Scooter crash didn’t stop George taking Amal out on a date

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George and Amal Clooney were spotted on a date night, last weekend, in Cernobbio, Italy. Above, the couple in Venice. (Reuters)
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Style icons: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. (AFP)
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Style icons: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. (AFP)
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Style icons: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. (AFP)
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Style icons: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. (AFP)
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Style icons: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. (AFP)
Updated 05 August 2018
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Scooter crash didn’t stop George taking Amal out on a date

  • The stylish couple, who own a villa nearby, left Gatto Nero in Cernobbio, Italy after dinner on Friday
  • Clooney was recently hit by a car while riding his scooter on location in Sardinia

JEDDAH: Hollywood star George Clooney and his Lebanese-British barrister wife Amal were out and about in Italy enjoying an intimate date night near Lake Como, just weeks after the actor was hurt in a motorcycle accident in Italy.
People.com reported the stylish couple, who own a villa nearby, left Gatto Nero in Cernobbio, Italy after dinner on Friday.
Ever the gentleman, George held Amal’s hand while escorting her out of the restaurant as she flashed a big smile.
The stylish duo stepped out in well coordinated ensembles as the 57-year-old actor-director looked suave in a black suit while his wife, 40, wore a black and white asymmetrical striped Michelle Mason dress paired with nude heels, black dangling earrings and a beige leather bag by Gabriela Hearst.
George has been recovering since his scooter accident on July 10. He was hit by a car as he rode to work during the filming of the Hulu Limited series “Catch-22” on the Italian island of Sardinia.
George was briefly hospitalized, but did not sustain any serious injuries. Although he left the hospital shortly after the incident with only bruising, his wife and family were devastated.
“Amal wouldn’t leave his side,” People.com had reported. “It was obvious that she was concerned.”
It was not the first time the “Gravity” actor had been injured in a motorcycle accident.
Back in 2007, George suffered a broken rib when he crashed riding with his then-girlfriend Sarah Larson in New Jersey. Larson suffered a broken foot.
George and Amal tied the knot in 2014, in Venice, Italy. The couple have twins – a daughter named Ella, and son, Alexander.
In June, Amal paid a heartfelt tribute to her husband at the American Film Institute’s 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute, where he received the Life Achievement Award.
“I met George when I was 35 and was starting to become quite resigned to the idea that I was going to be a spinster,” she had said.
“Then we met and started hiding out in my London flat and very soon it felt like no matter what happened I would never want to be with anyone else. Five years later none of that has changed. He is the person who has my complete admiration and also the person whose smile makes me melt every time,” Amal said.
“My love, what I have found with you is love that I’ve always hoped existed, and seeing you with our children, Ella and Alexander, is the greatest joy in my life. I’m proud of you, but I also know that when our children find out not only what you’ve done, but who you are, they will be so proud of you too,” she added.


Fashion capital New York considers banning sale of fur

Updated 17 April 2019
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Fashion capital New York considers banning sale of fur

  • Lawmakers are pushing a measure that would ban the sale of all new fur products in the city
  • “Cruelty should not be confused with economic development,” a sponsor of the legislation said

NEW YORK: A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City.
Lawmakers are pushing a measure that would ban the sale of all new fur products in the city where such garments were once common and style-setters including Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Joe Namath and Sean “Diddy” Combs have all rocked furs over the years.
A similar measure in the state Capitol in Albany would impose a statewide ban on the sale of any items made with farmed fur and ban the manufacture of products made from trapped fur.
Whether this is good or bad depends on which side of the pelt you’re on. Members of the fur industry say such bans could put 1,100 people out of a job in the city alone. Supporters dismiss that and emphasize that the wearing of fur is barbaric and inhumane.
“Cruelty should not be confused with economic development,” said state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan, who is sponsoring the state legislation. “Fur relies on violence to innocent animals. That should be no one’s business.”
The fate of the proposals could be decided in the coming months, though supporters acknowledge New York City’s measure has a better chance of passage than the state legislation.
The fur trade is considered so important to New York’s development that two beavers adorn the city’s official seal, a reference to early Dutch and English settlers who traded in beaver pelts.
At the height of the fur business in the last century, New York City manufactured 80% of the fur coats made in the U.S, according to FUR NYC, a group representing 130 retailers and manufacturers in the city. The group says New York City remains the largest market for fur products in the country, with real fur still frequently used as trim on coats, jackets and other items.
If passed, New York would become the third major American city with such a ban, following San Francisco, where a ban takes effect this year, and Los Angeles, where a ban passed this year will take effect in 2021.
Elsewhere, Sao Paulo, Brazil, began its ban on the import and sale of fur in 2015. Fur farming was banned in the United Kingdom nearly 20 years ago, and last year London fashion week became the first major fashion event to go entirely fur-free.
Fur industry leaders warn that if the ban passes in New York, emboldened animal rights activists will want more.
“Everyone is watching this,” said Nancy Daigneault, vice president at the International Fur Federation, an industry group based in London. “If it starts here with fur, it’s going to go to wool, to leather, to meat.”
When asked what a fur ban would mean for him, Nick Pologeorgis was blunt: “I’m out of business.”
Pologeorgis’ father, who emigrated from Greece, started the fur design and sales business in the city’s “Fur District” nearly 60 years ago.
“My employees are nervous,” he said. “If you’re 55 or 50 and all you’ve trained to do is be a fur worker, what are you going to do?“
Supporters of the ban contend those employees could find jobs that don’t involve animal fur, noting that an increasing number of fashion designers and retailers now refuse to sell animal fur and that synthetic substitutes are every bit as convincing as the real thing.
They also argue that fur retailers and manufacturers represent just a small fraction of an estimated 180,000 people who work in the city’s fashion industry and that their skills can readily be transferred.
“There is a lot of room for job growth developing ethically and environmentally friendly materials,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who introduced the city measure.
New Yorkers asked about the ban this week came down on both sides, with some questioning if a law was really needed.
“It is a matter of personal choice. I don’t think it’s something that needs to be legislated,” said 44-year-old Janet Thompson. “There are lots of people wearing leather and suede and other animal hides out there. To pick on fur seems a little one-sided.”
Joshua Katcher, a Manhattan designer and author who has taught at the Parsons School of Design, says he believes the proposed bans reflect an increased desire to know where our products come from and for them to be ethical and sustainable.
“Fur is a relic,” he said.