Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hollywood Glamour


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Who Wants a Piece of Lanvin for H&M??

If you're one of those who forgot to set the alarm to join the masses at the Lanvin hearts H&M mania, and you're a size 12/37, don't fret. Here's your chance to buy some pieces from one of my readers who had a change of heart. All items are brand new and have been photographed by the owner.

  • Leopard print shoes size 37. Price tag? KD 40
  • Pink floral dress size 12. Price tag?  KD 59
  • Pink necklace. Price tag? KD 20
If you're interested or have any questions, please send an e-mail to Ladyb.q8@gmail.com with your full name, and contact details. 

Note: Confashions From Kuwait is not responsible for the goods that may be traded as a result of this post and will not be held responsible for any damages that may be caused by this trade.

Flavor of the Day: Lomme iPad/Laptop Bag

Now here's a simple and sleek laptop/iPad bag you can treat yourself or your friends with. The bag is by a Danish brand called Lomme bags.

Lomme bags produce fashionable, handcrafted bags that are distinguished by their subtleties, quality, contemporary styling, and elegance.  Find out more here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Behind the Scenes with Closet Candy

Here are some behind-the-scenes shots of Closet Candy's Fall 2010 Lookbook exclusive to Confashions. One of the shots was featured in the recent issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia. Can you imagine the time and effort it takes to produce a lookbook which we normally scan for several minutes? It's not only about the photographer and the hair and makeup. And it's definitely not "it's all in my head and got it all planned" situation. Just off the too of my head, the person in charge needs a storyboard, the right set-up, models,snacks, lights... etc. After witnessing an actual photoshoot, I truly appreciate the effort any retailer puts in creating it. Anyways, check out Closet Candy's Fall 2010 Lookbook if you're looking for some day-chic inspirations. 

Event: Twin Queens Exhibition

You're invited to Twin Queens Exhibition where you will find great variety of shoes, bags, accessories, jackets, tops, and much more. The exhibition will be held on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd December, from 10am to 10pm at The Exhibition located next to Slider Station. 

Mismatch Mania

Now here’s something unique and artisanal that you don’t normally see while shopping around malls and without doubt would tickle every vintage-fashionista’s fancy.

Fashion house Clements Ribeiro designed a limited edition line of dresses entirely made of recycled vintage scarves.  The carefully selected vintage silk scarves are sewn together in a mismatched manner to create a sleek and delicate shift dress.  The dress has asymmetric twist detail at the neckline and softly pleated skirt  No two pieces are alike. And a great effort was made to use scarves which are both beautiful and in very good condition. You will notice some irregularity in texture and color as well as minimal wear, but that’s all part of the vintage design concept. Price tag? Around KD 450. 

Clements Ribeiro's vintage scarves dresses are available at Al Othman Boutique located at Mariam Complex in Salmiya.

Here's an example of of how the vintage scarves are being used in the making of one dress as shown in the below photos. You can see the beauty of the mismatched scarves shown in one dress from front and back.

Royal Treatment

All hail the McQueen! I spotted these Alexander McQueen dresses in Harvey Nichols Dubai and I immediately felt overwhelmed by the exquisiteness of some of the pieces form the designer’s last collection for Fall 2010. The stunning billowy dresses, cut in hourglass silhouettes, were a mix of Dark Age sophistication with a modern edge. They felt so majestic! He really was a fashion genius, definitely a collector’s item. 

On a lighter note, I liked the window display of Dior’s Boutique with its gigantic Lady Dior bag skeleton. I was never a fan of Dior bags, but now with their recent ads and the bag's classic appeal, I’m starting to warm up to the idea of owning a Lady Dior.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shanghai Express

The leading Chinese luxury brand Shanghai Tang has just opened its first boutique in Kuwait at The Avenues Mall Phase II (next to Hackett). The small but upscale boutique offers a selection of Asian-inspired contemporary ready-to-wear for men, women, and kids in addition to funky accessories and home furnishings. This is a designer store so some items in store come with somewhat heavy price tags. Nevertheless, I find it to be a great place to find gifts for family and close friends.  Especially that some items are really unique and would last for a life time, so I wouldn’t mind to dish out some cash for my loved ones.  Here are some of my favorite things…

I loved these small coffee cups with koi fish design

A tea mug with built-in filter

Men's leather wallet with a Chinese dragon design. The inside is leather is colored in a beautiful bright orange shade
Above: a cotton top with embellished shoulders
Below: a soft cashmere cardigan with military-style pockets
This is one of my favorite pieces but it's from the Men's section. It's a reversible softly knitted top with a side orange embroidered motif. And if you reverse the top, you get a long sleeved cotton top with a dragon motif. I rolled up the sleeves to show you the contrast of orange on navy. I always love the two-in-one concept! So practical especially when traveling. They save up some space in the suitcase (for new purchases of course!) 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kuwait Hearts Lanvin for H&M

My apologies for the late report on Lanvin for H&M's launch as it has been quite busy for me lately. And by now you already know the madness that occurred that day. So I'll just share some bits and pieces of my experience. And I'd like to thank my friend for allowing me to snap some photos of her accessories (she describes them as her most prized possessions). I didn't see any when I got there so it was a treat to get an up-close look at them. Things that I overheard:
  • "I was here since 6:00 in the morning!!"
  • "That girl bought 5 pieces of the same item! Not fair!"
  • "How come there are no purchasing rules applied here like they did in US and UK?!!"
  • "Can I buy that fur jacket from you for double the price?"
  • "Anyone wants that size 12 floral dress?" with her head peeping out from the fitting room.

A Lanvin brooch
I loved this red tulle dress, but its belt was missing, plus I felt it suited someone who has looong legs. Price tag KD 79

Check out the adorable branding of Lanvin for H and M

 If you have been following my tweets, then you've seen these photos which I have shared on Twitter the day of the launch. This was taken at 8:15 AM and it's the place where the shoes and mannequin were displayed. All rails were empty except for some few pieces and women were rushing around the store with armfuls of clothing and accessories. 

The cute shopping bags
A beautiful black lace 3-tiered skirt, I think it was priced at KD 35
A satin evening coat
Black skirt with one side ruched detail
And check out the funny video below of the Lanvin for H&M's launch at Dubai Mall by Gulf News reporters


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