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VOGUE: Luxury couture bridal-wear showcases Indian and Pakistani designers ahead of wedding season

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Sunday 8th January saw a spectacular showcase of the latest bridal, occasion wear and couture collections from the top tier of the Indian and Pakistani design spectrum.

The Aashni + Co exhibition at the Dorchester Hotel in London, included a breath-taking exhibition of the best national and internationally renowned designs from industry leaders including Anamika Khanna, Anushree Reddy, Elan, Gaurav Gupta, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Monisha Jaising, Rimple and Harpreet Narula, Jade and ASAL by Abu Sandeep.

With January historically being the peak time in which summer brides and grooms in the UK browse for and select their wedding attire, the event boasted an elegant showcase of the latest designs from South Asia.

Aashni Anshul Doshi, founder and creative director of the show said: “I think the best part about this event is that it allows people to meet the designers behind their wedding outfits and if they wish to have a bespoke creation. Our show makes that possible and demonstrates that you don’t have to travel to India fosergr the right designer outfit.”

Renowned designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee said: “A lot of people in London were excited to see my latest debut collection with Christian Louboutin for shoes and handbags. I also showcased my very celebrated ‘firdaus collection’ that has done well all over the world. I am very happy to bring this to London.”

Also at the show was Rimple Narula of the label Rimple & Harpreet Narula - they are the designer duo for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next magnum opus, ‘Padmavati’, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapur and Ranveer Singh. Rimple Narula said: “I think London has become pretty much the second largest market, when it compares to India, looking at how fashion savvy Asians are and their overwhelming response which has been really good.”


Celebrities boycott Beverley Hills Hotel

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CALIFORNIA: Protests over Brunei's strict Sharia law penal code outside the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, owned by the Sultan of Brunei

CALIFORNIA: Protests over Brunei's strict Sharia law penal code outside the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, owned by the Sultan of Brunei

Hollywood celebrities have boycotted one of its most famous hotels because of harsh Islamic penal codes introduced by the Brunei government.

The Sultan of Brunei, who owns the Beverly Hills Hotel as well as the world-famous luxury Dorchester hotels chain, announced the first phase of the new penalties at the beginning of May.

Brunei's leader, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, said the initial phase of the new penal code introduces fines or prison terms for offences including indecent behaviour, failure to attend Friday prayers and pregnancies out-of-wedlock.

The second phase which is due to start later this year will cover crimes such as theft and robbery and will involve more stringent penalties such as amputations and flogging.
The most severe punishments, such as death by stoning for offences including sodomy and adultery, will be introduced late next year and will eventually include death by stoning for homosexuality and adultery.

Comedians Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres from the USA are among the celebrities supporting the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

This week Stephen Fry, Sharon Osbourne and Richard Branson said they are boycotting the luxury Dorchester Hotel chain over the owner's ties to the introduction of Sharia law in the Sultanate of Brunei.

The mayor of Beverly Hills, Lili Bosse, had urged the city council to adopt a resolution condemning Brunei's new laws and force the country to sell the hotel and others it owns through the Dorchester Collection chain.
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Several organisations have cancelled events at the hotel, long a gathering place for Hollywood celebrities.

But Christopher Cowdray, the chief executive of the Dorchester Collection chain, said those protesting have ignored local hotels owned by countries with poor human rights records.

"There are other hotel companies in this city that are owned by Saudi Arabia... you know, your shirt probably comes from a country which has human rights issues," Mr Cowdray said, adding a boycott would hurt local employees the most.