Where We Are Going Today: Kees Chic

Updated 11 January 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Kees Chic

  • Kees Chic products are available at the Home Grown store in Jeddah’s Al-Rawdah district

The toxic effects of disposable, single-use plastic items such as grocery bags is becoming an increasing concern around the world, due to the damage they cause to the environment after they are thrown away. Kees Chic is a social enterprise in Jeddah that dedicated to reduce this damage by making beautiful products out of recycled plastic bags, rather than dumping them in landfill sites.
In addition to the obvious environmentally friendly benefits, the products, which are mainly aimed at women, also help to improve the lives, socially and economically, of the disadvantaged local women who make them by hand.
Looking at the stylish handbags created by Kees Chic, you would never imagine they are made of discarded plastic bags. My favorites, and their most popular, are cross-body handbags made using embroidery techniques and traditional patterns from Saudi Arabia, Palestine and the Islamic arts. In addition, their embroidered coasters are very attractive and I found it really hard to pick just one design from their impressive collection.
Kees Chic products are available at the Home Grown store in Jeddah’s Al-Rawdah district, or online at www.keeschic.me and other stores including Souq.com.


Hadid sisters mix things up in Milan

Updated 16 June 2019
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Hadid sisters mix things up in Milan

  • The looks play on the fashion house’s iconic bondage moment, mixing the shiny leather with more mundane looks, like blazers and jacket
  • Versace dedicated the show to Keith Flint of the British band The Prodigy, a friend of Versace’s who died earlier this year

DUBAI: Model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid took to the runway for Italian fashion house Versace in Milan on Saturday, as the label showed off its mix-and-match Spring/Summer 2020 line.

Dontatella Versace has tapped the soul of fashion house founded by her brother, the late Gianni Versace, with animal prints and loud fluorescents, The Associated Press reported.

The looks play on the fashion house’s iconic bondage moment, mixing the shiny leather with more mundane looks, like blazers and jacket. A shimmery leopard men’s top embroidered with Gianni Versace’s signature in silver peeks out of a knit vest, with black trousers and a cross-body bag that embrace femininity. Shimmery leopard prints were paired with slim trousers patterned with ancient vases.

“It is more about the confidence a guy has to express himself in a more flexible way,” said head menswear designer Ashley Fletcher.

The flexibility was clear as models including Gigi, her sister Bella and Irina Shayk exhibited the same looks: Gigi Hadid, for example, wearing a belted leather trench with hardware details over bare legs but with the same blue shirt and tie as the men — who also showed leg with the same look but with Bermuda shorts. Suit coats and jackets for him and her featured half-and-half Prince of Wales plaid and solid black, worn with a suit shirt, tie and black leather lace-up pants.

“I love you forever and ever, @donatella_versace. The queen!” Bella wrote on Instagram after the show.

Racing car motifs symbolized a coming of age and embrace of grown-up toys. The other repeating motif was the Gianni Versace signature, vertically running on ties and socks, AP reported.

“For every young man, the first car has a strong meaning.” Versace said. “It’s independence, maturity, but above all freedom.”

Versace dedicated the show to Keith Flint of the British band The Prodigy, a friend of Versace’s who died earlier this year — some models wore brightly dyed hair in his image, wearing acid-wash denim and tie-dye tops.