Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mink and Fox Fur for Sale?


I spotted this featured ad in today's Al Qabas newspaper where a mink and a fox fur coats were put up for sale for KD 400 and KD 500.  Has the recession taken its toll on  fashionistas in Kuwait? Or is the owner playing it smart by making extra cash by selling used/unwanted items to invest the money in other desired items? Interesting...

Zara and their Shoes

Every season I find at Zara a pair of shoes that I really like and I'm always thiiiiis close to buying them,  then  I come back to my senses when I get flash backs of dreadful blisters or after close inspection of the shoes, I discover some defaults like for example the peep toe wedge/modern spectator featured here. I liked how it looked, Little House on the Prairie meets futurama, but what's with the bump on the wedge's heel if you look closely at the first photo.  No thank you, I'll pass.

Hot Mama


Isabella Oliver is offering 20% off all tops in both the Isabella Oliver Maternity and Isabella Oliver 365 collections. Just enter TOPS20 at the checkout to receive your discount. This is valid until midnight Sunday 7th March 2010. Featured here is Isabella Oliver Maternity ruched one shoulder dress.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Vanguard


BodyAmr's first on-schedule salon show was held at the Freemasons Lodge on the 19th Feb 2010 during London Fashion Week. I think this was the best BodyAmr collection I've ever seen so far. I'm completely intrigued by the sheer leggings decorated with swirl of what it looks like golden velvet ribbon. BodyAmr's show was called "Vanguard", which means the forward element of an advancing military tactical formation.
  

Friday, February 26, 2010

Louise Goldin for Topshop Hits The Avenues

 
Yup, the famous  studded pumps designed by Louise Goldin for Topshop are now available at TopShop in the Avenues. The killer heels are priced at KD 80. I tried them on, the fit was great and I loved the fierce  looking studs, HOWEVER, I wasn't too keen on the crystals, they looked kind of cheap on the beige and the rose pairs up close. On the black pair, the crystals looked acceptable. But if you're not as picky as I am, go for them, they look hot from a distance. 

 


Bally Opens at 360


Bally boutique has opened in Kuwait's 360 Mall and it offers a variety of men and women's leather goods. The shoe collection did not appeal to me as much. They looked good, but definitely not my style. My mom however was excited because, from her experience, Bally is one of the few brands which design comfortable shoes with impeccable quality.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Who's That Girl

I normally don't post about general subjects that are unrelated to fashion. But when I got this by e-mail I just couldn't pass on this opportunity to shed a light on an amazing and influential women from a sister country, UAE, who's about to make history and be the first Arab woman to set foot on the North Pole.

In April 2010, Elham Al-Qasimi will attempt an unassisted and unsupported expedition to the Geographic North Pole. During a three-week journey, Elham will ski cross-country to the North Pole starting at 89 degrees latitude. As a result, she will be the first Arab woman to set foot on the North Pole and the first UAE national to undertake an unassisted unsupported expedition to the North Pole. Elham, in her own words, “I want to showcase this trek as an example of drive and ambition that inspires women to aim higher and reach further.  I strongly feel that this accomplishment is one for the entire nation of the UAE rather than just a personal accomplishment. It will illustrate the drive, discipline, and ambition of all young UAE nationals and symbolize traits which are transferable across all goals (educational, professional, and physical).”

Featured here are a few images from her training last week in Minnesota. Elham will keep everyone updated on her epic trip through postings on Twitter, Facebook and a personal blog/website. I wish you the best of luck and a safe trip.

Scout Out a Bargain

To dress to the nines doesn't necessarily have to break the bank. Shopping at outlet designer stores opens up opportunities to get designer clothing and shoes at the lowest possible prices.

So if you're hunting for discounted designer clothes and accessories, you'd be thrilled to know that Villa Moda have recently relaunched Al Manshar Discount store in Fahaheel where you can scout out a bargain of previous season stock from all Villa Moda  locations up to 90% off. Happy shopping!

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Guests at the Dubai/Burberry 3D Show

Clockwise:Vandana Bhatia, Lina Samman, Nour Ajam, and Feroze Gujral

Around the World with Burberry 3D Event


A first for any Company, Burberry broadcast its show in 3D to screening rooms custom designed by Christopher Bailey at five simultaneous private events around the world in Paris, New York, Dubai, Tokyo and Los Angeles live from London.The event in Dubai, held at The Address was attended by over 350 guests (on a side note, I'm loving some of the heels on the front row shown in the photo above!). Here are some photos of the event in different cities... More photo of the Dubai event are coming soon.
 
In Tokyo 
In Paris

In New York

So Who Attended the Burberry Show in London?

 
Burberry showed its Burberry Prorsum Autumn Winter 2010 womenswear collection at London Fashion Week last night. The show, which took place at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, was attended by over 1000 guests including Kate Hudson, Kristen Stewart, Mary Kate Olsen, Claire Danes, Twiggy, and Leigh Lezark.

Outerwear and accessories from the Autumn Winter 2010 womenswear collection, selected by Christopher Bailey, are now available exclusively at either Burberry.com or live.burberry.com until 26 February, bringing the collection directly to consumers globally in just over a month. 
 

Boutique One Goes Online


Just when I thought I was "almost" immune to online shopping and started saving some dough, I get this by e-mail!! "Shop now at Boutique1.com (Dubai's ultimate luxury lifestyle destination) and enjoy our fabulous launch promotion: a worldwide complimentary shipping."

I browse through their impeccable and very easy to navigate site and I'm impressed by the extensive list of brands they're selling online: Philip Lim, Marchesa, Azzedine Alaia, Carolina Herrera, DVF, Zac Posen, Joseph, Thakoon, Rupert Sanderson, Chrissie Morris, Pauric Sweeney and Thomas Wylde to name a few.  Some are even exculsively sold there! I like a lot.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Isabel Marant Launching Tomorrow on Net-a-Porter!

Credit card? Check. Internet connection? Check. Back-up borrowed credit card? CHECK. Girls, get ready for some serious shopping tomorrow. Net-a-porter.com will be launching Isabel Marant's spring 2010 collection online. Marant is the go-to label for Parisian cool girls and since launching her eponymous accessories line in 1989 (followed by womenswear in 1994) the designer's effortlessly hip aesthetic has become fashion's best kept secret.

Perfect Left Bank bohemian chic in her printed chiffon miniskirts, jeweled tweed blazers and fringed suede pirate boots then slip into a ruffled mini dresses at cocktail hour. With many of these pieces already showing long waiting lists, make sure you check out Net-a-porter.com so you don't miss out.

Holli Rogers Net-a-porter.com's Buying Director says: “Women love Isabel Marant as she designs clothes that women want and can wear. There is an under-the-radar feel about the brand and I love the laid-back, bohemian glamour that underwrites all her clothes; if you own one of her signature pieces you can join the gang of models, editors and style-setters alike who have perfected the look of cool."

Be an ICON


I was recently introduced to a new blog in town by the lovely blog owners and to cut a long story short. I have three little words for you: Read. this. blog.

Part style diary, part virtual inspiration board, the fairly new and fun blog beICONq8 was created by a small group of 2 guys and a girl, Maha Al Wanyan as a photographer and editor, Naif Al Thuwaini the graphic designer, and Yousef Al Taher the model.

"It's about mixing all kind of art from fashion, music, fine art and even acting. We want to show Kuwait and the world how to mix fashion with art. And to be of course iconic, stylish and fashionable." expressed Maha.  They're aiming to start styling and making photoshoots services in the near future.  "We don't want to focus on big designer names. We want to explore various fashion looks, boho to indie.  And nowadays, designers go for Indie bands look." said Taher. 

My favorite part of their blog is their featured photos, so full of colors and caharchter. I have a feeling that their fashion force will make its mark on the local scene in a big way. Good luck guys!


Monday, February 22, 2010

Queen Of The Night


I'm thrilled to have received photos of Boudoir D'huitres A/W 2010 Catwalk Presentation "Queen Of The Night"‏ which was held recently during New York Fashion Week and to share them with you.The black dress with exotic leather details is smashing! Love it!


Burberry Prorsum Online Exclusive

Burberry is offering you an exclusive opportunity to purchase this stunning limited edition Burberry Prorsum gold sequin dress which is only available online on Burberry's site. Price tag? Around KD 1,080. Genius! Mr. Bailey, you're always ahead of the game and I salute you from the bottom of my heart.


Pucci in Kuwait

It was interesting watching Laudamia Pucci, daughter and heir of fashion designer Emilio Pucci, being interviwed by Al Watan TV last night.  She was visting Kuwait to get to know more about Kuwaiti Pucci-fanatics.  She was at the Pucci Boutique in Thurraya complex introducing the brand's new summer 2010 collection. While watching the interview, I realized that i can only wear pucci's unforgiving jersey printed dresses when vacationing in an exotic destination because they're comfortable, easy to pack, look amazing with sun-kissed skin, and simply make a great vacation style solution. Also, lately I've been loving their eveing cocktail sequined dresses, more forgiving than the jersey ones that's for sure!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Join the Confashion & NBK Challenge

This is sooo exciting, rewarding, and best of all... EASY!! Welcome to the first edition of Confashion Laki Challenge. All you have to do to join the challenge is to answer the question stated in the image shown here: Who is eligible for the Laki promotion on Feb 25th?

e-mail your answers to laki@nbk.com with your full name, civil ID number, and phone & mobile numbers. Feeling a bit lazy and want your easy way out? You will find the answer to our question here. The deadline for submitting your answers is Friday, Feb 26th 2010. Keep an eye on my blog to find out if who the winners are. It could be YOU.
 

Salhiya at Night


Doesn't Salhiya Complex look nice at night with its string light February decorations? No bling bling sparkley decoration.  Simple and classy.  I like.


Burberry to screen Womenswear show in Dubai live from London‏


Burberry will be broadcasting its Autumn/Winter 2010 Burberry Prorsum womenswear show on 23 February live in 3D from London Fashion Week directly to Dubai. The Burberry show will be broadcast at The Address in a screening room custom designed by Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey followed by a party.

Guests at the private event will also view pre-show entertainment in 3D from behind the scenes, backstage and the red carpet in London hosted by British radio presenter Greg James.

As well as Dubai the show will be broadcast live from London to four other simultaneous events in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles. Burberry is the first brand to broadcast live simultaneous events in 3D worldwide.


Event: Wamu Designs Exhibition

Wamu Designs by Wadha Al Jeri & Muneera Al Qattan will be holding their summer collection exhibition on February 22 from 11am to 10pm at The Exhibition

The Exhibition is located next to Slider Station on ' The Strip' Across from Al Seef Palace, Jibla. For any inquiries please call (+965) 9406-6226.
 

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Flavor of the Day: Evil Eye Necklace


I liked this evil eye 18K gold plated chain necklace with large heart details by Colombian jewelry designer Mercedes Salazar, one of Fashion-musthave.com's latest arrivals. 

Discounted Designer Duds

Calling all designer bargain hunters, Villa Moda's "Warehouse" has reopened at VM Shuwaikh with a selection of Spring/Summer 2009 at 70% off and Autumn/Winter 2009 at 50% off.

Focus on Essa

If you're a fan of Essa, you might be thrilled to know that new pieces of his latest collection is now available at Villa Moda Shuwaikh. Essa's collection took the center stage of Villa Moda store display.  Here's a sneak peek of the current display.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Sonia Rykiel for H&M - 2nd Edition


Tomorrow Sonia Rykiel's second collection for H&M will hit H&M's branch in the Avenues.  And the collection will feature bright and colorful knitwear for women and little girls.  From 9am – 10am, the store will be open to invited members only to preview and shop the collection. So If you haven't received an invitation, you will only be able to shop the collection after 10am. Featured here are photos of H&M's window display at the Avenues. On a different note, doesn't the redhead model look a lot like Grace Coddington Vogue's Creative Director?

Video: Sonia Rykiel pour H&M


Watch this video tonight if you're planning to go to H&M tomorrow morning or click here.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sergio's Summer


Yummy girly metallic color, on-trend graphic design, and super comfortable flats... Just what you need to step into the Summer. Love it! From Sergio Rossi's resort collection at Salhiya Complex.

Fortune Fendi

Fendi's zucca is just eye-poision to me! I HATE IT! But the concept of these limited edition wallets is cute! The Fortune Fendi wallets from the barnd's cruise 2010 collection are playfully adorned with an auspicious images of a ladybug, fishbone, and four-leaf clover for you to choose from. They're supposed to bring you good luck in the new year. Like the idea, but no zucca for me thank you.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Webby Wednesday: Aura-b.com


When I first discovered Aura b, I didn't think for a second that it will be any different from any other regional online shopping sites. But after browsing its webpages for a bit, I realized there were so many things about Aura b that makes it superlative. Not only it offers a welcoming, eclectic haven for individuals looking for the latest local and international emerging fashion designers and brands, sassy jewellery, quirky furniture, extraordinary art and even inspirational books fashion, but a large part of the boutique’s products are made up with furniture and art. Jean Karl’s enticing photographic prints and O Concept’s wacky limited edition vintage chairs are just some of the pieces available. And what I also love about this online shop, is its effort to show some commitment to the community, currently Aura b is collaborating with Takemyjunk.com, a non-profit organization that collects unwanted household and clothing items and delivers them to people in need. That's  smart! Find out more here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Copy Cat: Sanderson's Plato Platforms


The achingly cool Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine is wearing Rupert Sanderson’s Plato platform sling backs in powder-blue python in this month’s InStyle magazine. This style was first seen on Cheryl Cole in week 3 of the X Factor finals. This limited edition colour is now all sold out (of course!! Isn't that always the case when I want something so badly!!), however, you can find the same style in ringmark lizard, and rose gold leather online here.


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