Posts Tagged ‘fashion’
WHY IT GOTTA BE GRAY?
Starting off with a classic, it’s fall’s favorite neutral. You can go gray for the complete look taking advantage of its different shades (yes, we all know there are at least 50 of them) or rather as a base to play with. For the mild winter of the Middle East the silk and cashmere Brunello Cucinelli double-breasted jacket comes as a superb coating option, and the chest pocket adds the opportunity for some color with a lively handkerchief. I’m in love with the woven leather vamp in the Bottega Veneta driver, a clever mix of driving and boat shoe.
And some good news for workoutaholics and hoarders alike – big bags are back. Like the Santiago Gonzalez genuine crocodile duffle bag. Also, extra-large, pashmina-like swathes of fabric, that GQ magazine cleverly named “manket”. Consider the Alexander McQueen felt blanket scarf that offers many ways to drape, wrap, and knot.
BOOTS ARE IN, BUT CHELSEA BOOTS ARE INNER
This very special ankle boot made it to most of the men’s runway shows in London, Milan and Paris. Change the clothes and keep the boots on, because their versatility allows you to dress up a more casual get-up, like denim, and dress down an uptight suit, for an especially cool and still smart look for work.
You can’t go wrong with these Jimmy Choo Linton men’s leather boots that come with a very classy brogue trim, also a strong trend in this year’s shows. And from Prada another bold option would be the burnished leather double-buckle boot, in a beautiful coffee color that always looks good in the fall.
GOOD THINGS COME IN 3s: CHECKS, PLAIDS & PATTERNS
Checks transitioned from last fall, so you might be in luck if you already made the investment a year ago. Trousers are particularly devoted to in this trend, and we will see patterned slacks taking the streets more than ever. Now, the best part is that they are here to mix! (but never, never match.) I can’t wait to put my hands on these Etro checked skinny wool trousers – they are a particularly tasteful epitome of the trend. Givenchy took it to the accessories, giving us a cool (and ultra-functional) obsedia men’s plaid wool backpack. The final proof this style is no longer relegated to the classroom.
And for the unafraid, the tonal signature Alexander McQueen skull jacquard represents the definite must-have of the season, especially if you consider that blue hues will also be very hip in the fall. And what goes best with it? The Chelsea boots, of course!
All products available at www.neimanmarcus.com
1. Brunello Cucinelli 2. Bottega Veneta 3. Santiago Gonzalez 4. Alexander McQueen 5. Jimmy Choo 6. Prada 7. Givenchy 8. Etro 9. Alexander McQueen
Things are heating up in the Sept PR office! Temperatures are rising fast in Dubai and the intense summer sunshine calls for effortless, easy dressing whilst still exuding amazing style. We decided to share some of our picks of the latest summer trends, from cute romantic, to tailored chic, to Ramadan covers ups, taking Dubai fashionistas from office meetings to beachfront sundowners.
If you are a lover of the pretty romantic trend, think Isabel Marant, Chloe and Dolce & Gabbana – floral print dresses, lace sleeve t-shirts, tailored cotton shorts and satin camis are must have items this summer; wear with strappy heels or sandles in earthy tones and a stylish tote to take you naturally from day to night.
Those wishing for a tailored desk to dinner look should channel Alexander Wang and Michael Kors, teaming our go to item – the cropped trouser with a silk shirt, or opting for a seamless shirt dress for smart-summer couture; add a bright colored court shoe and statement clutch and you’re ready to rock work and play.
Keep your cool and respect the traditions of the Holy Month of Ramadan with loose fitting trousers and beautiful blouses both on our agenda this July. Float with ease through the soaring heat with a relaxed yet glam kaftan, stick to cottons, silks and breathable materials to stay elegant, tasteful and cool in the summer sun.
Summer frills are an essential part of any outfit; whether you’re a fan of gold or silver it’s all in the details – pastel shade gemstones, design your own charm bracelets and chain link luxe will take any outfit from fun to fabulous.
We have chosen some of our summer favorites below… happy shopping!
The Sept PR team
1. Joseph 2.Valentino 3.Ippolita 4.Dolce&Gabbana
5. Michael Kors 6.Chloe 7.Diane Von Furstenberg 8.Valetino
“A woman can carry a bag but it’s the shoe that carries the woman – Christian Louboutin” A master in both words and all things shoes. We are true believers here in the office that the statement shoe is an ingenious item for any wardrobe and its showiness is exactly what makes it so versatile. A show stopper of a heel will turn an all-black, inconspicuous outfit into a paparazzi’s dream.
For those of you more daring and playful with fashion like myself then I highly recommend to go all out and wear them with a riot of colour and patterns, creating a total mish-mash. It’s all about having fun and let’s face it, if you have a pair of statement shoes on the are chances are you aren’t trying to hide under the radar so just go all out.
The brilliant news is that it’s not just about heels either – although there are never ending amounts of fabulous pairs. Fashionistas can swap their stilettos for far more practical pairs of slippers, sneakers, preppy mannish loafers and tough-girl boots but still look hot to trot.
It was a hard job but someone had to do it and I slaved away to bring you some of the hottest heels around this season.
1) Pollini 2) Carven 3) Zara 4) Maison Martin Margiela 5) Jimmy Choo 6) Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem 7) Charlotte Olympia 8)Sophia Webster 9) Miu Miu
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and can pose a bit of a minefield when choosing a gift for that special man in your life. Men are notoriously hard to buy for and don’t always give much assistance with suggesting ideas for gifts. With this in mind, we spoke to the token male in the office and tasked him with cracking the code and coming up with a few ideas for what to get your man this Valentine’s Day:
Cleopatra’s Spa and Wellness in WAFI – I like to pretend that it is because I’m working in an office full of women and that their femininity has somehow rubbed off on me, but truth be told I’ve always loved spas! Even the most macho guy loves being pampered and what better way than indulging in a massage and a dip in a spa pool.
An ex-girlfriend of mine treated me to a day at Cleopatra’s spa in WIFI and it was amazing. I felt like Mark Anthony – the Shakespearean one not the Latin pop sensation / JLo’s ex-husband – and I didn’t want to leave. Check out the website for details and special Valentine’s Day offers.
MVMT watches – Buying a watch for a man can be tricky, as they vary immensely in style and size and reflect his personality. I personally don’t like chunky watches which weigh down the arm and look like they belong on the dash board of a spaceship, so these pieces from crowd-sourced initiative MVMT are ideal. They are simple, stylish and affordable and are shipped over from the US for free in a matter of days.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, they are offering a 10% discount on all purchases. Log on to www.mvmtwatches.com for details.
Givenchy Pour Homme Blue Label Aftershave – a bit of a cliché but aftershave is always a winner, as most guys will wear it every day (and some really should). I love Givenchy Pour Homme Blue Label, as girls have said I smell nice when I have worn it and that is the perfect barometer for me! I deviated from this recently and someone said I smelt like their dad, so I advise to stick with what you know!
Givenchy aftershave is available in most department stores and malls in Dubai.
DVDs – again a bit of a cliché, but us guys love a good TV series. Don’t tell anyone, but we are all partial to a bit of a download in Dubai, but what you don’t get with a download is all the fantastic special features loaded on as a bonus. From behind the scenes documentaries, deleted scenes and actor commentary, most box-sets are crammed with hours of interesting (for us anyway!) information.
There are some fantastic ones to choose from, but if you are looking for a timeless classic seek out Band of Brothers, which is basically Saving Private Ryan but across 10 episodes. For something more up to date get hold of Game of Thrones; one of the best shows on TV recently and packed full of interesting special features.
Virgin megastore located in malls across Dubai should be able to find you what you are looking for.
Phantom 2 Vision flying camera – My friend has recently purchased one of these which is basically a camera attached to a mini-helicopter and the pictures have been awesome. Capable of recording video and taking pictures up to an altitude of over 600 metres, the Phantom 2 Vision is packed full of special features including an in-built GPS so it flies back to a specific location if it goes out of range.
For more details log onto http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-2-vision/ or email the local supplier “Ultimate Hobby” on firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully this blog post has inspired you to find that perfect gift and we wish you a Valentine’s Day full of romance!
We do L.O.V.E. our Sunday nights at OKKU and this week we got to experience a luxurious and unique fashion showcase featuring pieces from the Spring / Summer 13 collection from the Herve Leger By Max Azria.
The Herve Leger fashion house was founded in 1985 by the French designer Hervé L. Leroux and is most famous for designing the “body conscious” or ‘bandage dresses” where stretchy fabric is used to give emphasis to a woman’s figure.
It was great to have the chance to view the collection and the edgy, bold designs really captured the modern, powerful woman of today. From light greys to sharp blues, graphic shapes to intricate weaves the pieces were absolutely stunning.
Along with the eye candy our taste buds were also treated to the tastiest Japanese delicacies from an award winning menu. We particularly enjoyed the Salmon Tartar and the Hamachi Tataki Maki and we were spoilt for choice with ‘O’ style cocktails!
We would like to thank everybody that came down for making it a wonderful evening!
Just recently the Matchesfashion.com team came to Middle East to get a taste of the region where a large number of their fans reside. Matches was founded by Tom and Ruth Chapman in 1984 and started as a luxury fashion store in London. Matches now operates 14 stores as well as having a huge international online presence showcasing pieces from some of the most iconic designers in the world from Alexander McQueen to YSL. It is safe to say that even after all this time, Matches still keeps the customer close to its heart
Over with the Matches team was the wonderful Natalie Kingham (a senior buyer for matchesfashion.com) as well as the talented Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos of Peter Pilotto. It was an extremely busy few days with a packed media schedule from photo shoots to interviews to even more interviews! In the end though, the hard work truly did pay off!
The Official Launch party for the Middle East was held at the elegant and fashionable Art Space Gallery in DIFC. Star guests Pete Pilotto and Christopher De Vos joined us on this wonderful evening and showed off some gorgeous pieces from their Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection.
The room was filled with luxuriously crafted signature Pilotto prints which guests enjoyed admiring whilst they eagerly waited for a photo opportunity with the design duo.
The atmosphere was buzzing, the beats were pumping and the Champagne was flowing. We went a little overboard with the canapés but apart from that it was an extremely enjoyable and successful evening!
Velvet and Silk
The key trends this Fall/Winter are definitely baroque, velvet and leather.
Golden details and rich fabrics are key if you want to channel the baroque look. Wear this trend for a night out as it might be a bit much during the day, unless you are planning on going to Fashion Week of course! The best brand out there doing baroque this season is Dolce and Gabanna.
Velvet this season doesn’t have to be associated with Gothic fashion, it’s for everybody. Velvet is feminine and soft and complements the baroque trend perfectly giving it an even more luxurious look.
Leather is always in fashion but just gets trendier each season. This Fall/Winter expect a lot of leather coats and skirts, and for the true fashionista why not try an all leather look mixing different types of leather?
UAE-based fashion designer Reema Al Banna recently launched her latest Fall 2012/13 collection at an exclusive ‘Compassion Show’ catwalk event at the RIVA Beach Club in Dubai. Guests included the who’s who of the Dubai social scene including fashion journalists and bloggers, photographers and VIP guests.
The stunning models wore designs featuring Reemami’s statement vibrant colors and bold patterns – the style which evokes the young, fresh and fun identity of the brand.
RIVA beach club provided a perfect chilled out and stylish location for the glamorous show which was held al fresco on the palm lined terrace area.
What’s more, Reema focused her fashion show event on helping raise awareness about the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, PCRF. The non-profit institution is a humanitarian and medical organization that helps treat sick and injured children in the Middle East who do not have access to the necessary and specialized care in their homelands.
After the fashion show guests had the chance to look at Reemami’s key designs up close as the models mingled with the invitees. It was great to see two completely different organizations work together and create an exciting and fun event, all in aid of a wonderful cause… Sept loves!
One trend that we adore this season is the lovely hues of pastels that are gracing both catwalk and Dubai’s Fashionistas. Taking inspiration from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Mulberry, soft pinks, lilacs, baby blues and mint greens are our must have colour fix of choice. Pretty, delicate and feminine with a nostalgic nod to our favourite things (like macaroons, ice cream and summer) we are wearing the colours from head to toe including nail varnish, denim capris, wedges, hair bows and tote bags.
We are excited to announce that two of the world’s best known and prestigious UK based fashion and interior design colleges, London College of Fashion (LCF) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (Chelsea), are returning to the Middle East between the 17th – 31st May 2012 to hold another series of Short Courses in response to the overwhelming demand following the successful programmes already held in Dubai.
LCF will have a special seminar ‘Your Future in Fashion’ that will act as an intro to the fashion industry so you can explore the different facets of fashion to get a better idea of where to start a career in this competitive environment. LCF will also offer the Special Occasion Makeup course, which will be taught by international celebrity makeup artist Lucy Wearing, who has worked with some of the world’s top magazines including Vogue and Elle as well as celebrities including singer Ellie Goulding.
Being held at the Pullman Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, the courses have been designed for those seeking international standards of tuition from lecturers who will be travelling from the UK to teach the courses.
Both colleges aim to support the development of the fashion and interior design industries in the Middle East and have designed the courses to offer something to both professionals already within these fields or people who are interested in joining them.
High profile tutors for LCF include designer Richard Sorger, whose collection is worn by stars like Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford and Kate Beckinsale, and international bestselling author of ‘How to Set up & Run a Fashion Label,’ Toby Meadows.
The 14 LCF courses and consultancy sessions on offer for the May 2012 programme cover the full spectrum of fashion education:
- Your Future in Fashion: One Day Seminar
- Essential Guide to the Fashion Industry (2 Days)
- Fashion: History, Culture & Society (4 Days)
- Fashion Buying & Merchandising (4 Evenings)
- Fashion Buying for your own Retail Business (3 Days)
- Special Occasion Makeup (3Days)
- Principles of Fashion Styling 1 (5 Days)
- Principles of Fashion Styling 2 (4 Days)
- Fashion Design 1 (4Days)
- Fibres & Fabrics (2 Days)
- Manufacturing Methods (1 Day)
- Starting your own Fashion Label (5 Evenings)
- Globalising your Fashion Brand (3 Days)
- Luxury Fashion Brand Management (5 Evenings)
- Fashion PR (2 Days)
- Business Start-Up Consultancy (90 Minutes)
Tutors from Chelsea include Lyndall Fernie who has run her own successful interior design company, consulted and designed many high end residential projects and specialises in remodeling exiting projects, Sue McGregor an interior designer for leading consultant Interior Statements Ltd. that specialises in projects for hotels, residential developments, private and commercial properties and Debbie Blandford who holds a Masters Degree in Furniture Design and has worked across numerous multi-sector interiors projects for clients including the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The eight courses being offered by CCAD are:
- The Principles of Interior Design 1 (5 days)
- The Principles of Interior Design 2 (5 Days)
- Starting an Interior Design Business (2 Evenings)
- Lighting Design for interiors (2 days)
- Designing Bespoke Fitted Furniture (4 evenings)
- Creating a Colour Scheme for your Home (2 days)
- Decorating your Villa or Apartment (3 days)
- Interior Design Project Management Consultancy (90 Minutes)
Exciting news – Both colleges are offering a 10% discount on the courses if booked online by the 17th April using the code DUBAI10.
Check out the information on the following sites:
www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/shortcourses/middle-east or call; + 44 (0)20 7514 7552
www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk/shortcourses/middle-east or call; + 44 (0)20 7514 2104