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31/10/2015

Not taking the ring off!

Halle Berry continues to wear her wedding band just days after she announced her split from husband of two years, Olivier Martinez.

 

The 49-year-old Extant actress flashed her wide gold ring on her left hand as she walked to a meeting with her agent in LA on Friday.

 

That same day her former French spouse was seen riding his motorcycle on a windy road. Her other ex Gabriel Aubry - who she had daughter Nahla with - was also spotted. The model was at LAX airport.

 

Halle was dressed casually in a grey tank top and jeans with black fringe sandals.

 

Her brunette pal had on sneakers and was wore head to toe black.

 

The day before the X-Men star was more dressed up in heels and a halter top with drop trousers as she headed to a meeting for her charity. She also had the ring on then.

 

Meanwhile, Martinez looked suited up for a long ride.

 

The Unfaithful star had on a black and grey varsity jacket with jeans and brown buckled boots.

 

On his hands were red leather gloves and he had sunglasses on under his black and white checked helmet.

 

His bike appeared vintage and he was rising in a residential neighborhood.

 

Harsh allegation: UsWeekly claimed the Oscar-winning beauty is just as explosive as her French ex. 'They both have major tempers and were locking heads constantly,' a source told the site. 'It’s going to be a very bitter divorce'

 

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On Wednesday he was seen with his wedding band off as he drove his vintage BMW in LA.

 

The former couple have one son together, Maceo, aged two.

 

Aubry, who has been fighting with Halle over child support payments, looked dressed down at LAX. It is not known if he was leaving the city or arriving.

 

The Macy's model had on a light grey shirt and jeans with a baseball cap on backwards.

 

There have been many reports about Halle and Olivier since they announced on Tuesday they were going their separate ways.

 

UsWeekly claimed the Oscar-winning beauty is just as explosive as her French ex.

 

'They both have major tempers and were locking heads constantly,' a source told the site. 'It’s going to be a very bitter divorce.'

 

'It was non-stop fighting towards the end,' an insider said. 'They are two very hot-headed people. Lots of screaming and fighting. It was really bad.'

 

The source then said, 'They both have major tempers and were locking heads constantly.'

 

People reported the Bullfighter star's anger led to the couple's frequent separations and eventual split. 'He had an explosive temper in a way that was profoundly frightening,' a source stated.

 

People alleged the two were having terrible fights. Sources told the site their 'fiery personalities' led to frequent separations.

 

'Oliver comes from a world where he was easily intimidated by her ability to work and that she was the breadwinner. He was emasculated by her beauty and her power, and his temper could erupt,' said the insider.

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29/10/2015

But where's Alice?

It's perhaps not the fashion statement that will make it off the catwalk, as models wearing rabbit masks and ears walked down the runway in demure dresses with intricate detailing at Jakarta Fashion Week.

 

The designs by Bramanta Wijaya, who specialises in bridal wear, paired the white gowns with the animal accessory for an eccentric style that wouldn't look out of place in an Alice In Wonderland novel.

 

Irna Laperle sent models down the runway in white gowns and jackets with matching headscarf

 

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The Indonesian fashion event also showcased fashionable Islamic style and opulent gold tones by other designers.

 

Bramanta Wijaya has been influenced by Alice In Wonderland before for his collections, taking inspiration from the Mirana white castle in the movie.

 

The designer sticks to an icy palette of white for bridal wear in elegant shapes for this year's show, which took place today.

 

Other designers showcasing their work include Monika Jufry, who creates a fashion take on Islamic dress for women, and Irna Laperle, who produced extravagant designs in white tones, while Hannie Hananto showed models in classic Oriental styles.

 

Bramanta specialises in bridal wear which is clear from her minimal styles which she calls simple but 'not plain'.

 

The demure designs were followed by garments with striking pieces by Hannie Hananto in an oriental style with a black and white colour palette.

 

Models sported graphic shapes and kimono-esque jackets, with the only splash of colour a bright yellow in contrast to the monotone.

 

Hannie stuck to sharp styles with head scarves topping off her models' appearances on the runway.

 

Designer Monika Jufry has spoken out previously to say Islamic women can follow their faith as well as be stylish and described her own work as Islamic fashion.

 

Monika said: 'Someone who usually looks sporty doesn’t need to force herself to become feminine just because she wears Islamic dress.'

 

She became a designer by accident with the aim of making wearable clothes for women who follow the religion.

 

Her aqua-toned creations give Islamic women the coverage necessary in their faith while giving them feminine colours and shapes.

 

Irna Laperle sent models down the runway in white gowns and jackets with matching headscarf.

 

The jewelled designs were also accompanied with head-covering scarves and pleated fabric creating a dramatic silhouette.

 

Najua Yanti also created bold-coloured designs with turbans paired with body jewellery.

 

Anniesa Hasibuan, who recently showed at New York Fashion Week, sent models down the catwalk in plenty of gold tones and the opulent theme of the runway was set when a model emerged in a golden crown.

 

One model even wore a headdress which resembled a golden tree.

 

The full-length gowns were traditional but with the metallic tones certainly made a statement.

 

While Anne Avantie went for the most colourful collection, she followed the theme of extravagant glamour.

 

Her designs were bejewelled or created from satin to really pack a punch on the runway.

 

The Indian-style dresses had little in common with the designs of Danny Satriadi.

 

The designer sent models out in deconstructed garments, with their hands and legs covered in fabric cuffs.

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27/10/2015

Can bridal fashionista Berta Balilti turn Israel into the dress-up nation?

By Karen McDonough/JNS.org

 

It’s already known as the “start-up nation.” But can bridal fashionista Berta Balilti turn Israel into the dress-up nation?

 

Balilti, owner of Berta Bridal, presides over an internationally successful business, creating luxurious and glamorous wedding gowns sold worldwide. From her fashion house in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod, she exports gorgeously detailed gowns to boutiques and stores in more than 20 countries. You can feel the love on the company’s social media sites from more than 1.2 million followers—most of them (875,000) on Instagram—who routinely gush over brides from around the globe pictured in her dresses.

 

This isn’t your mother’s wedding dress. Balilti is known for her shapely modern designs with signature daring bare backs, dramatic trains, and intricate lace and tulle.

 

She has certainly found her place in the multi-billion dollar wedding industry—$60 billion a year in the U.S. alone. And with the worldwide appeal of her designs, Balilti’s spot as a high-end wedding gown designer has helped place Israel at the top of bridal haute couture fashion.

 

Click photo to download. Caption: A Berta Bridal dress. Credit: Berta Bridal via Facebook.

 

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“There’s nothing like Berta’s dresses,” said Renata Kukielka, the buyer for L’Fay Bridal in New York City.

 

“She has brought something unique to this market, classic and sexy designs. Brides try her dresses on and most are in disbelief, they feel so gorgeous they don’t want to take them off.”

 

Balilti’s success may have seemed unimaginable just a generation ago. Born in Cairo, Egypt, she emigrated at age 3 with her parents to Israel just prior to 1967’s Six-Day War, which had devastating consequences for Egyptian Jews. Years earlier, some of her family migrated to Paris with the help of the Jewish organization HIAS before coming to America.

 

Though Balilti’s large Jewish family lived there for many generations, Jews weren’t accepted citizens of Egypt, but rather were considered a people without a country. Her maternal grandfather, Mordachai Elgazzar, had owned a jewelry store in Cairo, but life wasn’t easy for Jews. Her family experienced anti-Semitism, bombings, threats, and devastating repercussions from the 1948 war once Israel became a country. With the fall of King Farouk in 1952, Jewish families lost everything. Under Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser, in 1956, the country declared all Jews enemies of the state, ordering thousands to leave. Each person was permitted to take only one suitcase and a sum equivalent to $25, as the government confiscated Jews’ property. When the 1967 war broke out, Egyptian Jewish men were rounded up and sent to prison camps.

 

Once Balilti’s family settled in Israel, her father, after suffering an injury while working on a boat, could no longer work. Every hardship and triumph her parents experienced later played a role in their daughter’s success.

 

From immigrant family to international achievement

 

Growing up in the Holy Land offered Balilti a far different childhood than that of her parents. She found her flair for fashion and dreamed of designing the ultimate dress for a woman’s most important day.

 

After graduating from Ramat Gan’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, she worked during the day as a seamstress, and later, as a junior designer at a ready-to-wear company in Tel Aviv. At night, she sketched and sewed wedding gowns at home, determined to make her dream come true.

 

In 1995, she opened her first bridal salon, La Belle, a small shop where she was the sole designer and had a staff of about 25 people working for her. From the beginning, her business has been closely held, with family members helping out. Her daughter is one of her models.

 

Less than a decade later, in 2004, Balilti expanded—moving her operation into a larger space, turning her boutique into a full-fledged fashion house, and taking on the name Berta Bridal.

 

“We had reached a point in which I felt like the place became too small for my needs, in terms of production and the level of service I expect my team to grant my brides,” Balilti told JNS.org. “Then we decided to move to our new place.”

 

By 2005, the company had 15 retailers, and a year later more than 30 stores were carrying the Israeli-made gowns. A few years later in 2012, when her son-in-law Nir Moscovich joined the team, he took the company international, overseeing its global operations.

 

On her journey to success were encouraging parents who inspired her to never quit pursuing her goals. Their example of persevering even in the toughest circumstances set a lasting foundation for her to build upon.

 

“My parents raised me to believe I can be anything I want, so I just went ahead and chased my dream,” Balilti said. “I didn’t let go until I found my way. My family’s history [in Egypt] wasn’t very positive at the end. But I grew up in a family that always cherished the positive things they had there. I am obviously a proud Israeli, and do not take anything we have here for granted.”

 

When her first major retailer, L’Fay Bridal, placed its initial order, Balilti was on the road to industry respect.

 

“The very first time I saw one of her dresses, it was style #12-32 with long sleeves, [with a deep V-cut] and a sparkling top and I knew it was going to be a big seller,” said L’Fay’s Kukielka, who’s spent 15 years in the bridal business. “The first dress we ordered, the bride put it on and that’s all she wanted and she started crying.”

 

Things took off when her dresses were featured in top fashion magazines, including Vogue and Elle and the bridal magazines Martha StewartWeddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, and Brides, as well as on popular blogs. These days, Berta Bridal is approaching 900,000 followers on Instagram.

 

“Everything happened really fast in the international scene,” she said. “We were constantly getting inquiries from brides and many retailers all over the world who wanted to carry my line.”

 

Today, her gowns are sold at more than 60 retailers in close to two-dozen countries, including in the U.S. department store giants Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Though she has made her dream come true, Balilti isn’t complacent.

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