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Paris fashion is ‘royal affair’

Paris fashion is ‘royal affair’

Posted by on 03/07/2013
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Paris fashion is ‘royal affair’

The Paris couture shows were yesterday a “royal affair” with Elie Saab’s crown jewel-inspired collection while Frank Sorbier’s courtly models looked as if they had stepped out of a Holbein painting. Saab’s shimmering regal gowns came in emerald green, sapphire blue and blood-red like “rubies plucked from a crown”. Frank Sorbier meanwhile looked to the […]

Singapore gripped by Hello Kitty frenzy

Posted by on 27/06/2013
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Singapore gripped by Hello Kitty frenzy

Singapore gripped by Hello Kitty frenzy

Tempers flared and police had to be called yesterday as anxious Singaporeans rushed to McDonald’s outlets to buy Hello Kitty plush toys being sold by the fastfood chain as a promotion. Hundreds had begun queueing from Wednesday night to get their hands on a kitten in a skeleton outfit, depicting a character from the German […]

Max announces launch of the Cherokee Brand

Posted by on 26/06/2013
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Max announces launch of the Cherokee Brand

Max announces launch of the Cherokee Brand

Max Fashions, the largest value fashion retailer in the Middle East, has announced that beginning this June it will carry Cherokee products, in addition to its Max-branded merchandise, across stores throughout Kuwait as part of an exclusive partnership with Cherokee Inc. The Cherokee collection is slated to debut in 48 stores across the Middle East […]

Designer Vivienne Westwood shuns expansion, big wardrobes

Posted by on 25/06/2013
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Designer Vivienne Westwood shuns expansion, big wardrobes

Designer Vivienne Westwood shuns expansion, big wardrobes

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood said on Monday that she has no plans to further expand in China and defended the high prices of her designs as a way to encourage customers to buy fewer clothes. Westwood, who started selling clothes in London in the swinging 60s and now has shops in 15 other countries, […]

Orthodox women seek to infuse modesty with style

Posted by on 25/06/2013
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Orthodox women seek to infuse modesty with style

Orthodox women seek to infuse modesty with style

Wearing a sleek black dress topped with a taupe bolero and long stiletto-heeled boots, Nathalie Benhaim cuts an elegant figure. For her, Orthodox Judaism’s rules of modesty have never been synonymous with austerity. “I’m always made up and have my hair done, I never let myself go. It’s important for me and for my husband,” […]

Dakar fashion week takes stand against skin bleaching

Posted by on 24/06/2013
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Dakar fashion week takes stand against skin bleaching

Dakar fashion week takes stand against skin bleaching

Backstage at Dakar Fashion Week a group of young women squeeze into impossibly high heels while others sit still as make-up artists paint their eyelids a shining emerald color. All legs and cheekbones, the models are subject to the same pressures as their counterparts walking runways in London, Paris, and New York. And perhaps more. […]

CHANEL boutique opens in Kuwait at Prestige Mall, The Avenues

Posted by on 24/06/2013
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CHANEL boutique opens in Kuwait at Prestige Mall, The Avenues

CHANEL boutique opens in Kuwait at Prestige Mall, The Avenues

KUWAIT: CHANEL reinforces its presence in Kuwait with the opening of a second boutique, in prestige mall, the Avenues. Like the other CHANEL boutiques around the world, this boutique was designed by the celebrated New York based architect Peter Marino. Throughout, it recalls Mademoiselle Chanel’s declaration that “The most beautiful things are the simplest.” Behind […]

Dakar Fashion Week targets city’s working class

Posted by on 23/06/2013
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Dakar Fashion Week targets city’s working class

Dakar Fashion Week targets city’s working class

Law student Aminata Kande stepped out in a $25 blue wax print dress to watch lanky models storm a makeshift runway wearing pieces that cost ten times that amount. Dakar Fashion Week, an 11-year-old institution birthed in the posh hotels of this West African culture hub, took its act to Guediawaye, one of the most […]

Miss Algeria crowned for first time in 10 years

Posted by on 22/06/2013
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Miss Algeria crowned for first time in 10 years

Miss Algeria crowned for first time in 10 years

After an absence of 10 years, the Miss Algeria beauty contest was held Friday in the western city of Oran, with 19-year-old science student Rym Amari taking the pageant honors. The competition was suspended in 2003 after the death of Cheradi Hamdad, who launched the beauty contest in 1996 during Algeria’s devastating civil war and […]

Dolce and Gabbana sentenced to jail for tax dodge

Posted by on 20/06/2013
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Dolce and Gabbana sentenced to jail for tax dodge

Dolce and Gabbana sentenced to jail for tax dodge

An Italian court on Wednesday sentenced celebrated fashion house duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to one year and eight months in prison for avoiding taxes totaling 200 million euros ($268 million). The pair were also ordered by the court in Milan to pay a fine of 500,000 euros ($670,000) to Italy’s national tax agency. […]

Miss USA crown goes to Connecticut contestant

Posted by on 17/06/2013
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Miss USA crown goes to Connecticut contestant

Miss USA crown goes to Connecticut contestant

The country’s newest Miss USA is leaving a white collar job behind for the glamour and excitement that goes with her new role – and she can’t wait. Moments after she was crowned at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday, Connecticut accountant Erin Brady said all she could think about was […]

In fashion, China gets its own first lady effect

Posted by on 13/06/2013
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In fashion, China gets its own first lady effect

In fashion, China gets its own first lady effect

When China’s new first lady Peng Liyuan, a  glamorous former folk singer famous in her own right, chose homegrown fashion  label Exception de Mixmind for her husband’s first overseas trip, speculation  on Chinese social media went into overdrive. Was this Exception’s “Jason Wu moment”? people asked, referring to the  young Taiwanese-Canadian designer who shot to […]