FASHION | Arab Designers Spice Up Venice Film Festival

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA -  Stars across the world have turned to Arab designers for their red carpet appearance at the ongoing Venice Film Festival. From Romanian actress and model Madalina Dina Ghenea to Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, the international film industry’s leading ladies have been showing off a number of glittering ensembles from regional designers … Continue reading FASHION | Arab Designers Spice Up Venice Film Festival

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FASHION | You Can Now Rent Clothes From Banana Republic

Rent the Runway upended retail by offering women designer clothes to rent. Now, a wave of leading brands and department stores are following with their own online clothing rental subscriptions to reach younger shoppers who want to borrow their pants, shirts and dresses. Banana Republic said Friday that it will launch an online rental service … Continue reading FASHION | You Can Now Rent Clothes From Banana Republic

BUSINESS | Sports Illustrated, Juice Couture And Dozens Of Brands Get $875 Million From Blackrock

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Private equity powerhouse BlackRock made a big $875 million investment and become the largest shareholder of a company that owns Sports Illustrated, Nine West, Juice Couture and dozens of other brands. The deal, which was first reported Sunday by the Wall Street Journal, closed on Friday, a BlckRock (BLK) spokesperson confirmed … Continue reading BUSINESS | Sports Illustrated, Juice Couture And Dozens Of Brands Get $875 Million From Blackrock

FASHION | Chinese Model Dumps Versace In T-Shirt Controversy, As Donatella Apologizes

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - A leading Chinese brand ambassador has quit Versace, claiming that one of the brand’s T-shirts broke Beijing’s “one China” policy. Yang Mi, an actress and singer, issued a statement announcing the termination of her contract with the luxury fashion house in response to a design which appeared to list Hong Kong … Continue reading FASHION | Chinese Model Dumps Versace In T-Shirt Controversy, As Donatella Apologizes

BUSINESS | Dior’s Solution To The Plastic-Waste Crisis Is A Gold-Painted Straw Made Of Hand-Blown Glass – And A 6-Pack Of Them Will Set You Back $146

This summer has been no shortage of luxury fashion brands announce new efforts to combat the reckless pollution wrought by the industry, which accounts for a good portion of the world’s textile waste and water contamination. But Dior is extending these efforts beyond the clothes it makes and into another space altogether: reusable straws. On … Continue reading BUSINESS | Dior’s Solution To The Plastic-Waste Crisis Is A Gold-Painted Straw Made Of Hand-Blown Glass – And A 6-Pack Of Them Will Set You Back $146

FASHION | Meghan Markle Wore Outland Denim, Putting The Brand On The Map – And Changed Lives In The Process

They call it the “Markle Sparkle”, an affectionate term for the attention that the brands, beauty trend – and of course, charitable causes – receive once the Duchess of Sussex puts her weight behind them. Many companies that sparkle glimmers bright, taking popularity – and revenue – to new heights. But for one brand in … Continue reading FASHION | Meghan Markle Wore Outland Denim, Putting The Brand On The Map – And Changed Lives In The Process

HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK | Elie Saab’s Asia

Paris, France - Amid mysterious clouds of Persian blue mist, Elie Sab fashioned up a standout couture collection Wednesday using the symbolism of China. The Lebanese designer reimagined traditional Chinese drawing through embroiders with sequins, palettes and sparkle that depicted fauna and flora; elements, the house said, that represent powerful protective spirits in Eastern legend. … Continue reading HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK | Elie Saab’s Asia