Nogomi Fashion #9: Kaftans, Crop tops and punk

What’s happening: Ramadan! In the spirit of the holy month I have divided our Fashionistas into two categories: those that adhere to traditional wear (abayas, kaftans) and those who wear modern looks. In a play on the idea that Muslim women must be “modest,” I will be judging the ladies in the latter category based … More Nogomi Fashion #9: Kaftans, Crop tops and punk

More than a Song: Domestic Violence Tackled in Elissa’s Ya Merayti

 Lebanese superstar Elissa’s most recent music video is also her most serious: “Ya Merayti” (“My Mirror”) features Elissa as a domestic abuse survivor. Shunning the romantic lovey-dovey storylines popular with Arab music videos the clip, shot on location in Serbia, brings to light a problem that is all too familiar for plenty of Arab women, yet, … More More than a Song: Domestic Violence Tackled in Elissa’s Ya Merayti

Nogomi Fashion #8: red carpet glamour; flower appliques and haute couture jumpsuits

What’s happening: the mawazine music festival continued in rabat, morocco. The stars all came out, again, for the beirut international awards festival in zaytana bay, beirut, lebanon. and most importantly, ramadan started on the 18th! Fashionista of the week: there’s two! Douja Hijazi ruled the scene at the BIAF Awards, while Dunia Batma stole the street-style … More Nogomi Fashion #8: red carpet glamour; flower appliques and haute couture jumpsuits

Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World

First of all, a very happy Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem) to the Muslim ummah! Ramadan is a very special time, one of contemplation, community, charity, celebration and, most of all, faith. It’s a time of sacrifice and solidarity, peace and perseverance; a time to ask forgiveness for one’s sins. In honor of the start of Ramadan, … More Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World

Nogomi Fashion #7: Illusion Netting, Sparkles and Tulle

the scene: this was an eventful week in the Middle East, with plenty of big events that drew the region’s celebrities. the Mawazine music festival kicked off in Rabat, Morocco: it draws both international stars like Jennifer Lopez, Avicci and Pharrell Williams and regional stars perform in this celebrated festival. The Middle East Music Awards took … More Nogomi Fashion #7: Illusion Netting, Sparkles and Tulle