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An Exclusive Viewing by the Fashion Illustration Gallery London

Here in Kuwait, the Fashion Illustration Gallery London is offering an exclusive opportunity to view original work by the world’s leading fashion illustrator, David Downton. Viewing by appointment only.
The works made available now from FIG will never be remade. Once sold they are quite possibly gone for good and will never reappear on the market. This is the first time that these works have been offered for sale. Recent projects by Downton include work for Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta.
In July 2011 he was made artist in residence at Claridges Hotel London. He is a blog contributor to Vogue.COM. His work is in the collection at the V&A museum. His works appear simultaneously both contemporary and nostalgic and this is his genius. It reminds us of an era past but also reflects something of the aspirations of now.
For further information and appointments in please contact

The Creative Space Beirut Launches its Debut Collection

On the 17th of August 2011, from 9 pm to 12 am, The Creative Space Beirut team launches their debut collection: One واحدة

This exhibition will be held for three consecutive days, through the 18th and 19th of August, from 12 noon – 7pm at Saifi Urban Gardens.

The Creative Space is a project committed to providing a free educational space to inspire and empower youth from various backgrounds, through fashion design.

Founded by Sarah Hermez, a graduate from Parsons the New School for Design, and Caroline Simonelli, a professor at Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the mission is to approach education alternatively, directing the students with founding principles of fashion design while encouraging their creative freedom.

Using italian fabrics generously donated by a reknowned fashion house in New York City, five student designers aged 16-22 who lack fair opportunities-

Baraa Abdallah, Carmen Havatian, Eman Al Aswad, Nourhan Abdullatif, and Sophie Youssef have been working together to create a collection titled One واحدة , which will be displayed and auctioned at the exhibition. All profits will be distributed amongst the team and the project.

Come meet the team and learn about the journey behind every step of the project: where the designers came from, how they have come to be a team and the details which tell a story behind every garment.

The garments, mostly dresses, will be up for sale through a silent auction.

Photos and videos will be on display as well as an intimate look through the workshop in which the team has been working throughout the process.

Following the exhibition and silent auction, all winning bids will be contacted and scheduled for private fitting sessions, in which the designers will fit the garment to the customer’s comfort and dimensions.

All proceeds will go directly to the project, split equally between the designers, while another percentage goes to the project space and materials, in hopes for an upcoming season of lessons, journeys, collections and designers.

Woman in Contemporary Arts @ Art Lounge Beirut

Summer might be over for many, but for those still enjoying their vacation in the Beirut area, check out this amazing exhibition titled Woman in Contemporary Arts from Aug. 10 – Sept. 30 in Art Lounge Maasser Beiteddine.

Art Lounge chose to celebrate Woman in Arts once again through the works of Lebanese artists and some international ones. More than 30 artists and 60 works in paintings, sculpture, photography, films will be presented, some of which are from the permanent collection of the Art Lounge… Femme Fatale, mother figure, muse, lover, sister, star Icon, Diva or Goddess… Women will always be the definitive muse.

Opening days: Wednesday to Saturday from 3p.m. to 9p.m.

Kanye West to Debut Women’s Collection

According to Grazia, Kanye West will be debuting a full line of Women’s wear soon, in addition to his already expected menswear line.

West apparently has hired knitwear specialist Louise Goldin and Central St. Martins legend Louise Wilson to oversee design and consulting. Of course nothing is concrete yet, but it will be interesting to see what Mr. West has up his sleeves.

Prabal Gurung Resort 2012 Film

Prabal Gurung, winner of the 2011 CFDA Svaroski Award, presents his Resort 2012 collection film.

The video, titled New Thing, features M.I.A’s protege and Baltimore native, Rye Rye.

Watch the video here.

Louboutin A/W 11 Lookbook by Peter Lippman

Peter Lippmann and designer Christian Louboutin came together once again to create Louboutin’s lookbook for Fall/Winter 2011.

The lookbook was inspired by classic portrait paintings, showing a piece from the new collection in every painting.

Browse the rest of the lookbook here.

The Tragedy of Self by Monira Al Qadiri

Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti artist born in Senegal in 1983. For the past ten years she has been living in Japan where she studied fine arts and completed her PhD at Tokyo University of Arts. This exhibition will be her first solo show in Kuwait since she left for Japan, and is a culmination of her work from the past two years.

Opening: 12th April, 2011 7pm – 9pm

Kanye West x M/M (Paris) Silk Scarves

A collaboration between Kanye West and Parisian design firm M/M brings a series of silk scarves featuring artwork from Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The  album has gotten crazy reviews since it was released, with cover art by American artist George Condo.

Only 250 scarves were produced for the project, 50 in each design, and will be available through colette and soon.

Visions of Visionaries: David LaChapelle

Berlin creative collective MADE sat with legendary photographer David LaChapelle for its Visions of Visionaries series. In the video, David talks about life and his resignation of the magazine world.

Insightful and definetly worth the watch! Watch the video here.

Zero Maria Cornejo for Japan

Fashion is definitely doing its part in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. Designer Maria Cornejo designed a capsule collection of tees and tanks which use prints based on her husband Mark Borthwick’s photographs.

The profits from the Zero + Maria Cornejo T-shirts will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.