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
Fashion Futures: The Kingdom’s First Dedicated Event to Fashion
Yesterday witnessed the inauguration of the Kingdom’s very first even that is dedicated excursively for fashion, entitled Fashion Futures, the three-day event will include talks, workshops, panels and discussions.
International fashion designers, editors, models, entrepreneurs including Halima Aden, Giles Deacon and Iris Van Herpen have all made it yesterday to Riyadh in order to attend this high profile fashion event. Big names are expected to lead the workshops and panels in order to develop the fashion sector, which is rapidly evolving in the Kingdom.
The international fashion event is part of the cultural vision that falls under the 2030 vision of the Kingdom, and it serves as a platform for young Saudis talents to interact with international fashion giants by opening up topics that affect the industry on both the global and local scale.
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“By bringing together a diverse group of fashion experts from both the Kingdom and around the world we are facilitating international cultural exchange; providing Saudi fashion professionals with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in their respective fields, while offering a platform to showcase their talent to a global audience,” said Abdulkarim Alhumaid, Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of Culture in Saudi Arabia.
“Fashion Futures is the first important step on a journey to transform the Saudi fashion industry from a nascent under-developed sector to a flourishing hub of creativity and innovation.” He added.
The following is the list of guest participants who’re taking part of the event:
- Halima Aden, International Model and Activist
- Hatem Al Akeel, Saudi Designer
- Hayat Osamah, Saudi Photographer
- Giles Deacon, British Designer
- Iris Van Herpen, Dutch Couturier
- Wil Beedle, Creative Director at All Saints,
- Arby Li, Editor-In-Chief of HYPEBEAST
- Ravi Thakran, Group Chairman, LVMH South Asia and Southeast Asia, Australia and Middle East
- Honayda Serafi, Saudi Designer
The event is taking place until November 6th and if you’re fashion maniac, register now through this link.
Giorgio Armani Chooses Dubai To Stage His Iconic Cruise 2021 Show
Fashion icon Giorgio Armani has confirmed that he will be heading to Dubai for the Cruise 2021 fashion show, the designer who first made his foray to the city ten years ago with the launch of his Armani hotel in Burj Khalifa is set to wow the city once again.
The Italian house will reveal their upcoming collection next April, but according to reports from the WWD, a final date for the show hasn’t been finalized yet.
One thing we do know is that the April show will coincide with the reopening of the brand’s boutique at the Dubai Mall.
Speaking to WWD, Armani praised the city’s hosting of Expo 2020, which is scheduled for October. “I’m very happy to be back in Dubai after 10 years, especially on the occasion of the Expo 2020 which will place a great emphasis on the city,” he said.
“Dubai is a luxurious and fascinating place with a soul focused on the future, always in pursuit of the imagination.” He added.
Also worth mentioning is that the iconic Giorgio Armani will be awarded with the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award‘ at the British Fashion Awards later this year.
Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi Carries On With the Legacy of Her Late Brother Khalid Al Qasimi
Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi has been named the creative director of London menswear label Qasimi and by that, continuing the reign of her late twin brother Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi who passed away on July 1.
Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi was the label’s fashion designer and the son of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
Now according to a statement that was released by the brand, Sheikha Hoor is taking over and will be in charge of all business responsibilities and creative of the brand, with of course the help and support of the design team and head of design Adam Rice.
“While bringing her artistic sensibility to Qasimi, Hoor will seek to maintain Khalid’s aesthetic, which was centered around the idea of an urban nomad and built upon the pillars of architecture, color, military details and social-political messaging. She will strive to stay true to this messaging.
“Above all, Hoor will endeavor to preserve – and further – Khalid’s legacy and make sure that his memory is kept alive. She will present autumn/winter 2020 during London Fashion Week Men’s in January 2020, as Khalid’s last show, before presenting her own inaugural collection, spring/summer 2021 in June 2020.” The statement added.