Our favourite fashion event is back from the 31st March – 3rd April, this year it will take place at the new custom made venue Dubai Design District (d3).
Now in its seventh season, FFWD has recently earned the endorsement of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) and together with this significant boost, and its new home at d3, looks ahead to its most successful edition to date with the overarching focus on working with regional and international buyers to meet the growing needs of the diverse exhibiting design talent.
This season will play host to international buyers from Fenwick, Galeries Lafayette (Paris), Harvey Nichols (Hong Kong), Neiman Marcus (USA) and Printemps (Paris). They can expect to witness some of the regions best known designers. You can register online for your favourite shows and get passes for AED 250.
Here at Zizzle Towers we have begun picking out our outfits for Dubai’s biggest bi-annual Fashion Event, we hope you are ready to rock the runway!
Fashion Forward kicked off yesterday with an amazing line-up, Zareena and Hussein Bazaza were among the designers showcased yesterday and the night ended with Michael Cinco’s dazzling collection.
As soon as the first model walked down the runway in a fully embellished red ombre dress, I gasped! I love how Michael Cinco constructs his dresses and as she walked into the laser beams it looked as though the dress carried itself. A few more gorgeous red gowns followed and the two beautiful white wedding gowns with Michael Cinco’s signature peekaboo cutwork.
Black dresses followed with gorgeous lace detail, I loved the movement in the two floor length satin gowns and the very risque gowns which were transparent with bead-work all over, they flashed without flashing you. Then a new theme emerged, one that took me back to Barcelona, I suddenly remembered the Sagrada Familias stunning stained glass windows as these black dresses with gorgeous panels of colour strutted down the runway. The finale was insane, It was so creative, windows of colour on a cape-like train surrounded by the other paneled outfits. It was a visual feast and Michael Cinco certainly set a very good tone for Fashion Forward SS16.
I am forever looking for hair products to tame my mane, I have crazy in-between wavy and curly hair with crazy amounts of volume and in the summer plenty of frizz…not a good combination. When I lived in Peru locals often called me “Cabello de leon” which means Lion hair so you can only imagine my loco hair. I tried the amazing Mythic Oil Serum from L’oreal and its really good, I tried it on wet hair and then tied it up to let it dry into curls hoping it would eliminate the frizz when it dried, and its pretty smooth! I added a little more when it was dry through the ends to give it some more texture and I’m really happy with the results.
Yesterday I used it after blow-drying my hair and it gave it a really nice shiny finish and gave definition to my waves. It has a 24-hour ability to smooth and protect hair from the effects of extreme heat, humidity and frizziness, L’Oréal Professionnel’s Mythic Oil Serum is great for the Middle East’s crazy heat. You can buy it in salons and the couture edition is priced at 130AED or 180AED for the regular edition.
The Jewel Edition bottle of Mythic Oil has a gorgeous, sparkling gift that captures the very essence of its sumptuous experience. I love the richness of the product and you only need a very small amount to get the desired effect! Speaking of effects I thought I would share this seasons looks from L’oreal. The 70’s brit pop shag layers cut is dominating runways as seen on British model Eddie Campbell. The beauty is in its versatility giving you the option to wear it fluffy, messy or tousled.
Red is the key colour trend to pair with the cut, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Vanessa Hudgens have all been sporting it. I love red highlights but I hate how quickly the colour fades so I am really excited to try L’Oreals Carmine red highlights which contains a patented formula to provide an intense red that doesn’t fade!
We ended February on a complete high at the Timberland SS15 Fashion show in the desert. It was rumoured to be something like a desert safari with the slogan Lets Get Lost and dress-code being “rugged traveller”. We were all taken there in coaches and as we approached, our coach buzzed with talk of people wondering where this sandy road led to? We soon reached a very rustic resort, however it wasn’t quite as rustic as a camp which was great. The old style buildings added a touch of Arabian Heritage and made it more luxurious while keeping it authentic. There were a lot more people then we imagined and the Timberland sign rested in the sand-dunes while bloggers and other attendees posed with it. It was very clearly branded and as soon as you arrived you knew what the event was about. The wine reception and stage set-up, forecast a good time and that is exactly what it was!
The Fashion show was the main event, we loved how the catwalk was nestled in the wilderness of the desert and the audience sat on the walls either side of it. It began shortly after we were seated and unfortunately the styling did not cater to the crowd. We know Timberland is an adventure brand, popular amongst travellers but they could have definitely done a better job to make there clothes more appealing, it was just a bit of a bore, nothing noteworthy.There were some nice pieces in their collection and hopefully at their next show they will find a way to showcase them in a more stylish way.
All-in-all it was an amazing evening! The setting somehow made everyone more affable, there was this sense of all being on an adventure together and we witnessed more socialising then usual which was really interesting, cliques dispersed through the evening and the dance-floor was packed. We can’t wait to get lost again!
A great collection should be like a great outfit, it should have clear direction and an element that draws it all together and Lama El-Moatassem did that perfectly. The designer often draws on her Palestinian heritage and this collection beautifully showcased the traditional art of Palestinian cross stitch embroidery and various motifs that symbolize women’s social status and regional origins. Her collection told a story, the faded pastels represented the spring of hope and spirit of what is left of an art-form passed through generations.
Despite infusing a sense of tradition and identity, Toujouri very much appeals to the modern woman. The silk organza and crepe de chine were constructed through fabric bonding enabling some pieces to be reversible and double coloured. I loved the contrast of the yellow and blue motifs on the cream fabric. The way the dresses fell and the movement of the capes was beautiful. The elegance of the midi length dresses and the way the sequins dazzled in the light was stunning. I managed to get a sneaky close up backstage so you can see the detail.
Can’t wait for the next collection!
On the 19th September I went to London Fashion Week at Somerset house. I love attending Fashion events and this was so last minute I didn’t really get time to get an outfit together so I woke up bright and early and began viewing my options. My mum had this beautiful red vintage coat probably from when she was my age but it still looked brand new! I decided that would be my statement piece and I think monochrome really makes red pop so thats what I went with. I even managed to match one of my nails to my dress haha and then just finished off with some nice chunky jewellery.
I arrived at 11am and was supposed to watch the PPQ runway show however they cancelled it which was annoying 😦 they gave me tickets to a “Trends Show” instead which was pretty good so I was back in good spirits. As it was the end of fashion week they put together a show of the most popular trends, Pretty In Pink, Back to Nature, Victorian and Mixing Prints. My favourite was the brown ombre textured jumpsuit, I want it!!
While watching the show, you could charge your phone under your seat! I love how they took all the bloggers and journalists into consideration, they even had phone charging stations all over the event which was sponsored by Vodafone.
Somerset house had been transformed into a 2 storey shoppers paradise, labels such as Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and Prada were available at up to 50% off and they had some beautiful boutiques. The jewellery was stunning and I loved some of the hat and accessory boutiques. Of course I had the best time in the shoe and bag department, I was lucky enough to bump into Mo Helmi while I was admiring his sparkly creations. He recently opened a concession in Dubai Mall’s Shoe District and he really has some amazing pieces.
I then headed for a haircut at the Toni ‘N’ Guy pop up salon for a cut and blowdry, I was really happy with it and amazed at how well they had created a salon in one of the rooms, it looked permanent (always a sign of a successful pop-up venture).
I got lots of goodies which you can read about in the beauty section so I’ll finish with my highlight which was the talk by a few members of the Elle Team, it was inspiring and uplifting and they were so young and had already worked at all the biggest fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar! I got involved in the Q&A session and got to the bottom of a few things, mapping out my next route in life as I write lol. I absolutely loved Antonia O’Briens satin get-up, she was at the top of my best dressed list, it was unusual and simple and classy which are 3 ingredients for a great outfit.
I finished with a divine massage and chocolate bars in the Kinder Bueno lounge,definitely another highlight!
It was a great day out filled with things I love, you can read reviews of my new Maybelline makeup, Label M hair products and Beauty in treats on the beauty page!
Fashion week dictates the birth of new trends and therefore concept and authenticity is everything. The trends I spotted were bare midriffs (cropped is here to stay) lots of leather and generally a very androgynous presence was felt on the runways (BCBG Max Azria, Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone), lots of shirts, collars and trouser suits. It was all very 1990’s with DKNY’s Monogram tracksuits and various designers flannel shirts a la Zach Morris.
This reflected what is happening in fashion now but Anna Sui’s collection was a breath of fresh air to me. Although it is not my style, fashion week is about taking inspiration from the extremities that adorn the catwalk and I can certainly do that! Her collection was beautiful, feminine and hippie like, “Everything is flecked with antique gold, or shot with peacock shades of metallic thread … an entire enchanted forest filled with sparrows and songbirds, blooming with poppies, water lilies, sunflowers … embroideries and antique wallpaper patterns reproduced photographically in digital prints,” she said in her notes. I love how Sui’s collections are always timeless and youthful, the fact that she doesn’t feel pressurised to follow trends is what allows her to set them and gives her clothes that timeless quality. She infused a little bit of the 1960s, seemingly her favourite fashion era, to her new romantic vision. There were shifts and vests, tapestry bags, gladiator sandals and Balinese headdresses. She had a lot of shape and movement to her collection, lots of asymmetric cuts and tassels which added to that hippy sense of freedom.
I anticipated a real show with Betsey Johnson and wasn’t disappointed, the models skipped and danced down the runway in their pink wigs and floral frills, I loved the wedge trainers and of course the Tulle dresses were beautiful however variety adds spice to life and sadly it was 5 garments in different fabrics so the spice was missing.
Oscar De La Renta WOWED me, I absolutely loved his beautiful expression of springtime femininity, the crocheted tops, polka dots, frills and delicate tulle layers were all fresh, flirty and feminine.
I felt Charlotte Ronsons was the most ready-to-wear collection with every piece having versatility. I loved the cropped trousers with side-slits and the jumpsuits were great with collars and clean cuts to attend to the androgynous demand.
Having recently spotted Noon by Noors collection in Dubai Mall’s Harvey Nichols, I was excited to see what the girls had created for Spring 2014 and their collection was definitely a highlight of New York fashion week.
The show kicked off with some pretty strange colour combinations but as it went on they quickly redeemed themselves with bold colour-blocking on beautiful iridescent fabrics.
Floral and leaf prints inspired by Bahrain’s Tree of Life were the concept behind this elegant and sophisticated collection of dresses, jackets and skirts.
I particularly loved the first maxi that made an appearance, the delicate silk and movement had a beautiful jellyfish-like quality. I also loved the silver toned silk shirt combined with the purple leather skirt, they worked so well together, not just the colours but the way the harsh purple leathers presence made the silk look even more delicate. Another favourite was the flourescent orange combined with the midnight blue hotpants that were adorned with gorgeous silk flowers.
The star of the show was most definitely the final piece, a cropped white top with a maxi skirt embellished with white silk flowers that merged into black flowers with a crystal centre in an ombre style placement.