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Orthodox Black Is The New Black: Welcome To The Fashion World Of Israel

With the help of Italy, Israel enjoyed its first bona fide fashion week in decades, which was a showcase for a unique approach to style inspired by everything from religious vestments to kibbutz clothing to gothic duds.

Black and white inspiration for designers on the streets of Jerusalem (Matthew Wilkinson)
Black and white inspiration for designers on the streets of Jerusalem (Matthew Wilkinson)
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TEL AVIV - In Israel, the gold embroidered coat of the ultra orthodox rabbi Ovadia Yosef can be seen as hyper-trendy, and former Prime Minister Golda Meir can be considered a fashion icon.

Last week Israel hosted its first fashion week since the 1980s, a three-day event in Tel Aviv, in cooperation with Italy. The event actually ruffled a few feathers in France, after Italy's Embassy helped reach an agreement between Israel and the Italian National Chamber of Fashion, which offers the opportunity to Israeli designers to showcase their collection at an upcoming Milan fashion week.

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Firefighters work to put out the fire in a mall hit by a Russian missile strike

Shaun Lavelle, Anna Akage and Emma Albright

Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb after two Russian missiles hit the Armstor shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kramenchuk. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 1,000 people were inside the mall Monday at the time of the attack.

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For the moment, the death toll is at 18 with 36 people missing and at least 59 injured, reported a regional official on Tuesday. The search and rescue operations continue under the rubble.

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