Insta Obsessed

We’re all guilty of it. Call us obsessed! Whether it’s posting a picture of our latest meal/ outfit/ selfie or obsessing over our favourite celeb’s new Instagram post. Celebs aside, don’t know who else to follow? Here’s our list of must follows!

 

Eva Chen

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The Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Magazine. Our favourite posts of hers always involves shoes and bags.

 

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A fashion writer/Editor, best selling New York Times author. He’s the Editor-at-Large for Harper’s Bazaar, VMagazine and VMAN.

 

The Coveteur

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They give us a look into the closets of the famous variety, along with homes and everything in between.

 

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Marriam Mossalli is a Saudi fashion writer/editor. She also has her own luxury and fashion consulting firm called Niche Arabia. The most fun part of her posts? Her comments!

 

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Jonathan Paciullo is a street style photographer and contributes to Glamour Magazine’s French edition. This is a one stop destination for our style inspiration.

 

Wilhelmina Models

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Wilhelmina Models’ Instagram posts are pretty much equal parts of eye candy, fierce modelling and fashion. One of our favourites!

 

Witchoria

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Victoria Siemer is a Graphic Designer based in New York. Her works are always profound and makes you think.

 

Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson

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A well known Visual Artist/ Illustrator and, wait for it, Head Creative Developer for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

 

– Neha Prasad

Interview: Nathalie Trad

Nathalie Trad doesn’t need much of an introduction. She designs absolutely stunning clutches and is a well known name in every fashionable household in the Middle East region and abroad. Her clutches are a definite must have for every fashionista’s wardrobe.

 

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Tell us a bit about yourself, Nathalie.

I was born in Lebanon and grew up in Dubai. I developed a strong penchant for asymmetric designs, which today forms the basis my line of clutches, whilst earning a BA from Paris’ ESMOD International. It was then, in 2007, that I discovered my personal design ethos: to take classic shapes – ubiquitous in our natural environment – and radically transform them, deconstructing and always trying to redefine the boundaries of fashion aesthetics.

In 2008, I relocated to New York to further pursue this vision. There, I studied Design and Management at Parsons The New School for Design and worked under the mentorship of an industry-leading accessories designer at Proenza Schouler. There, I gained experience of working in a growing fashion business and focused on gaining hands on experience designing accessories.

My time spent in two fashion capitals – Paris and New York – coupled with the expertise gained through my degrees and my quest to re-examine the foundations of traditional accessory design, helped me forge a unique signature style laying the foundation for my brand.

 

When was the brand founded and what is the inspiration behind the brand?

I was browsing through various books at my favorite bookstore in New York (“Strand”) I came across Albertus Seba’s book of illustrations, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities.
Considered one of the 18th century’s greatest natural history achievements, the book features images of a variety of insects drawn by illustrators. Believe it or not, seeing the kaleidoscope of colors on these insects’ carcasses immediately triggered in me a creative outpouring. I vividly remember being completely mesmerized by the complex forms, shapes and patterns captured in the book. Then while on an impromptu trip around South East Asia, my fascination with nature only grew stronger, I was completely taken aback by their natural wealth.
I started to go by the motto “smell with your eyes, hear with your nose, see with your ears and taste with your hands.” In doing so, I saw it all from a different perspective, which allowed me to reinterpret what I saw and led to the creation of my 2013 inaugural collection.

 

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What was the source of inspiration for your latest collection?

Drawing inspiration from cubism and futurism, I took a moment to look at the world from different viewpoints, as a series of fractured perspectives and lines. A universe assembled from smaller shapes, overlapping geometric planes that crystallize into a gestalt, a unified whole.

The leitmotif of my Fall 2014 collection is filtering the world through a prism, deconstructing two dimensional shapes and morphing them into three dimensional bold, exotic sculptures. Marked by elegant decadence, opulent colors and eclectic patterns.

 

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What were some of the challenges you faced when you started your brand?

Until now, the most challenging part is being the creative driver of the business while at the same time running it on a day to day basis. The best part for me is being able to decide on the creative direction of the season and shaping the business in line with my vision. Nevertheless being a small business owner also means that I need to play several roles sometimes all in the span of a day. I can go from being a graphic designer, logistics, marketing, retail, finance manager, and now that I am finally starting to hire a proper team, an HR manager. Being a small business owner requires being hands on every possible front which is not an easy task.

 

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What do you love most about Dubai?

Dubai is a vibrant, thriving city and a gateway between the East and West. This perfectly mirrors the essence of my line of handbags and accessories: each and every one of my pieces draws on both Eastern and Western aesthetics, from my design background and creative process, to my contemporary influences, cultural heritage, and the different natural materials that I have used. Dubai represents a city that will never cease to evolve, recreate and outdo itself  and thus serves as the perfect example for me. It pushes me to expand the realm of possibilities with my designs and create truly innovative pieces.

 

Any exciting news about the brand you would like to share with us?

We have some very exciting collaborations in the pipeline!

 

– Neha Prasad

Red Carpet Round Up: Cannes Film Festival 2014

The Cannes Film Festival came to an end yesterday. With nearly 18 films competing for the coveted Palm d’Or, Winter Sleep directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan cinched the award.

While the film screenings take up the top spot, fashion comes in a close second with everyone having their say about who was the best dressed and *gasp* who didn’t quite make the list. Here’s my list of best dressed celebs on the red carpet!

 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci Premiere

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Cara Delevingne in Chanel Couture

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Aishwarya Rai in Roberto Cavalli

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Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

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Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace

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Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere

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– Neha Prasad

Chanel Cruise Dubai

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you would know that one of the most prestigious and well loved luxury brands, Chanel, presented it’s Cruise Collection for 2014/15 in Dubai!

The collection was presented on The Island. Karl Lagerfeld and the French fashion house orchestrated a true fashion spectacle on the manmade Island, privately owned by Sheikh Hamdan.

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The Island after

 

What started out as a barren stretch of land turned into an exquisite set. It took a total of two months to build the oasis which was complete with palm trees, tents, Bedouin cushions and rugs and even henna plants.

Guests were escorted from the mainland to the Island via abras. The VIP guest list included Tilda Swinton, Freida Pinto, Vanessa Paradis, Dakota Fanning, Carine Roitfeld and Chiara Ferragni. Janelle Monae was also in attendence.

Drawing inspiration from the Middle East, the looks were modest and incorporated layering. One look even had a sequined Burj Khalifa on it. I’m lusting over the crescent moon brooches which incorporated the Iconic Chanel double c’s logo.

 

Here are some of the looks I absolutely fell in love with!

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– Neha Prasad

Red Carpet Round Up – The Met Gala

The Met Gala is an annual fund raiser held to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It is considered to be one of the most exclusive events and is held in New York. The theme for this year’s gala was White Tie. A complete opposite of last year’s theme which was punk.

 

And here’s the Best Dressed women, men and couples of the night!

 

Hailee Steinfeld in a Prabal Gurung dress and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry

Hailee Steinfeld in a Prabal Gurung dress and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry

 

Emma Stone in a Thakoon dress and Tod’s bag and Andrew Garfield in a Band of Outsiders suit and Christian Louboutin shoes

Emma Stone in a Thakoon dress and Tod’s bag and Andrew Garfield in a Band of Outsiders suit and Christian Louboutin shoes

 

Karolina Kurkova in a Marchesa dress and Harry Winston jewelry

Karolina Kurkova in a Marchesa dress and Harry Winston jewelry

 

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in Gucci

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Ralph Lauren

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Jay Z in Givenchy Couture and Beyoncé in a Givenchy Couture dress, Philip Treacy veil, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Jay Z in Givenchy Couture and Beyoncé in a Givenchy Couture dress, Philip Treacy veil, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

Rihanna in a Stella McCartney dress, Jacob & Co. necklace, Cartier rings, and Dionea Orcini rings

Rihanna in a Stella McCartney dress, Jacob & Co. necklace, Cartier rings, and Dionea Orcini rings

 

David Beckham in a Ralph Lauren Black Label suit and Christian Louboutin shoes and Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham

David Beckham in a Ralph Lauren Black Label suit and Christian Louboutin shoes and Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham

 

 

– Neha Prasad

Interview: Lady Mauve

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Melissah Russo, the creator of Lady Mauve. Lady Mauve is a fashion label that sells handcrafted jewellery and kimono jackets. Its known for its one of a kind statement necklaces.

 

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SO: Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started your label?

MR: My name is Melissah and I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I’ve been in Dubai for about eight years now. I’ve always been around design. My mom’s an amazing seamstress and costume designer so as I was growing up, I learnt how to do basic sewing and helped her with all the costumes as I got older as there was a lot of work involved. My dad was in one of Melbourne first punk rock bands. I’ve grown up around music artists and designers my whole life.

I started Lady Mauve in 2010. I’ve always enjoyed making jewellery, its something that I’ve done for a long time and I just started showcasing at markets in Dubai.

 

 

 

SO: What was the inspiration behind Lady Mauve?

MR: Lady mauve is inspired by Lady Pink. Lady pink was the first female graffiti artist, who is based in New York City. A lot of my inspirations come from graffiti work. A lot of my colour choices and patterns come from that art form. I really love graffiti. I love the whole graffiti subculture.

 

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SO: How would you describe your designs?

MR: Lady mauve is very bold, colourful, very statement pieces. A lot of the pattern choices and colour choices are like artwork, so everybody can see my designs actually can tell it’s a Lady Mauve piece. There is a bohemian influence as well. Over the years people have really appreciated what I’ve done and now I do pop up stores, private showcasing, I’ve participated in fashion forward, which was an amazing experience, to meet other designers in the region.

 

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SO: What challenges did you face when starting your label?

MR: There are a lot of challenges when you start a label. I showcase at a lot of pop up stores and markets so it’s really about putting the hard work in and not giving up it’s almost been four years now I’ve been doing it and only now I’ve gotten noticed.

 

SO: Any advice for anyone who wants to start their own label?

MR: I find that in design things don’t happen overnight and if you keep pushing and you believe in yourself your label will get recognised, and if you have an idea and you want to do something, it’s just never giving up and just believing in yourself, it’s very important. Networking, keeping up-to-date with social media is very important as well.

 

Exciting news! Coming soon to Lady Mauve are customised denim jackets! Here’s a picture of Melissah’s.

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– Neha Prasad

Fashion Forward: The Hair and Make up

While most of the attention goes to the clothing (duh, its a fashion show), the hair and make up this season was absolutely phenomenal. Here are some of the best hair and make up looks from the shows. The season’s hottest trend seems to be hair accessories, whether its a turban, a flower head piece or Amato’s way, there’s no way you can go wrong.

 

ZAREENA

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THE EMPEROR 1688

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TALLER MARMO

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BASHAR ASSAF

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ASUDARI

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RAMI KADI

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AMATO BY FURNE ONE

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Fashion Forward Season 3: Day 3

The highlights of day 3 – the talk by Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week, and the shows of Zayan The Label and Amato by Furne One.

 

Arwa Alammari – Grazia Emerging Designer

The collection is inspired by traditional English tea parties with a dash of style from 50s and 60s. The designer was quoted saying, “My designs are for the woman who wants to look unique and be a head turner whenever she walks in a crowd”.

 

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House of Ronald

Titled as Bulletproof, the collection is inspired from the notion of women being portrayed as modern day warriors who are not afraid to display their strength without compromising on their femininity and beauty. The collection features printed geometric bullet motifs.

 

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Zareena

Zareena is known for design placement and colour palette. The main theme of the collection is abstract shapes and lines which is featured under three groups of design, the whites, the golds and the abstract formations with colours.

 

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Tahir Sultan

The collection is all about comfort versus style. The fabric used across the collection is jersey in a avant garde manner.

 

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Zayan The Label

The Main inspiration for the collection is 90s classic “pretty woman” with the tagline “I want the fairytale”, which also a well known line from the movie itself. The collection features embroidered lace, sweats with sheer paneling, neoprene and prints with fairytale motifs. The collection is for a renegade princess,  marching towards her own destiny.

 

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Amato by Furne One

Inspired by the travels and conquests of Alexander the Great in Persia, India and Egypt, The collection features vibrant colours which is reminiscent of jewels like rubies and emeralds. The fabrics used for the collection are French tulle and embellishments like sequins and crystals.

 

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(Images courtesy of Getty Images)

 

-Neha Prasad

Fashion Forward Season 3: day 2

Day 2 was an eventful day, not only for the fashion shows but for the fashion talks as well. Sofia Guellaty, Senior Editor of Style.com/Arabia hosted a talk with well known blogger, BryanBoy. The talk proved to be insightful and informative.

 

Bashar Assaf

Last season, Bashar Assaf was introduced under the Starch Foundation and a season later he is debuting his first solo collection. The collection is inspired by apex and peaks as well as the stages of love. The colours used across the collection are Burgundy, forest green and navy blue. The collection also uses a variety of fabrics like jacquard, felt, wool, silks and cottons.

 

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Essa

Titled as Blow! the collection is inspired by fun loving girls who are bold, daring and adventurous. The collection features a lot of fur, real and faux, along with every possible fabric and colour. The collection is meant for those who are not afraid to experiment and for those who love to stand out from the crowd.

 

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Said Mahrouf

Said Mahrouf’s signature style is feminine but minimalistic. His collection features elegantly draped dresses and pantsuits in flowing fabric. The lines are clean but add movement and the colour palette consisted of neutrals.

 

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Taller Marmo

Focusing on the signature style of sleek silhouettes, the brand ventures into evening wear. Inspired by strong women like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, the collection features column dresses and skirts which are made without sewing them together to give them a more sensual feel. The inspiration heavily influenced the fabrics used.

 

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Rami Kadi

Titled as “Le Royaume Enchante” the collection inspired by the story of sleeping beauty, who wakes up from a long slumber. The collection features exquisite cuts dramatic volumes and refined shapes. The fabrics used for the collection ranges from tulle, silk crepe, organza, mikado and lace.

 

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Velsvoir X Patrick Hellmann

Velsvoir is a luxury bowties and accessory brand brand based in London. In collaboration with Patrick Hellmann, these dapper men put up an exquisite show. The collection, known as “Man In Motion”, depicts the modern man in the pursuit of achieving balance between daywear and evening wear. The accessories are handmade in London and use exotic materials like pony hair, goat suede, stingray, eel and calf suede.

 

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(Images courtesy of Getty Images)

 

– Neha Prasad