The 10 best looks from Dubai Modest Fashion Week

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

It was only a matter of time before it arrived here. Following the hugely successful Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in 2016, followed by London Modest Fashion Week last April, Dubai Modest Fashion Week (DMFW) finally made its debut this month – although it actually took place over two days at the Burj Park, and not across a whole week as the name suggests. Attended by hundreds of influencers, emerging and established brands and buyers, the event showcased a number of collections by rising ...

Worn by Beyonce and Egypt’s First Lady, these ‘Okhtein’ bags are one to watch

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Mounaz and Aya Abdel Raoul who founded luxury brand Okhtein, Arabic for “two sisters,” are seeking to set new trends to promote Egyptian artistry as well as presenting new designs to the world. The design duo both grew up in Cairo and had always been passionate about design and waiting for “the right time” to embark on their design career, together. Launched in 2013, the brand specializes in bags made of leather, cotton, canvas and straw. Okhtein sent waves across the ...

Egyptian beauty queen at Miss Universe reveals battle with morbid obesity

Monday, 27 November 2017

Farah Sedky represented Egypt at the Miss Universe pageant on Monday in Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood against 91 other contestants. Farah once suffered from morbid obesity during her teenage years, during which she weighed 99kg. While she was once bullied by classmates, Farah overcame this, shed the weight and won Miss Egypt 2017. The 23-year-old holds a degree in Language and Translation at an honorary level. At this young age, Farah is familiar with six different languages: Arabic, ...

Meet the South African self-defense trainer crowned Miss Universe

Monday, 27 November 2017

A South African woman who helps train women in self-defense was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday at the pageant held in Las Vegas, with Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica also making it to the final three.Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, who unleashed a big smile when she won, hails from Western Cape Province and recently earned a business management degree from North-West University.Her passion for self-defense was reinforced when she was hijacked and held at gunpoint about a month after winning her title ...

Angels or demons? Political shadow hangs over Victoria’s Secret China show

Monday, 20 November 2017

Victoria’s Secret’s glitzy annual fashion show hits the stage in China on Monday night for the first time, but will do so without several of its “angels” and star names who had been expected to attend, including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry. Hadid has confirmed her absence, while reports have swirled ahead of the show about visas being denied over political sensitivities and strict controls around the Shanghai event - a potential headache for the brand ...

Sixth Miss World win draws India level with Venezuela

Saturday, 18 November 2017

An Indian medical student was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event in a Chinese resort on Saturday, making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant’s history.Manushi Chhillar is the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai.Her win brings India level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant, now in its 67th edition.Chhillar, 20, is a trained ...

Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia, known for clingy style, dies at 77

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia, an iconoclast whose clingy dresses marked the 1980s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House, has died at age 77. The French Haute Couture Federation announced Alaia’s death on Saturday without providing details. Twitter tributes to his influence on fashion poured in from around the world. Secretive and known as a fashion rebel, Alaia was based in Paris for decades but did not take part in the French capital’s seasonal ...

Harry Styles, Miguel set for Victoria’s Secret China show

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Singer Harry Styles and R&B star Miguel will perform at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai on Monday.People magazine reports that Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese singer Jane Zhang will also perform at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The show will air Nov. 28 on CBS.Karlie Kloss and Bella Hadid are among the 55 models participating. Gigi Hadid said she will not be walking in the show, a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior.It was not ...

PHOTOS: Fairies, brides in black descend on Arab Fashion Week

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fairies, brides in black and hand-knit dolls take the runway in Dubai this week for the fifth Arab Fashion Week, a five-day affair focused on instantly available “ready couture” and pre-collections. At the opening shows Wednesday night, ball gowns and evening gowns appeared in full force, with Lebanese designer Saher Dia showcasing a collection inspired by old Hollywood -- including a metallic-fringed dress that appeared to be a modern-day tribute to Ginger Rogers. And in a city ...

Sportswear abayas become a market favorite in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Women's sportswear abayas began to make a statement in women's clothing shops, particularly in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, merchants said, Saudi daily Ajel reported. Demand on the new designs is expected to rise with the approaching date of allowing the families to enter the stadiums which is expected to start immediately in the New Year. Pictures of the designs of the sportswear abayas of certain teams such as al Etihad, al Hilal, al Ahli and al Nasr showed the difference in the colors that ...

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