Khaleeki Chic fashion show in Saudi Arabia redefines the abaya

Creative director Princess Safia Hussein Guerras (center) sits next to her daughter Princess Hannah Al-Faisal (right) and the rest of the models following the end of the show. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Creative director Princess Safia Hussein Guerras (center) sits next to her daughter Princess Hannah Al-Faisal (right) and the rest of the models following the end of the show. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Princess Hannah Al-Faisal, granddaughter of the late minister of foreign affairs Saud Al-Faisal, walks the runway showcasing her mother’s designs. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Princess Hannah Al-Faisal, granddaughter of the late minister of foreign affairs Saud Al-Faisal, walks the runway showcasing her mother’s designs. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Dominique Mineur ambassador of Belgium (L) was in attendance at the event, sat alongside Princess Safia’s father Prince Khalid Al-Faisal. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Dominique Mineur ambassador of Belgium (L) was in attendance at the event, sat alongside Princess Safia’s father Prince Khalid Al-Faisal. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Princes Safia pictured with guests of the private event, pictured left to right, Mona Al-Haddad, Ameera Al-Taweel, Dominique Mineaur, Princess Safia Hussein Guerras, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Loai Naseem, Christophe Beaufays. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Princes Safia pictured with guests of the private event, pictured left to right, Mona Al-Haddad, Ameera Al-Taweel, Dominique Mineaur, Princess Safia Hussein Guerras, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Loai Naseem, Christophe Beaufays. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Updated 25 January 2021

Khaleeki Chic fashion show in Saudi Arabia redefines the abaya

Models walk the runway showcasing the unique styles of the ‘Khaleeki Chic’ abaya line. Each abaya uses traditional Saudi cultural influence combined with modern colors and textures to create the international abaya for all women to wear. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
  • Princess Safia and Lomar launch Khaleeki Chic abaya line, a modern and global abaya for all women
  • Princess Hannah Al-Faisal, granddaughter of the late Minister of Foreign Affairs Saud Al-Faisal, walks the runway showcasing her mother’s designs

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Princess Safia Hussein Guerras and Belgian designer Christophe Beaufays have collaborated with the Lomar brand to create a new line of abayas that redefine modest fashion.

The designers presented the Khaleeki Chic collection in a private fashion show hosted in the Belgian embassy on Saturday. The fashion line takes the traditional abaya and transforms it into an international garment combining the cultural influence of Arabia with the diverse western themes to create an abaya for all women regardless of origin.

“We have showcased a collaboration between Her Highness Safia and Lomar to show a collection of abayas that reflects both the Saudi and Western culture, modernity and tradition,” Beaufays told Arab News.

“We hope to dress not just Saudi women or Arab women; this Abaya is a crossover between western clothes and Saudi garment to be something all the women in the world would like to wear at different occasions,” Beaufays said.

The launch of the fashion line redefines the abaya as a global garment for all women, a symbol of elegance and modesty.

In the West, some people still view the abaya as a symbol of oppression or lack of freedom and don’t understand the beauty and modesty it holds. By combining international influence and themes the abaya is viewed as a symbol of individuality in conservative fashion.

“In the media the abaya has been depicted as something a bit negative and we just wanted to show the positive side that it is actually a very elegant garment that can be accessorized and elevated into something very chic, traditional but also modern,” Beaufays added.

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“So it’s to change the image of the abaya from negative to something positive, fun, elegant and something all the women would like to wear, not only the Arab women.”

When asked how she was inspired to create such a distinctive line, creative director Princess Safia said: “My mom, your mom, my sister, my daughter, us women, all women, it’s us. I was just telling them I am sick of the stigma and discrimination of the abaya and the hijab in the west so I thought to myself if I bring some chic into it, some tailoring and some style it will definitely change the image.”

When women travel outside of Saudi Arabia they usually take off their abayas, but the designers of the line created a conservative style that is international and stylish for any culture to dress in.

Now, when women travel, they will dress in the redefined abaya no matter where they are.

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“When I travel, when I go to New York, Paris or Los Angeles, from the plane I usually remove my abaya, but I didn’t want to remove it anymore. I want to be proud to come out with the abaya that looks just the way that you saw them today. I want my sisters, the Saudi or Gulf sisters and all of my sisters around the world to be proud, because we should be proud,” said Princess Safia.

Lomar founders Loai Naseem and his wife Mona Al-Haddad told Arab News: “We wanted to move the abaya outside of the Kingdom, taking it from our tradition out into the international market to show people what we have here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We wanted to change the color of the abaya from black, adding some colors and techniques to move it into modern fashion like you saw today.”

Princess Safia explained the work in creating the line with a modern twist while maintaining the modesty and tradition of the abaya, saying: “The abaya has become my identity and I love the message behind its modesty. It’s powerful, and it needed just a little twist in style, which is where I came in. I really wanted to create silhouettes that bring women from day to night.”

“I hope that by giving it a little chicness, Khaleeki Chic, it will have an impact. That is my dream, that it will have an impact, that there is now positivity about the abaya, not negativity anymore,” she said.


Arab region voices support for Saudi Arabia over US Khashoggi report

Arab region voices support for Saudi Arabia over US Khashoggi report
Updated 17 min 26 sec ago

Arab region voices support for Saudi Arabia over US Khashoggi report

Arab region voices support for Saudi Arabia over US Khashoggi report
  • The Secretary-General of the OIC said it rejects “the incorrect conclusions contained” in the US report
  • Arab Parliament stresses pivotal role that the Kingdom plays in consolidating security in the Arab region

LONDON: Arab countries and organizations expressed their support on Saturday for a statement released by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry. The statement concerned the report provided to the US Congress on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
In a statement, Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry rejected anything that affects the sovereignty of Saudi Arabia.
Bahrain’s Shoura Council affirmed “the prominent and pivotal role played by Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to lay down the foundations of regional and global security and peace.”
The council also praised diplomatic efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia through its foreign diplomacy in the region and the world, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

 


The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed its confidence in and support for the Saudi judiciary, as well as the Kingdom’s commitment to enforcing the law with transparency and integrity and to holding those responsible for the murder to account.
The Ministry affirmed the UAE’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its efforts to maintain stability and security in the region and the key role it plays in maintaining moderation in the Arab world.
The UAE rejects any attempts to exploit the Jamal Khashoggi case or interfere in Saudi internal affairs, the ministry said.
Kuwait’s foreign ministry expressed its support for Saudi Arabia’s statement and stressed the important role played by the Kingdom in supporting moderation regionally and internationally and in denouncing extremism.
The ministry said that it categorically rejects any attempts to affect the Kingdom’s sovereignty.

 

 


The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said it categorically rejects “the incorrect conclusions contained” in the US report which is “devoid of any conclusive evidence.”
The organization rejected attempts to infringe the Kingdom’s sovereignty, insult its leadership and compromise the independence of its judiciary.
It expressed support for all judicial measures that were taken against the perpetrators of the murder who were brought to justice, and the sentences that were issued.
The Arab Parliament affirmed its support for the Saudi statement and expressed its categorical rejection of any infringement of the sovereignty of the Kingdom and the independence of its judiciary.
The parliament stressed the pivotal role that the Kingdom plays in consolidating security and stability in the Arab region and the Middle East and its policy of supporting international peace.
The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajjraf, affirmed his appreciation for the pivotal role the Kingdom plays in enhancing regional and international security and peace, and its great role in combating terrorism and supporting the efforts of the international community in this regard.
Al-Hajjraf said the report is nothing more than an opinion that is devoid of any conclusive evidence. He expressed his support for any measures that the Kingdom takes in order to preserve its rights and support its role in promoting a culture of moderation.
Yemen also rejected everything that might affect the sovereignty of the Kingdom and the independence of its judiciary.

 


Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 27 February 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 368,011
  • A total of 6,488 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced five deaths from COVID-19 and 338 new infections on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 179 were recorded in Riyadh, 70 in the Eastern Province, 42 in Makkah, 10 in Asir, seven in Madinah, three in Hail, three in Jazan and two in Najran.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 368,011 after 320 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 6,488 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.


Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia
Updated 27 February 2021

Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: The Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed a Houthi drone targeting civilian areas in Khamis Mushait city, southwest of Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
The spokesman of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the Houthi militia’s attempts to attack civilians and civilian areas constituted as a war crime.
He stressing that the coalition took necessary operational measures to protect civilians in accordance with international humanitarian law.

The attempted drone attack came a day after the Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed two Houthi drones targeting Saudi Arabia’s southern region on Friday and a ballistic missile fired by the militia toward the Kingdom later on in the day.


Blinken stresses US will continue to defend, do business with Saudi Arabia

Blinken stresses US will continue to defend, do business with Saudi Arabia
Updated 27 February 2021

Blinken stresses US will continue to defend, do business with Saudi Arabia

Blinken stresses US will continue to defend, do business with Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said Washington’s relationship with Saudi Arabia was important and that the relationship reflected shared interests and values between the two countries.
“The relationship with Saudi Arabia is an important one. We have significant ongoing interests. We remain committed to the defense of the Kingdom,” Blinken said during a press conference at the US State Department, as reported by CNN on Saturday.
The secretary of state also reiterated the United States’ interests to continue doing business with the Kingdom, stating that the relationship was “bigger than any one individual.”
Blinken also affirmed that US officials, including himself and President Joe Biden, had spoken with their Saudi counterparts.
Meanwhile, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said on Friday that Saudi Arabia remained “a strategic partner in the region.”
“From a military perspective, as I've said many times, we take seriously our security commitments to Saudi Arabia with respect to their ability to defend themselves, and they do need to defend themselves, particularly along that southern border.”


Saudi Arabian Military Industries signs deals at IDEX

Saudi Arabian Military Industries signs deals at IDEX
Updated 27 February 2021

Saudi Arabian Military Industries signs deals at IDEX

Saudi Arabian Military Industries signs deals at IDEX
  • SAMI also agreed to be a strategic partner of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI in next year’s IDEX

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) signed several cooperation agreements with international companies and government authorities during the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) this week.

SAMI, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), aims to enhance the Kingdom’s defense capabilities and localize its military industry as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

“We are pleased to achieve outstanding success through our participation in IDEX 2021,” Walid bin Abdulmajeed Abu Khaled, CEO of SAMI, said.

“This will lead us to new achievements and make Saudi Arabia one of the leading manufacturers of military systems in the world.”

SAMI signed a joint venture agreement with the US firm Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest military defense company. The venture will develop capabilities in manufacturing software technologies, along with the production, maintenance, and repair of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

SAMI also signed a cooperation agreement with Nimr, which is part of the Abu Dhabi-based EDGE Technology Group. The deal will allow both companies to work together on armored military and security vehicles. It also marks the first collaboration in the field of military industries between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) also signed an agreement with SAMI to be a strategic partner in next year’s IDEX.

During the five-day exhibition, GAMI Gov. Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali visited the Saudi pavilion along with Saudi Ambassador to the UAE Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakhil.

The pavilion also welcomed Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE’s deputy prime minister.