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Burberry stops using real fur

British luxury goods maker Burberry has announced that it will stop the practice of burning unsold goods, with immediate effect. The fashion label also said it would stop using real fur in its products, and would phase out existing fur items. In July, an earnings report revealed that Burberry destroyed unsold clothes, accessories and perfume worth £28.6m in 2017 to ... Read More »

Chanel now has a men’s makeup line

A report by Allied Market Research noted that the men’s grooming market will be worth $166b in sales by 2022. That crater-sized men’s grooming market hasn’t been fully tapped yet. Throwing its hat into the ring is Chanel with it’s first-ever makeup line specifically designed for men. Called the Boy de Chanel, the collection includes a tinted foundation available in ... Read More »

UAE rolls back tax on gold, diamonds, precious metals

The UAE Cabinet has adopted a law to roll back the application of a 5 per cent value added tax on the gold, diamond and precious metals market. State news agency WAM said the step was intended to maintain the country’s ranking on ease of doing business indicators and stimulate transactions in the three categories. The VAT reversed mechanism will ... Read More »

Where our gold and diamonds come from

How many people know where their gold and diamond jewelry comes from?How many people consider the human cost of its production?Not many consumers ask these questions, and, shockingly, neither do many of the world’s leading jewelry brands.It’s a trend that Human Rights Watch (HRW) is trying to change with a new social media campaign, #BehindTheBling. Read More »

Kim visits cosmetics factory with wife, sister

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju and sister Kim Yo-jong. State media released undated photos of the visit on Sunday. Both women are rarely seen in public. Ms Kim’s appearance comes shortly after her recent promotion to a powerful position in North Korea’s government. Read More »

Milan fashion meets global crises with lightness

Milan, Sep 22 (AP/UNB) — The Milan fashion world is responding to global crises with transparency and lightness. Designers are choosing diaphanous textiles to create airy looks, often layering sheer trench coats and anoraks over form-fitting knit dresses or jumpsuits for contrast. It’s about comfort, being nimble and joyous in times of uncertainty. Read More »

Populism, austerity and democratic deficit

by Andrew Watt and László Andor Critiques of the European Union target a political problem – the so-called democratic deficit – and an economic (and social) one: austerity, sometimes subsumed under the broader heading of neoliberalism. It is also often claimed or simply assumed that there is a connection between the two: the first being the main cause of the ... Read More »

Victoria Beckham launches budget fashion range for women, kids

Victoria Beckham has won huge acclaim for her fashion collections, but the hefty designer pricetags make it unaffordable to most fashionistas. However fans of the former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer can rejoice – as the star is about to launch a “budget” collection of women’s clothing priced from £11 up to £60. Her new range is a collaboration with American retailer ... Read More »

100 most influential images of all Time

New York (AP/UNB)— A single drop of milk. A newborn baby. The ravages of war and terrorism. The defiance of those who protest and the fear of those entrapped. All are included in a multimedia project featuring Time magazine’s most influential images of all time , released Thursday through a new book, videos and a website. Read More »

Jamdani gets GI registration

Dhaka – Jamdani, one of the finest muslin textiles of Bengal, has got registered as the country’s 1st first Geographical Indication (GI) product. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu handed over the registration certificate to BSCIC chairman Mustak Hasan Mohammad Iftekhar at a programme at the ministry. Read More »

Anh transforms cruise ship sun deck to catwalk

New York – Fashion show production was taken to a whole new level last month when Jessica Minh Anh hosted an impressive sky-high ocean catwalk overlooking New York’s famous skyline. Staged on the sun deck of the German cruise ship AIDAluna, J Autumn Fashion Show 2016 celebrated the refreshing take on fashion of a new generation of female leaders. Read More »

Behind the curves

Sudhurendar Sharma With gender stereotyping deeply embedded in our society, women’s self-esteem is traditionally assumed to be determined by how they perceive themselves in the eyes of others. Read More »

Divorce as wife didn’t look pretty without make-up

Dhaka – In what can be called absolutely bizarre, a husband in UAE divorced his wife because he thought she wasn’t as pretty as she was before marriage, Gulf News reported. Apparently, the woman told the psychologist she approached for counseling to deal with the trauma, that only a few days after the marriage, her husband divorced her after looking ... Read More »

French Muslims reassured amid burqini ban controversy

The French Interior Minister has said that the burqini ban should not cause “stigmatisation” or pit citizens “against each other,” as he met with French Muslims to discuss the controversial act. The meeting follows cases of Muslim women fined for their outfits. “The implementation of secularism, and the option of such decrees must not lead to stigmatization or the creation ... Read More »

Muslim fashion industry booming

Anas Silwood moved to Jordan from Britain to study Arabic back in 2000. The 20-something was supposed to stay for only a few months, but he soon decided Amman was the place he wanted to be. He learned Arabic, converted to Islam and settled.”Every time I went back to the UK I had the same problem,” he says. “People looked ... Read More »

Natural tips to prevent skin sagging

Has your skin begun to age with fine lines appearing near the eyes? Is your sagging skin making you look haggard and old?Here are some simple home-made solutions suggested by dermatologist Navin Taneja, director of National Skin Centre that will act a saviour. 1. Strawberries: Strawberries work like astrigents on the skin and they are 100 percent natural. Make a ... Read More »

The 2016 Vladimir Putin calendar

Moscow – Fans of Vladimir Putin can now spend “the whole year with the Russian president” as a new 2016 limited edition calendar is released in Russia showing the country’s strongman leader in a variety of carefully-crafted poses. Read More »

Teenage model spurs age debate in fashion

Amid the chaotic last minute rush typical of a catwalk show, a teenager sits quietly backstage as a hairdresser styles her.Living a life many young girls around the world dream of, Sofia Mechetner is opening the Paris fashion show of one of the world’s most famous labels, Dior.She is 14 years old, an age some feel is too young to ... Read More »

Beyonce, Rihanna, others sue Paris firm over clothing knockoffs

Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna have jointly sued a Paris clothing retailer they say has been “brazenly” selling shirts, hats, backpacks, mobile phone cases and other items featuring their likenesses without permission.The complaint filed on Tuesday in federal court in New York said ElevenParis has ignored the singers’ warnings to stop the sales, including in a ... Read More »

Canadians’ response to protect freedom of choice

Rania El-Alloul, a Canadian citizen who emigrated from Kuwait 12 years ago, appeared in a Quebec court last week in a hearing to get her car back, which had been seized for 30 days by police who caught her son driving with a suspended license. In a shocking decision that appears to go against the Canadian Charter of Rights and ... Read More »