Bisat Al-Reeh rolls out the magic carpet

Updated 12 August 2013
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Bisat Al-Reeh rolls out the magic carpet

The 14th edition of Bisat Al-Reeh or the ‘Magic Carpet’ festival was inaugurated Sunday night by Princess Hessa Al-Shaalan, wife of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events.
Bisat Al-Reeh is Ramadan’s biggest charity bazaar that gathers people together to celebrate fashion, style, food and other merchandise, while raising money for different charity organizations. It is also an opportunity for local designers to showcase their products on a popular platform.
The National Home Health Care Foundation (NHHCF) is organizing the event, which will run until Thursday.
The festival is one of the key fund-raising programs that the foundation hosts every year.
Princess Adelah bint Abdullah, president of the NHHCF — Western Province, said the festival proves its success year after year by attracting women from within and outside the Kingdom.
“This festival adopts different welfare programs that aim to develop and build new health care centers, programs, initiatives and awareness campaigns. It also helps collect monthly food baskets that go to sick and needy people that the foundation fosters,” she said.
“This year we have exhibitors from Bahrain, Lebanon, India and Kuwait, in addition to the exhibitors who participate in the festival every year. We have 164 booths that feature different local and international products,” she added.
Princess Nora bint Abdullah bin Mohammed exhibits every year to showcase her passion for traditional Saudi scent, Oud. “I love mixing perfumes and I try to mix the old, the new and the traditional, all together to get the perfect scent that women would fall in love with and call it their own,” she said. “I experiment and try different scent combinations all throughout the year; from rose to oud and branded perfumes — I work with all kinds in my home. Many people think I mix them in France but I actually do it myself in my own home here in Saudi Arabia,” she added.
Over the past few years, Bisat Al-Reeh has become a popular event in Jeddah and is packed with new additions every year. “This is my third year of participation. I have come especially from Lebanon to showcase my accessories,” said Nada, a Lebanese jeweler at the festival. “Here I get the opportunity to meet with women of different social levels, nationalities and ages. After the success of my participation first time, I decided to come every year,” she added.
The festival is well-attended and many Saudi businesswomen are seen browsing through various stalls. “We all look forward to this event because we know we will find a huge collection of clothing made locally and we want to support local products,” said Maha Hammad, a 26-year-old banker. “I come here every year to but my Eid outfit from Saudi fashion designers who know exactly what we need and how Saudi women like to dress during Eid,” she added.


Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

Updated 20 June 2018
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Beyoncé wears Tunisian-French design in viral video

DUBAI: Beyoncé and Jay-Z stunned fans by dropping a surprise joint album this week, and the artistic video for the lead track, “Apes***,” sees the Grammy-winning queen of pop wearing a turban by French-Tunisian milliner Donia Allegue.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns, before the couple released it on Spotify on Monday.
The pop diva and hip-hop superstar announced the album from the stage in London as they wrapped up the British leg that opened a global tour.

The couple also put out an elaborately choreographed video that takes place inside the Louvre museum in Paris for “Apes***,” AFP reported.

The video opens with the couple standing regally in front of the “Mona Lisa” — Jay-Z in a light green double-breasted suit, Beyoncé in a lavender pantsuit — and features a squad of scantily clad dancers moving sensually in front of Jacques Louis David’s “The Coronation of Napoleon.”

In a later scene, Beyoncé dons a floor-length black turban by Donia Allegue with a nude-colored bodysuit by French design house Cadolle. According to Vogue Arabia, Allegue revealed that the headpiece took eight hours to create and is made of six meters of tulle.

“Honored and proud to have adorned Queen @beyonce (with) an exceptional headpiece for her grandiose clip,” the design house posted on its Instagram page this week.

The video is a veritable treasure trove of sartorial high points chosen by stylist Zerina Akers, who scored the latest designs from international runways, as well as custom pieces from various high-end brands.

Fashion aside, the album, driven by warm, sultry soul with a largely hip-hop cadence, marries the styles of the two artists but is more consistent with the recent direction of Jay-Z.
The two stars have recorded together previously, notably on the Beyoncé-led single “Drunk in Love,” but the album comes after an especially public window into their marriage.
Beyonce on her last solo album “Lemonade” in 2016 revealed infidelity on the part of Jay-Z, who a year later asked forgiveness on his own album “4:44.”

This year, as the title of “Everything is Love” implies, their relationship is apparently swell.

On the final track, the joyously brassy “Lovehappy,” the two acknowledge past pain but also their efforts to reconcile.

“We’re flawed / But we’re still perfect for each other,” Beyoncé sings.

As two of the most prominent African Americans in pop culture Jay-Z and Beyoncé have played increasingly visible political roles, from campaigning for former president Barack Obama to championing the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Everything is Love” offers a paean to African American identity in “Black Effect,” which opens in Beyoncé fashion with a monologue about self-love before a haunting soul sample.
Jay-Z on the song name-checks Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American shot dead in 2012 by a neighborhood watchman in a Florida gated community, and raps, in a twist on performers’ rote calls for crowd gesticulation, “Get your hands up high like a false arrest.”