Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jenny and her Twins Model for Gucci

Every time I walk by this Gucci ad on 69th and Broadway with Jennifer Lopez and her twin babies I always have to stop and admire how beautifully done it is. Jennifer Lopez is nothing but stunning and GOD what good genes these kids have because they look so adorable. It seems that Jennifer Lopez looks even better AFTER having kids than before. Is that possible?!
Her twins Max and Emme are sporting pieces from Gucci's Spring 2011 children's line and I can't get over the fact that they are better dressed than I am. But that's what you get when your mother is a superstar I guess. Yay for rich beautiful mothers with rich beautiful kids!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

OTT: Keeping it Funky Fresh in Dubai

Think color. Think funk. Think flashy. Think OTT. The UAE based Bespoke caftan brand OTT is for that eccentric girl that is willing to play with color and have fun with her fashion. OTT is designed by an Emirati designer who chooses to remain anonymous, adding mystery to the label. His designs speak for themselves though and OTT perfectly showcases the over-the-top and funky fabulousness that is Dubai. The brand is a blend of retro inspired caftans given flare with splashes of color, modern cuts, and amazing details. As soon as I saw one of these caftans I fell in love. The designs are so playful and definitely remind me of the glamorous Dubai girl that I so adore. Keep up with OTT through his blog here.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Jeremy Scott x Linda Farrow Cafgar Sunglasses

Jeremy Scott teams up with Linda Farrow to produce these ancient Roman inspired Cafgar Sunglasses. The sides are flanked by gold olive branches and the front gives a more modern twist to 80's style sunglasses. If I don't see cool Pharrell-types wearing these on the streets of NYC, I'll be sad. They're available at RSVP Gallery.

Look of the Week: The Cocktail Party

After much thought and a whole lot of patience, I'm proud to announce a new aspect of this blog. It is one thing to see collections from different designers and another to actually put together a great look using pieces from different collections. I've therefore decided to do the hard work for you. Each week (if my laziness doesn't get the better of me) I will make a fashion collage/moodboard showcasing designs from mostly Middle Eastern designers paired with elements from other Middle Eastern designers to produce a complete outfit. Each collage will have a theme and the names of the designers along with a brief description of the designer and the products will be put under the collage.
This week's theme is my favorite: the cocktail party!

Dress- BODYAMR Four Ways Dress
Clutch- Dareen Hakim
Shoes- Azzedine Alaia

BODYAMR is the London based label of Omani-born Amr Ali, who launched BODYAMR in 2005. He designs beautiful womenswear and his collections are not new to London's Fashion Week.
Dareen Hakim is the Beirut-born, U.S. based designer behind the line of handbags that bears her name. The Arabic calligraphy and dramatic hues of her bags represent her Lebanese upbringing
Azzedine Alaia is the Tunisian-born courtier and shoe designer whose designs are world renown. His shoes and clothing designs have been worn by the world's most famous personalities including Michelle Obama and others.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kage Cinema Collection

Kage, a womenswear brand created by childhood friends Arwa Abdelhadi and Basma Abu Ghazaleh has produced yet another great collection after their successful launch in 2009. Based in Dubai, the designers describe their new Cinema Collection as a tribute to the style iconettes of the 1950s and 60s with a modern twist. The pair have matured in their designs but the collection still remains playful and fun. The structured tops with shoulder embellishing are particularly pleasing. I am also a fan of the boyfriend-like button down shirts that are given a feminine touch with beautifully done black cuffs. Kage puts a spin on the Little Black Dress (LBD) by creating their own version, entitled the Little Kage Dress. The collection keeps it simple and does not go overboard in details which is refreshing. I am also quite a fan of the ad campaign used for this collection. The images are flirtatious, sexy and sassy. Well done Kage and congratulations on your newest collection! The label can be found all over the Middle East including Boutique 1 in Dubai, Kitsch and Cream in Beirut, and Closet Candy in Kuwait.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mjölk Homme Spring/Summer 2011

I'm in love with the designs of Danish designer Lars Stoten who designs under the menswear label Mjölk.
For his Spring/Summer 2011 collection, he keeps the designs simple and clean cut but the creativity shows in the detail of the cut. I love his oversized shirts paired with more fitted pieces. I love his color choice as well because he effortlessly pairs muted colors with more vibrant ones. And I adore the sandals as they are hand cobbled. His work is genius and he recently just moved his work from Melbourne to New York. Check him out here: Mjolk

Look du Jour

I love the structure and details of this jacket by Lebanese-born designer Dima Ayad. Check out her whole collection at S*uce boutique in Dubai or Cream in Beirut.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Song of the Day/Week/Month: Kentphonik- Hiya Kaya (Rocco Deep Mix)

Here's a nice loungy and deep house number that I've been humming for the past week. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Abed Mahfouz: Couture Fall/Winter 2010-2011

Hats off to another great Lebanese designer! Lebanon native Abed Mahfouz, like many other Middle Eastern designers started off his career as a child surrounded by a family of tailors. He quickly learned from his sister how to design clothes and then began to expand into his own beautiful style of designing. We can see the payoff today in his Couture Fall/Winter 2010-2011 collection. The collection is diverse in style and color but cohesive in theme. The almost metallic-like look of some pieces is offset by the more free flowing and softer silhouettes of others. The attention to detail in the pleated pattern of the pieces is amazing as well. Each piece can be seen as a variation on that pleated theme. The juxtaposition of rigidly pleated pieces that are fashioned into a certain shape and the cascading drapery in other pieces that use softer fabric is perfect.

Mahfouz is not new to the international fashion game and has shown yearly at the fashion shows of Rome and recently showed at New York fashion week. Hopefully we'll see more of him around the world.
Here are some favorites from his Couture Fall/Winter 2010-2011 collection: 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Achraf Amiri: Illustrator of the Underbelly

In the Bio section of his blog, Achraf Amiri states "I am the hidden son of the Addams family." Looking at his haunting illustrations, one gets the feeling that he's right. The Belgian artist does not shy away from controversial themes and his not so subtle artistic critique of pop culture, fashion and other aspects of society are refreshing. 

The 22 year old up and coming artist studied graphic design at Saint-Lukas University in Brussels. His illustrations however show a more unique and creative character. Amiri says he draws mostly from fashion but also from Art Nouveau, and old Flemish paintings. I absolutely love the dark humor behind his illustrations. 

Following are a few favorites from his blog which can be viewed here

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