Life is all about making things happen, and for me, one of the things I had always wanted to tick off my bucket list was Couture Week. Not only as a blogger (4 years and counting), but for the child in me who used to look wide eyed at magazine spreads, watching Fashion TV, wondering what it was like to live that glamorous experience. I had shoved it aside because Fashion Week invitations are only for celebrities, magazine editors, fashion buyers and the likes, and it isn’t an event you can buy tickets to attend, but a highly coveted personal invitation must be in your possession.
H&M opened its flagship store in Verdun last week, with versatile styles in a large scale 2 floor setup.
One of the collections that caught my eye was the bohemian style which I can relate to, as I love the 60s and 70s era with fringes, loose fits, and earthy feminine dresses with chunky accessories.
Also available is what I call the lumberjack shirt which I’m also a huge fan of, and pairs well with boyfriend jeans.
There is also a holiday section just in time for Christmas, with comfy sweaters and pjs for him and her.
Summer Fashion Week was held at the Saint George Hotel & Yacht Club in Beirut, and I attended one of the shows by fashion designer Aya Jallad. This was the launch of the first line of her ready to wear brand ‘Odd By AJ’ under the name of ‘Healed’. The show’s opening words were very touching, as we learned that Aya suffers from a chronic disease, and despite this she didn’t give up on her dream to become a fashion designer and launch her line. Two thumbs up to Aya’s inspirational story, and to her funky asymmetrical designs.
The BHV Summer Trend event was held a couple of weeks ago to discover the store’s new Spring/Summer collection. BHV is home to various brands, and no matter what your style is, you can always find something to suit you. A few bloggers and fashion influencers including myself were invited to this event, the concept was a draw where each of us selects a mystery scenario, and upon finding it out, we have to raid the entire BHV fashion section to style an outfit from head to toe and wear it ourselves as models. This is by far the most fun I’ve had at an event, I hope the photos reflect that!
Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut teamed up with fashion designer Tony Ward to create a limited edition lunch menu at Eau De Vie restaurant. I was invited to attend the launch of this venture between gastronomy and fashion, which started with a press conference held by Tony Ward, followed by a reception cocktail and a seated menu. The theme was ‘Abstract Rose’, can you detect it? Take a look at the signature drinks and dishes presented, note that this special menu will be available at Eau De Vie throughout this year.
One of the trends that is dominating the runway for this Spring season is gingham. We are all familiar with this type of fabric and pattern, mainly the common inexpensive tablecloth. This season it is no longer for the kitchen and restaurant, but has entered the fashion world. If you spot this pattern while shopping, don’t be alarmed, go ahead and pick it up for a trendy fresh look!
The 42nd American Music Awards were held on November 23, 2014. Like all award shows, the walk down the red carpet is anticipated by fashion lovers to see what the celebrities are wearing. Although I am critical by nature, I do respect each person’s style, so instead of naming my post ‘The Best And Worst Dressed’, I will list some of the memorable fashion moments whether good or bad.
Lets start with Fergie wearing Halston Heritage. The chic black is accentuated with the gold which goes perfectly well with her hair color and skin tone. The high slit in the dress is balanced by the high collar, not attracting attention to more than one area, and is mirrored by the side part of her hair. The metallic shoe straps match the gold dress embellishments perfectly.
When it comes to romance, no one does it better than Oscar De La Renta. His designs have always been the epitome of femininity and sophistication. This season’s New York Fashion Week was nothing new, he served us classic Oscar. The beauty of his creations lies in their simplicity, and with the fact that the average woman can wear them, no crazy twists and turns. Below is a glimpse of a few dresses that caught my eye. Notice the way the fabric slims down at the waist and opens into a flattering A line skirt, you don’t have to be a supermodel to wear them!
You know how some day time outfits require some adjustment to be transformed into night time appropriate? You must either change your shoes, add or remove accessories, and so on and so forth. Summer makes all that easier, and most importantly color is accepted during the night.
I had no trouble deciding what to wear to attend a dinner, I chose a sheer canary yellow top with a magenta floral skirt. The next day I wore the same exact outfit to work, no adding or subtracting. The outfit was appropriate for both occasions, being both flirty and demure. Don’t you just love summer style?
Hello August! You are a bittersweet month full of Summer promises yet Autumn is not too far away.
You might think that this flaming hot month requires a lot of bare skin to keep cool, I believe the opposite. This August, get your hands on a colorful maxi skirt to play up your wardrobe. It is a must have in terms of trend and practicality. Choose the pattern you like without worrying about a mismatching outfit, with this item, any combination goes.
For my work day, I paired my new skirt with a simple white tee and sandals. It is modest, feminine and comfy. If you are feeling funky, try this look with a pair of sneakers.