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How Dior Turned Rodeo Into Fashionable Bliss

Leave it to Maria Grazia Chiuri to turn something as simple and traditional as rodeo into a pure work of art. Yes, you’ve guessed it, we’re talking about Dior’s Cruise 2019 collection, where barriers between conventionality and modernity and masculinity and femininity all merged into one core body that is Diorodeo.

So how does one break barriers with fashion? Simply put, by drawing inspiration from old customs and traditions, and slowly but surely infiltrating them into today’s fast-forward and feminine-driven world. In Chiuris’ case, the well of inspiration was none other than the famed “escaramuzas”, also known as the traditional Mexican women riders who received the right – just like fellow male riders – to participate in the equestrian practice “charreada”. This sense of freedom and non-conformism was projected onto a plethora of ample skirts worn with fitted jackets and a high belt and of course, with a slew of wide-brimmed straw hats.

Show-stopping fabrics such as the French classic toile de Jouy featured a series of wild animals such as tigers and serpents, while lace pieces were offset by black rubber boots. Where there was volume, there was also an accentuation of the narrowness of the waist, as both factors came hand in hand together. Pieces from Dior’s archives were revisited in more modernized versions such as the haute couture afternoon dress from the Spring-Summer 1948 collection and of course, the iconic Saddle bag. The accessories were out-of-this-world with thick waist-belts, rubber boots, equestrian and wide-brimmed hats and animal-infested handbags taking center stage.

Chiuri gave power to the women and the women gave power to the otherworldly riders of the 21st century. Here are our favorite accessories from Dior’s Cruise 2019 collection. The Photo Gallery, right this way…

 

Cindy Menassa

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Adorable All-in-Ones

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More often than not, our children’s wardrobe reflects our own style and choices and that’s why it should be very well taken care of. That said, mastering kidswear trends can be difficult enough, especially if your kids tend to throw a tantrum every morning when it’s dressing time.

But that’s where overalls – all-in-ones, jumpsuits or playsuits – come in handy; they’re the kind of clothes you choose on a very tiring day, you know, the one where nothing seems to be working. To top it all off, when it’s so hot you can’t even breathe or when you’re too lazy to think, overalls can be just the perfect solution to put an end to your worries. Forget about the matching process, about making sure your kids love them or any other issue for that matter, because all-in-ones are your answer this year for a relaxed sunny season. Thankfully, designers such as Chloé, Stella McCartney, Zimmermann and so many more have treated us with ah-do-rable jumpsuits for your little darlings. Don’t know which one to get? Check our own selection of the best all-in-ones and pick your favorite!

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Ralph Lauren
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Monnalisa
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Chloé Kids
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Frugi
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Stella McCartney Kids
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Mini Rodini
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Mc2 St Barth
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One Day Parade
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Pinko Up
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Summer in Metallic Makeup

If you think that metallic colors were just here to make our winter brighter, you’re absolutely wrong. In fact, the Spring-Summer 2019 runways were shining so bright – recalling the sun that makes this season worth waiting for so impatiently. And honestly, we couldn’t think of better options for our makeup that will make any casual look stand out.

Every designer had their own way of using metallic hues – which also ranged from extremely sparkly to pearly shades. And every style had its own special touch and added a certain kind of elegance to the look.

Some shows witnessed metallic lips such as Jeremy Scott’s, while others explored the charm of glitters on eyes in every possible way. From Jacquemus to Versace, Iceberg, Luisa Spagnoli, Julian Macdonald and many more, the list goes on and on.

And as we always help you be up-to-date on the latest trends, this time is no exception. So check out the list of looks we chose for you and indulge in this beauty trend as long as it lasts.

Jacquemus
 
Iceberg
 
Julien Macdonald
 
Nicole Miller
 
Versace
 
Talbot Runhof
 
L’Oréal
 
Luisa Spagnoli
 
Halpern
 
Jeremy Scott
 
Missoni
 
Simone Rocha
 
Tadashi Shoji
 
Riikka Couture
 
Sadie Williams

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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A Fragrance for Your Black-Tie Events

Going to a black-tie event is sort of a big deal. And as a stylish man, compromising on your elegance and sophistication is not an option! With this in mind, everything in you should scream opulence – from your suit to your tie, cufflinks, watch, shoes and of course, your fragrance.

While some fragrances are ideal for daywear, some others exude a certain elegant feel that makes them your go-to-choice for important occasions and dinners. And with wedding season around the corner, you should consider adding such a fragrance to your collection and leave a captivating impression after you wherever you go.

To choose the right evening fragrance, you should look into bolder options. Choose a special scent that’s quite different from the one you wear daily. This one should be richer and edgier with a timeless classic feel. Earthy notes can also take your fragrance to a new level, just like leather notes, sandalwood and of course, the all-time classic Middle Eastern treasure, oud.

With these criteria in mind, we have narrowed down a list of the best black-tie fragrances out there. Choose your favorite and tux up!

Salvatore Ferragamo, Uomo Signature
Hugo Boss, Bottled Oud Aromatic
 
Valentino, Uomo Noir Absolu
 
Davidoff, Horizon Extreme
 
Cartier, Déclaration
 
Trussardi, Riflesso
 
Guerlain, L'Homme Idéal L'Intense
 
Yves Saint Laurent, La Nuit de L'Homme L'Intense
 
Dolce & Gabbana, The One
 
CHANEL, Bleu de CHANEL

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Hoop-ed at First Sight

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Seasons come and go, and the same applies to fashion, beauty and jewelry trends. However, the world seems to never get enough of the beauty of hoop earrings – which keep their place as a classic in every woman’s accessories and jewelry selection. And here are some reasons that will convince you to love them even more!

First of all, they go with literally everything you wear: whether your top is low-cut from the front or supplied with a high collar, your hoops will be the perfect way to complement your outfit. Second, there is something in round shapes that attract us – we know, this doesn’t apply to everybody but when it comes to hoop earrings, the equation changes.

As precious as this style of earrings is to your style, upgrading to a pair of bejeweled hoops is required especially if you get the chance to discover every jewelry house’s way in interpreting this perfect accessory. To help you in this task, we’ve carefully curated a list of hoop earrings that are worth investing in. Check them out and pick your favorite!

Dior, Rose des Vents earrings
 
Gucci, GG Running earrings
 
Cartier, Clash earrings
 
Bvlgari, B.zero1 earrings
 
Louis Vuitton, B Blossom earrings
 
CHANEL, Extrait de Camelia earrings
 
Jacquie Aiche, Leaf Shaker earrings
 
Piaget, Possession earrings
 
Chopard, Happy Diamonds Icons earrings
 
Pomellato, M'ama Non M'ama earrings

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Let’s Explore Hugo Boss’ Oud Novelties

Nothing is more perfect than a oud fragrance exclusive to the Middle East. Better so, nothing can compete with two oud olfactory aromas created exclusively for the region, the Hugo Boss way! With powerful opulence in mind, Hugo Boss unveils two new scents using this rich, mysterious Middle Eastern ingredient that carries its exquisiteness in its description as “black gold”.

Crafted by master perfumer Annick Menardo, the fragrances speak to the man of today. They combine heritage and modernity and represent those who are faithful to their culture but look forward to their future. In fact, the man who wears such a fragrance is only one who appreciates his traditions yet embraces the technology offered by the modern world.

It all started in 2015, with the launch of Boss Bottled Oud which includes refreshing top notes of citrus and apple, spicy-floral heart notes of clove and rockrose and rich base notes of warm and musky oud and sandalwood. For the two new fragrances, the original fragrance takes different turns. The Boss Bottled Oud Aromatic features notes of orange blossom that come together with soft and balsamic notes of white honey, incense and oud in a wood-green flacon. As for the Boss Bottled Oud Saffron, a spicy-floral accord of saffron and rose is combined with silky suede notes and opulent oud in a deep red bottle.

These two novelties are revealed in a video directed by Thibault Jouvent. And to make the campaign more unique than ever, the spirit of the fragrances is mirrored in a unique artwork by calligraphist Vincent Abadie Hafez.

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The New Hair Pins

You’ve chosen your clothes and you’ve picked out your accessories, but how will you tie in said accessories with your final look? After all, we all know one single detail can turn you from fashion zero to fashion hero.

This time around, it’s the ever-so fabulous hair pin(s). This nineties staple is all everyone can talk about and think about right now – we’ve seen it on so many Spring-Summer 2019 runways, not to mention on our favorite celebs, from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowsky, amongst others. But when choosing a hair pin, you should also factor in the style you want to adopt. If you’re in the mood for a vacation-oriented vibe, then you might as well go for fun hair pins. If you’re going on a fancy night out, then the best way to make the most out of it is to pick pearl hairpins or rhinestone-encrusted ones.

The trick here is not to let things become overwhelming – i.e., stick to one accessory and tone down the rest of your bijoux, from your earrings to your necklaces. But worry not ladies, we’ve scoured the best hair pins that will make your summer even more fun.

Dolce & Gabbana
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For Love & Lemons
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Valentino
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Kitsch
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Versace
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Mercedes Salazar
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Rosantica
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Timeless Pearly
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Lelet NY
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Ranjana Khan
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Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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