Saudi designers dazzle at Dubai fashion week

A model presents a creation by Saudi Arabia's Suzan Farhoud and Leen Al-Shishakly during the Arab Fashion Week on Saturday in Dubai. (AFP)
Updated 10 October 2016
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Saudi designers dazzle at Dubai fashion week

DUBAI: From a mother and daughter duo hooked on denim to an art-inspired fashionista, female designers from Saudi Arabia stole the limelight at Arab Fashion Week 2016 in Dubai.
Models strutted the catwalk late Saturday in mini-dresses, cropped jackets, skin-tight jeans and flamboyantly embroidered transparent blouses. They were the work of Suzan Farhoud and her daughter Leen Al-Shieshakly, who set up their “Jeans Couture” brand just a year ago, hoping to share their passion for denim. Farhoud designs the clothes, while Shieshakly creates bags and manages the business. “We wanted the Saudis... not to look at denim in a casual way,” Shieshakly said, but also to “wear it for a formal event.” “We wanted to get the denim into the Saudi market as well as the Middle East,” said the US-educated 26-year-old, who wore her dark hair in a short bob. 

“Since I am half Arab and half Western I wanted to mix modern and elegant,” she said.
They say their creations have been well-received in Saudi Arabia.
Their casual designs contrasted with those of another Saudi designer, Arwa Al-Ammari, whose style mixes luxury with elegance and art.
Her models drew everyone’s gaze as they walked down the catwalk in dresses, coats, skirts and tops of structured, layered fabric.
Elegant enough for an English tea party, her designs were decorated with leaves, flowers, and even big birds.
Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, said she believes conservative designs are gaining traction in the West.
“I think that modest fashion is certainly something that is growing in the Western world,” she told AFP.
She described the Saudi designers’ collections as “very different in terms of style but very open.”
“The soft power around the creative industry and particularly fashion does have a very powerful message in terms of showing how cultures are changing,” she said. “(Fashion) is a fantastic way to be able to show that.”


Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia

Updated 18 July 2019
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Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia

  • While rare, it was not the first time a two-headed baby turtle has been found
  • Green turtles are one of the largest sea turtles

KUALA LUMPUR: A two-headed baby turtle has been born in Malaysia, captivating conservationists, but it only survived a few days after being discovered.
It was found Monday on Mabul island, off the Malaysian part of Borneo, in a nest alongside more than 90 other recently hatched green turtles.
David McCann, marine biologist and conservation manager for group SJ SEAS — which oversees the nesting site — said the creature was “utterly fascinating.”
“The right head seems to control the front right flipper, and the left head the front left flipper. Yet they are capable of coordinating their movements in order to walk and swim,” he said in a statement.
SJ SEAS chairman Mohamad Khairuddin Riman added: “We have released around 13,000 hatchlings from the hatchery and have never seen anything like this before.”
But the turtle died late Wednesday, Sen Nathan, a vet from Sabah Wildlife Department, told AFP.
He said the cause of death was not yet known but added the turtle would have had little chance of surviving long in the wild.
“It would have been poached by an eagle because it could not swim well,” he said.
While rare, it was not the first time a two-headed baby turtle has been found.
Nathan said one was discovered in 2014, on an island off Malaysia’s east coast, which survived for three months.
Green turtles are one of the largest sea turtles, and are mainly found in tropical and subtropical waters.
Classified as endangered, they are threatened by habitat loss as well as by poachers who hunt them for their meat and eggs.