Queen Elizabeth makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Queen Elizabeth II and fashion matriarch Anna Wintour sat side-by-side on the front row of the catwalk on Tuesday as the British ruler paid her first visit to London Fashion Week. The Queen watched a show by young British designer Richard Quinn, whom she presented with the inaugural “Elizabeth II Fashion Award,” which will be presented annually to a new talent in the sector. Dressed in a duck-egg blue dress and jacket, the sovereign appeared to be occasionally taken aback Quinn&rsquo ...

Saudi Arabia to host first Arab Fashion Week

Monday, 19 February 2018

Saudi Arabia is set to host in March its first ever Arab Fashion Week, the Arab Fashion Council announced Monday. The Dubai-based Arab Fashion Council said on its website that fashion week would be held in Riyadh from March 26 to March 31, with a second edition already scheduled for October. Arab Fashion Week will take place at Riyadh's eco-friendly Apex Centre, a white honeycomb-like venue designed by the late celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. In December, the Arab Fashion Council ...

Whopping $1 billion a year spent on cosmetic surgery, procedures in the Gulf

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A recent study has found that close to 4 billion UAE dirhams a year (more than $1 billion) has been spent on cosmetic surgeries and procedures in Gulf countries, of which about one billion dirhams is spent in the UAE alone. The study is set to be discussed at the International Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery conference in Dubai at the end of February. It will be attended by 250 plastic surgeons from 23 Arab, European and Asian countries and the United States. Sixty percent of the cosmetic ...

WATCH: Ugly Models, an agency of extraordinary ‘characters’

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Long necks, large chins, flapping ears, crooked noses: welcome to Ugly Models, a London modelling agency of a different stripe, where imperfections are celebrated. Fashion Week opens in the British capital Friday, and among the legions of models strutting down the catwalk, several will come from Ugly. They make eye-catching additions to the perfectly honed or androgynous models that typically feature at fashion's annual showcase in London. "It's celebrating diversity really and it's ...

Patek Philippe wristwatch from King Farouk’s collection to be auctioned in Dubai

Saturday, 17 February 2018

King Farouk of Egypt had a fascination for collecting watches, which was well-known around the world, and which he had inherited from his father King Fuad. A wristwatch worn by the late king will be up for bidding at the Christie's Watches and Wristwatches Dubai auction on March 19, according to a report in Khaleej Times, quoting Remy Julia, head of watches for Christie's Middle East, India, and Africa. The pre-sale estimate for the vintage watch is between $400,000 and $800,000. King ...

Stiletto alert: London takes center stage of fashion world

Friday, 16 February 2018

It’s time for London to enjoy its stint as the center of the fashion world. London Fashion Week begins Friday with a number of catwalk shows including exhibits by Bora Aksu and Mulberry. Headliners over the following days include Burberry, Christopher Kane, Roksanda and other favorites. Designer Vivienne Westwood is not showing in London this time but she has already made waves by appearing as a model in an anti-fracking protest. READ ALSO: The 10 best looks from Dubai Modest Fashion ...

The high street is now trying to sell an Asian ‘lungi’ skirt for $98

Saturday, 10 February 2018

I’ll never forget visiting a temple in Sri Lanka and a woman rushing to me with a piece of cloth to cover my lower legs. I’d been in the country a week by then and not felt that I was dressed inappropriately but, visiting this temple, I realised a more modest look was required and I was more than happy to be wrapped in the fabric which was tied under my tummy. That’s the closest I’ve ever come to a lungi – the veteran garment, mainly for men in many parts of South ...

Carolina Herrera to bow out as chief designer of her fashion label

Saturday, 10 February 2018

It was another goodbye for New York Fashion Week on Friday with the announcement that Carolina Herrera, queen of elegance and favorite of US first ladies, is stepping down as chief designer of her eponymous label.The Venezuelan-born 79-year-old said she had appointed US designer Wes Gordon to take over as creative director after she takes the bow at her fall/winter 2018 fashion show at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan on Monday.But if she's waving goodbye to the runway, she insisted in an ...

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 ...

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