I'm in love with these sculptures of a fat bird and a kitten. I've spotted them a while back at Dar Al Funoon, but I forgot the name of the artist. And of course whenever I remember to call and ask Dar Al Funoon it's either in the middle of the night, like now, or when their office is closed. So I decided to post their photos here in hopes one of my art-loving readers might enlighten me.
Friday, May 30, 2014
If you've been following me on instagram (@confashions), you'd have probably seen my posts on AlOthman Boutique's recent event, Caftan AlOthman. In celebration of launching Oscar de la Renta's caftans collection, the boutique has handpicked amazing local designers to design limited edition and exclusive pieces for AlOthman Boutique. The designers who have participated were Reem Al Humaidan, Jallabiya by Reem Al Subih, Ghain Ghada by Showg Al Mudhaf, Dal by Dana Al Qabandi, and last but not least Ha'a by Hanan Al Joaan. It was beautiful sight seeing people supporting local talents and mingling with the designers, already 3 out of 5 participating collections have completely sold out by the next day! I sometimes secretly wish I had the creativity and talent to design caftans, but it's too much headache for me... for now at least.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Beirut-based boutique Orient499, which is known as the extravagant hub for all modern ethno-chic fashion, jewellery, furniture and home accessories, will be hosting an exhibition this Monday 2nd June with Iwan Maktabi at Dar Al Funoon in Kuwait City, from 11am to 9pm. The exhibition will be on until Thursday 5th June. Here's an exclusive sneak peek of what to expect.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Chanel accessories are probably impossible to get tired of or get rid of. Yes we might stop wearing them for a while but we always go back to them even if it's after a period of years. That's the beauty of Chanel's interlocking CCs and the pearls. I bought pearl necklace from the brand almost 9 years ago and I still wear them from time to time. And you know what's weird? Whenever I visit Salhiya Complex for any or no particular reason, I just have to pass by the Chanel boutique to check out what;s new. It's like a magnet! Anyhow, is it just me or is the Salhiya branch has more variety that its branch in Prestige the Avenues? I spotted a selection of new accessories such as oversized pearl necklaces, patent leather boy bags in bright gem colors, and shoes decorated with strings of pearls. Such an eye candy for Chanel fanatics. Scroll down and have a look...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
After New York and Paris, the Ralph Lauren Giant Ricky Bag is coming to Kuwait as the first Middle East stop of its World Tour at the Avenues starting from next week!
To celebrate the launch of the newest “Soft,” “Mini” and “Chain” variations on its iconic Ricky Bag, Ralph Lauren is exhibiting a spectacular “Giant Ricky Bag” at stores around the world. Taking cues from the Soft Ricky Bag, its beautifully crafted archetype, the Giant Ricky took a team of four expert artisans approximately one month to create. Echoing the supple silhouette and handwork throughout — from shaping to creasing to tacking — the Giant Ricky is beautifully outfitted with all of the Soft Ricky’s authentic details, from Italian-made leather construction to its key bell, grommets and functioning lock. Six feet tall and five feet wide, the Giant Ricky Bag is over four times the size of the Soft Ricky and weighs approximately 250 pounds (that's around 120 kilo grams!).
The exhibit travelled from Galeries Lafayette in Paris to the Ralph Lauren flagship store on Saint Germain and then onto the recently reopened Palais Galliera, the museum of fashion. After Paris, the Clementine Giant Ricky travelled to the Ralph Lauren flagship New Bond Street store in London before departing for the Maximilianstrasse store in Munich.
Yowza! That's one hell of a bag! Big enough to stuff half of my closet inside! Actually, it would make the perfect dream bag for travelling, if only it would pass the security check...
Monday, May 26, 2014
What do you do when a girl whom you've been secretly crushing over her sense of style opens up a multi-brand concept store? You cancel all your plans for the day and
zoom head straight to her new fashion home, aka the store. That's exactly what I did when I heard Sarah Al Mussalam, one of the co-founders of BLAQ, opened up a concept store for men and women at Shuwaikh's Altelal Complex. Naturally and as expected, it did not disappoint on brands selection, price, or service. The cool thing was that I felt right at home from the moment I walked in the door, on my left was a seating area that could perfectly fit into any modern-loving home, and to my right was a small kitchenette with it's cozy seating area, which soon will be a full-functioning cafe for passer-bys and shoppers. As for the majority of the space, it was dedicated to women's and men's clothes and accessories.
The softly-opened store BLAQ offers a selection that will sate both the religiously fashionable and the occasional dabbler. I found mind blowing pieces by one of my favorite up-coming designers Palmer Harding. Finding out that this brand is actually stocked in Kuwait was like "That's it! You guys sealed the deal and I'm officially in love with you!!". Other brands include Toga footwear, Dominic Jones jewelry, Aamaya Priyanka jewelry, Paul & Joe, Opening Ceremony, YMC, Alexandra D. Foster luxury silk cushions, and much more. Have a quick scroll down to get an idea of what's BLAQ like.
"An official grand opening is set to happen soon, for now we're just testing the waters", expressed Sarah. I say go there ASAP to get your hands on the best of the best.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
It's amazing to see a business grows from a low-key online shopping site to a full throttle brick and mortar store. I have previously posted about Kuwaiti entrepreneur Fudha Al Ateeqi's brain child Paper-Design here, now with her expansion and re-modeling, her brand has its own boutique in KIPCO Tower in Kuwait City, and is officially known as Paper and Nest.
I finally managed to pay the store a visit the other day and met up with Fudha. Small in space but rich with goodies and eye candy, the store was filled with paper goods, gifts, and accessories for you and your home. I loved how every corner had its own character and at the same time they all synched together. I got myself a bright yellow S'well bottel, a non-leaching and non-toxic stainless steel bottle, that keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. I've been using it for my herbal teas when I go to work and my co-workers instantly fell in love with it! I highly recommend to visit the store if you want to buy a special gift for someone who has everything.
As for the design part, which Fudha was initially known for, she still offers graphic designs services for various clients needs.
Loved the camera straps with floral Liberty-inspired prints.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
One of my close friends is very fashion savvy, she really knows her A's to Z's of fashion. We often share the same outlook about the industry, not to mention the same unplanned purchases. And she's one of the few people who has an eye for new designer. She just recently shared with me a new name to the fashion world: Rosetta Getty.
I have gone through her sophisticated lookbook A/W 2014 and was amazed by how beautifully innovative her dresses and separates looked, from the colour and cut to the fabric and the fit, every classic item was re-interpreted in a very modern and unexpected manner. That shirt dress with knot details looks perfect alternative to Ramadan's caftans, and the floor-length blazer/coat looks sensational.
I tried to find the designer's website but my attempts failed, good thing I had a soft copy of her lookbook to share my favorite looks. Scroll down and enjoy.
UPDATE: Thanks to one of my readers in Qatar, I now linked the designer to her website. How come it didn't cross by mind to try the name to the domain?! Very simple! Thank you Sarah N. xx
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I don't think I'll ever get bored of Charlotte Olympia’s whimsical shoes, they have this magical thing to whisk you away to another fun-filled world. I loved this nautical-inspired anchor slipper I spotted at Harvey Nichols Kuwait the other day. Makes me wanna sail far away, as far as Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes to be more precise. Le siiiiiigh.... A girl can dream.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Fashion icon Iris Apfel turns up the colour as she styles herself after Matisse. Interior designer and fashion doyenne, 92-year-old Iris Apfel draws inspiration from Matisse's Cut-Outs to create a series of wonderful outfits in homage to the master of colour.
Tate Modern's exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist's works in one place and discover Matisse's final artistic triumph.
See more about the exhibition here.