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Womenswear brand Guli is a newcomer to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this season, and while you may not have heard of the label, the designer comes from a well-known political family. Or shall we say, infamous:
Gulnara Karimova is the designer of Guli, a line of clothing that uses traditional fabrics from Uzbekistan, the same country that's been ruled by her father, Islam Karimov, since 1990. Karimov—who's been called one of the world's worst dictators on more than one occasion—has been accused over the years of the systematic torture of the population (including boiling people alive), censoring the press, and holding rigged elections designed to keep him and his friends maintain power.· The dictator's daughter who's showing at fashion week [Gawker]