Due to the demand of our fabulous customers, The Manhattan has decided to partake in the HUGE Annual Holiday Bazaar-- our first exhibition in almost 2 years! Come and view our collection of La Mer Collections timepieces, Eddera Headbands, and other beautiful jewelry, accessories and fun casual apparel LIVE & IN FULL COLOR for ONE DAY ONLY! Don't miss this opportunity to shop for lovely Christmas/holiday gifts for that special someone in your life! Feel free to spread the word to all your friends! 1KD entry fee!
 
 
Apple's legendary genius, visionary  & creator of the beautiful Apple gadgets we have all grown to love, has passed away. What a huge loss. May he always rest in peace. ♥
 
 
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The Grapevine is a new blog that posts about events & activities happening around Kuwait. The Manhattan is one of their first & proud new advertisers. Go ahead, take a look & don't forget to follow them on Twitter & FB! :)
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A clutch of hard-working Brits in the fashion, media, and music worlds have won top honors from Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s 2010 New Year Honors List — an annual roster of high-achievers in their respective fields — was published, with figures including veteran fashion designer and outspoken campaigner for Fair Trade cotton Katherine Hamnett and Raymond Kelvin, founder of Ted Baker, both set to receive a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Hamnett said: “I tend to pooh-pooh these kind of things but at the same time it’s frightening how nice it is. It’s seductive. And my friends have been adorable about it. It’s quite funny, I’m respectable at last.”

Footwear designer Beatrix Ong and fashion designer Alice Temperley will each receive an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire, while Wendy Dagworthy, the head of London’s Royal College of Art’s fashion program, and Tanya Sarne, founder of the label Ghost, will each collect an OBE, or Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Mark and Mo Constantine, the founders of Lush Cosmetics, have both received OBEs for their services to the industry.

Other figures to receive honors include author Lady Antonia Fraser, who has been named a Dame, the equivalent of a knighthood, and Annie Lennox, who will pick up her OBE later this year. Lennox said she was “genuinely honoured” to receive an OBE for her work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa. The singer is an Oxfam global ambassador and was inspired by Nelson Mandela to launch the Sing campaign to raise money to prevent the spread of HIV in South Africa. “As somewhat of a renegade, it either means I’ve done something terribly right - or they’ve done something terribly wrong,” she said. “In any case, whatever powers that be have deemed me worthy of such a recognition, I’m getting my fake leopard pillbox hat dusted and ready.” Those honored will receive their medals and congratulations from members of the royal family, including the Queen herself, during separate ceremonies set to take place later this year.
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Princess Hijab, a Parisian artist, adds burqas and hijabs to unsuspecting advertisements in the subway and elsewhere. Although "she" is apparently apolitical, it's hard not to view the work in light of the recent hijab ban.

 
 
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To counter plans by a Florida pastor to burn copies of the Koran, a local peace activist is organizing a silent protest which calls for people to "Wear a Hijab or Kufi" to show tolerance for those of the Muslim faith. Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition member Charell W. Charlie has put together the event, which will be held Saturday afternoon at The Grove.

Charlie will be joined by members of Women in Black-LA and others from a variety of faiths who will don a head covering (hijab, a headscarf, for women and kufi, a skull cap, for men) and walk around the open-air mall in silent protest.

"We are non-Muslims who plan to wear the hijab or kufi on 9/11 as a gesture to American Muslims that they are full citizens of this country and deserve the same rights as the rest of us. We intend to prove to Muslims around the world that people of peace outnumber those who hate," says Charlie. "Let's stand up and stand out to demonstrate that not all Americans are bigots."

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British police officers are getting their panties in a twist over a new dress code banning the wearing of revealing or colorful undies underneath their uniforms while on duty, the Daily Express reports.

The new code affecting officers in England's West Midlands is cracking down on "inconspicuous" underwear that is not of an "appropriate color," according to the paper.

"It's ridiculous," one outraged officer told the Daily Express. "They are basically telling us what underwear to wear to work."

"A couple of sergeants have jokingly been saying there would be spot checks. It's totally outrageous."

"If I wear a pink thong I'm in trouble for exposing myself, but if I wear a nice sensible pair of knickers I'm going to get hauled up for exposing a VPL (visible panty line)," added a female constable.

"I don't know what they expect of me. I'd be better off going commando and not wearing any knickers at all.

"The same goes for male officers. They have been told they should not be showing their boxer shorts to the general public when they are on duty."

A West Midlands Police spokesman told the paper that officers should "adopt a common-sense approach" to their underwear choices.

 
 
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This may come as no surprise to any husband or boyfriend who has had to wait for their partner outside shop changing rooms.

Woman will try on more than 21,000 items of clothing in a lifetime - but will only actually buy half of them, a study revealed today.

On average, women hit the shops four times a month and disappear into the changing rooms with ten tops, pairs of jeans, dresses or shoes on each trip.

That's a total of 40 different items of clothing tried on each month - or a staggering 480 a year.

However, only five of those items make it into to the tills during each shopping trip.

That's just 240 garments a year or 10,560 over a typical shopping lifespan of 45 years.

It also emerged one in two women regularly try clothes on at stores - with absolutely no intention of buying them.

Sue Beck of Lambrini, which carried out the research, said: 'For many women, trying on different clothes is often the best part of a shopping trip.

'Hours are spent in changing rooms with friends trying on weird and wonderful outfits you wouldn't ever dare wear out in public.

It's also an excuse for some of us to try on clothes that are designer and beyond our budget.' 

Celebrity stylist Patrick Swan added: 'Take an entire outfit, right down to footwear into the changing room so you can see and understand how it is meant to work together.

 
 
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It seems despite an increased crackdown on traffickers of counterfeit goods, the business of selling fakes is booming more than ever.

While federal and local governments are more aware of the situation than in years past, counterfeiters have become more savvy about being detected, moving from New York City's infamous Canal Street and Santee Alley in Los Angeles (the sites of many busts) to direct-to-customer sales on the Web, as well as mobile shops that are harder to track, according to WWD.

Most of the fake products are coming from China and the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition estimates that these illegal operations cost oft-imitated luxury companies like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Burberry, Gucci, and others around $250 billion a year in lost sales, which translates to 750,000 lost jobs.

In 2009, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection found $260.7 million worth of counterfeit goods, most of which was footwear ($99.8 million), followed by handbags and wallets ($21.5 million), apparel (also $21.5 million), watches ($15.53 million), and jewelry ($10.5 million), WWD reports.

According to Kris Buckner, a counterfeit investigator interviewed on CNBC's special "Crime Inc.: Counterfeit Goods," the dangerous end result of buying counterfeit goods is unknown to many customers.

"Sales of counterfeit goods have been tied to street gangs and terrorist organizations," he says. "There's a lot of implications from the sales of counterfeit goods that I don't think the general public knows or understands."

Besides explaining these relationships, the CNBC special chronicles the long battle between New Balance and Chinese counterfeiters and even fake Botox treatments that left a Florida couple fighting for their lives.

 
 
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Wow, I was never aware of this!

Keeping Saudi Women Tagged By SMS

Text alerts for men when their female charges leave Saudi alone is the new frontline in the country's technology war

Want to know whether your wife, sister or daughter has left the county? Well, in Saudi Arabia, there's an app for that. Reportedly, male guardians or mahrams in Saudi Arabia are now receiving text message notifications when their female charges leave the country unaccompanied. "iMahram", as some jokingly call it. According to Wajeha al-Huwaider, a Saudi female activist, when she left the kingdom for a holiday with her family, her husband received a text message from the foreign ministry notifying him that she had departed.

"It is sad how Saudis use technology in a way not intended to be used for," she told The Media Line. "In Saudi Arabia, technology brings more restrictions and misery. They use it to have more control over people's lives, especially women."

Although Huwaider is summarily dismissed as an exhibitionist by some Saudi women (mainly for her regular attempts to leave the kingdom without her mahram's permission in order to highlight the limitations of the guardianship system), it is very likely that she was targeted due to her previous activities.

But it is nevertheless an indication that the authorities are becoming more inventive and resourceful with technology. Just as expatriates in the country are tethered to their native sponsors, women are tethered to their guardians, who, no matter how laissez-faire they may be, must still go through the bureaucratic rigmarole of granting permission for their female dependents to leave the country unaccompanied. Even then, the permission has to be renewed regularly. There is little scope for blanket licences from mahrams – ostensibly to ensure that they are not abused.

Read the full story HERE.