While Key fashion events including the Met Gala and the final for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers have both been cancelled.
We all love to own shimmering eye-shadows and eye catching highlighters, however, there’re a downside to beauty, an actual ugly one that some of us may not be aware of, and that is animal testing in this industry.
While some may choose to ignore this fact or are simply ignorant, others are taking action and thus pushing companies to do better and choose another way for testing their products.
Now, more and more brands are joining in the initiative and is choosing to go organic, the following a list of these brands that are cruelty-free and can be found in the stores of the Middle East.
THE BODY SHOP
The Body Shop is one of the OG brands that is a world leader in fighting against animal testing, ever since 1989 when the company partnered with Cruelty International. Its campaigning was instrumental in the European-Union-wide ban on animal testing in 2013. And in 2017, it launched the #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting campaign in an attempt to ban animal testing globally.
The brand claims is “100 percent cruelty-free” and vegan meaning that its formulas don’t contain animal-derived ingredients. Products are available at: Souq.com and www.elfcosmetics.com
Lush has had a strict anti-animal-testing policy over 30 years now. Not only does the company don’t test products on animals, but it also refuses to buy ingredients from suppliers who do. The company is currently a partner with Humane Society International, Canada, and is attempting to stop the testing on animals once and for all.
The company has collections of both cruelty free and vegan products, the lines include maracuja oil and skin care balms. You can find their products at Sephora or through their website, www.tartecosmetics.com.
The US company has also declared its dedication and commitment towards ending animal testing, also available at: Sephora or through their website www.urbandecay.com
The First Middle East Fashion Week Is Coming To Dubai Next Week
The region’s biggest fashion even, the debut Middle East Fashion Week (MEFW) is set to land in Dubai next spring in 2021. The five-day event will feature more than 20 creatives in the fashion industry plus showrooms, fashion forums, awards, trunk shows, VIP lunches and galas.
The first edition will definitely be the highlight of the year and one of the most booming events of 2021. Antonio Rubel, the Founder and President of MEFW has been in the fashion scene for seven years and he’s the one behind nine fashion weeks held un Dubai, two in Beirut and, of course Riyadh Fashion Week.
“The Middle East is the new fashion capital of the world, and we want to shout about it. MEFW will be a magnificent concoction of creativity, flair, talent and energy, showcasing fashion designers from around the world in one stunning location,” Rubel said. “We have been bringing fashion events to the region for more than seven years now, but this will be like nothing the Middle East has ever seen before.”
“Fashion is more than the unveiling of a finished look; it is a creative process. The Dubai Fashion Emporium will offer a front row seat behind the curtain; a permanent installation showcasing the gears as they turn from conception to catwalk. Dubai Fashion Emporium creates experiences that open the gateway to the world of fashion and brings outsiders in. We will be revealing exciting projects – who’s excited to know more! Stay tuned.” The website read.
Check Out Mônot’s Latest Breathtaking Campaign at Al-Ula
The historical site Al-Ula just witnessed yet another splendid campaign and one of the most notable photo-shoots this year!
Lebanese-American designer Eli Mizrahi had a breathtaking photoshoot in Al-Ula last January for his fall collection with a remarkable cast of supermodels and creative team, made up of the industry’s most talented individuals ever.
Eli Mizrahi, the creative director of Mônot, enlisted some of his superstar model friends to star in their epic Fall campaign. Mizrahi personally reached out to Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Candice Swanepoel, Alek Wek, Mariacarla Boscono, Amber Valetta, and Xiao We Ju to appear in the campaign, which was shot in 24 hours.
“I wanted to bring together a cast of amazing supermodels from all different backgrounds, ages, and ethnicity to underline the fact that Mônot is both an inclusive brand and one that wants to empower and celebrate women,” Mizrahi said.
“I just spoke to the models from the heart about my vision, as an emerging independent brand, and they were really receptive to what I had to say.” He added.
Shot entirely in Al Ula to feature its breathtaking scenery! Photography by the duo Luigi & Iango before the world went into lockdown Eli’s vision was brought to life within both a stunning series of images and beautifully shot video.
Luigi & Iango shot the campaign last January in Al Ula, luckily before the lockdown. Another major get was enlisting Carine Roitfeld to style the shoot and Georgi Sandev on board for makeup. “I still can’t believe we got it all done in just 24 hours!” Mizrahi says.
Arab Fashion Week Goes Digital This Year
Arab Fashion Week (AFW) was scheduled to kick off in June but with the current situation, the industry is now introducing fashion week but in a whole different manner.
The Arab Fashion Week will be kicking off as planned but this year, it will be virtual this year as announced by the Arab Fashion Council and will take place online from June 24 to 26.
“We are thrilled to be able to revolutionize the traditional calendar by adapting a new digital experience that best fits the global financial and digital trend. We consider this move as a victorious step to shape the future of the fashion system into a more consumer conscious platform and sustainable culture, ” Founder and CEO of Arab Fashion Council Jacob Abrian said.
Both the runways and panel discussions will air live on the official website of AFW, and viewers will be able to purchase their favorite items online as well.
Shoppers who wish to purchase items from a brick-and-mortar store will be able to buy the collection off the shelves at a dedicated pop-up in 1422 Concept Store at City Walk, Dubai.
AFW follows the lead of the fashion weeks in London and Milan, which have also announced that they will be going digital and also take place online due to coronavirus restrictions.
The three-day long fashion event will be streamed on the AFW website and also broadcasted live to hundreds of millions of viewers, both via the website and in partnership with leading social media platforms.
“Today, more than ever, the traditional fashion system is in dire need for revolution and innovation. . . What we cherish now, the way we perceive luxury and the way we engage with things is completely different with how it used to be when the current fashion system was last updated in the last century. COVID-19 . . . has been the key accelerator to lead decisions in reshaping the norms,” Chief Strategy Officer of the Arab Fashion Council Mohammed Aqra said.