Saudi Arabian designers show off innovative fashion lines at pop-up show for startups

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Saudi Arabian designers show off innovative fashion lines at pop-up show for startups. (AN Photo)
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Saudi Arabian designers show off innovative fashion lines at pop-up show for startups. (AN Photo)
Updated 15 March 2018
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Saudi Arabian designers show off innovative fashion lines at pop-up show for startups

JEDDAH: Amkana, a women’s hub which offers retail, office and workshop space for rent, has hosted its first pop-up event in Jeddah on Tuesday.
The two-day event, which showcased unique local startup brands, was, in fact, its soft launch. Both Saudi and non-Saudi designers displayed their unique traditional, casual and elegant fashion lines.
Saudi designer Noora Al-Harthi launched her fashion line, Re-unite, in February 2017. “The idea behind my designs is to redesign men’s clothing and make it wearable for women. I add femininity to it,” Alharthi told Arab News.
Her last collection was called “The Uniform of Femininity.” “I want women to feel comfortable and confident in what they’re wearing,” she said.
Al-Harthi’s trademark is to deliberately keep the stitches on the blazers, unlike with men’s blazers which are clear from any visible stitches.
Another Saudi designer, Jalila Nayil, launched her fashion line, Laith, in February 2018. The chic and minimalistic brand is inspired by the Parisian “10-item wardrobe” method, which encourages people to mix and match the 10 items in their closets.
Nayil’s brand has a lot of psychology behind it. “Since our minds are always cluttered, and we live a very busy life, I aim to reduce stress through my collection,” she told Arab News. “Dress up or down, you will always look elegant. It’s versatile, it’s cohesive, it’s your go-to wardrobe.”


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.