Friday, July 31, 2009

Net-A-Porter Officially Speaks Arabic

The continuously innovative luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter now has it's own dedicated landing page for the Middle East. It caters entirely to Arab speaking fashionistas. The Arabic site offers information about how to shop online, payments, sizes, returns & refunds, taxes & fees, and an intro about Net-a-Porter. The rest of the shopping categories are still in English for the time being. Smart Net-a-Porterians!

H&M is Now Open at Souq Sharq‏

Calling all yummy mommy's who want to have their kids in yummier and colorful budget-friendly casual clothes. H&M for Kids is now open at Souq Sharq! Kid’s fashion at great prices. Thank you Melissa for sharing these photos with me .

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Burberry Covers Vogue

Fashion Week Daily featured the cover of the August issue of Vogue (Paris) with model Daria Werbowy wearing a full Burberry look. The issue of Vogue celebrates iconic fashion brands in a large fashion spread. The Burberry page features Daria in the Burberry Prorsum long suede trench coat, Burberry denim jeans, and mega check scarf.

Little Fashion Break

As part of eurostar's Little break, Big difference campaign, 15 extremely lucky fashion bloggers were taken on an exclusive fully paid trip to Paris to experience the difference a little break can make. Find out more here.

So when's our turn?! Hint hint...

Flavor of the Day

Browns "Labels for less" is the latest online addition. Basically, it's Browns outlet store, which carries designer labels for both women and men, permanently at discounted prices.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Closet Detox

The first step towards a more positive fashion outlook is some serious closet detox (aka decluttering). Not only do you make room for your Fall purchases, but also you give a chance for other fashionistas to make use of unwanted and barely used clothes and accessories. So I took advantage of the long weekend and worked on my closet. I didn't realize I had so many pairs of jeans in all shades of blue! And I have never worn the shoes featured in this photo (what a shame I know!). Why did I buy them in the first place?! Beats me!

Note to self: No need for boy-friend jeans in 3 almost identical colors!.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hot Hot Hot!

Copy Cat: Uma Thurman's Nina Ricci Bag

Uma Thurman hasn't been under the spotlight for quite sometime. I haven't seen her in gossip magazines or fashion photo shoots for at least a year. So it was refreshing to see her casual chic street style totting a leather flap front messenger bag from Olivier Theysken’s Autumn/Winter collection for Nina Ricci. I have a weakness for messenger bags, they're so easy to carry and would fit all my stuff.

Nina Ricci bag collections will be available at AlOstura this Fall.

To Hunting We Shall Go

If you like the thrill of bargain hunting for designer duds, then you will have a blast at Villa Moda's outlet store at AlManshar, Fahaheel next to Al Kout Mall. I only found out about it recently (that it was turned into VM's warehouse). Women, Men, and Kids brands were up to 80% off. Marni, Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Rue du Mail, Thakoon, Peter Som, Juicy, Bottega, Dolce & Gabanna.. and much more. You will everything from evening gowns and cocktail dresses, to formal wear, casual chis items/denim, and accessories.

This is the entrance of Villa Moda AlManshar

Now THIS is a collector's item. This is a beautiful in stand-out shape outdoor coat for people watching at a ski resort, or marching down fifth avenue in November (you get my drift) by Moncler from it's Gamme Rouge A/W 2008 collection designed by none other than the mind-blowing creative brain of Giambattista Valli. Was KD 1,621, and now it's priced at KD 324.

Here's another Moncler/Giambattista Valli creation. Was KD 726, and now it's priced at KD 145.

Light wool Marni Jacket in shades of grey is an investment pieces that you will wear for years to come. It was priced at KD 607 and now it's only KD 121.

Now this is a beeeeaautiiiful strapless black and hot pink evening gown by Roksanda Ilincic. Was KD 975 and now it's almost KD 190. Just look at the detail of the back of the dress.

Don't get turned off by the crowded racks and long lines of stacked clothes, you really need to pull up your sleeves and dig in deep to find real gems.

Long lines of discounted designer shoes at your service

Now this is what I call a Boot Camp!

I found this cute LBD by a brand called OHNE TITLE. It has a charming structured ruching from the back (plain from the front) and you won't believe it's price! KD 61 ONLY! I swear! And it's from the S/S 2008 collection. It was priced at KD 404. Not bad at all!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sale Away With Harvey

My trip to Dubai wouldn't be complete without paying our dearest friend Harvey a friendly and guilt-free visit. Harvey Nichols was having a huge Summer sale as you may have already figured it out from the window display shown above. So I went out splurging on a belated birthday shopping spree, there's always an excuse to shop!, and I started picking through the racks of designer duds and bargain items. And here are my favorite finds:

I'm head over heels with this Richard Nicoll bright orangish sleeveless cocktail dress with a thick structured ribbon detail on the front. The dress's on discount and it's priced now for around KD 200.

The accessories section of Harvey on the ground floor had more buzz than the clothes section.

The gorgeous Loeffler Randall multi strap heels in brown leather would definitely take you from summer to fall.

These cute Lanvin flats are ideal for casual chic outings

Some items were not on sale like these Christian Louboutin heels and boots as they're from the pre-fall collection.

GASP! Another Pierre Hardy stunning creation!

Celestina and Christian Louboutin's clutches were up to 50% off. And on the below picture you can see some Balenciaga bags on 60% off.

Harvey Nichols is located within the Mall of the Emirates. For inquires, please call (+971) 4 4098888.

Sprouse In Style

LV fans would be thrilled to know that the latest Sprouse collection of leopard print scarf in night blue and pale rose have recently arrived at Louis Vuitton's boutique at Salhiya Complex. Price tag? KD 201. And according to the SA, only one scarf is left from the pale rose one (featured in the above photo).

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Beauty Bar Now Ships to the Middle East

Beauty Bar Now Ships to the Middle East. Please click on the image to enlarge

Dear Confashion: My Purchase from Dubai Mall

I have received this nice e-mail from Alyazia from Al-Ain, UAE.

"Regarding my Dubai mall experience, the sales were unbelievable this year, especially the Chloe handbags & the Givenchy shoes in Gallery Lafayette. The kids fashion section is one of the best in the country, they've managed to gather the best selling boutiques in one place instead of running all around the city.

I chose to show you one of my recent purchase from the BCBG Max Azria which will surely catch the eye of the girls seeking affordable items, its a very cute crafted shoe in bronze for only 770 AED (around KD 70 maybe?). They are also available in silver & black. Selena Gomez have been spotted wearing them."
Thank you so much for sharing Alyazia. Your e-mail made my day and hope to hear more from you and from the rest of the fashionable readers.

Friday, July 24, 2009

What's New at Goji?

GojiBoutique is going all out with blowout sales. Reductions up to 60% on Spring/Summer fashion and amazing accessories. Furthermore, They are enriching the House of Harlow collection with more bracelets and necklaces and their newest additions also include the colorful and playful All by N scarves. Click here to check out their latest additions.

Dining Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall has the largest number of food and beverage offers I have ever seen so far. According to their site, there will be over 150 outlets from fine dining to casual eateries offering a wide range of tastes to suit all shoppers. During my visit I managed to have late lunch at the futuristic looking Restaurant called Switch, the first restaurant in the UAE designed by Karim Rashid, one of the most prolific industrial designers of his generation. The ambiance looked stunning, and the food? It was OK... nothing to go crazy about.

That's the outside of Switch.. I liked the contemporary looking chairs
Shakespeare & Co is another cafe that caught my attention. I haven't tried it though but the place looked interesting. Their interior is a mix of Victorian style and a traditional English tea room with a modern spin.

London's Joe' Cafe

New York's Alison Nelson's Chocolate Bar offers cutting-edge gourmet chocolates

Armani Cafe needs no introduction..


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