Monday, September 22, 2014

Regional Faces Make it to the BoF500 List

Online portal Business of Fashion, an essential daily read for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs all over the world, revealed it's yearly BoF 500 list, a professional index of the people shaping the global fashion industry, based on hundreds of nominations received from members of last year’s BoF 500, data analysis and research to unearth names from all corners of the globe.

Of course there were some regular names that made the list last and this year like Anna Wintour, Tommy Ton, and  Dirk Standen (Style.com's editor-in-chief), but as a Middle eastern, I was interested to find out who made the cut from our region, starting with my hometown Kuwait:

  • Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman, Alshaya Group
  • Noor Al Sabah, Fashion Director, AlOthman & Tabiat Fashion Co.  and co-founder of ecru
  • Najla Maatouk, founder of Al Ostoura

UAE:
  • Khalid Al Tayer, CEO of Al Tayer group which owns Harvey Nichols Dubai and Luxury brands such as Balenciaga
  • Patrick Challhoub, CEO of Challhoub group which operates LV, Chanel and Diot
Saudi Arabia:
  • Deena Abduaziz, owner of multi brand boutique DNA
  • Reema Bandar Al Saud, CEO of ALFA International which operations Harvey Nichols Riyadh
  • Sheikh Abdullah Binzagr, President of Rubaiyat which owns the distribution rights for luxury brands such as Bottega Veneta, Kenzo, Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabbana, within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Qatar
  • Ahmad Al Sayad, CEO of Qatar Investment Sovereign Wealth Fund, which oversees some $60 billion worth of investments including Harrods, Tiffany, and LVMH. 
  • Wissam Al Mana, Managing Director of Al Mana Retail Co. which has licenses and franchises for Balenciaga, Giorgio Armani, Hermès, Roberto Cavalli, Dior Homme, Alexander McQueen, Sonia Rykiel and Agent Provocateur. According to the site Wissam is also a shareholder in Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Dubai, Bahrain, Doha AND Kuwait. That means we should expect Saks to open in Kuwait very very soon! 360 Mall maybe? The article also mentioned that "Al Mana is married to Janet Jackson." When was the wedding??!!

Egypt
  • Susan Sabet, Owner of Pashion fashion magazine. taking a mental note to check out the magazine next time I go to the supermarket.

Lebanon, the one with the highest number of names mentioned, ain't that cool?! 

  • Desiree Sadek, Editor-in-Chief Elle Oriental magazine. I must check it out more often, only read it once
  • Elie Saab and Rabih Kayrouz: designers with true talents and dressed many celebrities and royals. I personally favor Rabih Kayrouz's designs and his ability to present us with something new and lust-worthy every season. Not to mention his initiative to nurture young and raw talents through his beirut-based concept store Starch.
  • Razane Jammal, Actress and one of Chanel's brand ambassadors. I haven't heard of her yet but it was interesting to find out about her. Apparently she's co-starring with Laim Neeson in a new movie. We'll wait and see. 
  • Tony Salame, Chariman and CEO of mono-brand store for Zegna and Gucci. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Palestinian Embroidary

I love spotting pieces with middle eastern feel at modern furniture stores. The other day I was browsing The One in the Avenues and noticed a set of pillows covered in traditional patterns used in Palestinian embroidery. My friend, of palestinian origins, once told me that these patterns symbolize good health, hope, prosperity and protection, among other attributes of positive beliefs. Can you just imagine placing these pillows on retro-inspired plain arm chairs and couches? Beautiful. 


Friday, September 19, 2014

Razzle Dazzle Denim

I spotted these eye-catching embellishment in the form of jeweled flowers on two different denim pants the other day, the first was by Pinko at Harvey Nichols Kuwait, and the second by good ol' Zara. Then days later, I spotted Stella McCartney's version of the embellished denim here, which kind of looked like a copy of Tu Es Mon Tresor's. 

I instantly remembered when I first wore my Tu Es Mon Tresor Pearl Embellished Boyfriend Jean, I bought them from Browns Fashion in Dec 2013. There were, still are, my ultimate casual-luxe look. Sometimes I wonder how would a small brand or an emerging designer feel when they see their original designs and creativity being copied by big brands. There's nothing much they can do, too exhausting and time/money consuming to take things to the courts. Besides, in the design and creative filed, be it fashion or art, copyrights barely exist, which is good and bad. Good? So that it won't constrict or limit creativity. Bad? because of the same reason why Pinko, Zara, and Stella did what they did. 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Whatcha Lookin' At... You furry little Fendi Monster

Call me insane but I find these Fendi monster furry heels so cute! They kind of remind me of my favorite characters in Sesame street. I wouldn't go for the style shown in the above photo, but I would definitly go for the pumps below with the yellowish fur details (hearts hearts), of course, they just had to sell out in my size and I couldn't find them online either. What a bummer!! The search is still on though so any leading tips are appreciated. Thanks!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Som'or

I'm one of those people who gets sucked into almost (i repeat almost) anything with Arabic calligraphy, done or designed with classiness and good taste that is. So when I got introduced to Som'or, a Saudi based bracelets brand, I was instantly intrigued. 

The design binds your choice of Arabic initials in a love knot, a symbol of friendship in many cultures. Choose from sterling silver plated in three colours of 18K gold. I've added my new noon ن Arabic alphabet bracelet to my selection of arm party. It makes such a great gift idea and it's only KD55.

Find Som'or in Kuwait exclusively at @walkinclosetq8.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Outfit of the Day

Excuse the toilet #ootd, that was where I found the best light setting to take my photo for this post. I bought this dress last week and I couldn't wait to wear it to a wedding I was invited to! I got it from AlOthman Boutique, still a few pieces left if you're interested. 

The sleeveless bonded crepe dress is by the queen of color-blocking Roksanda Ilincic. It features an asymmetric silhouette with a ruffle peplum and a vertically striped drape overlay. The runway version also featured a stunning golden thick belt, which hasn't arrived to AlOthman yet. I paired it with my DVF round box surrealist clutch, and my faithful go-to platform heels for weddings and parties by Nicholas Kirkwood

I found a similar version of the dress online here, minus the overlay. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Liudmila

Najeeba Hayat is ready to shake things up and claim the spotlight with her brand new footwear brand Liudmila

According to AlOthman's blog, which will be stocking Liudmila Summer 2015 naturally, the brand Liudmila is focused on creating desire and fantasy while respecting a woman’s mobility. All of its heel designs are lower-heeled styles and fall under the 100mm range with the majority of the collection using a 50mm heel. Najeeba's debut collection is inspired by cartoon heroines like Cinderella (check out the black silk flats in the photo below), a Minnie Mouse pump, and mermaid-green exotics. 

What really impressed me about the designer is that she actually studied shoes design for a year, so that's no monkey business, and also the fact that she had her shoes manufactured in the same factory as Louboutin and Manolo. I've heard from a lot of fashion insiders that it's very difficult to find the right place to produce someone's collection in the standards required, because many of the best factories in Italy don't have availability for small productions or emerging talents.  

I've gone through the images featured on AlOthman's blog, and the pink rabbit fur pompom sandals got my highest vote, the navy wedge heels are also very innovative in design. The gladiators look nice in the photo too, I hope their fit is adjustable. 

You can find out more about Liudmila here, you may also contact the designer here. Najeeba will be presenting her debut collection during Milan Fashion Week on 17th September. Best of luck to the talented footwear-designer.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bags for Fall and Beyond

I get asked a lot about which bag to buy this season, or more precisely about the "it" bag of the season. I stopped believing in "it" bags a while ago (I feel like as if a small weight has been lifted off my shoulders!!). Last month as I started de-cluttering my closets in preparation for our move, it hit me hard how gullible I was the past I don't know how many years, in searching and hunting for the "it" bag of the season. I had a closet dedicated for handbags, some I wore maybe twice or three times max!! I started questioning my shopping habits and the desire to be defined by a status bag. I'm not saying that I'll never buy a handbag again, but I don't want to be influenced by the fashion media and get me all worked up about a bag and fight over it..... on the waiting list! It's not worth it. So I decided that If I see a bag that I like, I'll buy it. Not because it was mentioned on the pages of Vogue magazine or some celeb wore it. Besides, we still need to carry our junk around, so we'll always carry bags and clutches. 

That said, I'll share with you some of the bags that I liked this season. From statement oversized clutches and modern backpacks, to fringed totes, and mini hands-free cross bags.  This season there's something for everyone. Here, all the best, chicest bags I want to grab onto. Starting from top, Chanel's fringed bag from Chanel Dallas collection, Tod's two-tone D-cube bag (similar styles here), a mini cross bag by Tod's, Alexander Wang's backpack, Mark Cross vintage-inspired bags (also here), Anya Hindmarch clutch with  leather tassel charm, and surprisingly, West Elm's budget-friendly leather oversized clutches in beautiful colored stripes and polka dots. 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

I Love You Celine

A bouquet of beautiful white roses and a surprise birthday gift from one of my ultimate favorite brands. Celine, oh how I love thee! (hearts hearts hearts). I can't wait to share with you photo of my new love. Stay tuned! 


Friday, September 12, 2014

Tod's Amaze!

Sometimes I keep forgetting that to have a well-built closet, you need a pair (or three!) of comfortable heels in neutral colors. I think the past seasons I've been so into colorful statement shoes that I didn't pay attending to the basics of a wardrobe, every girls needs a pair of black, tan, and chocolate brown shoes. And I found my calling with these chunky block heeled sandals by Tod's in a beautiful shade of chocloatey brown. The heels ensure a comfortable fit, and they can be worn with thick ribbed knit socks for winter or with your bare foot for the summer. I can't wait to wear these with skirts and dresses. 

These heels were spotted at Tod's boutique in Salhiya Complex. 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

The World of Rick Owens

In celebration of 20 years of his ground-breaking fashion label, Selfridges presented an intimate glimpse into designer Rick Owens world. According to my London reporter Maryam Suwailem of Hannayome, the concept pop-up store is so extraordinary. The installation is dark and experimental, and even more so considering the store’s family-oriented Oxford Street location. One item that was really striking is the “tomb bench,” which is a large lounge chair carved out of wood and fitted with antlers. There were also scented candles by Diptyque, and an exclusive capsule collection designed specifically for the The World of Rick Owens at Selfridges.

The World of Rick Owens will be open until Oct. 24, so if you're in London, make sure to you don’t miss out on this unique experience. You can explore the designer's exclusive capsule collection here.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Like a Grecian Goddess

Spotted this gorgeous golden hairband by Jennifer Behr at Harvey Nichols Kuwait the other day. I liked how this Grecian headband is adorned with a vine of gold-tone brass leaves and tiny pearls, now that the weddings seasons have kicked in, I'm thinking of getting it to style my hair with it. I think will work beautifully with loose tresses or a tousled messy updo. 

You can find similar styles here

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Louis Vuitton's Pop Up at Dover Street Market

Having friends who love fashion as much as I do, if not even more, has its perks! They get to report the coolest fashion stories while traveling. My utterly chic and absolutely witty friend Mariam Suwailem of Hannayome, has shared with me these photos of Louis Vuitton's pop-up store at Dover Street Market in London. The aim of the pop-up is to attract the avant-garde shoppers who won't normally go for the typical LV looks. So LV introduced a more  directional edit of pieces designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere, alongside key runway accessories from bags and shoes to jewelry and sunglasses. From the photos sent to me by Mariam, I'm loving the golden necklace and the multi-strap ankle boots.

The pop-up will run until 14 October, make sure to pass by if you're in London town.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Different Kind of Hervé Léger Edit Has Landed on THE OUTNET.COM!

TheOutnet.com's latest edit of Hervé Léger styles has arrived! The brand became famous in the 1980s for their form-fitting bandage dresses and their body-con styles have remained an A-list favorite ever since. Expect signature dresses, fit and flare skirts and sleek pants, all at up to 65% off.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Like Fine China

These Charlotte Olympia porcelain vase pumps are the kinds of shoes that make you stop in your tracks and admire! How insanely beautiful are they?!! I'd say, irreplaceable.... a collectible... just like fiiiiiiiine china. I spotted the Chinoiserie pupms at Boutique 4 the other day. Actually the entire collection on display stopped me dead in my tracks, in a good way! The small bag shaped as a chinese noodles takeaway box is stunning! I'm very happy that Boutique 4 actually got this collection and was daring with their buys. Definitely on top of my wish list for the new season. Even though I know for a fact I'll end up wearing it once or twice... and in graceful pain. 


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