Monday, September 29, 2014

Palmer//Harding Just Hit BLAQ Concept Store

So what does a Palmer//Harding hard-core fan do when she gets an SMS from BLAQ Concept about its new arrivals?!! Drop everything and run to Palmer//Harding before it sells out!!! 

Palmer//Harding must get an award for the most innovative and simply the most beautiful button-down white shirts. They have this unique way of transforming a classic wardrobe staple into an uber-chic most-wanted item. I couldn't settle for one piece, I bought one for now, but I'm planning for another visit this week to get another top, which I think would be a true-investment (the usual excuse). You can easily pair Palmer//Harding's tops with leather trousers and stilettos for a hint of rock chic, or dress it up a notch with either their textured and fringed pencil skirt or dressy cropped tuxedo pants. 

The store's selection included also skirts, and one party dress for those who love to look marvelous in monochrome. Check out their hard-to-find selection now before they sell out. 


The textured detail on the skirt combined with thick fringes makes this skirt THE trophy piece for any fashion-loving wardrobe.  

 Neoprene sweater with draped chiffon-like layers.

I can just imagine at least 3 ways to dress up and dress down this unique Palmer//Harding piece! Heart! 

Palmer//Harding fringed button-down shirt in neoprene paired with frame ripped jeans, also available at BLAQ concept store.

Whoever said white shirts are boring, must have a look at this one also by Palmer//Harding. On one side you have three draped layers of cotton fabric, giving a feel of a cape on the back. 


Check out the cape-like detail I'm lusting over right now!! 

In love with there western-style pointy pumps by Toga. They come with a detachable buckle-fastening harness strap, not seen here but would look perfect with suede fringed skirt to add to its tough-luxe appeal. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The One that Got Away...

You know that feeling when you keep postponing buying something you really like in hopes of getting it at a better price during sale, because it has been sitting there for months, and just a day before the sale it magically disappears?? Yup… that's what happened to me when I first saw Proenza Schouler's PS Courier leather backpack at Harvey Nichols Kuwait months ago. What a bummer! It was sold for more than half the original price and I missed this golden opportunity. Oh well… must find an alternative. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Return of Pointy Pumps

I'm ecstatic that the classic pointy toe stiletto pump are making a comeback, thanks to Christian Louboutin and Gianvito Rossi. To me they're the ultimate shoes to have. Yes they're super uncomfortable, but only a pair of pointy pumps would make me look like a lost 5 kilos! I know what you're thinking, the pointy pumps never really go out of style, true but to me it felt like they have been lingering in the background for quite sometime. 

I spotted these classy multi-neutral colored pumps at Christian Louboutin boutique in Salhiya the other day and I loved how feminine yet young they looks. Not the granny type of pumps. Still contemplating whether to get them or not, I haven't bought a pair of Christian Louboutin heels for quite sometime, for the exaction of they summer fringed sandals, I haven't found a style that I really liked. So let's see what the new season has for us….

Friday, September 26, 2014

Run Nike Run

The only time I get motivated the most to work out is when I buy a new pair of sneakers. So these Nike's will be my new motivation to hit the gym. Spotted them at Harvey Nichols Kuwait. My motivation level these days require a new pair of sneakers every week. 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Net-a-Porter's Fashion Week Survival Kit

A few weeks ago Net-a-Porter surprised me with one of the most beautiful and thoughtful gifts, Fashion Week Survival Kit. They have even customized the cover of the box with my initials! Ain't that sweet?! The many reasons why I love Net-a-Porter! Siiiiiigh.

The kit included empty bottles to fill in with your beauty products, Paris and New York City Guides, name tags for suitcases, notebook for sketching and taking notes, mints, sewing kit, and other knick-knacks.

Thank you  Net-a-Porter for making my day! xoxo


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Go West (Elm)... Life is chicer there

Kuwait is a small market, so it's no surprise to find at least 3 of your relatives or friends owning that same IKEA or West Elm item. Does it bother me? Not really, because a) everyone is styling or displaying it differently, and b) mass production means better deals for us, the hard working class. As I mentioned in my previous posts, we have just recently moved, which means some home improvements and revamping were required. So a visit to West Elm was on top of my "To-do" list. There's more than meets the eye at West Elm. It has a sleek design that's appealing, the display is very creative, and the kitchenware and outdoor accessories are just simple yet very pretty. It's definitely the higher end of IKEA. Here are some of the items I lusted after…. My favorite has to be this puff chair shown in the photo below, it feels like its inspired by vintage Moroccan wedding blankets. Love it! 

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. 


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