Making my way to Maki, half an hour late; fashionably late, I make it around the end of the Amina Maki presentation. At the entrance, accepting guests with a joyful manner, was Sara Abdulghaffar, an event manager at Obai and Hill.
The Amina Maki is the latest addition to Maki’s extensive menu. The Amina Maki is collaboration between Amina Al Abbasi and Maki. Amina, dressed in all black with luxurious dangling pearls, is a self taught artist.
Developing her artistic style, while branching out to a full product line ranging from phone covers to handbags. Her art embraces traditional themes of Arab culture combined with a contemporary twist, similar to her collaboration with Maki.
Three types of sushi were presented, incorporation fresh salmon, white fish, avocado, shrimp tempura, rice, drizzled with teriyaki sauce and the award winning extra virgin olive oil. Lastly, the maki is sprinkled with Japanese spices and green tea powder.
As the night came to an end, I was enjoying the creative, traditional inspired accessory pieces created by Amina’s paintings, in which have been transformed into bags, I phone covers, wooden separators and much more.
Being added to Maki’s menu, the Amina Maki is one not to be missed, head down to the World Trade Center and try it!
Every year, to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, L’OCCITANE creates a Solidarity Soap to pay tribute to the women of Burkina Faso.
It was in Burkina Faso, in the early 1980s, that Olivier Baussan first discovered shea butter – an exceptionally talented ingredient that nourishes and protects the skin. Since then, over 25 years of shared history have created a bond between L’OCCITANE and the women of Burkina Faso.
To keep this bond strong, and because these women such an important role in their communities and local economy, the L’OCCITANE foundation has focused its actions on their economic emancipation. To help these women gain more autonomy, the Foundation supports literacy and micro credit programs in Burkina Faso.
A Fund – Raising Soap, to support women’s entrepreneurship in Bukina Faso; The milk-scented shea butter soap is an emblematic product of L’OCCITANE. For this year’s Women’s Day, it has been given a special design that evokes the joy of women. With the support of the L’OCCITANE Foundation. 100% of profits* from the sale of the L’OCCITANE Solidarity Soap are donated to organizations that promote women’s entrepreneurship through literacy programs and training to develop income-generating activities.
Today, over 830 women have had access to literacy programs and received training in the management of income-generating activities in the 14 centers that we have built and equipped. This ambitious project needs ongoing support, every year. We must ensure its continued viability by making existing centers more autonomous and evaluating the effectiveness of the programs run since 2010.
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Communication Manager - Aya Elamine
It’s February! A month of love, romance, forever alone, late night, pizza enduring moments, and well… Valentines gift shopping?
A last minute post on what to get for him/her on Valentines! Considering the varied options that our spouses or loved ones have nowadays, something that’s bound to last a while is bound to be in a bottle, with luxurious scents, and gold plated caps and headings; Perfumes.
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to have a one on one tour at Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain, with the manager of the Saks cosmetics department Michelle. Showing me around, Michelle previewed some of Saks Fifth Avenues most exclusive and elite products by some new, and classic brands.
Starting the tour with a brand not yet known, Stéphane Humbert Lucas (777) a new brand founded by Stéphane Humbert Lucas, the creator and nose behind brands Nez a Nez and SoOud. The number seven is a personal favorite of Lucas, as well as having spiritual and symbolic importance throughout history. The “777” in the logo and brand name symbolize spirituality, protection and luck. It’s perfumes had quite the oriental scent to them, capturing everything middle eastern & local, from the names to the black gem stones, and the famous oud scent.
After the oriental escape, I was introduced to French alluring scents by the oh so alluring French brands Robert Piguet & L’ARC. Featuring the most diverse scents in the market, elements of powdery petals, international spices, and nutty additions are present within each bottle of perfume.
Going from exclusive to classic, brands of the likes of Tom Ford, Armani Prive, Cartier, and Yves Saint Laurent. Trying out some of their new perfumes, each and every one really showed why they were classic, and exclusive scents… staying in the market for so long, these brands know how to maintain their ongoing cosmopolitan perfumes.
After finishing the tour, I thanked Michelle for presenting me to all the new perfume brands that are upcoming into the main lime light. I also asked for some L’OCCITAINE products that I could add to this post; so, this is your last minute savior gift options! I posted the prices of the perfumes that I personally liked, and believe that most couples would want to give to one another. What are you waiting for? Get down to Saks Fifth Avenue tonight, and get that perfect Valentines gift!
It’s not an unusual thing for me to fan girl over Burberry Prorsum’s collections, especially when showcased during fashion week; For this fall 2014, Christopher Bailey reinvented the male perspective to mesh tops, coats, lengthy scarves, and the application of London’s landscapes on fabric.
Burberry Prorsum’s menswear show kicked off this afternoon at 2pm, with guests of the likes of Paloma Faith, Nick Grimshaw, George Barnett, James Righton, Tinie Tempah, not forgetting, Jamie Campbell.
Consisting of silk chiffon printed, geometric shaped, scarves, beige over coats, and mesh tops, the collection had the main London, and British feel to it. Including images of London’s landscapes like St.Pauls Cathedral building and the St.Ives inspired lands. Interesting color combinations were included; Not discarding the basic Beige on tartan prints, the basic use of white for tops, and the twist, multi colored tartan Scottish woven maroon, camel, champagne red, blue, and white scarves. The Tapestry bags were the eye catchers for me in Burberry’s show today; I would love to get my hands on them.
Going over the collection a couple of times, I sensed that some pieces were Milanese inspired… Say Etro vibed? I’m not saying that Bailey is copying another designer; I’m just saying that the collection’s missing a boost of Brit ethnicity, if you understand what I’m saying?
Nevertheless, another well executed collection from Burberry!
A collection filled with dark hues of black, tartan fabric, gold embroidered strips, and creative head pieces; McQueens menswear designer Harley Hughes, accompanied by Sarah Burtondeliberated a quite toned down collection for this fall 2014.
Getting inspiration from dark church sceneries, English poets of the likes of Oliver Bernard, and paintings printed on fabric by German-born British painter Lucian Frue, The collection featured a somewhat somber aspect or aesthetic point to it.
Featuring multi colored tartan kilts, leather jackets, and separates finished with gold zippers, the collection rested on conservative silhouettes with a sharp edge. For this season, the McQueen man appealed in a menacing figure, dressed in monochrome, and a dark imaged man.
Stay tuned for more coverage on London’s Men Collections for this Fall 2014 season.
It’s that time of year where we decide on changing our lifestyles and coming up with plans that we never even commit, nor try working on. Not to be negative or anything but it’s the truth, and seen reality, not that I’m a realistic person…
The new year of 2014 is a few, short, hours away, exciting don’t you think?
Meeting new people is something that’s bound to happen; they can either leave you and have left something behind, or stay and make you learn one thing, after another.
2013 passed by in the blink of an eye, I can’t even recall how it started and how it so surreally passed. But besides that, it showed me how time is fading and there isn’t much of it left. Being a senior, graduating soon, only means that life is still yet left unfigured out. The pressure that I’ve been in via school work, and college applications, is just a test… or so they forgot to mention.
Discovering that my blogging life is very important to me, is something I knew and saw coming; I’m attached to it. You somewhat belong to this cult, a cult that you can’t or won’t escape, nor leave. On the other hand of blogging, my fashion infatuation is still on the loose! It’s not something you desire or obtain, it’s more like a life you create for yourself; a life you create by the clothes you choose to wear, the colors, the textures, the fragrances you use, the hems, seams, embroidered pieces, and well…. You get the picture.
So 2014, what’s in it to blog about? Besides the fashion shows, events, trends, and so much more… I’m going to focus on things that involve more man power, more of the so called “Dominant" or "Equally dominant" gender. MEN, yes! Having a feminist say that means war! But trust me, it doesn’t. We always focus on women in the fashion scene, why not focus on men for a change? Why not show everyone how men too can look desirable, stylish, and well… have that UNF factor? Stay tuned for posts on that topic here on The Sartori Ali.
I can’t deny that the year 2013 left me with more lessons learned, I also can’t deny that it’s just preparing me for more that is yet to come… But one thing is that, I can’t wait for the New Year! Another opportunity, another chance, new people, new possibilities, and new everything basically!
The Sartori Ali & I wish our fellow readers a very happy new year, may it be filled with happiness, wild fun, and ecstatic moments.
I Follow Rivers ♪♫♬
- Electric blue, Damask patterned sweater by Choies
- Geometrical lined black & white murse by PullAndBear
- Black leather, studded gloves by Zara
- Beige chinos by Gap
- Vintage black and white Frank Sinatra wingtip shoes by Vintage
Image was taken in Al Riwaq Art Space, located in Adliya, Bahrain.
The say the bigger they are the more humble, that phrase is clearly portrayed with Mr.Jeremy Hackett. A British fashion designer and business executive best known for his classic British menswear company, Hackett.
An event held by Chalhoub group for the opening store of Hackett London here in The Kingdom of Bahrain, gave me along with other media members the chance to interview Mr.Hackett. When I first thought of it, I was like British (commonly snobby, drinking tea from their floral painted cups, and eating on berry pie, or buttered scones) this British man was nothing like that! Talkative, very approachable, not so snobby, somewhat patriotic, and very dapper… that’s what I can say about him in my 10 minute talk.
Here are the questions I asked Mr.Hackett in our 10 minute interview:
Q1. Leaving school at the age of 17, how did it feel pursuing fashion at such a young age? Was it challenging being in Bristol and doing that at the same time?
It was challenging at that time, very challenging. I enjoyed fashion, I enjoyed selling clothes; I worked with a tailor most of the time and slowly learned how to sew. I then took up a full time job as a salesman. As much as I found the complexity of tailoring interesting, I sided with designing a lot… I moved to London and that’s where my infatuation with fashion truly began.
Q2. Tell us more about you being in London, and your business partner Ashley Lloyd-Jennings?
Being in London was a big deal because the opportunities were boundless, It was where Alexander McQueen first started, where John Galliano found his dramatic presence in the industry and much more. In a cross road, I met Ashley Lloyd Jennings; we both had the interest of selling clothes and fashion, by that interest and our aspirations towards it, we opened Hackett’s first store on the King’s Road, London.
Q3.If you were to choose a young designer, and have he/she infuse a part of their touch into a Hackett collection… that being a risk, would you approve of it and why?
Well, I already have a design team that’s consisted of very young, raw graduates, who keep on doing such impeccable designs & motifs. But, If I were to choose someone it’ll be a Japanese or Chinese individual; the eye to detail that the Japanese have is just outstanding! Not only do they know how to create & improve, but they know what to do, and how to do something and make sure that it’s commercial. I would very much approve of it, yes.
Q4.Having you being in Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain, let’s say you get inspired to create a Middle Eastern themed collection. What would it be, and what would you be inspired by?
Well, I have been In Abdu Dhabi for a mere 48 hours and In Bahrain for a few hours now… So I haven’t seen much, but I will tell you this! The Shmaq that men wear on their heads seems very interesting. I was thinking of using the same pattern and somewhat transforming it into a hat with different colors or use a tweed fiber on it and kick it off from there. I’d have to be sure that it’s not offending anyone though.
The store opening happened a while after the interview, everyone was well dressed and everything looked like it was extracted from a tourist London handbook. A red carpet, tuxedo wearing men with top hats, everyone in bow ties, and fizzy drinks, a British themed event indeed. The opening of Hackett London’s store featured the new fall 2013 collection, it had an array of pastel colors, with geometrical lines, stripes, and somewhat deer like prints. It was very modern, yet very British at the same time.
I can’t wait for more brands to open here In Bahrain, although we have a few…. None are as quite eccentric, except for Givenchy and Versace that is.
We’ve heard of how art is somewhat related to fashion and cosmetics, but have we heard of how Sushi is related? At Bahrain’s finest Sushi house (Maki), Chef Louis Kenji Huang found the perfect blend. Getting his inspiration from Mai Al Moayyed’s makeup tutorial blog (The Makeup Manual), Haung created a sushi based on Mai’s perception of the makeup and cosmetic world & somewhat transformed it into an edible product.
Using Mai’s MAC make up set, Chef Huang extracted the boundless options of colors and related each to a certain kind of food. Using colors like green, olive green, pink, magenta, red, coral pink, beige, yellow, brown, and the basic color foundations, black and white… Huang invented a fruitful, herbiest kind of flavored sushi.
After the brief presentation of the making of the sushi, Mai mingled with guests, media members, bloggers, friends, and family. The evening was quite posh; lounging in Maki at the side bar I notice many of the bloggers from Bahrain blogging scene.
I recommend that you head over to Maki and try The MakeUp Maki, It truly will leave you wanting more, I mean after all…. It’s the finest sushi hub in The Kingdom.
Khaleda Rajab and Fahad Marzooqi; Designers, business partners, and somewhat twins.
Disregarding the fact that Khaleda’s from The kingdom of Bahrain & that Fahad’s from Kuwait, they both managed to work together. Collaborating with Linda Farrow, isn’t the easiest thing to do. Why? Because the brand holds many collaborations with the most edgy, rouge, and boldest designers out there.
Creating cat eye like shades in two monotone lenses & flared, somewhat vintage like colors is something totally un expected. What makes it even better, is that the product was designed by two local designers.
A teaser party was held at TXOKO Basque Lounge at The Domain Hotel, Bahrain. The party had a New York feel to it, dimmed lighting, a bar/ lounge setting, the landscape high top view, and the amazing Dj that played disclosure remixes and other songs throughout the night. Being accompanied by my friend Ahmed Al Kangooni, the night was a long, eventful, and wild.
Getting invited to local events is one thing, and getting invited to events happening in other countries featuring (A-list) Middle Eastern celebrities is another. Athnain magazine’s second issue launch party was happening, based on its theme (The Entertainment Issue) Thanks to my dear friend Noor Boresli, Head of Editorial at Athnain magazine… I got invited.
Almost immediately, I started planning my outfit a month in advance… I mean it’s a Kuwaiti event right? People are bound to dress to impress, and trust me they all did impress. A day before the event, I left Bahrain and had a mini road trip to Kuwait. Although the 537.1km ride that was somewhat annoying & left me sleeping throughout the night.. I managed to do a few pre event shopping.
Being held at the Do Re Mi – Lounge in the Kuwait Business Tower (KBT) Athnain’s launch event was a mere illusion; it was that perfect. The entire lobby filled with chic, stylish, and very boldly dressed individuals made the night all look like a scene from The Devil Wears Prada… Except the Khaleeji version. Music that made you sway, food that was considered as an aphrodisiac (Do the math), drinks that were sparkly & colorfully bold, and pages selected off the magazine that were hanged keeping everyone in awe with the effects & photography skills that owned up to the magazines true morals & individuality… Most of them were taken by Saeed Al Khalifa; a true artist.
Guests that were present included, Kuwaiti media celebrities of the likes of Fuad Ali, Haya AbdulSalam, Hessa Al Loughani. Radio heart throb Ali Najim, and Hashem Asad. Bloggers, Dalalid, Noha Noor, Danamando, and Prince Fahad Al Saud from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (I had the outmost pleasure of taking tons of pictures with him, Fangirled over him for a few seconds though)
For an overnight event, it was so worthwhile crossing the distance & making it all the way to support my fierce friend Noor, and the entire Athnain team.