Saudi stylist’s high fashion advice for the average guy

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Updated 30 October 2016
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Saudi stylist’s high fashion advice for the average guy

Men’s fashion is mostly about sticking to classic outfits that work for all. This means, only a few would dare to think out of the box and be creative with their everyday wear.
Today, men are spending more time choosing carefully what to wear according to international trends and globally celebrated brands.
Arab News teamed up with men’s image consultant and stylist Faisal Al-Ghazzawi, who came up with the top trends men should follow this season.
“Style is key to show one’s personality, it is a window to your character that can make people learn more about you without you even saying anything,” said Al-Ghazzawi. “Here in Saudi Arabia, many men like to stick to basics and either wear our traditional thobes or go with simple jeans and a t-shirt. We constantly like to introduce them to fun and stylish trends that are invading the fashion scene and which are totally wearable,” he added.
Below are a number of trends that Al-Ghazzawi chose from local and international brands, modeled by him.

Fun, colorful pins:

Pins are stylish items that can be added to any outfit such as t-shirts, jackets, pants and even hats and shoes. The trick is to wear the pin on plain clothing with no prints and patterns to allow it to shine and make a statement. Pins are considered an accessory, meaning you do not need to add any other accessory item so as not to distract the whole outfit but if you do decide to wear some accessories, try to move away from the pins, you can add some bracelets in basic colors.

Modern samurai:

Bomber jackets have been invading the fashion scene now. I recommend going with a classic black jacket that allows you to add as many outfit details as you want.
The belt on top of the t-shirt and under the bomber jacket is a reflection of a trendy samurai inspiration. On the bomber jacket, I added a small pin to reflect modernity. The bandana textile has been trendy for a while now, you can wear it as a t-shirt, cap or anything. In this look, I choose it to be a scarf chocker as a support accessory to put the look together. Another accessory style follows the trend of stacking up bracelets; in this look I stacked together a number of black wooden bracelets. To top it all, I added a hat to reflect this season’s trend to bring the whole outfit together.

Simple but vibrant:

A basic white t-shirt with jeans is a classic look. You can break the color scheme with a royal blue long and skinny scarf wrapped around the neck, matching it with fashionable shoes. The pop of color is the reason why this look is stylish. To make the look perfect, wear airy blue sunglasses, as they are one of the top 10 colors for this season. This shows that simple additions can give the look a whole new perspective.

Comfy sporty:

Black and white are always in for any season and for any place. You can choose a simple sweater with a hoodie along with matching pants and sneakers. The look here stresses on the sweater’s design, where you can be daring and vibrant with basic colors and simple style.

Winter 2016 is all set to begin on a stylish note. Milan and London fashion weeks included many trends for this season, one of the colors that was dominant on the catwalk was grey, in addition to vibrant colors such as flaring red and blue. Some of the most popular designers chose long wool coats that fell just off the shoulder to give a slouchy, oversized look. You need to look for the layering up trend where you can wear jackets, sweaters, shirts or all of them together at once. Finally, the square pattern was seen on all sorts of clothing from jackets, coats, pants, sweaters to hats and scarves.

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Review: A political artist talks humanity, refugees and mass migration

Updated 22 April 2018
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Review: A political artist talks humanity, refugees and mass migration

BEIRUT: This precious blue book is a compilation of famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s thoughts on the global refugee crisis, edited by prominent American collector and publisher Larry Warsh. “Humanity” is full of important messages that can be delivered at any time, hence the handy, bag-friendly size.
The quotations, selected from interviews, magazine features and podcasts from around the world, show Ai Weiwei’s thoughts on humanity, mass migration and refugees.
According to his interview excerpts, the artist believes we have lost the capacity for compassion.
“The refugee crisis is not about refugees, rather, it is about us. Our prioritization of financial gain over people’s struggle for the necessities of life is the primary cause of much of this crisis. The West has all but abandoned its belief in humanity and support for the precious ideals contained in declarations on universal human rights, it has sacrificed these ideals for short-sighted cowardice and greed,” he once said.
Ai Weiwei understands how it feels to be completely destitute in a foreign land, with nothing but one’s humanity. In 1959, during the Cultural Revolution, he accompanied his father to a labor camp in the Gobi Desert. When he returned to Beijing with his parents in 1975, he was 19 and determined to fight against injustice. Not afraid to criticize the Chinese authorities, he became an outspoken artist-cum-activist. He is now considered one of the most iconic artists of our times. He was detained in 2011 at Beijing airport, remained in custody for 81 days and was subsequently placed under house arrest. His passport was taken away and returned in 2015. That same year, Amnesty International awarded Ai Weiwei the Ambassador of Conscience Award for his work in defense of human rights and he relocated to Berlin.
Each quote in this book pricks our conscience, makes us feel uncomfortable, and reminds us that our indifference and and lack of action toward other human beings is inhuman.
For example, in the book, the artist is quoted as saying: “Allowing borders to determine your thinking is incompatible with the modern era.”
A powerful statement that is one of many to be found in this thought-provoking read.