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Aranaz, an international fashion accessories label that celebrates luxury tropical lifestyles, has entered the UAE market by debuting its classic collection of handmade, carefully crafted beach bags and clutches.
The Aranaz collections are designed and created in the Philippines and sold worldwide, from New York to London, and now in the UAE. Each bag is crafted using locally sourced products and specialised techniques such as woven sea grass, wood engravings and mother of pearl inlay. The intricate and eye-catching designs make Aranaz bags a favorite among royals, celebrities and the jet-set.
Amina Aranaz, part of the mother-daughters trio behind the Aranaz brand and its collections, said: “We are thrilled to have a presence in the UAE. The country offers a great lifestyle for its residents and visitors with so many fashionable people who I think will be drawn to the unique offerings of our bags.
“What we offer are fun, statement pieces with functionality – a great addition to enhance any summer outfit,” she added.
The Aranaz collection is now available at select S*uce boutiques or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s that time of the year again where we’re switching our strappy tops and short shorts for boots and furry coats. This desert land surely does surprise us with winter every year. It’s also the time of the year where you buy gifts for your near and dear ones yes, it’s Christmas month! With only a couple of days to go until the big day we thought why not make life simpler for everyone and write about our TOP 5 DIY GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS? It’s creative, pretty and made by you start feeling the Christmas spirit and let’s get wrapping.
Idea #1 Easy peasy brown paper gift wrapping
It’s as simple it looks. All you need is:
- Pencil with an eraser top
- White or any color stamp pad
- Brown paper roll
- Flowers – for decoration
Just follow the steps as shown in the picture and voila – a pretty and elegant gift wrap result
Idea #2 Quirky chalkboard packaging
You will need:
- Black craft paper roll
- Chalk/White paint marker/Color pencil/White pen
- Some fun images
Put them all together and end up with a cute, quirky and fun Christmas wrapping idea.
Idea #3 Chic gift wrapping idea with cinnamon sticks for a Christmas touch
You will need:
- Brown paper roll
- Decorative leaves
- Cherry beads/any decorative beads
- Cinnamon sticks
Put them all together and what have you got? A chic Christmas inspired wrapped gift
Idea #4 Fall inspired feather gift wrap idea
All you need:
- Paper feathers (tutorial below)
- Colorful woolen yarn
- Colored paper roll
Paper feather tutorial:
Idea #5 BOW – yes, the classic bow – you can never go wrong with a bow. Below is a step by step tutorial to achieve the perfect bow.
And that’s a wrap! We hope we have given you enough ideas to make your gift special, meaningful and perfect.
Let the countdown begin!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Love, Team Sept x
Leading Danish jewellery brand Louise Kragh has created an exclusive limited edition collection to celebrate UAE’s National Day.
The limited edition collection features a range of styles including rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all in 24 carat gold. The UAE and Pan-Arab colours of red, green, white and black are featured throughout the range, symbolizing Arabian unity. The national holiday and festivities leading up to the National Day are the perfect occasion to celebrate and proudly wear this exclusive limited collection.
Louise Kragh is the leading porcelain jewellery designer in Denmark. Louise has been creating her unique handmade pieces since 2004, delivering stylish Danish fashion jewellery, with shapes and colours inspired by the shifting fashion trends. All of Louise Kragh’s jewellery is made in Denmark and the materials used are of the highest possible quality and environmental friendly. The designer recently visited Dubai to celebrate the launch of her collection in the Middle East.
For all stockist details: www.ocbjewellery.com
Alanoud Badr, internationally acclaimed designer and stylist renowned for her Lady Fozaza fashion line of statement blazers, worn by celebrities like Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Lebanese pop singer Nancy Ajram, has announced the launch of her new YouTube channel, FozazaTV youtube.com/fozazatv
Alanoud, who is in the top five most popular local fashion figures on social media, teamed up with YouTube to offer the first online ‘reality fashion’ channel of its kind in the region that will deliver recurring shows and episodes directly to passionate fan communities.
FozazaTV will offer ‘behind the scenes’ content of the young Arab designer’s day-to-day life as she teams up with international and local brands and launches new product lines, like her latest venture designing Lady Fozaza abayas and women’s jewelry collection with L’Azurde.
“I see more and more brands creating compelling content on YouTube and people with creative ambitions become stars in their own right” said Alanoud. I’m very happy that I’m now part of that global community. I have the chance to continue doing what I love and share that with people in a whole new way.”
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Luxury jewelry brand IPPOLITA has delighted us with a refreshing collection for this beach season. Inspired by the sizzling summers on the coast of Italy, Ippolita’s designs naturally convey the atmosphere of those warm and peaceful everlasting summer days, with the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea as a constant backdrop.
It comes as no surprise that such background marks IPPOLITA’s latest collection, favoring blue as one of the most cherished tones. Because it matches various other colors, it makes it easy to coordinate with other jewelry and many ensemble options.
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 email@example.com
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!