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Dior to Bring Back its Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2019 Collection to Dubai

So you missed out on Dior’s exquisite Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2019 collection? No need to sweat about it. The French Maison is bringing its absolutely unforgettable Circus-inspired collection to Dubai and if it’s anything like Paris Fashion Week’s #DiorDreamParade, then we’re expecting talented acrobats, Pierrot clowns, a show-stopping production and a whole lot of magic.

It was only last month that Dior’s Couture show amassed an impressive appraisal for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s unmatched creativity and just as it seems, miralces do happen. Indeed, the couture collection to be presented on March 18th in Dubai will include exclusive looks specially curated for the GCC by the Creative Director herself and will also be followed by a cocktail party.

Regional-exclusive pieces and well, Dior? Yes, please. We can’t wait to witness another fabulous moment in fashion history. Stay tuned as we take you through the amazing show happening on the 18th of March.

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The New Power Suiting – Short Suits

With pantsuits and skirt-suits witnessing a surge in popularity in the past few years, one could easily wonder who’s next on the beautifully-dressed list. With that in mind, this season, get ready to embark on a jolly ride full of tailored suits and matching shorts!

But first, let’s rewind a bit and think about the origin of this trend. Considered as one of the most proliferating trends to hit the Spring-Summer 2019 runways, short-suits can be traced back to the eighties, much like one too many resurfacing styles and cuts. The short-suit was and still is considered a way for women to prove that they can pull off menswear-inspired clothing while still being heard loud and clear. Maybe it’s just the feminist in us talking, but we are loving it!

And it’s not just us, designers such as Marc Jacobs and Thom Browne and big Fashion Houses such as CHANEL, Saint Laurent and so many more have adopted this trend as their own. Granted, it has been modernized and revisited in personalized ways, but it still contains the same message and it’s still as fabulous as ever. Check out our own picks for you!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Say Yes in an Off-the-Shoulder Bridal Gown

Ah the tremendously hectic dilemma of “which dress should I wear to my wedding” … the happy, yet overwhelming rite of passage that almost all brides have to go through. The thing is, you can consider it a “problem” and spend your bride-to-be days as a nagging bridezilla, or you can go the high-road and look – albeit really closely – at the silver lining: shopping can really be fun!

But let’s discuss the bridal trends first; there are many cuts that have made it to the must-have bridal list, but if there’s one that will forever be timelessly elegant, it’s the off-the-shoulder trend. There’s something about showing off your bare shoulders that is so discretely sophisticated, that most brides automatically go for it. And while it’s an otherwise predictable go-to choice, one cannot dismiss its popularity and well, it’s flattering form. Whether you decide to go for a princess-cut off-the-shoulder bridal gown, or a more pared-down volume, bare shoulders fortunately go extremely well with all styles. From puffs of lace to embellished fabrics and so much more, we’ve scoured the best off-the-shoulder bridal gowns to have hit the Spring-Summer 2019 bridal runways. Happy wedding shopping!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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All the Celebrities at CHANEL’s Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition in Shanghai

It’s at the West Bund Art Center in Shanghai that CHANEL unveiled its fourth chapter of the "Mademoiselle Privé" exhibition, telling the tale of an immersive journey through the origins of CHANEL’s creations and capturing the charismatic personality, audacity and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.  

And so, the exhibition brings forth three emblematic addresses, all of which come to life in the form of three houses, where each one is a fantastic immersion into the sources of CHANEL’s creative process. The addresses translated into 31 rue Cambon, the mythical address housing the Creation Studio and the Haute Couture ateliers, 18 Place Vendôme dedicated to the High Jewelry and Grasse, where the perfumer Ernest Beaux and Gabrielle Chanel together created CHANEL N°5 in 1921.  

The House also launched a "Mademoiselle Privé" WeChat service account to enhance the visitors’ experience, who could listen to the introduction part of an audio guide specially recorded by CHANEL ambassador Zhou Xun on the mini-program. With this in mind, you could only imagine the intensity of the exhibition, as guests reveled in a private viewing followed by a celebration of the opening on the ground floor of the West Bund Art Center, with live performances by singer DuaLipa, Ibeyi and DJ James Righton. Guests included CHANEL ambassadors Keira Knightley, Caroline de Maigret, Zhou Xun, Liu Wen, William Chan, Jelly Lin, Victoria Song, as well as actresses Julianne Moore, Dilraba and Ning Chang and actor Jing Boran. 

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Schiaparelli Welcomes New Artistic Director

Cover Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/Schiaparelli

An unexpected departure has hit the House of Schiaparelli, what with the end of its collaboration with its Creative Director Bertrand Guyon. The latter had taken the reins of the Maison for just about 4 fabulous years, re-introducing it to the Haute Couture schedule and re-imagining its presence in all its glory. The brand owned by Diego Della Valle had also undergone a few changes, one of them being the introduction of a Pret-a-Porter see-now-buy-now collection.

And so, after four life-changing years under the artistic direction of Bertrand Guyon, the House has now announced the appointment of a new Creative Director, US designer Daniel Roseberry who’s a graduate from the New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and who has worked as a design director for both menswear and womenswear at Thom Browne.

We personally can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in Schiaparelli’s new chapter!

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11 Honoré Brings its Unique Offerings to the Middle East

Are you a big fan of 11 Honoré? If so, then brace yourself, because the plus-size women’s clothing platform is bringing its stylish offerings to the Middle-East and it is just as fabulous as we expected it to be. Bringing different styles of luxury and designer contemporary clothing to the mix, 11 Honoré pegs itself as a more elevated and thoughtful online shopping platform, where women are offered all kinds of beautiful styles.

The platform was launched in August 2017, unveiling a series of 14 designers – a list that has now grown to 50 brands with strong support from designers such as Zac Posen, Naeem Khan, Sally LaPointe, Lela Rose, Reem Acra, Brandon Maxwell, Juan Carlos Obando, Prabal Gurung, Monique Lhuillier, Dima Ayad, Marchesa and many more. But why the Middle East, might you ask?

Well, it’s simply a matter of offering its customers something they couldn’t get on another platform, perhaps. Indeed, women above size US 10/UK 14 who couldn’t find appropriate and fashionable clothing will now happily find what they were looking for. Enough said.

So now, the size inclusive clothing site is shipping to the U.A.E., Kuwait, Bahrain and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – much to our pleasure.

"As a brand, we are excited to expand our presence in the Middle East and provide women luxury offerings in sizes that previously weren’t available. The immediate success of 11 Honoré over the past year proves there is a desire and need for luxury apparel in US sizes 10 -24, and we look forward to providing women in the region a chance to experience the best designer options and specialty collections designed exclusively for her,” said Patrick Herning, Founder & CEO.

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Did You Know…Karl Lagerfeld Created Some of the Most Spectacular Shows?

He might be acknowledged and praised for his snowy-white ponytail and his fabulous collections for both his eponymous brand, CHANEL and Fendi, but the late Karl Lagerfeld was also a mastermind of creativity and innovation, especially in the venue-creation process.

Throughout the years he took and led the reigns of iconic Fashion House CHANEL, the designer had a knack for transporting real-life scenarios to his runway sets. In his world, that meant bringing Cuba to life, taking show-goers aboard a ship, recreating a spaceship and so much more. He continuously dazzled his audience with one-of-a-kind runway sets, working really hard to transport them into his own little unique world. With a team that transforms the Grand Palais into dreamy landscapes and venues, who could resist attending one of Lagerfeld’s runway shows for CHANEL?

Now we know you really don’t need us to refresh your memory – because after all it is Karl Lagerfeld – but we thought it best to show you a few of his most recent runway shows, from Spring-Summer collections to Cruise and Fall/Winter lines.

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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