lose their rags over racy Allah frock JERUSALEM - A young Arab fashion designer who has come under fire from Muslim leaders for a racy dress said Monday she will not apologize for her creation that is decorated with Allah's name.
Fida Naamneh, 23, from the town of Arrabe in the Galilee in the north of Israel, has been denounced in mosques as an infidel. She has been compared to Salman Rushdie and death threats have been made against her in her village.
But she says it was her love for Islam and a desire to promote Arab culture which inspired her creation.
"I am proud of being Arab and Muslim and I don't understand why in my society some people think I did something wrong," she said.
The black dress, with its low cut front and back, is embroidered with three of the 99 "asma," or names, of Allah — "al-Kuddus," "al-Hakim," "al-Bari" meaning "the Most Holy," "the Wise" and "the Creator," respectively.
The dress was part of a collection Naamneh designed for her final project at the college she was studying at in Tel Aviv where she was the only Arab student.
Her work won her a prize and received coverage in the Hebrew press.
That was when her troubles started. A local Arabic newspaper criticized her and her design. Hurtful rumors began to fly around her village and some people demanded she apologize.
Naamneh said she is determined to stand her ground and has her parents' support. "I don't think I did something wrong. That's why I don't think I should apologize for making what I did," she said.
An exodus of textile,
clothing and electronics factories has contributed to a 15.4 per cent drop
in employment at Mexico's Maquiladoras, or assembly-for-export plants,
during the first six months of the year.
According to Mexican statistics institute INEGI, these plants represent
42.9 per cent of the Maquiladora industry labor force - which employed
1.09 million Mexicans at the end of June.
The Maquiladora industry exports around 90 per cent of its production to
the US and has been hit by the country's slow economy.
Rising salaries in Mexico are also making the country less attractive to
Revelers dance at the Asakusa Samba Carnival in downtown
Tokyo, August 31, 2002. About 500,000 visitors watched as about 3,000
revelers danced in the Japanese capital.
Glass Bra A Clear Hit
A Japanese model wears a brassiere made of glass at
an unveiling by Triumph International, in Tokyo August 29, 2002.
The company produced the concept bra as a one-off for a high-profile competition but said it aroused so much interest it is now considering producing them for the public.
Made out of glass beads from crystal producer Swarovski, the bra is totally transparent and weighs 380 grams.
Company spokesman, Christian Thomas, said: "We only actually made two bras because it was very time consuming but I'm sure there will be lot of people who would like to buy it, perhaps later on we might produce glass bras.
Discounters Post Disappointing August Sales Figures
Even discounters felt the heat last month, as same-store sales failed to measure up.
Wal-Mart's same-store sales rose only 3.8 percent during the last month of the summer season, below its expectation of a four to six percent jump. The company is still hoping to reach that range in September though. Net sales were up 11 percent, to $18.3 billion.
Target's same-store sales dropped 0.1 percent, but the company is still sticking by its third-quarter outlook. Net sales rose 7.5 percent, to $3.23 billion.
The TJX Companies - -operator of TJ Maxx and Marshalls - fared best on the discount front, posting a modest August same-store sales increase of two percent. Total sales climbed 11 percent, to $920 million.
Department stores continued to struggle in August. Federated Department Stores, which operates Macy's and Bloomingdales, reported same-store sales down 5.8 percent last month. Saks' comparable store sales fell 3.3 percent.
Analysts consider August, with its back-to-school positioning, the third most important sales month of the year. December and November rank one and two.
Lyon, mode city
Professionalism and efficiency are the watchwords of this 18th session taking place from August 31 to September 2, 2002 at Eurexpo – Lyon. Some 18,000 visitors from 95 countries are expected to gather in Lyon and the surrounding area to take part in the biggest international meeting of the Lingerie and Swimwear sector.
It is the reference show for summer 2003. The show of the lingerie fashion for day and night, from foundations to homewear. A show for all lingerie. Without forgetting the men's underwear...
(Above Left) A model presents a triangle and string with mauve pepper printed and matched dressing gown from Manuel
Canovas, (Above Right)
a model displays a bra and briefs with lace and transparency combination, with matched socks and muffs, from
about Slipping into something Comfortable?
Shoppers may soon be able to snap up garments made from bananas after
experts in Japan developed a new technique for recycling banana waste.
The idea is the brainchild of Nagoya City University professor Hiroshi
Morishima, leader of the Banana Green-Gold project, who believes it's the
one billion tons of banana stem thrown away each year could be turned
His team has developed a technique that can produce wallpaper, lampshades
and writing paper made out of fibers from the waste over the next few
They plan to export the idea to banana-producing nations in Africa by 2010
so those countries can generate extra revenue for their poverty-stricken
people. (We are really going Ban....)
Elle Macpherson Intimates
She has posed in skimpy bikinis for Sports Illustrated and strutted the catwalk in barely-there togs for some of the world's best designers. But these days, Elle Macpherson is taking fashion matters into her own hands.
In 1988, the now-38-year-old Australian supermodel launched Elle Macpherson Intimates in both her native country and New Zealand, and last year debuted it in Britain. The line, which offers everything from sports bras to silky thongs, is the No. 1 lingerie brand in Australia,
Have a life after death
"Do you believe in life after death?" the boss asked one of his employees.
"Yes, Sir." the new recruit replied.
"Well, then, that makes everything just fine," the boss went on. "After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother's funeral, she stopped in to see you....
Sears Pulls Offensive Tees From Shelves
Sears has pulled offensive T-shirts from its shelves. America's fourth largest retailer stopped selling the line this week in response to complaints from mental health advocates.
The shirt reads, "You should hear the names the voices in my head are calling you," and Ron Honberg, the national legal director for The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, claims it "perpetuates prejudice and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through the intimation of
threats flowing from auditory hallucinations."
In a statement praising Sears for removing the shirts from its 870 stores, Honberg continued, "No one would ever think of selling T-shirts that make fun of cancer or AIDS patients or any racial or ethnic minority. If they do think about it, better judgment advises against it. The time has come for retailers to stop and think carefully about mental illness -- which affects one out of every five Americans."
Sears Thursday reported an 11 percent decline in same-store sales for August. Total domestic store revenue dropped 8.7 percent from the same period last year, to $2 billion.
NAMI has also called on discount retailers Wal-Mart, Kmart, Kohl's, and Target to stop selling the shirts. Just last week, Target asked its stores to remove a line of clothing and baseball caps sporting the "88" symbol after it was alerted that the two eights were a secret Neo-Nazi symbol.
In April, Asian-Americans demanded a public apology from Abercrombie & Fitch after the Ohio-based retailer debuted a series of Asian-themed T-shirts.
The company obliged, and the tees - emblazoned with graphics of caricatured Asian males and text like, "Wong Brothers Laundry Service: Two Wongs Can Make It White" - were pulled from shelves amidst much
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