Archive for January, 2010

Trends: The Great White

The Great White

Now it’s time to highlight the S/S trends which all be instore soon. Runways took a break from technicolor–blocking trend and turned to all time favorite: white. Designers such as Erdem, Christian Louboutin, Oscar de la Renta, and Proenza Schouler have given the classic color a trendy feel with edgy cuts, a new twist on collars, voluminous sleeves, unexpected textures and additions, and fancy frills.

Look for neutral accessories in a complimentary tone to set off your dress. Or go for deep colors like turquoise or coral to stand out. And use a self-tanner to give your skin a little glow

Trends in the Outlet: Sequins

The past two seasons have certainly brightened our days with the sequin trend. Every star has embraced this look, even the usually boho-chic Nicole Richie. She chose a gold number to host New Years Eve at Lavo in Las Vegas. The look reminded me of the wonderful gold and black sequined Matthew Williamson dress available the AlOthman RTW Outlet.

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This style is not just for December 31st, and has been the trend of choice for many occasions this season. Most recently the look was spotted on Anna Paquin at the Golden Globes in her shimmery Stella McCartney dress, as Snob O mentioned in her post. Another great sequined piece available at the Outlet is a Sass & Bide black silk tunic (below) with sequin embellished design. The back is even more stunning than the front. It’s a great piece for all occasions, but most importantly, it’s on sale! The Matthew Williamson dress is now priced at KD 533  and the Sass & Bide tunic is now for KD 107.

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Tired? Definitely Not!

And so it has arrived, our last and final day in Paris. We had two appointments for this morning, and it began with Roland Mouret. RM is definitely one of my favorite designers. I can not tell you how being in one of his dresses makes me feel, but if I could, it would be ravishing, and that is just skimming the surface.

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This collection was particularly gorgeous, with the many neutral hues on offer as well as jolts of color that came in magenta, plum, ivy green, rust, and rose. He created a series of separates such as gilets, leather sleeved jackets, knit leggings, and oversized tunics as well as his unbeatable little dresses. He toyed with a wider sleeve, a daringly open back, and back slits that were almost naughty. A collection I wish would be availble right this minute!

Roland

The next collection was a quick stop to review it and return in March for the buying. So I dropped T off at Gare Du Nord to catch her train and I went off to venture Paris like I love to do. My first stop was to Le Palais Royale where I saw this crazy sculptural plaza with striped columns emerging from the ground. I bought myself a pair of luscious yellow gloves to wear when I return for Main collections, and roamed down the corridors and gardens to marvel at the beauty of the setting.

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I then walked down to Colette where I saw the most amusing window display. Moncleur created the simple jacket which slowly became covered in rosebuds. It was gorgeous! And every state of the floral growth jacket was for sale inside! Also inside was a big display of Erdems Summer dresses, all in their floral glory, styled up with black sequin harnesses. It was absolutely fabulous to break up the prettiness with the rawness, and the sequin touch kept it all together. I loved it! I left buying myself a quirky little silver studded and spiked head wrap, it will be something I can dress myself up with when wearing casual attire.

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I then stopped by La Duree for a chocolat chaud as a celebration for completeing the Pre collections and picking up some outstanding brands.

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I arrived home, to begin my packing, and get everything together before my extremely early flight back home tomorrow, and thought that I should photograph the pillow (above) that lays on my back everytime I write a post- it captures my thoughts exactly.

Au revoir Mes Chéris!

A Rocking Sort of Day

I was awake bright and early today with anticipation for our first appointment, Balmain. It particularly excites me for pre collections because I have absolutely no clue what they’ve done for the season since they never do a show until Main. The collection moved from the distressed combat into a far more luxurious and refined route with fitted blazers and dresses. Almost everything was bedazzled with gold, black, or silver sequins and sometimes all three together! They did them in stripes, in zig zags and even mounted chains around necklines and hems.

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Something else I loved that they did were these amazing watercolor printed tee’s. They went amazing with the leather coated jeans and the pinstripe leather harem pants. The bomber jacket was another massive hit, done in tiny gold sequins that you could see gleaming from across the room. I am excited for this collection, and particularly to see how they style the show.

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Our next stop was the ver glamorous mirrored showroom of Azzaro. The collection took a crazy modern twist by using new fabrics such as lush velvets and creating jumpsuits for eveningwear. This may draw your eyebrow up in suspicion, but I guarantee you they are ever so elegant. Colors such as raspberry, ivory, and navy were found at every coner and bows and ruffles created the details for the garments.

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We were then on to The Row who’s collection is getting more exciting every time we visit it. They have created silky trenchcoats, slender pants with a pin tucked waist, this stunning bustier cocoon dress, ribbon backed sheer tops. This line is not only for leggings and t-shirts anymore, oh no no- it has moved far past that into a very chic collection.

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A little secret: our last stop of the day was to a new collection that I am just ecstatic about! It is a baby, and is only in its second sesaon ever, but the designer has an outstanding background and the pieces are just so stunning. You will hear about this one very very soon.

Poll of the Day

Day Trois

Matthew

Our first appointment of the day was to the gloriously colorful Matthew Williamson. The collection was reminiscent of classic Matthew with beaded detailing, crazy colors, and manic prints. He played with rabbit fur on coats, a new liquid jersey draping on gowns, and these gorgeous metallic lace on cocktail dresses.

In the corner, he had a few stands of his new project: menswear collection. It looked as fun and young as he always has been.

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Our next stop was to the fabulous Proenza Schouler. When I first glanced at the collection on style.com, I was a bit put off about how school girl chic it had become. Yes, I do have a love for that look, however, I was craving that Proenza punch of color.  As soon as I walked in the door, I got it! They had done their classic tie-dye on sheer long sleeved t-shirts that layer under printed wrap dresses, amazing shrunken blazers with silver sequin tweed, and long boyfriend blazers that cuff up to reveal their seasons print. An amazing collection!

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Our last stop of the day was to Christian Louboutin. I simply adore this appointment because the people are incredibly friendly, they feed you to the brims with fresh macaroons, and the shoes- the shoooes!

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This season he has played with crystal studding on sneakers and flats, they have introduced this stunning blood red ponyskin, they played with removable spatz on boots, and showed us a silver metallic python that looked like graffiti. The collection was extremely bootie based with not many high boots. Studs remain in fashion as do a playful twist of the espadrille for winter. One of my favorite designs came in the shape of a black shoe boot done up in black kid leather with three bows down the front. A beautiful play of glamour and rock.

Below is a photo of their new cobbler. They are amazing! They can retouch all the red soles of your shoes, as well as replace them with red leather if you wish! Luxurious…no?

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Haute Hiver

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Day two in Paris for Pre Fall collections and I was literally wrapped up in half of my wardrobe to save me from the cold! Our first stop was to Oscar de la Renta who played a lot with fabulous woven detailing and floral prints, such as the ones you see below. T pointed at the way the decorated balcony cast a shadow onto the curtains, and it was so beautiful, I took a snap. The collection was fun and flirtatious with a lot of canary yellow, pink ruffles, and black lace. A very feminine collection.

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Our next stop was to a designer that we are considering to pick up. Can’t say too much here except for the marvelous view they had from their showroom apartment!

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Our next stop was to a fabulous agency to view the collections of Issa and Preen. Upon walking in, we had to make our way through the hanging male mannequins wearing some crazy footed pants! They even had these manic blown glass cuffs that were just sublime!

The Issa collection took me by surprise as they are now introducing some edgier pieces. She has played with leather as well as stretch jeans and fur. I fell in love with their new little black dress which has a little pleating around the waist and structured square shoulder on the sleeves. The perfect dress to travel everywhere with!

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Our last stop was to the presentation of the wonderful Rabih Kairuz. The show was magnificent. We entered into his showroom with these masses of mimosa against his fully glass showroom. His runway was dwarfed by this massive elongated screen that showed images of nature and the enchanting music played as his models walked down barefoot wearing his new collection. I went crazy for this perfectly cut black gown that had masses of volume at the bottom and moved beautifully against the model as she walked. He also had a gorgeous yellow colored organza that lit up the room as the model strutted by. First Fall trend to be noticed- yellow. Joy! Its my absolute favorite color.

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Pre Fall Begins Right

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So here I am, back in Paris in the freezing month of January for the Pre Fall collections. The weather is so amazing, that earlier today when I skipped my way down to a cafe to meet T before our appointments, the snow started to glide down onto me.

Our day began looking at a brand, we are considering picking up, and it looks quite positive. Look out for this one.

Valli

We then went on to see Giambattista Valli’s collection. He has changed from his regular showroom and when I walked my way up the unstable steps of a Parisian apartment, I found myself gawking at the absolute magnificence of this place! I wanted to take photos to show all of you, but because they have a publication deal that is exclusive, I will not be able to show it to you until main collection. The pieces were beautiful, with a lot of jersey draping, tweeds, and feathers. Best of all- Giambattista himself was there and agreed to be photographed for all our lovely readers. Isn’t he just amazing (he does have his signature pearl necklace on, my photograph didn’t catch it though)?

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Then we had a bit of time, so stopped by Chanel on Rue de Cambon. luckily enough, the Chanel Haute Couture show had just been let out and we caught the models leaving the venue. Below are some shots.

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Once inside Chanel, I was surprised to see this Amazonian woman wearing a a gold lame dress that covered her legs, arms, and full head! You could only see her thick boots and her face. And standing by her side was Kanye West. This was nobody but the musical artists and his ‘interesting’ girlfriend Amber Rose. She stepped out of the photograph- but I guarantee you will see her in that outfit on another site soon enough!

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We then went to J.Mendel and a stop over at Clements Ribeiro then back home to spend a quiet evening making some pasta with pesto and letting you all know about my day. More to come tomorrow!

Bon Nuit.

XXX.

Clemetns

Shimmer on X Factor

Sheryl Cole in MW

I have never seen a single episode of the X Factor (I’m not even sure if there are any channels in Kuwait that play the show), but I am highly aware of the nearly perfect wardrobe choices Cheryl Cole donned each episode.  Whether it was Couture or Ready to Wear, Cheryl sure knew how to carry each  gown with much poise and charm.

During the primary episodes where the finalists were being chosen in Morroco, Cheryl graced the show in a sweeping Matthew Williamson black gown with a heavily beaded bodice.  This gown was definitely a wise choice since it meshed well with the Morrocan theme setting, and I love how Cheryl wore her hair up in a ponytail to bring all the attention to the bodice.  I can totally see myself in the Williamson gown while attending a beach wedding or a small soiree … where all I will have to do is slip on my favorite silver heels and bangles and then I’m good to go!

The Matthew Williamson gown is available in a grey shade with turquoise and gold embellishment and a fuschia shade with orange and silver embellishment at AlOthman for KD  879.

A short version is also available for KD 599.

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Miami Is Seeing Red

Christian Louboutin’s new Miami flagship store Christian Louboutin 

Although it opened back in December, the Christian Louboutin Miami flagship store is definitely worthy of artistic mention. Designed by Eric Clough of New York architects 212box, the store boasts one-way mirrors, an installation by Madeleine Berkhemer, and furniture by Bokja.

Louboutin is no stranger to innovation. Wanting to create something very personal for the store, he asked Clough to invent a code of hieroglyphics, symbols and Braille, which were then carved onto the tiny wooden tiles (see above). This definitely adds a new dimension of exoticness to the space.

Overall its just a beautiful store, but knowing Louboutin’s work, I would expect nothing less…

Multicoloured hosiery adorns the entrance hall Christian Louboutin store, Miami

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