Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Neon Gifts - New collection 2015

Tired of all the generic greeting cards that you find in the malls? The Neon Gifts, a quirky UAE-based stationary company, released its new collection today, which comes complete with dazzling Eid money envelopes and jumbo birthday cards.

The Neon Gifts Correspondence Cards are a highlight of the collection. These unique cards contain all letters of the Arabic alphabet in gold metallic foil. Perfect for when you want to send a note of thanks, say hello, or to simply beautify your desk. Their Eid Envelopes, with their colourful pockets give you a unique way in which to gift Eid money. Cash is king, after all, and your king will sit nicely in these dazzling money envelopes.

The entire new collection, as well as the existing best selling stationary items, are all available to order online at www.theneongifts.com.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Woman Rising: From Prisoners to Artisans

During Beirut Design Week 2015, Sarah’s Bag presented “Woman Rising: From Prisoners to Artisans”, an experience that takes visitors into the heart of what the social enterprise and handbag and accessories label is all about. In addition to the exhibition, the label showcased its summer collection.

Woman Rising draws visitors into the unmediated world of the prisoners who have been working with Sarah’s Bag since the label launched in 2000. Sarah’s Bag designs its collections around these women’s skills in beading, embroidery, and crocheting; their handwork is the label’s signature. The exhibition revealed what led these artists to be incarcerated, their fears, their deepest desires and frustrations, and their hopes for the future.

30 artists pour their stories onto 40 canvases, big and small. Proceeds from the sale of each of the big canvases will go to the artist who created it. The funds raised from the sale of the small canvases, which are the work of a group of artists, will go to Dar Al Amal, the NGO that works with underprivileged women and women at risk. Dar Al Amal will use the proceeds to help prisoners fund their legal expenses and hire lawyers, as well as improve prison conditions by installing air conditioning for the stifling, overcrowded prison cells and new water dispensers, among other amenities that have an impact on the daily life of prisoners.

Scroll down to check out some of their amazing work. 


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Olympia Le-Tan Clutches on SALE!?!

Olympia Le-Tan clutches are a must-have accessory and are sure to become a sartorial talking point. The French designer's pieces feature remained classic book covers, and from the intricate hand embroidery to the Liberty-print lining, exquisite attention is lavished on every detail.

Olympia Le-Tan clutches that will be available from 7th July 2015 at THEOUTNET.COM at up to 75% off!!! All featured photos of the clutches will be available online on sale! So mark your calendars and get ready for some serious online battle there!!

Photo credit: Olympia Le-Tan and TheOutnet.com

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Outfit of the Day

I've been kind of lazy with posting Outfits of the Day. So here's a quick one I took of one of the caftans I got for the Ramadan season designed by the talented Shugar collection. The caftan has this really unique neckline, like an oversized floppy high-neck, which instantly caught my attention.  I'll show you a close up of the belt she has specially designed for me on instagram, so follow @confashions now.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Keeping Up with Kuwaiti Kaftans

It's no secret that I love clothes, and especially Kaftans. I think I first became interested in kaftans at almost 9 years ago when I first started building my humble collection of kaftans. It was fun becoming aware of all the different fabrics and the use of vibrant (and sometimes neutral) colors to create something wonderful to wear during Ramadan by local and regional talents. That is why I suppose I have a great love of Kaftans. They are easy-to-wear, flowing, and colorful. They always make me feel as though I am on vacation at an exotic location. Just throw them on, wear a belt around your waist with shorts or jeans to go out with beautiful jewellery, and you're good to go.

Living in Kuwait means that when shopping for caftans, the choices are endless!! And I'm so glad to see the group of local designers whom I appreciate their talents and whom I regard as legit ones are growing by the season with designs that make you want to buy the entire collection. With the help of my dear friend, we managed to take photos of some really nice designs. And that's just a sample of some of the great local talents we have right here in K-town.

Who's your favorite local caftans designer?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BAKCHIC

Fellow blogger and talented designer of BAKCHIC has the best styling and some of the best photage art direction. She has recently launches her SS 2015 collection inspired by the Magic region of Imilchil, a small town in central Morocco, in the Atlas Mountains with a population of about 1,858. It's better known for the celebration of colorful Berber weddings. BAKCHIC decided to marry glitters and traditions with her latest collection, and we think she did an amazing job.

First, here's a little something about Imilchil. Once every September, a festival is held at Imilchil in which the young are allowed to choose a spouse for themselves, which is quite unusual for a community usually confined by tribal traditions. The would-be brides and grooms are free to pick whoever they wish to marry. Dressed in roughly woven black robes, bohemian-inspired layers, and jangling silver jewelry decorated with amber beads around their necks and heads. Scroll down for some of my favorite looks of BAKCHIC's Spring/Summer 2015 collection.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TheOutnet.com Launches The Denim Shop

TheOutnet.com launched The Denim Shop with an upload that features a huge variety of styles (all with extremely high depth) along with a section of the site which is dedicated specifically to denim. Check out the selection by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stars In My Hands

If you're looking for something funky fresh to jazz up your caftans, then grab hold of Ramadan style with these leather and fabric clutches dazzled with embroidered golden stars. They're the perfect summer accessory for the polished prepster. Find them at The Pillowcase.

The Pillowcase is a lifestyle-led concept brand offering a range of unique homeware to personal apparel and accessories.

Monday, June 22, 2015

New Designer: HariTHanD

HariTHanD is a Lebanon-based brand that was established in 2010. It is mostly catered to young women who want to razzle dazzle in a formal or a fancy event. His experimental designs are inspired by beauties from the glamorous fifties, and you can avidly see it in his petal-like shapes with magnified twisted layers and belted waists. Actually, some of his designs have similar aesthetics as innovative Australian designer Toni Maticevski. Scroll down for some of my favorite pieces.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Special Gift

During my stay in Beirut, a beautifully packaged gift was sent to the hotel I was staying in. It was a gift from HariTHanD, a young Lebanon-based brand. Inside was a classy 50's inspired light coat in a pretty shade of metallic pink. I was very touched! It was such a nice gesture by the new brand. I had to know more about it so I started researching online to find out more. I'll share with you in my next post some of this new talent's creations. 

New Designer: Faissal El-Malak

I just recently discovered a new regional talent, Faissal El-Malak, through the instagram account of Harvey Nichols Dubai. First of all the styling of his pieces were so refreshing, and I would definitely wear some of the pieces for Ramadan and beyond. The cultural influences are inevitable in his designs, and beautifully translated to the creative process of his debut collection.

So who is Faissal El-Malak? According to his website, he is a Palestinian designer who was brought up between Montreal Canada and Doha Qatar. He trained as a fashion designer in Paris’ Atelier Chardon Savard and recently moved back to the Gulf, finally settling in Dubai in September 2014. El-Malak has been working on developing his contemporary Middle Eastern design identity by bridging traditional artisan work with modern design. His SS15 collection draws from the millennial tradition of weaving in Yemen.

To find out more about Faissal El-Malak, click here



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