• Beauty pageant

    (From left) Miss India Koyal Rana, Miss Kenya, Idah Nguma, Miss Brazil, Julia Gama, Miss Indonesia Maria Asteria Sastrayu Rahajeng, and Miss Malaysia, Dewi Liana Seriestha, celebrate, after winning the charity section of the Miss World competition, at the ExCel centre in London, on Sunday. (AP/Alastair Grant)

  • Falconry competition

    An Emirati man sits with his falcon during a falconry competition, part of the 2014 International Festival of Falconry in Hameem, 150km west of Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

  • US company introduces odor-eating toilet seat

    Blow out the scented candle and ditch the aerosol spray can.

  • Selfie time

    Finalists of the 2014 World Muslimah Awards Siti Fathimah Junyanti (left) of Indonesia, Tarannum Tasmine (center) of Bangladesh and Lulu Susanti (right) of Indonesia have a picture together during a tour at the Borobudur temple complex, Indonesia's ancient Buddhist temple built between the 8th and 9th century in Magelang, Central Java on Monday. Indonesia hosted the 4th Muslim Beauty Pageant called World Muslimah Awards. About 25 finalists from around the world compete in the final round of the World Muslimah Awards, exclusively for Muslim women in Yogyakarta on November 13-21. (AFP/Adek Berry)

  • Jakarta Fashion Week

    Models show creations designed by Yogie Pratama during the Jakarta Fashion Week in Jakarta on Monday. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

  • Muslim hijabi hipsters fusing fashion with faith

    Fashion-conscious Muslim women from Kuala Lampur to Los Angeles who wear the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, have had to get creative.

  • Paris Fashion Week

    Models wear creations as part of Chloe's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection, presented in Paris, France, on Sunday. (AP/Thibault Camus)

  • Kashkha’s colorful celebration

    The festive season is certainly a colorful time.

    Dubai-based women’s Muslim fashion line Kashkha just launched a new collection that promises to lift the spirits for the festive season.

  • Ramadhan Delight: The Royal Moment

    The designers -- Dian Pelangi, Nur Zahra, Jenahara, Etu and Norma Moi -- are all members of Indonesia Fashion Forward (IFF), a program under Jakarta Fashion Week where designers attend fashion training for a year to prepare themselves to enter the international market.

  • Marga Alam: The magic touch of butterflies

    After more than 20 years, Marga Alam, best known for his masterful interpretations of traditional kebaya women’s blouses, recently held his first solo show at the Grand Ballroom in the Mulia Hotel in Jakarta.

  • Biyan: A flowery world

    The beauty of chrysanthemums has inspired fashion icon Biyan Wanaatmadja in his 100 Spring/Summer 2015 women’s wear collection.

  • Redefining Javanese batik & Sumatran ‘songket’

    At the show, Poppy’s work did the talking. Without the spectacular lighting or blaring music that accompanies most fashion shows, she opened the event with her well-kept standard of elegance.

  • Woven Cloth: Ikat’s new DNA

    Cita Tenun Indonesia, an association focusing on developing the country’s textile collection, is exhibiting the least-known motifs of ikat woven cloth from seven regions in the country.

  • Batik with crystal touch

    Simple and modern batik designs from Batik Keris blend elegantly with Swarovski’s crystals — an increasingly popular fashion item due to their close resemblance to diamonds.

  • Denim code for hairstyle

    As jeans are one of the most widely worn items all over the world, denim has evolved over time.

    First designed as work pants for gold miners of the 1849 California gold rush, denim has now become a must-have fashion item for everyone.

  • Urban Chat: Let’s convict predators – and protect ourselves, too

    I was basking in post-holiday bliss when I stumbled onto the news of the alleged sexually molested kindergartner.

  • Urban Chat: Looking back, and moving forward, in vintage we trust

    I can’t remember exactly when I started taking interest, perhaps during my teenage years in Manado, North Sulawesi when Mom began collecting vintage chinaware from the Dutch colonial time, but I realized it was the years overseas that nurtured my penchant for vintage objects. Most probably because, instead of dusty and dirty like here, the flea markets overseas are clean and chic.

  • Fashion without borders

    A disabled model displays a creation by BezGraniz Couture, Fashion Without Borders at the Fashion Week in Moscow, Russia, on Monday. (AP/Ivan Prokhorov)

  • Style with a conscience

    Green is the new black. Eco-fashion is not just another a trend that will lose its appeal in the next season, it’s a movement.

  • Urban Chat: How MH370 shows how much we still have to learn

    I was very young, but the memory remains.

    When Tampomas II sank, one of Indonesia’s worst maritime accidents, Mom carefully explained the basics of the event before sternly forbidding me to mention it in my Balinese dancing class. Capt. A Rivai, who bravely rescued passengers before going down with the ship himself, had a daughter in the class, and Mrs. Rivai hadn’t figured out how to tell her.

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