Monday, November 30, 2009

Antik in Avenues


I just found out that French label Antik Batik has now its own stand-alone boutique at the Avenues Phase II opposite to Reiss. I wasn't too impressed with the selection in store but I guess that's the way this brand is, consistent in it's designs and embellishments. 

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Burberry opens first Burberry London and Burberry Brit stores in New York‏



Burberry opened two new stores in New York, which are the first of new concept stores for the brand. A 1500 square foot Burberry Brit store opened on the south side of the brand's NYC headquarters, showcasing ready to wear for men and women from the Burberry Brit collections including denim, outerwear and pieces from the Burberry Sport collections. The 1500 square foot Burberry London store opened on the north side of the headquarters, showcasing ready to wear for men and women from the Burberry London collections as well as accessories.

The funny thing is that on the same day I received this news, I noticed that the window display of Burberry's boutique in K-town was being installed using a nice contemporary and innovative christams tree ornaments design, and the same concept as the newly opened Burberry London boutique in NYC.

IKEA Doodles


How often do you get to see funky furniture in Kuwait at very very reasonable prices?! I came across these fun and funky looking bookcases at IKEA. And after researching IKEA's site, I discovered that these limited edition bookcases are actually designed to celebrate 30 years of IKEA's famous bookcase: BILLY. It has a doodle pattern made up of Shakespeare love quotes and comes in red, green or orange.


 

Friday, November 27, 2009

Flats Makeover

I've found some interesting accessory at H&M the other day, they're clip-on decorative brooches, one was a cluster of tiny metallic squares and the second pair was a glittery cobalt blue bows, which you can use to give your plain and simple flats a quick-makeover or a new look. And if you find the hardware clip to be a bit bothersome, you can remove that part and glue it on straight to your flats. I think you can also use them on belt or shirts to give them a new twist.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Confashions Featured on Fustany.com

Confashions From Kuwait made it to Fustany's favorite top ten fashion blogs. I was ecstatic because it's nice to be featured in Fustany and be selected by their team as one of their favorite inspiring bloggeristas.

Fustany is a fashion directory and online media promoting and showcasing designers, boutiques, magazines, trends and events on a luxury platform. So, to learn a bit more about Fustany's latest Lookbook and their 10 favorite picks, click here. Their lookbook is amazing too, it has a lot of good stuff going on itself! Don't worry! The sign-up process is pretty straight forward and easy.
A BIG Thank you to Fustany's team for the Fav Bloggers-Lookbook Feature. You guys rock! ‏

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Special Promotion for Confashions Readers‏

Here's a special promotion to Confashions From Kuwait readers (That's YOU!). Boutique39.com is offering Confashions readers a generous discount of 15% on Giambattista Valli and Dolce & Gabbana items. The offer starts today and ends 3rd December. Simply use promotion code "CONFASHIONSGV-DG".

Thank you Boutique39.com for the nice gesture to our readers.

Edgy Ethical Luxe

I never paid attention to the ethics of a brand until few months back when I received an email from bright young clothes designer called Nur. And today I was thrilled to discover another fashion conscious accessories brand that competes on looks and quality with high-end designer stuff called Angel Jackson.

The British accessories label was created in 2005 by sisters Katie and Millie Smith. Winners of the Topshop New Designers Award, their first collection became renowned for luxury and their underground edgy cool style. The brand is regularly featured in international fashion publications, including Vogue, Elle, InStyle, and Nylon. Celebrity followers include fashionistas Daisy Lowe, Alice Dellal, Gwen Stefani, Pixie Geldof and Lady Gaga to name a few. All Angel Jackson products are produced in fair-trade workshops in Bali and Portugal.


Angel Jackson is stocked in the most prestigious stores throughout the world including Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols (London & Riyadh), Fenwick, Villa Moda, Le Bon Marche, and Henri Bendel.

The brand’s handbags & belts collection exudes the ultimate wild child/punk chic attitude, incorporating heavy hardware of metal studs, metallic leather, textured exotic leathers, oversized zip detailing, heavy sequin embellishment, and luxe jewel toned woven snakeskin clutches.

Fine out more here, and you can also order online, they ship internationally.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Event: The 99: Redefining Islam

Dr. Naif Al Mutawa, the founder and CEO of Teshkeel Media Group and the creator of “The 99”, an Islamic-themed comic book series, will be speaking at the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah Forum on Wednesday, 25 November at 7 PM. The lecture, The 99: Redefining Islam, will be held at the Maidan Cultural Center in Maidan-Hawalli.

A Shimmering Statement


This Fall Miu Miu didn’t win me over with their “it's-all-right” accessory selection. But they wowed me with the brand’s runway clothes. Like this sleeveless black wool-crepe dress embroidered with large, colorful gems. The style and the design of the the black dress makes it transcends fashion and quick trends. To make a sparkly statement, wear this stunning piece with crystal-encrusted tights a la Miu Miu or go for simple black extras. Price tag? KD1,113.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dear Confashion: BCBG Closed by Municipality?!?

I have received this by e-mail from S who passed by BCBG at 360 Mall the other day and found that their store was closed by municipality for some reason. We're wondering if anyone happen to know why?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

30% Off @ The Exhibition‏

This December 1st marks the first year anniversary since The Exhibition's first opened!

Come on that day, make a reservation and pay the 30% discounted rate of KD84/day to rent the space instead of the usual KD120/day. It's The Exhibition's way of celebrating its birthday!

Reservations can be made from 1PM-10PM on December 1st ONLY! Call them at (+965) 9406-6226 for more information.

Event: Noor & Dalal Al-Qattan's Winter Collection

Limited pieces of jacket, blouses, dresses, training suits, and vests will be available at Noor & Dalal Al-Qattan's 2009 winter collection. The event will be held The Exhibition will be held from Nov 24th to Nov 26th. 10am to 10pm.

The Exhibition is located at the Strip across from Alseef Palace and next to Prime & Toast - Jibla. For further inquiries, please call (+965) 9-406-6226

Gift Box

I passed by GAP the other day to buy some casual/comfy stuff for lounging at home and a beautifully printed box caught my attention. It turned out that this was actually the shoe box from Stella McCartney's limited collection for Baby GAP. It looked more like a beautiful gift box than a regular shoe box. I want one!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Arabian Warriors

Shrekahnth is an Indian designer who showcased his first prêt-a-porter line, titled “Arabian Warriors,” at Dubai Fashion Week a month ago. What caught my attention was how his designs were visibly inspired by Islamic art and architecture using contemporary silhouettes and contrasting colors. I loved the beautiful modern Islamic prints used on his fabrics. Imagine the same print being used on Kaftans/darra’a on a bigger scale for Ramadan Nights. Maybe add a hidden belt or a high waist thick belt or a statement necklace to make it even more exquisite. That would be a refreshing concept from the patchwork we usually see in Ramadan exhibitions.

You can view more here. If you’re interested in Shrekahnth's designs, please drop him an e-mail at shrekahnth@gmail.com.

Credits of the first photo:
Photographer: Mazen Abusrour, Make up: Magda Hajduk, Model: Sorelle Anthony

50% Sale Already?!?

Heard it through the grapevine that Villa Moda in Doha, Dubai, and Bahrain have already started their seasonal sale last Wednesday. A good friend also sent me a photo of Maison Martin Margiela's window display in Dubai, which I think is also owned by Villa Moda, and they're having 50% off everything. So far no news on Kuwait's VM having a sale.

Isn't it too early to have a 50% seasonal sale in November? Does that mean Villa Moda Kuwait will be having its seasonal sale very very soon?! Or maybe it's a rumor? I'm not complaining here (heck I love bargains!) but also I don't want to feel sorry for my full-priced fall purchases which I still didn't get to wear, I should have waited a little!

Fashionably Socially Responsible

Nuwany.com is now carrying a new eco-friendly brand called Sophia Costas. Sophia Costas entered the fashion world with a mission to construct socially conscious yet chic apparel. She achieved her goal in 2005 with the launch of her high-quality environmentally and socially conscious organic fair-trade collection.


Taking the beauty of France and the simple romantic lifestyles of her travels as inspiration, Sophia Costas achieved instant success as she was introduced into boutiques and prestigious retailers in Europe, Asia and the United States. She is constantly working to produce clothing with practicality, style, simplicity and most importantly, being eco- friendly in mind.

Does it matter to you that the clothes or accessories you buy are from socially responsible brands?

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Aftermath

This post is dedicated to those who haven't been to H&M's store at the Avenues to see the Jimmy Choo's collaboration collection. In the first photo you can see that the plastic barbie-pink clutches didn't sell well and I'm not surprised.

Almost all clothes were available in most sizes. The one item that first sold out was the mesh vest top.

From the looks of the stacked cobalt blue shoe boxes, it seems that the shoes didn't sell well either.

The Fashion Formula

Sequin embellished jacket that is slightly cropped in length + tank top + tapered high waist silk pants + killer heels = Dead on trend.

Price tag of the embellished jacket? KD 99.500 (YES, TopShop!).

TopShop store is located at The Avenues, phase I.

Magical Make-up Tip

Here’s a hot make-up tip from M.A.C’s Senior Artist Vimi J to the Magic, Mirth & Mischief post which I have received by e-mail. Basically, Vimi explains how to make the most of the collection’s products and create a look with it:

"TOTAL WOW! Lipstick is totally now when you pair it off with a Smokey eye. BLUE SORCERY MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW DUO compliments this look perfectly. Add a touch of NIGHTSKY SOFTSPARKLE eye kohl to line the eyes and finish off the look with pro lash mascara. This look has been inspired from the "Who's that girl" trend as it's a tribute to the 80's in its clashes of colours and textures".

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Celebrity Portrait

American actress Kristen Stewart who stars alongside Robert Pattinson in the "Twilight" films was spotted wearing Burberry Portrait T Shirt and lace up boots from the Autumn Winter 2009 collection arriving at LAX airport in Los Angeles this week. The same shirt was also worn by Gwyneth Paltrow during the brand’s runway show. I love how the t-shirt is worn by Gwyneth with the sleeves rolled up paired with an unexpected feminine skirt.

Rock the Boot


If you’re looking for an understated edgy-chic looking ankle boots this fall then check out with these belted Louis Vuitton peep toe booties. You can rock them with skirts, Alexander Wang inspired dresses, or your favorite pair of skinny-fit pants or better yet, leggings!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Great Escape‏

Come sail away and enjoy a light breeze from the ocean with Pepper and Pistol's Great Escape. I can't wait to see the release of their new S/S collection in stores and online. Here are my favorite looks.

Chain Reaction

Louis Vuitton's chain necklace is one of my favorite pieces of the brand's creations for Fall 2009. It came in many variations but I only found this plain black one at the brand's boutique at Salhia Complex. I prefer the embellished ones. But if you liked the plain one, you can wear this power piece over an all grey ensemble, or pair it with a button-down shirt and a leather skirt to work some LV luxe into your everyday look.

Dear Confashion/Webby Wednesday: Fashion Must Have

I got this by e-mail:

FashionMustHave is inspired by the latest celebrity wear and up & coming designers. We all know that accessories and must have fashion items are what completes your wardrobe; most of these designers you might never have heard of, but they are part of the lifestyle of the rich and famous in Hollywood.

Now we are offering you the opportunity to buy the same merchandise that your favorite celebrity is wearing and exclusive items that you will never find anywhere else in Kuwait.

You can find it all here and its just a click away, Go shopping, choose your items and it will be delivered to your door the next day. All purchases are cash upon delivery.

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