Paris, C’est Magique!

Ah Paris, the city of love, lights and most of all, fashion! Pegged as the last stop of the month-long series of runway shows and presentation, the lovely French capital has welcomed yet again a parade of fashion connoisseurs, editors, photographers, models, designers and influencers – all of whom have proved to us once again that they could relentlessly fight the cold with style. And by style, we mean, fancy fedoras, cozy knits, capes, colorful coats, slouchy boots and evocative dresses.

Armed with nothing but big smiles and the will to survive the hectic week, our favorite street-stylers have been roaming the streets of Paris in sheer elegance, trying to run from one venue to another. And so, to celebrate their hardiness, we’ve scoured the best street style looks to feed your thoughts. Brace yourselves for some serious fashion overdose.


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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!


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Berta Bridal
Reem Acra
Ines Di Santo
Morilee New York
Gracy Accad
Romona Keveza
Anne Barge
Emiliano Bengasi
Legends Romona
Amelia Casablanca
Yumi Katsura

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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. 

Caroline de Maigret
Julianne Moore
Keira Knightley
Liu Wen
Jelly Lin
Victoria Song
Zhou Xun

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Schiaparelli Welcomes New Artistic Director

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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.

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CHANEL Spring-Summer 2015
CHANEL Fall/Winter 2015-2016
CHANEL Spring-Summer 2016
CHANEL Cruise 2016-2017
CHANEL Fall/Winter 2016-2017
CHANEL Spring-Summer 2017
CHANEL Cruise 2017-2018
CHANEL Fall/Winter 2017-2018
CHANEL Spring-Summer 2018
CHANEL Cruise 2018-2019
CHANEL Fall/Winter 2018-2019

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Shirene Rifai talks Emerging Designers, Jordan Fashion Week and….Fashion

Welcome to Jordan, where the historical sites are by the dozen and where the fashion scene is booming. It wasn’t long ago that we were introduced to a new addition to the ever-so famous big fashion four: New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. Yes, turns out that Jordan was hiding its passion for fashion that has now blossomed into Jordan Fashion Week.

But who’s really the lady behind this new initiative? Meet Shirine Rifai, the founder of Jordan Fashion Week in collaboration with the W Amman. Having an already-established strong grip on Jordan’s fashion scene, the Amman-based designer combined her entrepreneurial flair and her knack for fashion to create a little something that could ultimately be a platform for strong emerging talents. With a rich experience in the fashion industry and impeccable style, who better than the luxury consultant to bring such a great fashion initiative to fruition ?

And so, Rifai takes us through the process that led her to establish this endeavor and much, much more!

1-   You have a degree in law; how did you make the shift to the world of Media and Fashion?

Fashion has always been a hobby of mine, and therefore, my interests led me to the media and fashion industry as a Fashion Editor and an Editor- In- Chief. My Law background still proves to be very beneficial in my career, allowing me to be more outspoken, patient and persistent. It has also taught me to be a good negotiator, as the need to be bold as a lawyer is a must when it comes to dealing with the fashion industry.

2-   You’ve been recognized as one of the Top 20 Best Instagram Fashion Accounts to follow in the Middle East. What do you think is the role of social media in the world of fashion and how do you use it to your own advantage?

Social media is changing the way we do business. It’s actually changing what businesses we’re into to begin with. Social media is an essential component to any business strategy and therefore, forward-thinking organizations understand the value in shifting from traditional engagements to progressive models. As far as I’m concerned, the whole concept of social media has given my clients the ability to upsell and cross-sell existing customers. But it has definitely added a lot more pressure on me as well, as an influencer. At the end of the day, it’s my job and I love it because I’m constantly challenged to provide new content and to come up with creative concepts – all the while giving my viewers an added value. I do, however, try to maintain a balance between the different facets of social media, so that my personal life doesn’t get compromised.

3-   Could you tell us more about Jordan Fashion Week? How did you first come up with the initiative to highlight the country’s hard-working creative minds?

Jordan Fashion Week is a fulfilled platform that aims to provide an extraordinary impact over the local talents and creative minds, to cement Jordan’s presence in the fashion industry. The initiative aims at surpassing the ordinary by formulating humanitarian efforts, tackling economic issues to support tourism, and finally at being a platform for local designers to expand globally.

The idea of this platform first came when I witnessed the blatant lack of support and publicity to all the local talents that we have in Jordan.  Considering my passion for fashion – the kind that reaches the whole world – I have always wondered why there weren’t any Jordanians and why we weren’t exposed to the outer world, despite the countless of talents we have. And that’s basically how the story started!

4-   How do you feel this initiative strengthens the influence of local fashion in Jordan’s economy and hence attracts more global interest?

I’ve always had this dream to electrify the fashion scene in Jordan by building a vital platform to highlight the local talents; therefore, I have targeted all my time, energy and dedication in order to study every corner of this industry and to ultimately discover said talents. And here we are today, armed with a strong vision and an even stronger platform, to encourage young local talents to spread their creativity within this field while offering job opportunities and inspiration to the whole community.

5-   What did you expect from Jordan Fashion Week?

Jordan Fashion Week aims to embody the fashion industry in Jordan and to combine the worlds of fashion, art, music and culture into one single melting pot; a melting pot where innovative runway shows, presentations and distinguished entertainments are hosted in the aim of bridging the consumer-related relationships between designers and buyers within local, regional and international levels.

6-   Do you have any advice for emerging local designers?

Yes! The fashion industry is a very competitive environment however, I believe in empowering oneself with education, knowledge and passion – all of which are the keys to success. Always look for inspiration around you, don’t stop the inspiration-flow going as it allows you to constantly move forward.

I also believe it’s very important for a designer to perfectly understand his/her brand and to have a clear vision and understanding of what’s to achieve before embarking on an ever-so empowering journey. 


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