Loosening up with Jacqueline Bissett

August 1, 2016

I think the moment I fell in love with fashion illustration was when I first laid eyes on the amazing, glamorous illustrations sketched on Jackie Collin’s book covers. They were always so feminine, fluid and loose with a modern, minimalistic pop of color that was so eye catching to me! These drawings had such personality, sass and drama – a perfect match to the seductive and sexy stories I was addicted to! Over the years, I started recognizing the same illustrations everywhere on luxury brands like Thomas Sabo, Selfridges and Mac. Last week, in a perfect twist of fate, I […]

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MVC’s Diamond Dry Cut Review

July 21, 2016

When it comes to haircuts, I take a Fox Mulder-like stance and “Trust no one.” Too many times have I gone to the salon for long layers and come back with a dreadful cut – you know EXACTLY which one I mean, right? Where you have a poofy-like ball “layer” on your head “complimented” with thin, straggly ends. Hands up if you’ve had that done to you. (Meeee!) I have a confession – I’ve been trimming my hair myself for the past couple of years using Youtube tutorials. I know, I know…bless me, Father for I have hair sinned. I […]

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Summer studio workshop at Harvey Nichols

July 8, 2016

I love to teach illustration but don’t always get the opportunity due to being swamped with projects buuuuut when Harvey Nichols approached me and asked me to be part of their Summer Studio line up, I couldn’t resist! This Summer, Harvey Nichols Dubai had a series of interactive workshops which included photography, fashion and styling. If the classes weren’t enticing enough,all guests who attended each received a AED200 complimentary voucher to use in the store’s Beauty Department..AND the classes were free! Pretty great trade off if you ask me. Nice one, Harvey Nichs. I hosted two workshops in June and […]

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Japs in Japan

June 12, 2016

LOTS of people ask me about my last name – what’s up with ” JAPAN”walla? “Are you Japanese? Are you Parsi?” (I get that a lot) … It’s an interesting little story …my great great grandfather was the first person from India to trade companies in Japan…and for some reason people nicknamed him JAPAN walla (literally…the guy from Japan) and it stuck. Needless to say, my name has gotten me quizzical looks from both Pakistanis and Europeans ..but hey! at least it’s an ice breaker. It seems like my link to Japan is in my blood and so fate had […]

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The Cubist Collection

May 29, 2016

I love impressionism, Rococco and Art Nouveau BUT when it comes translating a movement into contemporary fashion – there’s NOTHING cooler than the abstract, trippy designs of cubism. Inspired by Picasso and Sadequain’s paintings, I created a mini collection that is bold, brazen, youthful and a bit bohemian. Even though the pieces are flamboyant and colorful, the translucent quality of the chiffon make the pieces easy to wear and versatile – particularly the kaftans. Perfect if you want to stand out at fashion shows, parties, music festivals or even thrown over ripped jeans for a beachy weekend brunch. To accessorize […]


JLT Outdoor Gallery

May 21, 2016

You know what Dubai needs MORE of? (hint..it’s not a mall) Street Art!!!!! Im a big fan of outdoor galleries and the energetic vibe they bring to open spaces – which is why I was stoked when I got the opportunity to create a mural for the region’s first outdoor gallery situated in Jumeirah Lake Towers. JLT’s Art Outdoor Gallery is an exciting project launched by Concordia and it’s all about bringing art to the community by creating a platform for local artists to promote themselves by allowing them to reach a larger public. They provided all the artists with […]

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