Giambattista Valli dazzles Barcelona during the Bridal Night

BARCELONA, Spain, April 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The most exclusive fashion show of the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week charmed over 450 guests last night who enjoyed a unique show in the historic building of the Llotja de Mar. The Maison Giambattista Valli exclusively celebrated the runway debut of its bridal collection during the Bridal Night, the gala evening of the event organized by Fira de Barcelona with the support of the Catalan Ministry of Business and Labor.

In an extraordinary show, Giambattista Valli’s 30 creations shone with their own light. It was a culmination of silhouettes, representing a comprehensive exhibition of Mr. Valli’s concept of contemporary bridal dressing, inviting his audience to witness the manifestation of his vision, translated into a presentation that embodies the essence of individuality, sharing a dream and a celebration and love.

The fashion show featured ten dresses from the third “Love Collection,” ten iconic silhouettes from the first and second “Love Collections” and ten Haute Couture creations, inspiring the magnificence and the savoir-faire of the Ateliers, stepping away from classic wedding rituals and focusing on the significance of the emotions of the “moment” and the joys of celebrations. Infused with the Maison’s idyllic aesthetic and excellence, Valli’s dresses stood out with a contemporary edge, whether through clean lines, unforgettable volumes or unexpected details inspired by the personalities of an imaginary new group – Mr. Valli’s friends. This blend of classic and modern appeals to many brides worldwide looking for a unique wedding gown, in pure Valli style and tied to their own personal storytelling.

The prestigious designer was delighted after the show and said that, “I chose Barcelona and Bridal Fashion Week for the debut of my Love Collection 3 because it is an event that attracts a diverse audience of fashion enthusiasts, designers, buyers and media from all over the world, and provides me with maximum global visibility and opportunities for success.” He added, “In addition, Barcelona’s romantic and cosmopolitan atmosphere matches perfectly with the theme of my collection, which celebrates love and romance.”

The Barcelona Bridal Night had a luxurious audience and front row, including it-girl, model and international fashion icon Olivia Palermo, model and countess Lara Cosima Henckel von Donnersmarck, stylist and designer Pelayo Diaz, actress Hiba Abouk, actress and model Blanca Romero, model Marco Llorente, and TV hostess and actress Marta Torné, among other personalities.

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Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed attends launch of ‘Medeem’ initiative

ABU DHABI: H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Court for Development and Martyrs Families affairs, has attended the launch of the Medeem initiative.

Developed by the Department of Community Development (DCD), the initiative aims to support UAE Nationals to adopt and preserve Emirati values, while providing services to support in the planning of affordable weddings and preparations for married life.

H.H. praised the ongoing efforts by DCD to provide guidance and support for UAE Nationals, facilitating the development of happy and healthy families that contribute to building a cohesive society in line with the Abu Dhabi Family Wellbeing Strategy.

Specifically designed for citizens of Abu Dhabi, Medeem provides guidance and support to ensure that every marriage is built on solid foundations. In so doing, the initiative hopes to facilitate happy and healthy families that contribute to a strong and stable society.

Spanning a wide variety of qualitative projec
ts aimed at young people for those about to marry, families, parents, and businesses and professionals in the wedding industry, Medeem is one of the key initiatives that supports the aims of the Abu Dhabi Strategy for Quality of Family Life.

Medeem consists of four main pillars: Medeem Center for Family Flourishing, the Medeem Benefits Program, the Medeem Digital Platform and the Medeem Wedding Model.

The Medeem Center for Family Flourishing is providing further ways for Medeem to achieve its goals. It will provide an array of services and programmes for those who are about to marry and emerging families who are progressing through their journey together. Set to launch during the second quarter of 2024, innovative family guidance, family mediation, and post-divorce counseling services will all be delivered by specialised and qualified staff in the fields of marital relations and family and psychological counselling.

The Medeem Center for Family Flourishing particularly supports betrothed couples during the
pre-wedding phase. The pillar guides couples through all psychological, social, and financial steps involved with marriage, and provides them with advice on how to properly establish their joint married life, form cohesive families, and practice positive parenting with the aim of raising morally guided children who actively contribute to the local community.

The Medeem Benefits Program offers a package of special offers and exclusive discounts for those who are about to get married.

The Medeem Digital Platform presents a wide choice of services and educational materials for young couples who are about to get married and are looking to securely establish their joint marital life. The platform also helps newlyweds comprehensively plan how to form cohesive families and raise children who contribute to building and developing society.

The third pillar of the initiative is the Medeem Wedding Model for Women’s Weddings. Inspired by the local Emirati community and created in cooperation with more than 25 partners
from the public and private sectors, the reimagined model for female weddings invites up to five families to come together and collectively share in the joys of the wedding experience over several days. Delivered under stringent sustainability standards and using innovative waste-reduction methods, the model is designed to have a positive impact on the environment. As the total cost is split equally between each couple, it’s also an extremely economical wedding solution that reduces the financial strain placed on citizens, and encourages the formation of lasting and blessed marriages.

Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development (DCD), emphasised that His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, is passionate about providing a high quality of life for all his citizens, and investing in human beings, the real wealth of the nation, and the key to its comprehensive and sustainable development.

He added that this initiative reflected the approach ado
pted by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who believed in the importance of helping young people build families. Medeem’s ambition to facilitate marriages and reduce the costs and burdens of weddings reflects his vision and emphasises the importance of sustaining the authentic values of Emirati culture.

He appreciated the great efforts made by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and Mother of the Nation, in order to support the country’s youth, enhance the stability and growth of the Emirati family, and create a healthy family environment that provides care, proper upbringing of children, and consolidating the stability and prosperity of society.

The Medeem initiative was inspired by the wise words of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who once said: “Since the dawn of our national endeavours, we have persistently strived to s
hape an environment that supports family stability and underscores the indispensable role of families in our societal fabric and national identity.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

Harvesting operations began in irrigation circles in the large farms of the manmade river Water project.

Tripoli: Harvesting operations began today, Friday, in the pivot irrigation circles in the large farms project, at the Manmade River Water Investment Authority, in the central Sirt region.

Head of management committee of the authority, Shuaib bin Sharada, explained to LANA correspondent in Sirt, that the start of the harvesting operations for this year was attended by members of the management committee, and the director of the office of Sirt housing and utilities project implementation agency, Kamal Suleiman.

The implementation of the process for the 19-hectare project is supervised by a number of engineers and technicians from the Agricultural Production and Investment Department of the Manmade River Water Investment Authority, in the Central Region.

Source: Libyan News Agency

LRC of Sabratha: a dead body was found by the seashore.

Tripoli: The Libyan Red Crescent Society, Sabratha branch, announced that it had found a dead body by the seashore.

The LRC confirmed in a post on its official page, that it had received a report from the city’s security authorities stating that there was a body on the seashore, so the association’s ambulance and emergency team went to the spot and recovered it and transferred it to the hospital to complete the rest of the legal procedures.

Source: Libyan News Agency

After an 18-hour siege – reports of martyrs, including the commander of the Tulkarm Battalion, shot by the occupation

The commander of the Tulkarm Battalion in the Al-Quds Brigades and one of its founders, Muhammad Jaber ‘Abu Shuja,’ was martyred after the occupation forces besieged the Nour Shams camp in Tulkarm for more than 18 hours.

On Friday evening, the Ministry of Health announced that a child had been killed by Israeli occupation forces’ bullets in Tulkarm camp.

The Ministry of Health said that the child Qais Fathi Nasrallah (16 years old) arrived at Tulkarm Governmental Hospital as a martyr after being hit by live bullets during the Israeli occupation forces’ storming of Tulkarm camp.

Reports from Nour Shams camp, east of Tulkarm, reported that a number of young men were killed by Israeli occupation bullets.

Local sources inside the camp said that special forces stormed one of the citizens’ homes in the Al-Iyada neighborhood in the camp, and eliminated 4 young men who were barricading themselves inside.

She added that until this moment the identity of the martyrs has not been confirmed, due to the occupation’s
detention of their bodies and the prevention of ambulances and medical teams from entering the camp and reaching them.

The young man Salim Faisal Ghannam (30 years old) was martyred earlier today, and his body is still lying inside one of the camp’s houses. He is the brother of the martyrs Amer and Ahmed Ghannam, who were killed during the widespread occupation aggression against the camp on the nineteenth of October 2023.

The occupation forces continue to impose a tight siege on Nour Shams camp, preventing ambulance crews from reaching the wounded

Source: Maan News Agency

Over 14,000 Palestinian Children Killed in Israeli Aggression on Gaza, UNICEF Announces

The number of children who have been killed in the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has surpassed 14,000, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

“Current reports indicate that more than 14,000 boys and girls have been killed in Gaza,” UNICEF spokesman James Elder said in a post on X.

“Perhaps we should say it slowly: Fourteen thousand,” adding, “Perhaps we should do something, and it is certainly not a military attack in Rafah,” and called for an “immediate ceasefire” in the Strip, Elder added.

He called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, emphasizing that the figures of casualties do not reveal the real magnitude of the catastrophe that was inflicted upon the Palestinians, particularly children and women, especially that the victims and missing are still underneath the rubble, something strongly suggests that death toll is far more than the figures being announced by the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Source: Qatar News Agency