How Queen Rania of Jordan’s clothes hardly cost a thing

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Queen Rania, known for her exquisite style, sometimes uses the borrowing system from fashion houses. (AFP)
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Most of Queen Rania's clothes were either "offered as gifts by fashion houses or borrowed, or purchased at reduced special prices."(AFP)
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Queen Rania with the king and crown prince. (Twitter)
Updated 06 January 2019
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How Queen Rania of Jordan’s clothes hardly cost a thing

  • Most of the Jordanian queen’s clothes are borrowed, gifted or bought at reduced prices, her office says
  • Clarification was issued to counteract a yearly estimate of royals’ wardrobe spending, and the blog has now taken her off its list

RIYADH: The office of Queen Rania of Jordan offered an explanation on Thursday of her clothing costs to pre-empt inaccurate reports published by some fashion-related bloggers at the beginning of the year about the cost of royal wardrobes.

The Queen's office issued a statement confirming that most of her clothes were either "offered as gifts by fashion houses or borrowed, or purchased at reduced special prices."

Defending how Queen Rania, known for her exquisite style, sometimes uses the borrowing system, the office said: “Some may deplore the principle of ‘borrowing clothes,’ but it is a universally accepted practice among fashion houses as a way to highlight their designs.”

Most of Queen Rania's clothes were either "offered as gifts by fashion houses or borrowed, or purchased at reduced special prices." (AFP)

The office continued: “Some may deplore the fact that a person of Her Majesty's status accepts the principle of ‘borrowing,’ but we do not advertise or promote fashion on any of Her Majesty's pages on social networking platforms, unless the designs are Jordanian.” 

The office added: “Last year, the ‘UFO No More’ estimates of Her Majesty's spending on clothing were circulated. In view of their assessments that is far from reality and truth, we have asked their sponsors not to include Her Majesty in the annual reports of their blog.”

The blog Unidentified Fashion Objects "UFO No More" reported in early 2018 that the cost of Queen Rania's clothes amounted to more than €267,000 in 2017, based on estimates of what she wore. She was ranked first among 11 female royals, ahead of the UK’s Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William.

Queen Rania with the king and crown prince. (Twitter)

The UFO No More blog appears to have taken the clarification into account as it did not publish her estimate in its just-released 2018 report. “After discussions with the Royal Hashemite Court and the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania, we have taken Her Majesty out of our tally and off of our website,” it said. “As a result of our discussions with members of the Court, we determined it was best for Her Majesty and UFONoMore.com to remove her from our tally and website.” 

In its annual report for 2017, the Code stated that the average price of an item in Queen Rania’s wardrobe was more than €1,700 for a total of 191 new pieces during the year.

But Queen Rania's office pointed out in its statement that these blogs rely solely on market value for clothing, creating a “false impression of reality.”


Karen Wazen stars in flirty, fun fragrance campaign

Updated 19 January 2019
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Karen Wazen stars in flirty, fun fragrance campaign

DUBAI: Lebanese influencer Karen B. Wazen took to Instagram over the weekend to share her latest advert campaign with British perfume brand Jo Malone.
The stylish blogger shared the video with her 858,000 followers and was quickly inundated with overwhelmingly positive comments on the social media platform.
“So happy to share with you my campaign with @jomalonelondon — ‘You and I together and nothing else matters… Combining nature and love ... Combining two scents... combining two souls’,” she captioned the video.
Directed by Dubai-based influencer and designer Ahmed El-Sayed, who goes by the name @Twistedcurlz on Instagram, the short clip sees Wazen posing for the camera in a park while holding two bottles of the new fragrance.
Wazen shows off biker chic style in the new campaign video, wearing a black leather beret and oversized, boxy leather jacket covered in silver studs.
She draws a heart in the sand, throws fallen leaves at the camera and mouths “I love you” in the flirty, fun clip.

“I loved working on this with you guys,” Wazen added in her caption.
Dubbed a “Cologne Intense,” the new fragrance that Wazen shows off in the video is called “Bronze Wood & Leather” and is described by the brand as a “sultry leather (fragrance) encased in a medley of woods… A rich, enveloping new scent.”
It’s been a busy week for Wazen, who took to Instagram to get involved in the viral #10YearChallenge with a series of snaps.
The blogger shared two side-by-side photos — the first of which was a photo of her posing with her husband, Elias Bakhazi, 10 years ago alongside a more recent shot. “It started when we were young,” she captioned the photographs.
The challenge saw celebrities around the world share decade-old snaps of themselves alongside recent photos to show just how much — and is some cases, how little — they have changed.
However, Wazen isn’t one to just sit back and follow international trends and viral crazes. In December, the successful style star launched her very own range of edgy eyewear featuring 15 designs in a range of retro-to-futuristic styles and colors that are available on karenwazen.com.