Drones replace models at Saudi Arabian fashion show



A fashion show at a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia skipped the human models and featured drones carrying pieces of clothing down the runway.

Mohamad Aljefri, a leader at Red Sea RC team, the company which flew the drones, shared photos and videos of drones carrying dresses at the event Sunday.

The annual fashion show takes place at the Hilton in the city of Jeddah during Ramadan and a spokesman for the Hilton’s events told CNN they decided to “bring a change” by using drones instead of mannequins this year.

Videos of the unique fashion show appeared on social media, noting the floating dresses made it appear as if ghosts were modeling the clothes.

Alia Khan, chairwoman of the Islamic Fashion & Design Council in the United Arab Emirates, said hanging from the drones caused the dresses to lose their shape.

“It’s great to think out of the box. They were trying to do something different and fashion is such a creative space. However, this was not really something I would encourage or would like to see again,” Khan said. “You lose the shape; the dress is just hanging on the drone.”


MasterClass: Jane is in the Building!

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Pencils up,  Stylists, Television Stars Movie Stars, Rock stars, THIS IS GLAMOUR!!

 Jane Fonda at 79 years old, she is the Gold Standard

This! is how its done!

Nuff Said

Pencils Down



The salt-and-pepper pound: where are all the fiftysomething models?

73-year-old Lauren Hutton modelling for Calvin Klein in April. Photograph: Calvin Klein

When I first started blogging as That’s Not My Age nine years ago, I was always banging on about the lack of older models, my Grey-dar permanently on high alert. But whereas in the past, the older model was restricted to a healthcare or life insurance gig (cue woman strolling jauntily down the beach in a lilac waterfall cardigan and stretch chinos), now nearly every week there’s another gorgeous silver-haired model in an advertisement for a fashion brand. While this age-appreciation is fantastic – it is wonderful to see women such as Daphne Selfe, 88, Maye Musk, 69, and Lauren Hutton, 73, looking vivacious and stunning, I still can’t help wondering: where have all the fiftysomething models gone?


Maye Musk (69) at the CFDA Fashion Awards, New York, this month. Photograph: Neil Rasmus/BFA/REX/Shutterstock










Although the fashion industry has finally woken up to the power of the Silver Spend (in the UK, the 50+ customer accounts for 47% of consumer spending), advertisers appear to have resorted to a kind of “diversity checklist”. Model with grey hair: tick. That’s age sorted then. But the view of the older woman we’re being shown is signified by someone in her 60s, 70s, or beyond. It’s lazy; it creates an age gap and we still end up with extremes. Young and sexy or old and fetishised – take your pick.


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Integration Now!

For years,people would ask me why whites, and only whites?  Initially ,I wouldn’t respond after all, it was my business.  It is my personal business and who was being hurt!  WHO?

I’m an XXXXXXXL guy and whites are readily available.  I’ve tried a pair of  blacks, and it was okay but its difficult to change, white is what I knew, whites were dependable.

Through the years people would question me. Some of my friends learning of my disposition said they were taking aback. Whites only?  You?

Bowing to pressure, I slowly integrated my drawers.  Adding blacks ,browns, to my private life.  One day in Atlanta, I thought I’d mix it up by getting a blend.   Something other than 100% cotton.  But it was a mistake, I standing in front of 200 hundred people and the blend I was wearing started sliding down. With every step,movement, gesture, they would slide and drift below my hips .  Mortified, I reached inside my pants, and pulled them up where they belong . However, that blend was after me, you know they can be!   I returned to what I knew, white 100% cotton, they have never failed me, never let me down.

Sharing my story, a friend said it may have been that pair.   Faulty manufacturing, rouge elastic and I shouldn’t indite all blends and colors based on that one experience.

H’mm I thought and I slowly began adding different, colors and styles.   Today, my drawers are integrated, boxes, briefs, midrise, lowrise, grandads, solids, stripes, camouflaged, blends, and 100% cotton, living in harmony.

Integration Now-Segregation Never!




Be Like The Queen and wear Neon Green

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The Queen arrives at the Trooping the Colour earlier in June CREDIT: JOHN STILLWELL/PA WIRE

Thanks to The Queen neon sales have risen 137% in Britain

By: Alice Newbold-Junior Style Editor/UK Telegraph

You might have thought that neon was a no-go area once your highlighter-hued festival crop top days were over. But it seems that The Queen has persuaded her loyal subjects otherwise. As The Telegraph reported yesterday, over the past week high street retailer JD Williams says it has sold 134% more bright green pieces, with sales of one green dress in a similar shade to the Queen’s birthday outfit, jumping seven fold. It is believed other  shops have also seen sales increases. It doesn’t stop at blindingly bright lime either; sales of bright pink garments have jumped 107% while bright orange is up by 69%.

If your interest has been piqued by Her Majesty’s recent dalliance with neon, there are a few things you need to know.  Let’s be clear, wearing neon does not mean anything day-glo, nor does it involve complementing your look with any kind of rave make-up.

Instead, think of neon as a cheerful extension of summer’s brightest color palettes, or an alternative to a punchy print. It might be unabashedly bold, but if HM The Queen can wear it, then so can you. Here’s how to stand out in all the right ways in neon this summer….

Keep the rest of your look pared down

British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush trials bright green 

Chief executive of the British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush, could be spotted a mile off at London Collections: Men thanks to her high-vis green top (above). Look at the rest of her outfit though. The reason her fluro three-quarter length crew-neck works is that the rest of her outfit is black. There’s not an ounce of conflicting color, bar a flash of metallic on her watch strap and the fastening of her clutch bag.

Wear your own neon pieces with a blank canvas (navy or black  are both fail safe starting points), and keep accessories to a minimum. As much as you might enjoy a happy color mash-up in the rave tent at Glasto, your colleagues won’t take kindly to wearing sunglasses around you.

Play with contrast

Clever color contrasts will show you are fully au fait with the neon trend. At the Trooping of the Color, for example, Queen Elizabeth pinned a purple flower on the brim of her green hat. It was a bold styling flourish that was entirely unexpected of a 90-year-old. Playful unions, such as these, jolt the eye, but highlight your fashion nous – it takes a confident dresser to mess with fluoro.

Queen Elizabeth II at the Trooping of the Colour
Queen Elizabeth II at the Trooping of the Colour CREDIT: REX

Choose one key accessory

A neon cross-body bag instantly brings monotone looks to life, as demonstrated by Dutch blogger Linda Tol, who relies on a tiny Paula Cadematori bag to spruce up navy workwear. Keep bags compact though, the idea is that the accessory will act as a neat punctuation mark on outfits, not take center stage.

Linda Tol

Trainers are an easy, on-the-go option

White plimsolls might be de rigueur, but you have to admit a neon pair of kicks would be incredibly fun to wear. Look for a traditional running shoe – Nike’s popular Roche style comes in a myriad of hues and can be customized – and wear with loose, minimal suiting. Once you’ve grown tired of them, they will look equally fab in the gym.

Gilda Ambrosio
Gilda Ambrosio CREDIT: REX

Neon + pastels can actually work

Bright yellow and pastel pink don’t sound like likely bedfellows, but blogger Susie Bubble shows they can make for a wonderfully feminine duo. The key is not to experiment with such colors in blocks on heavy fabrics. Look for light, fluid garments, like Susie’s laser-cut dress, for a playful look which teases out the colors, rather than shouts about them.

Susie Lau




20 things no man over the age of 40 should ever wear

Getting underneath

By Mark Campbell/The American in Itala

Long before I even understood such things, I remember my mother berating my father because her brother always returned from his business trips with a gift of underwear. “See, he knows what makes a woman feel appreciated, ” my mother would say (sexy was not a word in her vocabulary).

Underwear seemed to me at the time a gift that wasn’t really a gift, more like socks. I should also point out that once my mother learned that her brother was also buying lingerie for another women during his “business trips” she never brought up the subject again.

Recently, my friend Laura headed for Montreal for a medical congress (and a shopping spree). Before leaving, she asked us what we wanted. Sexy underwear was my reply, and gave her the address of the “Chez Priape” store in Montreal’s Gay Village.

She returned to Italy the following week bearing gifts. Clearly her concept of what constituted sexy was miles from mine. While I was thinking a black jock by “Nasty Pig,” she presented us with something in sparkling neon colors that should have died during the Disco era.

Oh, the horror!

I later learned (through exhaustive surveys conducted in my gym locker room) that many men don’t actually buy their own underwear. Underwear purchases go straight from mommy to wife.

There’s always the sports option.

Okay, I get it: it’s one of these weird heterosexual things — though the word “infantalization” does come to mind.

What’s still not clear to me is just what constitutes sexy men’s underwear. At least my friend Chicca was honest. “I don’t know,” she told me. “Boxers? Sip? [Italian for jockey shorts]. Men’s underwear isnot sexy!”

But Christmas is looming. That means many men are likely to find underwear under the tree. With that in mind, here’s a list of considerations for anyone who wants to buy their favorite guy a pair of sexy underpants. I’m no expert, of course, but when did that ever stop anyone?

First, some ground rules. What goes around comes around. If your special guy ever gave you a frying pan or a crate of motor oil as a romantic gift I recommend buying him a five-buck three-pack of blue boxers or Jockeys and consider your Christmas shopping done. You can go home now.

Second: size matters. Underwear is usually sized small, medium and large (S/M/L), but waist size isn’t enough. You need to factor in booty and balls. If you’re not sure if he’s a S/M/L up front or out back, it might be time to do some research.

Third: support. Boxers are cool in the summer and great if you’re eager to increase your sperm count. Other than that, they offer little support. As larger women discovered when they burned their bras in the 1960s, gravity can be a cruel master. While stretch boxers offer greater support, jockey style keeps the boys in place and looking young.

Fourth: quality matters. A classic problem with sexy wear in general is low quality and the use of cheap synthetic materials. Generally speaking avoid self-styled sexy shops and polyester specials. Unless of course “tacky” is his turn-on.

Fifth: comfort rules. While women have been known to torture themselves stilettos, thongs and push up bras, most men won’t tolerate uncomfortable underwear. Just because they’re expensive doesn’t mean they’re comfortable. And if they’re not comfortable, he won’t wear them. I recently bought some Armani briefs with a brand tag at the back that feels like sand paper. How could a top designer put a tag there?

Sixth: style. No matter what marketing labels suggest, no underwear will turn him into something he’s not. Take a look at the kind of guy you have. Is he a classic Hugh Hefner silk boxers kind of guy, or a sporty David Beckham jockey shorts type? Jockstraps are generally suit hard-core types. As a rule fishnet usually doesn’t work unless you want him to look like an octopus fisherman hauling in the day’s catch. Thongs and T-bars may be standard issue for professional ballet dancers and strippers but for the rest of the male population they’re usually in the no-go zone. Which brings me back to the comfort rule. I can’t understand the concept of underpants deliberately designed to give you a wedgy.

Finally, you’re unlikely to go wrong with cool solid colors. In Italy, red underwear is a New Year’s Eve good luck tradition. But you can also go for the colors of his favorite team (the blue and black of the Inter soccer team, say) or a super hero motif (Superman, cartoon characters, the Tasmanian Devil or even camouflage). Steer clear of rubberized iron-on designs and embossed sayings such as, “Home of the Big Banana.” They broadcast insecurity and overcompensation.

Though designers work hard to convince us how to dress, underwear is something more intimate. If you know your partner you’ll probably know what works for him.

Incidentally, the Italian word for underpants is mutande, which literally means, “that which needs to be changed.” So consider clean and fresh as sexy — at least most of the time.