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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R&B star R. Kelly due in Chicago court to face sex abuse charges

Updated 23 February 2019
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R&B star R. Kelly due in Chicago court to face sex abuse charges

  • R. Kelly was driven to a Chicago police station in a dark colored van with heavily tinted rear windows
  • Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Friday announced the 10 counts against the 52-year-old Grammy winner

CHICAGO: R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, is due in court Saturday after being charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.
In a brief appearance before reporters, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Friday announced the 10 counts against the 52-year-old Grammy winner, whose real name is Robert Kelly. She said the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade. She did not comment on the charges or take questions.
Kelly was driven to a Chicago police station in a dark colored van with heavily tinted rear windows around 8:15 p.m. Friday. He did not respond to questions from gathered reporters as he walked inside the building.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted a short time later that Kelly was under arrest. He was expected to be held overnight before an appearance Saturday in bond court.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told reporters following the singer’s arrest that one of the charges he faces appears to be tied to a decade-old child pornography case.
“Double jeopardy should bar that case,” Greenberg said. “He won that case.”
Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, has consistently denied any sexual misconduct.
Greenberg said he thinks prosecutors rushed to judgment Friday in charging Kelly, calling the singer “an innocent man.”
“Mr. Kelly is strong,” Greenberg added. “He’s got a lot of support and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges.”
The arrest sets the stage for another #MeToo-era celebrity trial. Bill Cosby went to prison last year, and former Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein is awaiting trial.
Best known for hits such as “I Believe I Can Fly,” Kelly was charged a week after Michael Avenatti, the attorney whose clients have included porn star Stormy Daniels, said he gave prosecutors new video evidence of the singer with an underage girl.
At a news conference earlier Friday in Chicago, Avenatti said a 14-year-old girl seen with R. Kelly on the video is among four victims mentioned in the indictment. He said the footage shows two separate scenes on two separate days at Kelly’s residence in the late 1990s.
During the video, both the victim and Kelly refer to her age 10 times, he said.
Avenatti said he represents six clients, including two victims, two parents and two people he describes as “knowing R. Kelly and being within his inner circle for the better part of 25 years.”
“I don’t know what the tape is,” Greenberg said of the video Avenatti gave prosecutors. “We haven’t seen it. No one’s showed us the tape.”
The new charges marked “a watershed moment,” Avenatti said, adding that he believes more than 10 other people associated with Kelly should be charged as “enablers” for helping with the assaults, transporting minors and covering up evidence.
The video surfaced during a 10-month investigation by Avenatti’s office. He said that the person who provided the VHS tape knew both Kelly and the female in the video.
Legally and professionally, the walls began closing in on Kelly after the release of a BBC documentary about him last year and the multipart Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired last month. Together they detailed allegations he was holding women against their will and running a “sex cult.”
#MeToo activists and a social media movement using the hashtag #MuteRKelly called on streaming services to drop Kelly’s music and promoters not to book any more concerts. Protesters demonstrated outside Kelly’s Chicago studio.