Painting the town glitter with Swarovski

November 16, 2015

Last week I felt just like Holly Golightly, except I wasn’t having breakfast at Tiffany’s but brunch with Swarovski. It was for a first-of-its-kind Sparkling Couture exhibition, celebrating the brand’s long-standing relationship with regional and international couture designers. The event showcased exquisite collections by 35 couturiers and six jewelry and accessory labels from across the Middle East and South Asia. Each designer presented one piece, created exclusively for the event, highlighting their innovative use of Swarovski crystals. First, the press were guided into a large room with a lit up installation consisting of a selection of sparkling designer dresses. I […]

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Fashion Forward Spring/Summer 2016

November 2, 2015

My favorite time of the year had finally arrived! The ootds, the frow, the glamour and of course, the couture!! FFWD closed yet another successful season and marches on forward to promote a commercially viable fashion platform for the Middle East, with Dubai as its hub. During Spring/Summer 2016, FFWD hosted 59 regional designers showcasing ready-to-wear, couture, jewelry and accessories. It also saw stellar attendance from over a whopping 15,000 guests including key buyers, influencers, media and members of the regional and international fashion communities. I normally use mixture of art and photography for my FFWD blog posts BUT… this […]

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Fashion Week RTW Illustrations

November 2, 2015

I’m always so inspired when I peruse through Vogue and check out fashion week. By nature, I am more of a couture kinda girl but this year I picked some of my favorite ready to wear collections to illustrate. Here goes .. Marchesa was stunning and had so many gorgeous textures especially the shimmery nude dress and the shaded pastel dress on the far left. I loved the rich, berry fuchsia hues too. I love the delicate, sheer layering and feminine romance of the Alexander McQueen RTW collection. This Chloe dress was one of my favorites. I love the unexpected […]

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A Day in Bloomingdales Dubai

October 12, 2015

Exactly a year ago, I was asked to write and illustrate my very own children’s book exclusively for Bloomingdales Dubai. It was such an honor to be included and a really huuuge project for me! I was simply bursting with ideas! I wanted the book to be charming and colorful and it was very important for it to have a whimsical element even though it’s a promotional book. It’s a lighthearted novel that follows the protagonist Sophie, a little girl who accompanies her mum on a shopping trip into the iconic department store. Feeling dismayed and bored, Sophie falls into […]

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Interview with my muse, Megan Hess

October 4, 2015

Megan Hess is one of my all time favorite fashion illustrators. Not only do her sketches exude sophistication but they represent a fantasy world that seduces me. All her illustrated models are long limbed and elegant in an almost otherwordly way. They’re impeccably dressed in the latest Dior and Chanel couture with full lips, seductive feline eyes and exemplify all the glamour of the Golden Hollywood Era. These illustrations aren’t just pretty pictures – they tell tales of luxurious lifestyles, much like a fashionable storybook would. Her models are often spotted nibbling on canapes at dinner parties with well dressed […]

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eL Seed at the House of Bazaar

September 28, 2015

You know what’s cool? When two unexpected styles, flavors or moods mesh together and become something surprisingly complimentary. Arab calligraphy mixed with urban street graffiti are disciplines that are as different as chalk and cheese but by combining the two, revolutionary Tunisian artist eL Seed always manages to create an intricate, artistic harmony and a unique sense of freshness. His most famous artwork is the 2012 piece on a minaret of the Jara Mosque, which depicted a Quranic verse rendered in his famous Calligraffiti style. Since then, Seed’s art has been shown in exhibitions all over the world . His […]

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