Long Skirts VS Underwear: The Control of Women’s Bodies Continues

Dress codes come in all different shapes and sizes: some are strict and rigid, backed up by local laws or the rules of an establishment; others are more cultural ‘suggestions’ backed up by the frowns (and likely harassment) of a certain community. Dress codes serve different purposes: some are meant to unify; some are safety … More Long Skirts VS Underwear: The Control of Women’s Bodies Continues

Reality TV Invades Lebanon with The Sisters

Reality TV has already established itself in the Middle Eastern with music and talent competitions: Arab Idol; Dancing with the Stars ME; The Voice; Arab’s Got Talent; MBC’s The X Factor and Golden Mic are just a few of the programs dominating Arab media. Yet the type of reality TV that has become increasingly popular here … More Reality TV Invades Lebanon with The Sisters

Nogomi Fashions #6: gowns, brights and ugly shoes

The Scene: Cannes Film Festival continued; Just Cavalli opened in Beirut at the end of Summer Fashion Week; and Adore Beauty Salon opened a new outpost in Dubai, with MJK Haifa Wehbe presiding over the festivities. Fashionista of the Week: Najwa Karam. Najwa was touring the United States and Canada, and while some of her … More Nogomi Fashions #6: gowns, brights and ugly shoes

 Fashion of Arabia #5: Shirt dresses, ill-fitting couture and vivid florals 

 What’s Goin’ On: The 2015 Cannes Film Festival, which OK is in France and not the Middle East but it’s still a big deal. Actually, I’m making a point of including it because I have seen like two Arabs on the entire Croisette. What gives? Cannes is more international than, say, the Oscars, and Bollywood stars … More  Fashion of Arabia #5: Shirt dresses, ill-fitting couture and vivid florals 

Fashions of Arabia #4: Blue dresses, Kaftans and Frothy/Flowery Gowns

 What’s goin’ on: The 4th annual Cairo Fashion Festival 2015, which took place in Cairo Festival City, featured fashion shows, American brands and Cairo’s middle class; Light Expo Kuwait showcased Ramadan designs (it’s sooner than you think!) and Haifa Wehbe has been filming her Ramadan series Meriam in Cairo. Fashionista of the week: Paola Elsitt, designer of … More Fashions of Arabia #4: Blue dresses, Kaftans and Frothy/Flowery Gowns

Breathing You In: The Arab Music Video Goes International

Controversial Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe is at it again with her first English-language single Breathing You In, released on April 14th. The accompanying music video, shot by international Palestinian music director Tarik Freitekh (see picture below) in Las Vegas, has predictably taken the Arab world by storm, as all her music videos usually do. Haifa is the … More Breathing You In: The Arab Music Video Goes International

Fashion of Arabia #3: Tchitch dolls, kitsch and sequins

What’s goin’ on: The kickoff of “wedding season,” which included the huge wedding of society couple “Malek and Reef” at the ancient Bahia Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco; a Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer showing in Dubai; the premiere of Salma Hayek’s animated film The Prophet in Beirut, Lebanon; and several birthday celebrations. Fashionista of the week: Hadia … More Fashion of Arabia #3: Tchitch dolls, kitsch and sequins