Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ek Thongprasert

If you've been following me on instagram (@confashions), you probably know by now that the hip and avant-garde Boutique 4 has received a selection of Ek Thongprasert statement silicon necklaces, the most sought after fashion accessory of the season. Their eye-catching style is sure to be a conversation starter each time you wear the necklace. I wish they had stocked from the ones adorned with colored crystals too; I guess these styles wouldn't go quite well with the edgy feel of the boutique. I also fell in love with this red-chain necklace, I'm not sure what the material is, but I do know it's a great way to celebrate the new season of greys and blacks with a shock of red.

Boutique 4 is located in Shuwaikh, close to Al Telal Complex.

LFW: All That Glitters....

Oh look what we have here! Another London Fashion Week post! Actually I just stumbled upon another batch of photos that I have taken during my London Fashion Week experience which I completely forgot about. And I guess it's not too late to share them with you. Today's post is focused on the new jewelry brands that I came across, or new to me at least. 

Yunus & Eliza is a London-based jewelry brand that stopped me in my tracks. Their selection of rings, bracelets, and necklaces were beyond amazing! They basically bridge the gap between art and fashion. Or in other words, they design sculptures to be worn and flaunted. Check out the Dali Puppet ring in the first photo shown above, simply TDF! The next three photos are also pieces by Yunus & Eliza. They're not all from their brand's S/S 2013 collection, but they're definitely worth to be showcased and admired.

This statement necklace by Erickson Beamon is not from the S/S 2013 collection, however it was on display. I have seen it on net-a-porter previously but of course it's sold out not. It's utterly gorgeous!

If my memory serves me right, I think these beautiful hoop earrings are by Fiona Paxton, whom I have previously featured on my blog here.

This super adorable horse necklace is by a brand called Renaissance Life by a Swedish jewelry designer Linnea Gotstav who is currently based in London. She makes symbolic and meaningful pieces named after different years. For example, this featured necklace is named Year 1970, and the story behind it is that if you wear this freedom horse, you will always be free and have this passion to explore the world. Personally I'm not sure how true is that, but it's an interesting concept to make a connection between the designed material pieces with the psychological side of life.

Remember my previous post on a french accessories brand called: Les Nereides here? Well I got to see their latest S/S 2013 collection up-close (photos above and below). Les Nereides offers a fun and unique selection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings inspired by nature, culture, skulls, and fairytales. The handcrafted collection makes a perfect addition to your Summer Wardrobe.

Seattle born jewellery designer Kyle Hopkins introduced this avant-garde selection of earrings, rings, and necklaces using women statuettes as an inspiration. I was amazed by the attention to detail and how well-crafted the pieces were, especially on the ring shown below. His stunning work has been featured in publications such as Dazed & Confused, Hunger Magazine, Garage, Vogue and Another.

I fell in love with London based Jewellery brand Imogen Belfield's pieces, they look like as if they've been picked and crafted from nature, or lava rocks to be more precise. According to the designer, each piece created with porcelain fused into metal is unique and cannot be recreated, making this work incredibly covetable.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

LFW: Danielle Romeril

Remember in one of my previous London Fashion Week posts, where I shared a photo of this hip and uber-cool outfit with laser-cut leather top by an anonymous brand? Guess what? I finally managed to find out what the brand is, thanks to my decluttering project which I started today. The London/Dublin brand is called Danielle Romeril.

The designer, who graduated from The Royal College of Art in London, launched her debut collection during LFW last month. Laser-cut leather, silk lamé, and crystal pearls were just some of the materials and embellishments that have been carefully selected by the designer to breathe life into the designs. Featured below are some of my favorite looks. You can find out more by clicking here.

Make it a Holiday Season to Remember

Make it a holiday season to remember! From dance floor-ready dresses to sparkling jewels and soaring heels, this is the season for glitter and glamour. And remember, good things come in packages! Shop away here.

And the Winner is...

I am thrilled to announce the winner of our POCA & POCA's giveaway which I have announced on my blog last week here. And the lucky winner of this on-trend and flattering peplum top as shown in the photo above is:
Tasneem aka 'Tina' K Mahussain

Congratulations to Tasneem, you will be receiving an e-mail from POCA & POCA's representatives on how to claim your gift. And thank you to everyone who took the time to participate, better luck next time. Please note that selection was done through  

Special thanks to  POCA & POCA for holding this giveaway through my blog.

Just Like...

I find it amusing playing the guessing game at Zara and finding out who the inspiration behind their newest arrivals. I must say this season inspirations from Isabel Marant dominated the Zara scene. And today's post is no different, we do have an "inspired-by-Marant" pair (shown in the last photo below). And we also have some inspirations by other designers. Let's start with these golden embroidered velvet ankle boots, they do look like they were inspired by the black suede ankle boots from Dolce & Gabbana. And below we have the flats with the colored studs just like Louboutin. And finally we have a pair of black leather silver/gold-tone studded brogue which look a lot like Church's.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Artistic Etro

While shopping around Al Ostoura Boutique in Zahra Complex the other day, I spotted these Etro white leather handbags with adorable colorful cartoon illustrations.  Apparently they're from the S/S 2012 collection, but I just found out them. Personally I don't think they can be categorized as a "must-have" or "timeless" pieces (a collector's item maybe), however, they do make a nice gift for someone who's young (maybe a fresh high school grad) or someone who appreciates art and unique accessories. It's also so refreshing to see Etro's classic paisley/baroque print bags revamped with a fun and colorful twist. 

I'm not sure why these bags were not on sale, but they weren't too expensive. Price tag? Between KD 170 and KD 200 more or less. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Event: Out of Kuwait: Landscapes Expanded

Last week I visited  Out of Kuwait: Landscapes Expanded exhibition that was, and still is being held, at the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is organized by the British Council, the Contemporary Art Platform (CAP), and the National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters. It showcases works of twelve Kuwait-based artists who have examined and reinterpreted the theme of landscape art during a one month artist residency program called Landscapes Expanded, and it presents the artists’ analysis of their everyday surroundings and comments on the social, political, and physical landscapes of modern Kuwait.

One of my favorite pieces on display was the installation created by architect Abdulaziz Al Humaidi where he used plastic toy cars to recreate the pattern of a Sadu textile. According to the architect, the installation is not only to illustrate the undeniable impact of privately owned cars on Kuwaiti society, but to also present the car culture as symbolic of larger social, economic, and political challenges faced by modern Kuwait as a nation. My friend saw this piece on the day of the opening and she's convinced that what I saw is slightly different than what it originally was, I think someone moved the pieces while cleaning or something. It still looks amazing to me.

Scroll down to view some of the pieces that caught my attention. If you have the time, pass by the exhibition, it has been extended until Thursday, 8th of November, 2012.

English and American Literature graduate Faisal Hamadah and journalist Naser Al Wasmi created this audio-visual installation. In an experiment, Souk Al Mubarikiya is used as a medium where memory of a poem is rescued from the archives of FM 94.9 and materialized into words.

Spatial designer Aseel Al Yaqoub created a video/media installation to highlight the issues of western educated individuals, better known as chicken nuggets, who want to create radical change for a better country. In her sarcastic video installation, Aseel appears as a candidate giving a speech during her election campaign. The video has several strong messages which, as a Mchboos Deyay/McChicken, I strongly agree with.

Artwork by Middle East Studies graduate and artist Ceyda Oskay

Beautiful drawings by English Literature graduate and artist Zahra Al Mahdi shown above and below
Although this piece by artist Anbar Waleed titled Challenge is not part of the exhibition, I spotted it in one of the halls at Moma Kuwait and I thought of sharing it because I loved what this piece is representing, and i'll leave it up to your interpretation.


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