Bella Hadid By Txema Yeste Covers Relaunch Of Vogue Greece, Thaleia Karafyllidou As Editor-In-Chief

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Condé Nast International has relaunched Vogue Greece with Thaleia Karafyllidou, as Editor-in-Chief  and the youngest person to ever head a major international magazine. Thaleia, who is mainly known from her career at Greece’s daily newspaper Kathimerini, wants “to create a multimedia brand – not just a magazine, but a social force with a lot of conferences and events.” Given Greece’s historical relevance and her youthful vision, the opportunity is clearly there.

Supermodel Bella Hadid covers the first issue of the reborn Vogue Greece in images by Txema Yeste.

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“Dear Vogue Greece, welcome back again,” Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief since 1988, wrote in the Greek comeback edition titled “Eyes on the future” .

“Your return after years of absence fills us with joy. Greece faced problems and lived dramatic moments, I can only imagine how tough it was. However, the signs of recovery are now visible, even here in America.”

Vogue Hellas was originally published by Lyberis, who went bankrupt in 2012 as Greece’s unemployment rate surged to 28 percent. The country’s economy is hardly in full recovery mode, but Reuters writes that Greece’s economic plans are on track. “Greece’s recovery after a lengthy recession that shrank its economy by a quarter remains on track. Last year, the economy expanded by 1.9 percent while unemployment has come down to 18 percent. “

Bella Hadid shared a preview of her editorial on Twitter.

Bella Hadid by Txema Yeste for Vogue Greece April 2019 return to publishing issue.

Bella Hadid by Txema Yeste for Vogue Greece April 2019 return to publishing issue.

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George Clooney Calls For Dorchester Hotels Boycott Over Brunei's Sharia Law Stoning Of Gays + Adulterers

George Clooney has extended his call for a boycott of Hollywood’s Beverly Hills Hotel and Bel-Air Hotel to include all world’famous hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, over imposition of Sharia law and death by stoning for homosexual activity and adultery.

George Clooney has extended his call for a boycott of Hollywood’s Beverly Hills Hotel and Bel-Air Hotel to include all world’famous hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, over imposition of Sharia law and death by stoning for homosexual activity and adultery.

The Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah announced in 2014 that he was installing Sharia law in his tiny South Asian nation. A general list of ‘criminal behavior’ under Sharia law includes absence from Friday prayer services; becoming pregnant out of wedlock; wearing indecent clothing, and for women, refusal to wear a hijab; employing a non-Muslim baby sitter; the use of the word “Allah” by Christians and the discussion of faith by any non-Muslims; publicly eating or drinking during Ramadan; theft; homosexuality; and adultery. Punishment includes fines, jail, amputation of limbs, public flogging and death by stoning.

In May 2014, celebrities including Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne, Richard Branson and Clive Davis united in a boycott against the world-famous Beverly Hills Hotel, one of multiple luxury hotels held by the Brunei Investment Agency under the umbrella of Dorchester Collection. The Brunei Investment Agency is owned by Sultan Hassanai Bolkiah, whose personal wealth is estimated at $20 billion, writes Forbes.

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Clooney reminds us that the 5th richest nation in the world hasn’t had an election since 1962. The rollout of Brunei’s Sharia death penalty for homosexuality and adultery will be implemented on April 3, prompting George Clooney to call for a boycott of these Dorchester Hotels:

  • The Dorchester, London

  • 45 Park Lane, London

  • Coworth Park, UK

  • The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills

  • Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

  • Le Meurice, Paris

  • Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

  • Hotel Eden, Rome

  • Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

"Every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens," said Clooney.

According to Mintel, research shows that 76% of U.S. consumers will refuse to support a company with beliefs different from their own, and 56% will stop buying from brands they believe to be unethical.

Plaza Athénée Hotel, Paris

Plaza Athénée Hotel, Paris

Clooney’s Friday Deadline post addressed the 2014 boycott of the world-famous LA hotels, writing “like all good intentions when the white heat of outrage moves on to the hundred other reasons to be outraged, the focus dies down and slowly these hotels get back to the business of business. And the Brunei Investment Agency counts on that. “

We can expect news of the boycott to increase with new voices being added. Elton John tweeted Sunday morning “I commend my friend, #GeorgeClooney, for taking a stand against the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry taking place in the nation of #Brunei -- a place where gay people are brutalized, or worse -- by boycotting the Sultan’s hotels,"

The Dorchester Hotel, London

The Dorchester Hotel, London

“Theory states that Allah’s law is cruel and unfair,” said Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, “but Allah himself has said that his law is indeed fair.”

Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah in 2014.

Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah in 2014.

“Theory states that Allah’s law is cruel and unfair,” said Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, “but Allah himself has said that his law is indeed fair.”

In revolutionary set of research findings about “big gods” released in March 2019, scientists argue that complex societies gave rise to the spiritual existence of “big gods’, and not the opposite as, hard-linger Jews, Christians, Muslims and other world religions have argued. The new research comes to mind reading the quote about Allah by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.


Tom Ford Becomes Chairman of Council of Fashion Designers of America

Designer Tom Ford will become the new Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America . He succeeds Diane von Furstenberg, who has headed the organization for 13 years.

Designer Tom Ford will become the new Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America . He succeeds Diane von Furstenberg, who has headed the organization for 13 years.

The award-winning fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer Tom Ford will succeed current Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg effective June 2019, writes the CFDA.

The Texas-born designer introduced a heady combination of glamour and sensual desire into American fashion.. Ford eagerly embraced smart women with sex appeal believing that women could be both. From the website:

American born Ford began his career as a design assistant for CFDA Member Cathy Hardwick, and joined the CFDA in 2000. He has won a total of seven CFDA Fashion Awards: Menswear Designer of the Year (2015, 2008), Womenswear Designer of the Year (2001), Accessory Designer of the Year (2002), Board of Director’s Tribute (2004), International Designer of the Year (1995), and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

In April 2005, Ford created his eponymous luxury brand, beginning with menswear. Today, the TOM FORD brand offers a complete collection of Menswear, as well as Womenswear, Accessories, Eyewear, Beauty and most recently underwear and timepieces. Ford was previously the Creative Director of Gucci Group, where he designed for luxury houses Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent until 2004.

Current Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Diane von Furstenberg and incoming Chairman Tom Ford.

Current Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Diane von Furstenberg and incoming Chairman Tom Ford.