Fashion

So What’s it Like Being a Model?

It’s a lot harder than you think, actually. It might look like a glamorous world to live in – what with the massive designer labels models receive on a daily basis and the extremely fabulous runways they walk – but being a model demands a lot of effort, on both a physical and mental level.

Behind this incredibly dazzling facade, lies a deeper secret. Take the images of photoshoots you see on magazine covers and online for example; do you really think that the model just took a pose and with a one click, everything went from nay to yay? Think again. Models go through hell and back to obtain the perfect picture and to satisfy the photographer for that matter – from finding the perfect position to having the perfect facial expressions and looking as flawless as the stylist wants them to be, it’s all very much frustrating! And that’s not even the whole story.

They sometimes have to go through the whole day without having much to eat, in order to prepare for an upcoming show and, to top it all off, during fashion week, things get so hectic, all they do is run from one show to another, changing outfits by the minute and hair and makeup by the second.

So, do you still want to be a model?

 

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!

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Dress like a Milkmaid

You know those dresses and tops that make you look like you’re leaving the city for good to find the ultimate simple life? Yeah, they’re back. It’s not so much about looking like you’ve just come back from an afternoon at the farm milking cows, as it is about pulling off a trend that seems to contradict all masculine vibes you’d already picked off.

You’ll probably know it’s a milkmaid trend if there are ruffles, printed cotton-voile, poplin dresses, squared necklines, puffy sleeves, corset details and a galore of off-the-shoulder looks. And you’ll probably know it’s in if you’ve already had a déjà vu from all the Instagram feeds you’ve stumbled upon. This ultra-feminine trend is not one to be undermined, as its authenticity and simplicity is what makes it one of the most up-and-coming trends out there – all of which are reason enough to drop everything you know and make yourself comfortable in one of these gorgeous milkmaid pieces.

So vegan friends, brace yourselves for some dairy-free, head-turning ruffle-infested fashion!

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Beat the Heat in Beach Trousers

Mastering beach style is an art in itself, one that shouldn’t be underestimated. Sure, you could always go the easy way, wear a pair of denim shorts with a little tee and go on about your day, but what does that really say about you?

Granted, during the warmest months of summer, you just want to be left alone while you sunbathe by the pool, but any woman who loves fashion automatically loves to make an entrance. And so, this season, we’ve watched yet again the rise of beach trousers; you know, the ones that come with either matching crop tops or that you can pair with any fresh blouse. The great thing about these pants is that they come in so many colorful and eclectic prints, that you’ll see them coming from a mile away. Not only are these trousers lightweight, slouchy and comfortable for the pickiest one of us, but their fabric is also as versatile as ever. We’ve seen fabrics ranging from broderie Anglaise, to summer knits, silks and poplin cotton. To complete the look, go for summery slides, a big straw beach bag and fabulous shades!

Take a look at our selection and pick your favorite beach trousers!

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CHANEL Re-Opens its Dubai Mall Boutique

It’s at the heart of the Dubai Mall that CHANEL has reopened its largest boutique in the UAE –a boutique that was first unveiled in 2009. Spanning over 715 square-meters, the new store features a two-story design and a ground floor dedicated to showcasing the latest CHANEL creations, Ready-to-Wear, bags, shoes and accessories, fragrances, as well as a selection of Fine Jewelry and Watches. 

But what does the new concept look like? Well first off, it was designed by New York-based architect Peter Marino, who’s been known for his uncanny ability to constantly translate and reinterpret the aesthetic codes of the House. With that in mind, the boutique is comprised of an interior mall façade featuring folded stone screens, and a beautiful display window introducing the latest collections. There are two main entrances introducing the spacious ground floor, where clients can step into the Accessories world, with a handbag display to the left and a modulable wall to the right – a wall that will continuously be transformed to feature the newest creations, immersing clients into new experiences with each visit.

Alongside the costume jewelry area, customers are welcomed into a display dedicated to Les Exclusifs de CHANEL fragrances, then into an expansive shoe area and later into a selection of CHANEL Watches & Fine Jewelry masterpieces. To top it all off, two Ready-to-Wear salons and three fitting rooms are decorated with specially-commissioned artworks by Shelter Serra, Martin Kline and Alastair Cook – yet another fabulous reminder of the House’s continuous relationship with Art.

The first floor unveils two beautiful VIP salons, decorated in CHANEL’s signature tones of light beige, burgundy and gold and offering clients the ultimate luxury experience.

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12 Comfy Day Rompers for a Fresh Summer

Why bother going through the whole matching process when you can just slip into a romper and pull off an effortless look? Whether you call it a romper, a jumpsuit, or overalls, there’s one – albeit simple – way to wear them: slip into them and let these onesies do the magic for you.

There’s something about jumpsuits that give off a statement without you even having to try hard. However, one major issue that comes with said jumpsuits is: what do I do if I want to go to a public bathroom?

While we think it’s not really an issue here, we consider the accessorizing part of the equation the single most important matter. Should you wear the wrong shoes, the wrong bags, heck even the wrong bijoux, your outfit can go from yay to nay in a split of a second. The trick here is to go with the flow of your romper and make sure you don’t over-do it. But if you’re still wondering which rompers you should own for a casual day out, then here are our options for you!

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Everything You Need for a Glamorous Pool Party

Cover Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/Netaporter

Looking for a refreshing way to beat the heat in style? We’ve got two words for you: pool party. Yes ladies, summertime madness is at the tip of your fingers and all you need to do is throw a massive pool party.

With the sun never setting and the days getting longer, your summer calendar must be surely stacking up with back-to-back relaxing days by the beach. And so, one issue comes to mind here; how to look gorgeously swell when you’re obviously going to lose your stylish hairdo, not to mention your hydration – hello, sweaty days. The answer here seems to lie in the way you’re going to groom yourself, from your outfit, to your swimsuit, your accessories and pretty much everything else. It doesn’t matter if you’re just cooling off by the swimming pool or dancing the heat away, one thing’s for sure, the more stylish your outfit is, the better.

That said, to help you out, we’ve scoured the must-have essentials you’ll definitely be needing to knock this pool party off its hot feet!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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