I have just been informed that Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collection is now at 50% off! Although I'm a little bummed that I didn't get to wear all of the pieces that I bought yet, I must admit this is a great opportunity for those who waited for the pieces to go on sale. The collection was not that budget-friendly, but it was the BEST collaboration H&M has ever made. EVER. I loved most of the pieces, the quality was amazing, and although they look so unwearable, they really are practical and easy to introduce to your wardrobe, and can be worn in different ways. I promised to share photos of the pieces I got, I still haven't had the chance to photograph them yet. I will soon... hopefully. Anyways, featured here are photos of the launch at the Grand Avenues branch which was held a couple of weeks back. Don't you just love that leather jacket??
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I was shopping around Zahra Complex in Salmiya, I personally think they have one of the best cafes in town! Try their cinnamon mocha if you're ever there, and I decided to pop in Mubarak Center since they have this carefully-curated selection of mouthwatering jewelry, headbands, and clutches. And of course the place as usual didn't disappoint. I found some really stunning pieces by Hervé Van Der Straeten, like the hammered-gold hoop earrings shown in the photo above and the ribbon bracelet shown below. They also had some golden pieces by another brand which I forgot its name. But you can check them out in the photos shown below or follow them on instagram for their latest updates.
Remember this insanely gorgeous Hervé Van Der Straeten hammered ribbon-like gold-plated cuff which I previously featured on my blog here? Well now you can get a better and a closer look at Mubarak Corner boutique.
Last night was the preview for Contemporary Art Platform and JAMM-Art's third annual auction, in which they displayed over 60 works by emerging and established Arab, Iranian and International Art. The majority of pieces on display are estimated under $10,000 to provide an opportunity for young collectors in our region to take part of this auction and build their own contemporary art collection.
Of course, to me fashion comes first, so naturally the first items I was drawn to were these limited edition books by Taschen titled Fashion Designers A-Z. The book defines designers of the 20th and 21st centuries and their most remarkable works. Mind you not any fashion designer is featured in this volume, the chosen designers have their work displayed permanently as part of the collection of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The jumbo book is available as a series of six Designer Editions. Each edition (a total of 11,000 copies) is bound in a fabric created by one of six designers: Akris, Etro, Stella McCartney, Missoni, Prada, and Diane von Furstenberg, and comes in a Plexiglas box.
I fell in love with Prada's banana print cover, just like my skirt (Yay!). Notice the black and white cover print in the left side of the photo above? This one is by Diane von Furstenber and the print was worn by Michelle Obama on the official White House Christmas Card in 2009. I think the volume was selling for KD 150 more of less.
Now moving back to art, I have taken photos of some of my favorite pieces, scroll down to read more about them. The evening auction continues tonight on 29th November at 6 PM at Contemporary Art Platform's premises in Shuwaikh. All proceeds will benefit JAMM's programs promoting cultural dialogue.
From left to right: Editor-in-Cheif of Marie Claire Kuwait Ms. Zainab Al Abdulrazzaq, Ms. Lulu M Al-Sabah founding Partner of JAMM, and Mrs. Lolwa Al Radhwan interior designer and my lovely fellow bloggerista.
Fifi Abdou, an Egyptian belly dancer and actress, I'm not a fan of what she does but I've seen her ininterviews and she has a funny character and a lot of charisma. this piece is a hand-colored gelatin silver print by Youssef Nabil (2000).
Acrylic on canvas by Mohammed Ramadan (2012)
This piece by Chinese artist Zhou Wendou creeped me out! It actually moves and apparently it was one of the best selling pieces in some art shows in Europe. I can see it being displayed in a boutique on a showroom, but not in a house. I'd have a heart attack if I saw this in the middle of the night while walking to the kitchen for a glass of water!
In love with these pieces by artist Simeen Farhat, I have featured her work previously here. At first I thought these were random Arabic letters because I couldn't figure out what it was saying. But then JAMM rep explained to me that the text used in Simeen Farahat's sculptures and installations are revolutionary poems, mostly from famous Persian and Urdu poets whose powerful writing themes are about freedom of thought and speech. Very interesting.
What can I say, I'm a fan of Arabic calligraphy. Piece by Salar Ahmadian (2012)
And back to fashion again, luxury watch brand TAG Heuer, had a corner where they displayed their watches since they're the exclusive sponsor for the auction. I didn't bother to ask about the price of the diamond encrusted watch shown in the photo above. BUT...... (scroll down please)
I saw this and I was like hey that looks really nice and probably somewhat affordable. Little did I know! This baby can set you back a whooooooopping KD 70,000. You read that right. No extra zeros here. That's around $246,743. So I just stared at the watch below.... in silence.
A beautiful bronze sculpture by Kuwaiti artist Ebrahim Habib
Neon piece by Leila Pazooki... can you feel the love?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
We all love jewelry, especially if they're designed by under-the-radar brands. Allow me to introduce you to a brand new Kuwait-based online jewelry boutique TheVelvetPouch.com. Launched by a former AlOthman boutique employee, so you know she has an eye for style, the site offers a comprehensive collection of accessories imported from the US for mixing highs and lows to create the best looks to suit your everyday style. The site will be introducing even more designers in the near future, so keep an eye on it.
To get TheVelvetPouch.com's latest updates, you can follow them on twitter here, on facebook here, and on instagram here.
Remember when I posted about my latest shoes obsession Sophia Webster, previous post here? Well guess what? Now you can purchase her designs online here.
I have spotted the brand during my last London Fashion Week trip last September while I was scouting for new and under-the-radar fashion brands. I fell in love with her playful and fun designs. It is worth mentioning that Sophia Webster has been working as design assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010. Shop or marvel at her designs here.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
I was invited to a sneak peek of Hala Turkey's exhibition among my fellow bloggers yesterday late afternoon. The official launch took place few hours after the sneak peek. And since I was completely captivated by the magic of Istanbul during my last visit a few months ago (previous posts here, here, and here), I made sure to squeeze in some time in my schedule for this one. I was warmly greeted by one of the organizers Ms. Anwar Al Mudhaf who explained to me that 60% of the exhibition's participants flew in from Turkey to showcase their latest designs, the rest of the participants are local businesses who either have Turkish partners or sell items imported or designed in Turkey such as Boutique Black Pearl, November, Pieces by Farah, Brown Booteek, and Salmadeel to name a few. Scroll down for highlights of the exhibition.
Hala Turkey exhibition is held at 360 Mall (Um Kalthoum Hall). Tomorrow Wednesday 27th November is the last day. The exhibition's opening hours are from 10am to 10pm.
Oops! I forgot the name of this booth, but it's the only booth was selling a huge selection of pearl necklaces. Call me an oldie but I'm a fan of pearl necklaces, so I had a hard time picking one.
Hands down, Boutique Black Pearl had the best selection of Jewelry on display at the exhibition. Thank god they're based in Kuwait! Being a sucker for jewelry, this is a place I'll be needing to go back to again and again. They were showcasing designs by a Turkish brand called Kısmet by Milka. If you're following on instagram, you have probably seen the gorgeous snake ring I'm lusting over. The photos above and below give you a taste of what to expect.
The above necklaces are not part of Boutique Black Pearl's booth but I thought I'd feature them in this post since I know a lot of people like still like them.
One booth was selling Pashtoosh and Pashmina shawls. You can follow them on instagram here. Or if you want to order you can call them at (+965) 6689-3527.
This booth is by SIM boutique. They sell all sorts of jewelry you usually find at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. They're based in Kuwait so you can call them throughout the year if you wish to order or buy something. For further inquiries, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+965) 6006-2584.
This booth is dedicated to pillow cases, table cloths, and vintage jackets with golden embroidery. The pillow cases are selling on average of KD 15 more or less. The vintage jackets however can set you back around KD 250.
More jewelry from a booth which I completely forgot its name... sorry guys, need some Omega 3 to refresh my memory!
This pearl and gold necklace is priced at KD 350
This booth, Begumsalihoglu, had a big selection of evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and formal attire. Not all of the gowns were my cup of tea except for two which looked really nice. I wasn't allowed to take a close up photos of the gowns alone (well except for the ones on the mannequins), but if you look closely at the black dress shown on the far right of the above photo, you'll get a glimpse of the pretty baroque prints on the lower part of the dress and it has a chiffon capelet attached to it, very Dolce & Gabbana A/W2012 with a hint of Alessandra Rich.
Mehry Mu's booth was one of the booths that I've been eager to see and meet the lovely designer because she has e-mailed me a week before the exhibition to introduce the brand to me. I was fond of the way the designer mixed vibrant ikat fabrics with colored python skin. My favorite designs were the Rez bag, an easy and light-to-carry shopping bag and the Sultan clutch, shown below, adorned with eastern design elements.