First ever Arab fashion week for men kicks off virtually

Gregory P. Daily
A screenshot from a video included in the first-ever fashion week held for Arab men, held virtually starting on January 28, 2021. PHOTO: YouTube/Times Of Isreal

From animal print ensembles to lacy hoodies and flared silky slacks, Arab men on Thursday got their first-ever fashion week, with the three-day event showcased virtually online.

Designer Furne One of Amato Couture, loved in Dubai for his ethereal designs, opened the unprecedented event with a fall/winter 2021-2022 collection entitled “The First Temptation”.

Set in the desert, the models all wore white, including lacy hoodies and pants. The traditional dishdasha robe worn by men across the Arab Gulf was featured, but revisited with a slit down the front.

“The world around us is changing, so too are attitudes towards fashion, and nowhere more so than in the Middle East,” said Mohammed Aqra, chief strategist at the Arab Fashion Council.

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WWD Report Card: Demi Moore Style File

Gregory P. Daily

Thanks to her spot opening the Fendi couture show this week, Demi Moore is back in the fashion spotlight. Here, a look at her best style moments through the years.

The iconic G.I. Jane haircut and physique training led her to a tomboy phase during which she favored men’s utility pieces like these denim overalls. But her accessorizing with prayer beads and micro sunglasses gives the look a cool downtown edge that she’s always had.

This is surf chic perfection. This Charlie’s Angels look was a moment in culture that defined the early Aughts — and Moore’s body and crocheted black bikini still inspire us to this day.

This dark silk knee-length dress with three-quarter sleeves is a perfect example of how her style became more polished and high-fashion, which eventually led her to open Fendi couture this week.

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Highlights from this week’s couture shows

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If the ready-to-wear shows are about selling product, Paris’ haute couture shows, staged each year in January and July, are about selling the dream. During the Spring-Summer 2021 season, which took place from January 25 to 28, the few designers working in this rarefied space once again came together — this time, virtually — to parade their most fantastical designs.

Kate Moss standing in front of a building: Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace Moss were part of the star-studded group of models presenting Kim Jones' debut Fendi collection.

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Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace Moss were part of the star-studded group of models presenting Kim Jones’ debut Fendi collection.

While the theatrical collections typically include elaborate runway productions, world-building has become more challenging due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic — but not impossible. This season, a number of designers found ways to awe through the computer screen alone.

Below are this week’s standout moments.

A look from Dior's Spring-Summer 2021 haute couture collection.

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A look from Dior’s Spring-Summer 2021 haute couture collection.

Kim Jones brings the

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B.C. Lions lock up tackle Joel Figueroa with extension

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But the mental maintenance was as tough as the physical.

“That’s a job in itself, especially for the young guys,” said Figueroa. “I hate to sound like ‘that vet guy,’ but they’re used to that instant gratification. It’s like stopping a race horse from running; it’s difficult to try to pull a guy out of the sport that they love and shut it down for the whole season. Your body’s ready to go, but your mind is like, ‘We’re not going anywhere.’ And it’s difficult for some people.

“Families sacrifice a lot in this sport, we give it our all and when it’s taken away, there’s like a heavy blow to people’s mentals. Staying together, bonding together, working out, going out to eat just before the pandemic, it really held us together.”

In 2019, the offensive line was supposed to be the team’s spine, but their scoliotic

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