If you know anything about the Middle East specifically the Gulf region (Kuwait,UAE,Saudi Arabia,Qatar,Bahrain) you would know that the Abaya is the official dress worn by local women in the area.
The Abaya is traditionally a long cloak that is worn open or closed and has so many style variations according to the talented designers who create them.
Here we have a unique blend of Middle Eastern Persian style take on the traditional cloak in whimsical, fun, quirky designs and colour combinations, with a mix of beautiful fabrics unique to this brand.
I have been following the brand for a few years now and had to make a post about it so you would get to know about it to.
You can shop the designers collection on Instagram @nofuxlabel and here.
I am a fan of artistic expression in clothing and believe that a woman feels her best when she looks her best.
That being said, I absolutely love this Indian fashion brand I came across called Papa Don’t Preach.
The designer is a London College of Fashion student/graduate who created the Papa don’t preach brand in 2010. She managed to create a fusion between western and eastern culture appealing to both worlds respectively.
Designer and creative director of Papa Don’t Preach, Shubhika Davda, caught the entrepreneurial bug at a young age. Having made her first business acquisition during her college days at age 19, Shubhika took over a small boutique where she started to explore her passion for fashion. Armed with this invaluable experience and a fashion diploma from London College of Fashion, UK, she eventually launched her own label, Papa Don’t Preach, in 2010.
Seeking inspiration from music and the arts, her designs are very individualistic, kitschy and effortlessly stylish. Remaining true to her essence, Shubhika’s Indo-western, high-street culture, exaggerated and dramatic design ideologies are immaculately expressed through the medium of clothes and accessories.
Her designs are a juxtaposition of Indian and Western aesthetics aiming to give a new definition to contemporary Indian bridal dressing and vibrant red carpet dressing. Her experimental hand embroidery techniques, quality conscious craftsmanship, inherent need to keep breaking the rules and most importantly her constant endeavour to make her viewer/buyer go “Oooo ! how did you do that! is what according to her keeps her going!
This brand makes me excited and happy looking at all of the embellishments and color patterns used to create these beautiful statement pieces.
If you are ever in Mumbai India and want to take a look in at their flagship store then you will not be disappointed at what you will find and experience there.
Until next time, stay as fashionable, beautiful, and chic as can be.
Far long have designers who were admirers of the classic arabian sandal from the gulf region, danced with making their own version of the unique ethnic footwear.
I must admit there is something quite special about the sandals donned by royals and layman alike of Arabia.
Here is a glimpse of the original, authentic , ethnic style of the sandal
Now take a look at Jil Sanders version of the classic
I personally like them and thinks she did an excellent job on modernizing an otherwise very ethnic looking shoe to meet the eclectic updated taste of the western world.
Here is an even more detailed version of the Saudi sandal by Jil Sander
Jil Sander isn’t the only designer making this sandals a part of her season collection. Last SS 2019 British Columbian designer Esteban Cortazar created a beautiful detailed version of the Saudi sandal in both flat and heeled styles.
I am all for designers venturing out into other cultures and putting their own touches and twists on the original design. After all that is what being an artist and designer is all about.
There are many versions of the sandal created by many designers and local brands in the Middle East. Take a look and get yourself a pair to stand out from the crowd.
Created by local Emirati brand Tamashee. Can be purchased Here.
I hope you loved the collections just as much as I did. Until next time , stay as chic and fashionable as you are unique and special.
If you haven’t heard of Donald J Pliner then today is the day to learn who he is and take a look at some of collection.
Since 1989, Donald J Pliner has built a reputation for innovative materials, unexpected design and quality craftsmanship in women’s and men’s footwear and accessories. The brand is known for combining impeccable design with a commitment to fit and comfort.
In Donald’s words, “A shoe needs to be fashionable, a shoe needs to be comfortable and a shoe needs to be special.”
Key Donald J Pliner branded design elements such as unusual haircalfs, printed leathers, stretch fabrics and elastics are included season after season for the utmost style and comfort. Beaded elements add textured embellishment across the line. Uniquely crafted heels, silhouettes and colors along with meticulous attention to detail make Donald J Pliner shoes works of art.
Inspired by energy. Drawn from destinations. From the beaches of Spain to the mountains of Italy, Donald J Pliner shoes, boots and accessories are infused with uniquely bold, unexpected and modern styling.
Thank you for looking at our picks for this chic designer and we will see you in our next post.
What I love so much about what I do is never getting board of the new talent that I find in the world. People are unique individuals and they produce things that are unique to them as individuals.
I have stumbled upon a new quirky accessories brand based out of Russia called Plyaka Accessories and they make avengers styled footwear accessories that double as earrings which I thought were so creative.
The accessories have various animation of animal faces , beautiful colored patterns and human animated faces and fringes as its design. Beautiful paired with your favorite shoes to jazz them up or wear them as earrings. From the looks of the brand page on Instagram they also have clothing with some of their designs printed in them which is a plus for those ladies that aren’t into shoes or jewelry.
I absolutely love these creations and find them to be so unique and beautiful. They don’t have a website unfortunately so if you want to purchase then you must contact them through Instagram and their what’s App. @plyaka_accessories
LOCATED AT THE STORE STUDIOS, 180 STRAND, THE DESIGNER SHOWROOMS IS HOME TO OVER 150 BRITISH AND INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS. PRESENTED WITHIN IS A RICH AND DIVERSE SELECTION OF PRODUCTS IN A HIGHLY CURATED SHOWROOM. SHOWCASING AT LONDON FASHION WEEK RAISES THE PROFILE OF BRANDS AS PART OF LONDON FASHION WEEK’S EDIT OF WHAT TO SEE.
14th – 18th September 2018
The Store Studios at 180 Strand, London WC2R 1EA
The international element of the showrooms illustrates that the doors to London are truly open, with designers showcasing from Dubai, Finland and South Korea. The pull of London on a global scale is undeniable. The UK continues to be an attractive and fertile home for an array of designer businesses of any size.
Of the four fashion capitals, London is the only city that hosts the Designer Showrooms in the same venue as the official British Fashion Council (BFC) Show and Presentation Space. The LFW Designer Showrooms have launched many global brands, including a number of on-schedule designers.
Showcasing in the highly curated Designer Showrooms allows brands to develop relationships with globally influential stores and helps to increase their exposure to top international journalists, publications and stylists. In addition to this, designers will also gain access to seasonal press and buyer accreditation lists and access to the BFC’s Designer Support programme, which includes one-to-one business advice and seminars.
For more information please visit the website Here.
Wooh! A touchy but true read this is. As other reviewers have said about the book, I don’t agree with all aspects but so many of her points on modesty and dressing according to how you would like to be treated was so on point. She also touched on the history of fashion in America.
Here is an overview of the book.
In this ground-breaking book, Colleen Hammond challenges today’s fashions and provides you the information you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from the onslaught of tasteless, immodest clothing. Colleen Hammond shares real-life examples of how women can accentuate the grace and beauty of their femininity, and she shows that modest definitely does not mean frumpy !! DRESSING WITH DIGNITY covers it all . . . The history and forces behind the changes in fashion. How to talk to teenagers about the privilege of femininity so they will want to dress with dignity. How to awaken chivalry in men and be treated with respect. How to regain and teach the lost charm of interior and exterior femininity! How to dress in an attractive, dignified, classy manner! Specific documents about manners of dress from the Magisterium, the Popes and the Saints. Comprehensive guidelines for choosing tasteful attire. Resources on where to find beautiful, modest clothing. And much, much more!
Here is a pic of a beautifully modestly dressed lady that I found which led me to the the author Colleen’s book and we paired it with a pair of Thaqafah tri color mules.