Tags: personal style

Steal Her Style: Olivia Palermo

Recently Olivia Palermo got married in a somewhat unconventional wedding “dress”. Instead of opting for a gown as one would usually do, she decided to do something different. She wore a cream cashmere sweater, white shorts along with a full tulle satin and silk skirt and blue Manolo Blahnik shoes.

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Colour me obsessed…with her style! If you’re into Oliva Palermo and love her style like me, here’s how you can get her style without hurting your wallet. Click on the collage to find out where to buy from.

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- 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

Loving this week: Wide Leg Trousers

Sophisticated yet comfortable, classic yet stylish and fashionable. This is why I love wide leg trousers! When wearing wide leg trousers, the key to pull off the look is heels. It could be platforms, strappy sandals or even a pair of black Louboutins, its up to you!

Here’s are some of my online favourites!

 

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Chloe – MyTheresa

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Rachel Zoe – ShopBop

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- Neha Prasad

KEORO Resort Wear

Evelyn Virag Keoro

Today we interview Evelyn and Oana two young and talented UAE based Italian designers who created KEORO, a luxury resort-wear collection born in Dubai.

The collection is a direct reflection of Dubai’s lifestyle with year-round summer-like climate and mix of sea and desert that is shown through the collection by the usage of aqua green, blue, bronze and white. The prints are inspired by the culture and the sight of the region: paisleys as an ancient Persian and Indian motif, dégradé as the shades of the magical sunsets and hues of blue that denote the sea. It embodies the modern and sophisticated woman who desires to be elegant and sensual, yet looks for multi-functionality and comfort. The collection is multi-faceted and can be worn on a casual day at the beach or to a glamorous yacht party and further into the evening as the kaftan transforms into an evening dress

Evelyn, Oana what inspired you to start a resort wear collection?

Our collection is inspired by our travels, our love for the sea and our free spirits. We also realized it was difficult here in Dubai to find something different other than heavily ornate and embroidered beach kaftans, so we decided to create a clean and sophisticated design that would appeal to women like us.

What are your greatest influences or fashion icons?

Other resort wear designers like Melissa Odabash, and Heidi Klein but mainly our inspiration comes from observing people on the beach all over the world.

How would you describe the KEORO woman?

She is modern, sophisticated and sensual. Who appreciates multi-functionality and comfort.

Challenges of starting your own fashion collection?

The biggest challenge is reaching out to the target audience. Creating a collection from start to finish requires a lot of effort, dedication, and patience. Also because we decided to produce the collection here in the UAE finding the right factory that could provide the highest standards of quality.

Favorite boutiques?

Candela, Boutique 1, Sauce, Salinas

Thank you girls for the interview anything else you would like to share with our audience?

All we want to say is that we must all follow our dreams. It is our dreams that define us, our spirit that guides us and eventually our hard work that helps us grow. We all have it in us to think beyond the traditional boundaries.

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Loving this week: Buttoned Shirts

Its the weekend! And its time get dressed in your casual best. My favourite outfit for the weekend? a button up shirt tucked into boyfriend jeans with D’orsay flats!

Here’s a couple pieces i’m lusting over at the moment.

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- Neha Prasad

Loving This Week: Midi Skirts

There’s something about midi skirts. They are funny, flirty and elegant. You can pair them with dainty blouses or with cropped sweatshirts. Midi skirts are a must have for you wardrobe this season. Here are some of my favourites!

 

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Forever 21

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Giambattista Valli at Mytheresa

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- Neha Prasad

Loving This Week: Cropped Jackets

Its a major runway trend and its totally wearable! The weather in dubai is totally being bipolar nowadays and a girl has to be prepared for the occasional cool weather, rain, hail storm and sand storm. Here’s my favourite picks!

 

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MSGM at SHOPBOP

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Victoria Beckham at Mytheresa

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- Neha Prasad

Wardrobe staples: 10 must haves

1. Jeans – black, blue, acid washed, boot cut, skinny, boyfriend jeans….I could go on and on. For a casual look opt for blue jeans over black.

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2. Black Blazer – You can pair them with anything. It “chics” up your outfit.

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3. White Oversized shirt – The oversized shirt gives a casual yet sophisticated look. Tuck it in to show your shape.

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4. White T-shirt – The white tee is a ultimate must have in every woman’s closet. You can create multiple fashion savvy outfits with your humble white tee.

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5. Black Leather Jacket – With summer approaching, you probably won’t wear it as much. But it’s still a must have for cooler times. Nothing says cool like a leather jacket.

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6. Nude heels – Black heels have been done to death. When buying nude heels choose a colour close to your skin tone.

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7. Ballet Flats – Tired of your heels? Who isn’t? My go to shoe option are ballet flats. Comfy and stylish.

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8. Shift dress – Here’s an outfit that can go from day to night. For the night look, cinch a belt around the waist and add heels and voila!

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9. Black Tote – Face it, we all need that one bag that can carry everything. My choices are Givenchy and Goyard.

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10. Structured bag – Go casual with your outfit and let your bag add the extra oomph. My favourite is the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli.

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- Neha Prasad

Nail Art

Want to try out something interesting for your nails? Take a look at some of these awesome mani’s!

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- Neha Prasad

DIY Converse

The best part about Chuck Taylors? Customising them. It’s become a ritual, really. Here are a couple of neat ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Stud ‘Em

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That 70’s Tie Dye

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- Neha Prasad