Fashion Forward Frolics – Part 2

April 16, 2014

Essa Walla’s show was wonderfully outrageous and truly audacious! Provocatively entitled “Blow,” his collection featured plenty of acid bright colours, statement prints, furs and plenty of interesting frou-frou details. I loved the ostrich feather embellishments mixed with beadwork that sparkled in the spotlight. The eclectic combination of textures were so unexpected and constantly kept us guessing. Although it was a very daring and bold, there’s no doubt that there was a pinch of feminine romanticism (i.e the floor sweeping hemlines and hourglass-enhancing silhouettes) but it was unconventional femininity. Oversized sunglasses, vintage 50′s shapes and trippy combinations – think Jackie O […]

Essa - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014

Street Style/The Garden at Fashion Forward

April 14, 2014

Every time I attend Fashion Forward, I find myself getting more and more impressed by the way people dress in Dubai! Street style really inspires me a lot – especially in my illustrations. I thought I would add a personalised twist to the blog by just taking a moment to highlight some of the best looks I spotted this season!! Y’know … “REAL beauty from REAL women.” Kinda like the Dove campaign (only less cheesy and condescending!!) Creative or eccentric, quirky or classic – here’s to all you gorgeous Dubai stylistas out there who are not afraid to sparkle! The […]


Interview with couture designer Rami Kadi

April 13, 2014

Continuing from my last blog post, here is my exclusive interview with Lebanese couture designer Rami Kadi. How would you describe your aesthetic? The woman I design for is a woman living a normal life in today’s world, but who stands out with her elegance and grace. She has something about her that turns head wherever she goes, leaving a trail of seduction and mystery behind. she’s a woman who blows life into the garment she is wearing. What are your favorite fabrics to work with and where are they sourced from? My choice of materials/fabrics depends on both the […]


My fashion illustration Collaboration with Rami Kadi

April 13, 2014

As soon as I laid eyes on the “Le Gala Des Mysteres” collection last year, I developed a deep “designer crush” on Rami Kadi and his DIVINE ball gowns. The tulle, the embroidery, the beadwork – it’s honestly what dreams are MADE of. Imagine my sheer delight when I got a call a few weeks ago from Rami Kadi Couture in Lebanon to say that they would be interested in doing an artistic collaboration with me for Fashion Forward this year!! I was elated and couldn’t wait to get started! I couldn’t share any information about the upcoming collection until […]

Rami Kadi - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014

Fashion Forward Frolics – Part 1

April 12, 2014

Fashion is the art Designers are the gods Models play the part of angels in the dark Which one of you would ever dare to go against That beauty is a trade and everyone is paid Season 3 of Fashion Forward finally kicked off today at Madinat Jumeirah for press and public. It was all very rock n’ roll chic at the Kage show with wild teased hair, dark lips, Bardot necklines and the odd flash of metallic. It definitely had a young, vibrant and vivacious feel. Intriguingly, the collection took inspiration from a specific time and event – New […]


Middle East Film & Comic Con 2014

April 5, 2014

I can’t explain how extraordinarily bizarre it is to have a gorilla wearing a shell-bikini tap you on the shoulder and politely ask if he may take a photo with you. It’s MAD. Absolutely mad. But as Cheshire Cat quite rightly says “We’re ALL mad, here.” I think this statement sums up Middle East Film & Comic Con perfectly! A bit like “The Muppet show,” it’s weird, it’s wonderful and above all … it’s unpredictable – absolutely ANYTHING can happen. One minute you are having a delightful conversation with The Grim Reaper about the weather. The next – you are […]