Now, don’t get me wrong … I like elegance! I like it just as much as the next person BUT do you ever feel this constant regurgitated idea of presenting yourself elegantly can have a tendency to get a little … Unimaginative? Uninspired? Or worse…downright predictable?
The same Audrey-esque LBD , the same string of pearls, the same subtle accessories? I’ve recently been feeling a restless quench for something new and creative. Something fresh and innovative. Something that makes a statement. Something like THESE …
Now that’s unexpected!!!! If you are looking for statement sunnies that make you stand out from the crowd, look no further because I have the solution right here. It’s the brand new exclusive range of cat-eyed sunglasses by designers Fahad Almarzouqand and Khaleda Rajab. They have collaborated with Linda Farrow Gallery and on Thursday was the launch of the new collection at Eye boutique in Dubai Mall.
Both designers have a rather impressive repertoire. Khaleeda Rajab, originally from Kuwait had opened her own exclusive boutique named Khaleda Rajab Haute Couture a few years ago. She supplies her designs to international department stores such as Harvey Nichols, Saks fifth Avenue and 51 East. The designer dressed the likes of dancing with the stars Elisabetta Canalis and her couture was featured on the episode of Kourtney & Kim Take Over New York.
After immense success with his debut collection of menswear shoes, Fahad Almarzouqand then proceeded to start his own brand name HbyF Designs. Fahad’s next step was to release an exotic leather handbag collection in May 2012 at the well-known Alothman Boutique in Kuwait. In October 2012, he began retailing at Harvey Nichols in Kuwait. By January 2013, he released another handbag collection at Qatar’s premier luxury retailer 51 East and at Saks Fifth Avenue in Dubai and Bahrain.
Just like the sunglasses, the launch party was stylish and luxurious with a vibrant, youthful energy.
You know me – i love a good canape, and selection they had were delicious! Beautifully presented and I can assure you, they tasted just as good as they looked! Especially the octopus!
Even the cupcakes were fashionably attired, with their very chic cat-eyed frames!
I had a chat with the owner of Eye Boutique, Sanaz Saadat to find out more about the inspiration behind the collection and what exactly makes this range so special and fashion forward.
She mentioned that the detail was in the design – particularly the interpretation of the classic cat-eye style. This is the first time that a designer has separated and divided the lens into four, giving an extremely avant garde, futuristic twist which is both unique and attractive. They are handmade with a thin rounded double frame contour and pointy frame corners. Featuring a curved silhouette line, they include a top frame attached to acetate temples. The glasses are finished with the “Khaleda Rajab and Fahad Almarzouq” and the “Linda Farrow Gallery” logo printed on the inverted side of the temple.
And last but not least, here are some illustrations of mine. I decided to draw the designers themselves for this post because something drew me to their style. They look a bit like a group of extremely trendy, stylish students at an art college who have their own cool table at the cafeteria. Upon observing them, you can just tell they appear to be a cut above the rest. I just loved Fahad’s subtle metallic taupe blazer and Khaleda’s hat with her birdcage veil and red lips. She combines 90′s grunge with 40′s glamour perfectly!
I also wanted to show how the shades would look on my fashion illustrations. As you can see, paired with the right outfits they really really do make an unforgettable statement!