)

However, the designer assured Arab News that the couture collection was not severely impacted by this difficult period.

“People were not interested (in couture) and those who had events postponed them,” he said. “But afterwards, the machine started working again all by itself, as it should,” the designer added.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by ELIE SAAB (@eliesaabworld)

“Thankfully, we’re doing very well in couture. We did not feel a difference in numbers

between this year and the previous one,” he shared.

The couturier has been keeping quite busy. He recently debuted Elie Saab Maison, an elegant lineup of furniture, lighting, rugs and home accessories, and only last month he launched  a 28-piece collection of watches comprising stainless steel and diamonds.

Elie Saab Fall 2021 Couture collection. Supplied
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Sun, 07 Mar 2021 12:57:53 +0000


Actress Jameela Jamil interviews Jane Fonda in Women’s Day video
Sun, 2021-03-07 13:14

DUBAI: Actress, model and body positivity advocate Jameela Jamil has interviewed US actress and activist Jane Fonda in a video in celebration of International Women’s Day by jewelry brand Pomellato.

In the video that is part of the “Pomellato for Women” series, the two women discussed hard-hitting topics such as inequality, privilege, climate emergency and gender inequality, among other subjects.

Fonda returned as a contributor for the fourth consecutive year for the Italian jewelry label’s “Pomellato for Women” campaign, a project launched in 2017 that aims to highlight the importance of female leadership and a more authentic idea of natural beauty. 




The model, actress and body activist gained prominence for her role in “The Good Place.” Supplied

It was established by a cross-section of women from various disciplines.

Fonda was among the first vocal feminists and activists in Hollywood dating back to the Vietnam War, and is one of the original “Pomellato for Women” ambassadors.

During the heart-to-heart, Jamil and Fonda found that they shared many values, including a love for activism. 

“Activism made my life, my first 30 years were hedonist, with not much purpose,” admitted the Academy Award winner, who was the first recipient of the Women in Motion Award and was just bestowed the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the 2021 Golden Globes. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Jane Fonda (@janefonda)

“People need meaning in their lives. Activism is joyful,” added the 83-year-old actress.

The powerful new video will air on International Women’s Day on March 8 and the complete interview will be broadcast as part of Kering’s “Women in Motion” series.

Jane Fonda and Jameela Jamil got candid in a video for the ‘Pomellato for Women’ series. Supplied
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Sun, 07 Mar 2021 10:19:54 +0000