Battle of the Lebanese Designers – Zuhair Murad

September 6, 2012

Arab artistians have been making a distinguishable mark in the couture world for a while now. Ever since that famous comical scene in Clueless where Alicia Silverstone is held at gunpoint and kneeling on the floor protesting “But this is an Alaïa!…it’s like this totally important designer!!!”, their skill and attention to detail have not gone amiss. Lebanese designers in particular, have a unique sense of craftsmanship which they bring to the table in terms of surface ornamentation. In my opinion, they take inspiration from the femininty and sophistication of the more classic French couture silhouettes yet they add a […]

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Gulf News Weekly Cartoon Strip -the thought process .

August 27, 2012

So for Gulf News in the weekly education section, I decided to collaborate artistically and do a cartoon strip for a one month trial. A lighthearted wacky Dubai based cartoon strip. Initially it was only meant to have two characters – Reem and Rania. It is a comical, tongue-in-cheek take of girls in Dubai and exaggurates/pokes fun of specific behavioral traits of the stereotypical airhead glamazon persona of some women living here. The two protaginists live in a total bubble (but are quite loveable nonetheless) and it’s about their misadventures, their humorous interactions with other people and how the world […]

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Trends I’m loving

August 19, 2012

Edgy Blazers I can’t get enough of blazers. There is a smorgasbord of varieties out there – embellished, fitted, slouchy, short, long, monochrome or pastels. I love ‘em all! A well fitted blazer is so versatile and can be worn in so many different ways. I like to go for ones with unique design features such as a leather trimmed lapel, eye catching studs as an embellishment or an ever so slight puff on the sleeve. Pastel blazers look great for a nostalgic 80s take, as long as you don’t make the mistake of going too sweet and demure and […]

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Favorite Sirens of All Time

August 5, 2012

So I’ve been meaning to illustrate my favorite movie sirens for a while now!  I have a huge obsession about sirens in general – mythological, legendary or real. Whether it’s Helen of Troy, Cleopatra, Sophia Loren or Jessica Rabbit –  I love observing a woman who has a deliberate air of presence, pizzaz and panache.   Their air of mystery, their enticing strategies and the how they perfect the true art of captivating an audience is what draws me to them.  An ideal temptress should always have a cool-as-cucumber exterior with a slight peppering of implied mischievous inneundo but never vulgar […]

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Couture Week Autumn/Winter 2012

July 19, 2012

Two weeks ago, I had a complete feast for my eyes with Couture Week 2012 and all the the gorgeous looks on the runway, so I couldn’t wait to illustrate them!  Here are a few of my favorite highlights from the collections this year. Versace – I am not usually a huge fan of Versace – Sometimes I find the colours and fabrics too loud and obnoxious, but this year’s collection was an unexpected change of pace.   Floaty and feminine, The long chiffon gowns in particular were works of art – the way the fabric moved and how the […]

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Couture Week Autumn/Winter 2012

July 19, 2012

Two weeks ago, I had a complete feast for my eyes with Couture Week 2012 and all the the gorgeous looks on the runway, so I couldn’t wait to illustrate them!  Here are a few of my favorite highlights from the collections this year. Versace – I am not usually a huge fan of Versace – Sometimes I find the colours and fabrics too loud and obnoxious, but this year’s collection was an unexpected change of pace.   Floaty and feminine, The long chiffon gowns in particular were works of art – the way the fabric moved and how the […]

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