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In an unnoticed furniture shop in Jawad Dome, Budaiya – Tillys’ closet; a pint-sized shoe and antique store that exists behind ornate chandeliers, damask patterned sofa sets, and surreal food displays. Having provided shoes, stilettos, pumps, and much more variety of shoes from several brands known internationally, Tillys’ hosted The Schutz blogger event featuring The Glow Brand.
Aiming for a fashionably late statement, I was the first to come. Being greeted by Ashwathy from The Style Council who was the organizer of the event, we chatted and anxiously kept checking up on where the other bloggers were; stuck in traffic, getting their nails done in the car, or taking fashionably late to a whole new level. Discovering the antique pieces, I discover that most of them are handmade, from the paint to the glass blowing. After everyone’s arrival, Sophia Jawad - the founder of Tillys’ Closet presents us with a concise explanation on the new stilettos.
The Glow Brand; creating high fashion stilettos from Eco friendly, and enduring materials, which are particularly elastic and technically composed of hard and soft segments, they give it similar comfort as leather with the additional benefits of remaining crease free, even after continued wear. Having shoes in pink, blue, orange, green, and yellow – the colored spectrum is color coded as to different charity organizations in which a certain percentage of the profit goes to.
After her brief yet informative explanation, we all got a chance in trying some of the divine shoes that were portrayed on the shelves in the store. As for me, I didn’t try heels (I didn’t go all RuPaul drag race, I promise) I tried on a couple of loafers, not that I’m a big fan, but there were these gray, suede lined, loafers with a rose gold colored tie in the front – looked pretty to me, so I tried them on. Looking around, all I saw were ladies who I can proudly call family; Bahrains blogger family, the best of the best. Muneera Bubshait, Reem Buqais, Shoug Al - Ebrahim, Sarah Abdulghaffar, Georgina, and Ashwathy..
After taking several selfies, shoe pictures, as well as group pictures, some bloggers left. Sara, Reem, Muneera, and I were the only ones left. We all just had tea, scones, cakes, and chatted on how the blogger community has bloomed in the past few months. Other than that, the conversation escalated to how each one of us represented a member of the Sex and the City Girls… According to reem, I was Samantha (Sighs internally and prays for the sexual sins that I have not committed – yet)
Check out Tillys’ closet in Jawad Dome A.S.A.P! Their varied selection of footwear will literally leave your foot divine, and somewhat crystal encrusted.
Stay tuned for more posts on The Sartori Ali, until then…
Somewhere between Sheikh Zayed road and Al Wasl, Pavan Premany and I were at downtown Dubai. Waiting for traffic to move, we talk about the designer’s line up happening for the third season of Fashion Forward. Being it my first season, I had no idea what to expect; couture ensembles, perhaps a more minimalistic approach to a similar version of a Hussein Chalayan garment, and so on.
Being on the constant, never ending Sushi crave, Pavan and I went to the new Japanese restaurant Mizu. Waiting for our orders to arrive, Pavan and I started talking about life, not deeply though… We both debated on things that were happening in the Middle East towards the fashion industry, and as broad and cliché as this may sound, men are clearly objectified. Targeting the gay (Yes, you read it right) male individual is something that really needs to stop. Away from that, we talked about how our first day of Fashion Forward would go, and which shows we would and wouldn’t attend.
Waking up at around 8:15 the next day, I was in a state of thrill. Getting my clothes, ironing them, packing everything I needed; It was like I was a kid being taken to Disney land, except people wore Zanotti shoes, and Givenchy neck braces, or in my case – Spiked up blazers.
Leaving the hotel by 1:30, Pavan pulled down his car window and yelled “Get in bitch, we’re going shopping!" mark the Mean Girls reference. We went to Shakespeare and Co. for lunch, and then changed into our fashion forward outfits… (No shopping happened beforehand; neither credit cards nor bank accounts were harmed)
Noting that we were late for the second show “Kage" we managed to get in mid way through. As designers Arwa Abdelhadi & Basma Abu Ghazaleh, walked down the finale with the models, all I saw were exact replicas, you could honestly tell that the designs were a mere image of what the designers themselves would wear on a daily bases.
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Exiting Kage, among the fitted skirts, and structured Saint Laurent blazers, I spot Mohammed Yousef, Mika Ashraf, and Rashid Jassim. Each adorned with studs, spikes, and the spirit of David Bowie. Having been following them on instagram for about two years, we finally meet.
Throughout the day, all I did was socialize, meet people from instagram, have in depth conversations about fashion with various individuals, and hunt for Bryan boy! Being on my “100 things to do before I die” list, I had to meet and take a picture with him. A while later, Pavan calls and notifys me that Bryan Boy is somewhat walking around, moving from one media section to another – I hustled to every “Last been in” location. Checking the time, it was 10 minutes till the start of “The Emperor 1688’s” fashion show.
Getting a second row seat, I spot Bryan Boy on the opposing seating area with some local Emarati, elite fashion, individuals; I literally run to him… As embarrassing as It sounds, I managed to keep calm – Until I came up close to him that is. Managing to get a picture with Bryan boy, I was on cloud nine; I returned to my seat, and the show began.
Flowy chiffons,structures tweed blazers, fur capes, and leather harnesses; what else could a dapper man and elegant woman ask for? You could really tell that the craftsmanship and effort put into the garments was ideal.
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Moving to a more couture oriented show, Jean Louis Sabaji was next. Meeting up with Pavan again, both of us were really looking forward to this show in particular; so we both decided to analyze the garments seam by seam. One garment after the other, the show escalated from structured pants with bee like hallow lines, to rose petal layered poofy skirts, and vibrant jersey tops. After the end of the show, Pavan and I left to do an outfit change.
Coming back, all we could see was the enormous line up at the entrance for Ezra. Recalling what I’ve heard about Ezra from people who attended his show last year, they all said that the line is worth the wait; I hoped so myself. Getting in, I noticed that the runway was the longest compared to the other two – Seated next a couple, I start a conversation just to pass on time. When the lights dimmed down, everyone went silent, the show was about to begin; obviously.
In an array spectrum of only blue, models walked down the runway in garments adorned with Swarovski crystals, textured beading, and damask patterns. From mens neck braces, to women’s metallic arm plates, Ezra literally made a statement. Although that, I wasn’t very fond of his last four wedding dresses; don’t get me wrong, I liked his white quad over layered draping techniques, but what was a turn off for me were the long black and white veils.
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After Ezra was over, everyone knew what was next! For some, it was a long, restful, sleep in their 5 star hotel beds, and for others – like myself, it was time for the oh so iconic Selfie Party. Meeting up with Pavan, Mika, and Mohammed, I spot a guy in a Draped like sweater, and a vest - Ahmad Al Abri, Pavans friend was coming with to party.. After the struggle of getting into the party (Side joke) we all danced the night away; literally. It got a bit exciting, I mean entering with a Destiny’s Childs Survivor remix being played, and ending it with a Route 94 song “My Love”, how perfect can it get?
It was the perfect blue berry on top of a Ladure Macaroon to the first day of Fashion Forward. I saw a lot of old friends who moved to Dubai A.k.a Plhong Plhores, and many more. Fashion Forward was an experience I will never forget, and that’s just me saying this after only one day! Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for the next two days due to booking issues, but I’m sure they were as splendid.
I’d like to thank Pavan for everything, for without him being there, my en Route Le Escape to Dubai wouldn’t have been the same, and as meaningful. Also, I apologize as I know I was very annoying at times, and hard to handle at others… #Emotionalmoment
Stay tuned for more fashionable posts, and events right here on The Sartori Ali..
Custom made golden spiked blazer ~ Self designed
Tailored white linen shirt ~ Abercrombie and fitch
Turquoise short ~ H&M
Arm Candy ~ H&M, Hermes, and Burberry
Vintage Gold Watch ~ Rolex
Neon case ~ Marc By Marc Jacobs
Leopard golden studded shoes ~ Zara
Chanel N.5 Iphone Case ~ Online Store
Driving back home from school, I check my Iphone for any email updates; Only to my surprise, I find an email from Nada Tawfeeqi with regards to A Hackett “Rising Star” window campaign styling session. Being selected among other 15 stylists, bloggers, students in The Kingdom of Bahrain, I had the pleasure of attending such event.
Using a selection of Hackett products, I had to individually style a Hackett mannequin that will be used as part of a Hackett London Spring Summer 2014 Window. Immediately, I started thinking of color schemes, fabric textures, the kind of mood I wanted to aim for, and so on.
Creating a mood board called “Nostaligc present” " The inspiration behind the this theme was the blend of the past and present. Using elements that I personally find rich in history, events that marked a statement; for example, feminine things you see involve the poetic verses of Sylvia Plath, and Alice In Wonderland. Golden studs, and broken glass resemble elements of broken limits, and boundaries. The all Seeing Eye is a conspiracy that has been around for a while now, despite that, it started way back in the early 1800’s. Using British inspiration, musical notes, newspaper prints, engraved ink pen, and the famous Kings cross road. Elements that blend everything vintage and current simultaneously.
On the day of the styling session, I met up with the other two selected individuals. From Reem BuQais Rievera - Reem BuQais, and from Vougish-M Muneera Al Khalifa. Each person had a different aspect, or theory to their styling; Obviously. I went for colors that were on the blue side; literally – Tiffany and a hint of grey, gold, white, and of course, teal.
After dressing the mannequin, I got a bit creative. Printing out stickers that had verses of Alice In Wonderland; the classic edition. I stuck them on the mannequins face, something memorable and somewhat statement making. After having only 15 minutes on the clock to complete the styling task, I rushed down to Carrefour to get the flower pieces I had singularly picked out. Adding some on the pocket, crotch hemline in the pants( Not literally), and around the window display; “J’Adore!” a clerk exclaimed.. I replied with a “Unfortunately, it’s not Dior” talk about sass..
When 6 PM hit, it was time to present our concepts to the public via the window display. I personally enjoyed styling for Hackett, they had a sense of craftsmanship, and good texture to their various clothing pieces. Not forgetting , the laughs and moments I had with Muneera, and Reem; going around, having a peek at the pieces they put on, and taking numerous selfie’s.
I’d like to thank Hackett London for giving me the opportunity to style one of their mannequins, and choosing among many others. A big thank you to Nada Tawfeeqi for being present that day, and for her ongoing ooh’s and aaa’s.
It’s finally the weekend! I’m off to Dubai for Fashion Forward Season Three; excited as sh*t!
Here’s this weekends playlist:
Gandhi By LCMDF MVSEVM Remix
Dancin by Aron Smith Krono Remix
Niggas In Paris by JayZ Ft.Kanye West
Fuck up the Fun by Azealia Banks
Stay fashionable and enjoy your weekend!
For someone who’s a married man, with four children, and a posh wife, David Beckham still has his buff - lean body shape, handsome appearance, and dapper style; reasons of which lead him to being in H&M’s men’s ongoing body wear line.
Showing off his montage of varied tattoos, and muscle lines, Beckham is once more on the camera to showcase H&M’s Men’s swimwear line. “The success of my Body wear collection at H&M has been fantastic, so I’m thrilled to be introducing these great swimwear pieces ready for the summer” Says Beckham, The line of briefs, and trunks is set to launch internationally on May 22nd and the prices are set to be with normality of other Beckham for H&M products.
“We’ve worked hard to create new classics for men, with great fit, comfort and also style" if producing the normal swimming trunks in a selection of colors, they also come in a nylon bag for storage. The trunks come in navy, white, olive green, and a color blocking patterns of navy and olive green. If you prefer tight, and budged briefs, than you should get your hands on the ones Beckham has produced for H&M.
So men, mark your calendars, start working on your summer bodies, and when that date comes… Rush to your nearest H&M retail store.