WATCH: African catwalk models step into the spotlight

Saturday, 20 January 2018

At this modelling agency in Abidjan, trainees pay 23 euros a month to learn how to strut their stuff. It's an investment they hope will pay off. Fatim Sidime, director of modeling agency in Ivory Coast, said "Today, with all this excitement and the whole revolution around African fashion, you have models who might have two or three shows a month, and we know they'll be paid more than the minimum wage for them. That means that they're probably getting around double the pay of the average ...

After ‘monkey hoodie’ scandal, H&M hires diversity leader

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Swedish low-cost fashion brand H&M says it has appointed a diversity leader after having been accused of racism over an ad showing a black child dressed in a hoodie reading “coolest monkey in the jungle.”H&M said late Tuesday on its Facebook page that the group’s “commitment to addressing diversity and inclusiveness is genuine, therefore we have appointed a global leader, in this area, to drive our work forward.”The Stockholm-based company reiterated that ...

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 ...

Here’s how entertainment landscape is changing in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Leaders of entertainment giants are here discussing innovations and experience in cinema. A panel session at the Misk Global Forum discussed how the landscape of entertainment is changing. Adam Aron from AMC Entertainment, the largest movie theatre chain in the world, said he was impressed with the new leadership’s direction in modernization and progress and that “Saudi youth have a very bright future ahead of them.” Commenting on the cinema ban in Saudi Arabia, he told Saudi ...

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 ...

Russian model Vlada Dzyuba, 14, dies after working 12-hour fashion show

Sunday, 29 October 2017

A 14-year-old Russian model has collapsed and died after a 12-hour fashion show in China, according to UK tabloid the Daily Mirror.Vlada Dzyuba died after she reportedly suffered “utter exhaustion” and collapsed following a fashion show in the Chinese city of Shanghai. Dzyuba then reportedly went into a coma before walking onto the catwalk and died two days later.Doctors have reported that the model was found to be suffering from chronic meningitis.There are several reports that ...

Most expensive shoes in the world worth $15 million, displayed in Dubai

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The most expensive shoes in the world worth $ 15 million (AED 55 million), will be displayed in Dubai next Wednesday. This luxury piece will be presented to the public for the first time at the Raffles Dubai Hotel to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The shoe, designed by Debbie Wingham, is studded with more than 1,000 pieces of diamonds set in platinum metal and 24-gauge gold bars on a gold plate. The shoe also features two pieces of 3-carat pink diamonds per $ 1.4 million (AED 16.1 million), two ...

Egyptian college dean stirs controversy after imposing ban on ripped jeans

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A dean at University of Alexandria has decided to ban female students from wearing ripped jeans on college campus, according to an Egyptian newspaper report. In a recent notification, Dean Tarek Sorour of the Faculty of Agriculture said he has introduced a ban on torn clothing in a show of respect to the university campus. He argued that “revealing” clothes can “stir up feelings among young people and may cause sexual harassment incidents” in statements to Al-Masry ...

Michael Kors kicks off final day of NY Fashion Week

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Michael Kors kicked off the final day of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday with A-list actresses Nicole Kidman and Catherine Zeta-Jones front row and plus-size models powering down the catwalk. Ashley Graham and Sabina Karlsson joined Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid in unveiling the spring 2018 collection, furthering a trend of New York designers starting to include fuller figures on the runway. Kors, the icon of American womenswear whom Forbes says finally hit the $1 billion mark in February ...

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