Archive for December 1st, 2009

Crystals and Colors



I’m always on the lookout for designer collaborations. Not necessarily to purchase, but more of exploring what the outcome of two different brands joining forces. “Usually” they’re cheap-but-chic. And in many cases they’re just another marketing gimmick to lure customers who love fashion but are watching their savings to spend. Fortunately, I find the collaborations of Atelier Swarovski to be worth exploring and buying. Atelier Swarovski launched its sixth collection in collaboration with Matthew Williamson, Zaha Hadid, Jason Wu , and Nicholas Kirkwood.

Williamson first debuted his accessory collection in collaboration with the spectacular crystal jewellery and accessories brand Swarovski on the runway shown in these photos. His signature bold details and love of crazy colors are reflected on the geometrically designed pieces inspired by Artist Jim Lambie. I can’t wait to see what Jason Wu, Kirkwood, and Hadid have to offer.

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Razek-Francois Bitar @ Dar al-Athar


Dar al-Athar presents Razek-Francois Bitar, Music for Countertenors on the 7th December, 2009, 7pm @ al-Maidan Cultural Centre.

Syrian Countertenor Razek-Francois Bitar has been performing with opera companies in Europe since 2001. Most recently, he was the Voice of Apollo in Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice at the Gran Teatro La Fenice and Agenore in Nicolo Piccinni’s Il Re Pastore with Italian International Orchestra at the Festival Della Valle d’Itria.

Accompanist David Simonacci is a member of various early music groups, including the internationally renowned Concerto Italiano with whom he has toured worldwide and recorded by Opus 111. He has recorded the complete music for violin and piano by John Cage for Brilliant Classics and broadcast for RAI 3 and Radio Vaticana.

Place: Al-Maidan Cultural Centre – Abdullah al-Salem School, Maidan Hawalli, Near al Sha’ab Leisure Park.
Tel: 25636528 / 25636561   Fax: 25653006

The Seven Wonders of Fashion


So, I was reading on in British Vogue- (yes, I am a magazine junkie, I have admitted it before) and found this little spread-

“The Seven Wonders of Fashion”

How could I possibly believe in only Seven wonders of fashion- aren’t there so so so many more? So, I was skeptical when beginning this article, however I was quite content with the choices that they made- here they are.

1- The Tuxedo. Strong, Powerful, Sexy, Elegant. In Muse you can see I chose Bianca Jagger as my fashion icon, and she got married in an ivory tuxedo. Iconic or what?! My tips: please wear close to the body, with strong shoulders and a feminine touch- be it a glimpse of cleavage or a patterned shawl.

2- The Ballgown. Dramatic and Eye catching. I loved the image of Carrie Bradshaw collapsed on the bedroom at the Plaza in her ballgown waiting for the Russian. It was picturesque. Tips: make sure the bodice fits you like a second skin and let the tulle, organza, or whatever the skirt is made of burst out in volumes underneath.

3- The Hat. The craft of the Milliner is something not always appreciated. Hats are something enticing and daring. Real fashion know how is needed here. Tips: To be quite honest, I’ve worn a hat only twice in my life. Once to the horse races with my Mother as a child, once wearing a peony corsage hat to my sisters brunch the day after her wedding at a French Chateau, and lastly to a dinner with friends in London wearing an ice blue turban. It is not easy- but when done right-unforgettable.


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