(What's with the eye make-up? Doesn't that............defeat the purpose of the cloth coffin?)
Princess Maha al-Sudairi of Saudi Arabia. Her Royal Highness, in Paris, spent $15 million at 30 stores, including $75,000 at a lingerie shop. Her husband, Prince Nayef, interior minister and second-in-line to the Saudi throne, is spreading her petrol wealth in New York.
She bought about $20,000 worth of glassware and silverware -- in sets of up to 100 pieces -- from the gift shop D. King Irwin on West 34th Street, where they're still talking about it. The princess, accompanied by three bodyguards, tried to bargain with manager Jeffrey Dalgliesh to no avail, according to the buzz at Da Tommaso restaurant, and she paid by credit card.
But that's just dish. The real buying spree was far more nefarious. Princess Maha Al-Sudairi is here to buy several fashion and luxury fashion brands headquartered in New York including Tory Burch, Yigal Azrouel, Narcisco Rodriguez, and newcomers Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim.
In 1995, Princess Maha Al-Sudairi, wife of the heir to the Saudi throne, reportedly beat a servant suspected of stealing cash and jewelry in front of deputies providing off-duty security for the princess. The deputies were later disciplined for not stopping the beating, not writing a report about the beating and not investigating a tip that another servant had been beaten.
Saudi Princess eyes investment in American luxury brands
According to sources, the Saudi royal family has been here for several weeks looking to invest in American luxury brands.
Princess Al-Sudairi retained the services of fashion consultant Malcolm Harris to help them invest in or buy several brands headquartered in New York.
The brands included Tory Burch, Yigal Azrouel, Narcisco Rodriguez, and newcomers Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim.
"The idea is to use fashion to bridge the cultural gap," The New York Post quoted Harris as saying.
"There are certain companies that would translate nicely," he added.
Saudi women have a liking for western fashion and prefer wearing them inside their homes.