Arab Fashion Week

Bloomingdale’s celebrates its 150th anniversary with a special festive campaign

Bloomingdale’s celebrates its 150th anniversary with a special festive campaign

Fashion

by Team Emirates Woman
2 hours ago

IN PARTNERSHIP: To bring in the enticing festive season, Bloomingdales’ A Celebration Like No Other festive campaign will ensure you sleigh this fall.
As a tribute to 150 years of sartorially breathtaking collections season after season, a series of special events and pop-ups in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar bring in the festive occasion with utmost flair.
With a contemporary take on classic staples, the womenswear pieces make a strong statement with dazzling looks from brands such as Retrofête, Pamela Roland, Taller Marmo, Acler, Solace London, 16 Arlington and more. Curated with bright colours, feather trimmings and sequin, this bespoke edit will add the must-own staples to your wardrobe this month and beyond.
Meanwhile, for a dainty touch, sophisticated jewellery pieces from brands such as David Yurman, Marli, Noora Shawqi, Marli and more for exclusive finishing touches to any look. Whether rings, bracelets or necklaces, each spell-binding piece is flaunt-worthy this season.

If you’ve found the perfect outfit and need to accessorise next, Bloomingdale’s has an edit of showstopping pieces to complement any look. Whether a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels or sequined bags from Benedetta Bruzziches, this unending selection will instantly elevate any look.
No festive season is complete without treats for beauty lovers. Designed in holiday packaging, brands including Guerlain, Chanel, Dior & Hermès will ensure this season is made even merrier. While Le Labo and Jo Malone’s one-of-a-kind Snowball in the Desert takeover will feature calligraphy customised cars, complimentary giveaways and a mall-buddy service for personalised assistance after any festive package purchase.
To infuse the festive spirit into any home, customers can choose from a myriad of décor pieces to stock up with seasonal cheer. For the covetable centrepiece of any home, customers purchase a Christmas tree that best fits the theme of their home. For everything to fit together, the spirited decorative items such as luxury tableware, ornaments and candles from Baobab, Dr. Vranjes, Jo Malone London and more will promise an irresistible aura for all those who enter.
If you’re ready to shop, take a look through the gallery below to see the full campaign.

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Frederique Constant’s luxe collection is designed for the modern woman

Frederique Constant’s luxe collection is designed for the modern woman

Fashion

by Sarah Joseph
50 mins ago

IN PARTNERSHIP: For over 30 years, Frederique Constant has been at the forefront of horology and its latest collection designed for the modern woman epitomises this.
The Frederique Constant Highlife Ladies collection adapts to both the feminine and sport-chic aesthetic with timepieces that incorporate an integrated and interchangeable bracelet, designed to give the wearer a nuanced touch.
Created for women of the 21st century, this covetable collection comes with high-quality finishing including diamond-studded options which are a true marvel in watchmaking.

As homage to when the brand launched its Highlife watches two decades ago, the Maison’s iconic designs have been revived with a modern edge for the woman of today due to its reliable precision. By going back to its roots, this iconic collection has modified its designs to meet the new-age requirements for fashion-forward women.
For seamless fluidity, these iconic masterpieces come with an interchangeable rubber strap for women to move from event to event hassle-free. As a key hallmark of the collection, these versatile designs blend case and strap in the same continuity, with its bold 31mm diameter that highlights both balance and style.

Born to bring in a fresh wave of energy this exquisitely feminine timepiece provides a dynamic solution to the women of today’s changing tastes and styles. To achieve a myriad of looks with one watch, women can transform each watch according to their mood and desire with its interchangeable strap.
Available in a variety of hues, the designs bring character to accentuate and reveal the personality of women who make this timepiece their most coveted accessory.
To find out more about the Highlife collection visit frederiqueconstant.com and find your nearest official retailer
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Get your credit cards ready for SHEIN’s Black Friday sale

Get your credit cards ready for SHEIN’s Black Friday sale

Fashion

by Team Emirates Woman
2 hours ago

IN PARTNERSHIP: If you’re looking forward to one of the biggest shopping weeks of the year, we’ve just found the best deals for you to avail.
One of the most popular online retailers, SHEIN, is set to provide you with the perfect seasonal wardrobe upgrade with four new collections officially released in collaboration with the region’s most reputed content creators.
From bags to shoes to home décor to beauty and more you can choose your top picks for some guilt-free holiday shopping this season. And, to mark Black Friday, SHEIN is hosting a sale on all its latest collections ensuring everyone is donned in a variety of must-own pieces this season with up to 90 per cent off on your next purchase.

One of SHEIN’s newest collections was created in collaboration with content creator Shahad Hassan which consists of modest staple pieces for daily wear. From co-od sets to full-length dresses, this bespoke collection will allow each wearer to express their individuality through elegant pieces that are hand-picked for all women.

Meanwhile, TV presenter and content creator Roaa Alsabban has collaborated to create versatile pieces that can be layered for any setting. With modern tailoring and bold prints for the season, this collection has adapted an elevated street-style aesthetic for today’s women.

To bring in the festive season, SHEIN’s Dress to Impress collection will leave you spoilt for choice. With its cult-favourite sequin pieces in varied hues, everyone can add a hint of sparkle to their closet in a myriad of forms through puff sleeves, cinched waists and glitter dresses for this season and beyond.

And finally, for the modern woman, SHEIN’s Modely collection comes in a varied set of sophisticated classics for those who like to keep it simple. Inspired by influencers Leen Marjan, Marmar Moda and Reta Mohamad, these iconic silhouettes exude grace and elegance in covetable textures such as velvets, metallic pieces and other unique textures. Under three themes, Elegant Weekend, Colour Aesthetics and Light Banquet, the collection takes form in various aesthetics.
So, for your next shopping spree, you can available discounts of up to 90 per cent with other limited edition offers such as flash sales, lucky draws and a chance to win SHEIN points to avail on your next *add to cart* item.
You can shop the collection here or via the SHEIN app.
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thegoodlife. on how they transformed Dubai’s growing streetwear community

thegoodlife. on how they transformed Dubai’s growing streetwear community

Fashion

by Sarah Joseph
19 mins ago

First founded in Beirut Lebanon, thegoodlife. seamlessly paved the way to this part of the world and prides itself in developing Dubai’s burgeoning sneaker culture.
From covetable collections to limited-edition drops, the space has a plethora of designs to suit every customer’s needs. Located in Alserkal Avenue, this concept store became a top-tier lifestyle brand in no time with its brick-and-mortar space and online platform and since then has become a ribitol influence on Middle Eastern sneaker culture.
The team behind the concept tells us more about what it took to launch this concept and how the sneaker culture continues to grow on a daily basis in this part of the world.
Tell us more about the concept?
thegoodlife. started in Beirut 15 years ago as the first store of its kind in the region. We wanted people in the region to have access to products they might not be familiar with and open a lifestyle that wasn’t fully available.

thegoodlife. adds to Dubai’s growing sneaker community. Was this the vision from the outset?
Our vision was always to be able to offer the best footwear releases to the community, whilst releasing them in the fairest possible way. We also wanted to nurture the community as a whole. Our overall ethos is to be fair, we don’t prioritise community members, we don’t gatekeep, and we want the shoes we sell to go to someone who wears them and not to resellers who are out to make a profit.
With collab culture at an all-time high, what makes a sneaker collaboration stand out to you?
Perhaps a controversial outlook, but collaborations don’t stand out much anymore. We’re more interested in general releases and what comes without a cosign. It seems that there is too much pressure for a collab to impress, and it’s detrimental to the outcome. Designing for design’s sake, and it steps away from the core principle of whatfootwear should be, focusing on the material, the core makeup.
Which sneakers brands sell out season after season?
We’re seeing New Balance surge as an up-and-comer. Of course, there’s Nike and Jordan that has a strong presence in the region, along with Adidas’ new silhouettes NDM S1 and classics like gazelle.
Sneakers have become a worldwide investment tool for many – tell us your thoughts.
It’s great that shoes are seen as investment-grade assets. But it’s not the beginning, it’s not the end, it’s not what it was, and it’s not what it’s going to be. It’s just a snapshot of consumer culture at the moment. Is it beneficial to a sneakerhead? No.

When it comes to collecting sneakers, what piece of advice would you give?
Buy what you like, wear what you like, and step away from social media, influencers, and whoever isn’t you who is telling you what you like. It doesn’t have to have a swoosh or three stripes to be cool. There are brands like Karhu, Saucony, and ASICS, that have so much to offer. There are so many things that you can possibly enjoy simply because you like them. First and foremost, wear for you, if you happen to have people who engage with you or like what you like, that is a bonus. However, you should never buy into what you think other people want you to collect.
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Precious Pieces – The Collectors Issue cover shoot with Louis Vuitton

Precious Pieces – The Collectors Issue cover shoot with Louis Vuitton

Fashion

by Sarah Joseph
1 hour ago

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Creative Direction: Amy SessionsPhotographer: Greg AdamskiCover Stars: Taleedah TamerVideographer: Mark MathewFashion Assistant: Sarah JosephMakeup & Hair: Ania Poniatowska by MMG
Louis Vuitton’s CR23 collection evoked power, strength and other-worldly beauty with cover star Taleedah Tamer.
What do the first 30 minutes of your day look like, your morning routine?
For the first 30 minutes of my day, I start off by drinking some water right after I wake up. I brush my teeth, take a shower and get ready for whatever I have going on that day. I’m usually in a rush so I make a pressed carrot and orange juice and head out. I’m generally not a big breakfast person so I usually don’t have breakfast and eat something later on in the day. If I have some time to spare, I’ll read some of the books I’m currently into in a quiet space or I’ll follow a Qi gong YouTube session in my room or go outside. Qi gong is a great practice that allows you to recenter your Qi or chi following soft and slow body movements and control over the breath. This really helps me energise my body and mind, gets my blood flowing and generally helps me feel ready for the day. Qi gong usually happens at varying times of the day depending on when I have time but it’s something I try to practice as consistently as possible. I think that’s about it, each day can differ but this is my usual routine.
You’re the first Saudi model to walk a couture show – tell us more.
When I was 17, I was asked by Antonio Grimaldi to open his couture show in Paris. Antonio and I had worked together in the past. Actually, the first job that helped me kickstart my career was in Jeddah with Antonio Grimaldi shot by a local photographer. After that, the behind-the-scenes videos and shots started to circulate. I was then approached by another luxury publication to be featured in one of their editorials which then led to me being on the cover of their August/September issue shot by Stefania Paparelli which was an experience I will never forget. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and trust they showed in me during that time. To put it short, this is the story of how my career started and everyone who helped me get to where I am along the way.
Tell us how your career has grown since you’ve started and where you would like it to go in the future.
Everything I mentioned above happened prior to COVID-19. I began working professionally for about a year and was also attending university during this time. Once COVID-19 hit, I decided to take a break from modelling and focus on my studies. As I was quite young and lacked self-confidence, this also played a part in my taking a pause. I continued my university, working on a few projects that I re- ally felt passionate about during this time. I have now graduated from university in the year 2022 and I’m working on my career again and working with my lovely mother agent Zineta Blank at Visage models, who’s supported me throughout this journey and from the very beginning, to whom I’m very grateful. For believing in me since the age of 15 when she received some polaroids of me taken by my mum in my home in Jeddah. My goal is to continue to work with these inspiring people and to be at the forefront, of this change, watching the industry flourish in the Middle East. Hopefully being a part of that change. I think modelling can be a wonderful job if you learn how to navigate it well. It can be very exhilarating as it constantly pushes you to try new things and step out of your comfort zone in order to create the art as an collaborative element, which inspires me. Once you start working on these projects, you truly start to understand and appreciate what an immense team effort it is. Each member of the team worked their hardest to make that art happen. That is something that pushes me and inspires me to continue this work.
What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
That’s a great question. It’s a topic I’ve started to think about a lot, especially when it comes to my career. I think I started at a very challenging age, for me personally to which many could relate to. I lacked self-confidence and I think that affected my work and me reaching my greatest potential. It was something I was aware of at the time but I didn’t understand how to fix it or make it better. I questioned my place and what I had to offer and I think that’s because I didn’t really understand myself quite yet. It definitely helped me grow, and become stronger and more independent. However, what I would tell my younger self is that none of it matters. At the end of the day, I was enough with or without my job and others’ approval. It’s hard to communicate this to someone. It’s one of those things you start to understand in your own time and with experience. In the end though these are the experiences that build you up and I’m grateful for the path I’ve taken and the strength it’s taught me.
This is The Collectors Issue. Do you collect anything, or which piece is most sentimental to you?
I do collect several things and have been collecting perfumes since I was very young. I was always mystified by the different scents bottled up in the beautiful glass and finding different scents that appealed to me, something about it always felt magical. In recent years I’ve started to accumulate quite an anime and comic figurine collection. Animation is something I’ve always been really passionate about. It’s helped me temporarily escape and get through many difficult moments. I never really understood the concept of buying figurines and displaying them but once I started with the first one, I was hooked. Seeing your favourite characters in real life, 1/8th scale, displayed and just learning about them always puts a smile on my face. Animation making is something I’d like to learn and try out in the future but we’ll have to wait and see.
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How I got my job as… Founder and CEO of this UAE-based bespoke styling platform

How I got my job as… Founder and CEO of this UAE-based bespoke styling platform

Fashion

by Sarah Joseph
50 mins ago

Welcome to the Emirates Woman weekly series ‘How I got my job as…’ where we speak to some incredible entrepreneurs and businesswomen both based in the UAE and globally to find out about their career paths that led them to where they are now; what their daily routines look like; the advice they’d give to those starting out; and the hurdles they’ve had to overcome.
This week we chat with Heidi Shara, founder of Wear That, a digital platform that creates personalised looks for women to try all from the comfort of their homes.
Using WhatsApp, this platform has created the ultimate shopping experience that allows women to purchase pieces stress-free, all with the click of a button. Through a 360-experience, users can witness fashion trends and have an insight into what’s popular in the market.
Emirates Woman sat down with the brand’s founder to learn about her career path and how she’s converted her love for fashion into a full-time business.
What was your favourite subject at school?
My favourite subject at school was media study as I loved subjects that drove creativity. I remember creating an online shoppable magazine that I shared with all my friends to buy from which was super cool.
What was your first job?
My first ever job was in a pharmacy. I would help out stocking the shelves and merchandising the pharmacy window and I had a lot of fun getting creative with it. That was when I discovered how resourceful I could be.

What brought you to Dubai?
I actually moved to Dubai on a whim. At the time I was living in London and wanted to explore a new adventure, so we thought of Dubai. Over 10 years later, it is my home away from home and I won’t be leaving anytime soon.
What inspired you to enter the fashion space?
I have always been interested in fashion. I studied fashion design, marketing, and PR. I was going to be a fashion publicist but moved into fashion buying where I started my career, and the rest is history.
Talk us through the concept of Wear That.
Having styled thousands of women all over the world and spending over 10 years in Fashion Buying in both luxury and mass markets, I witnessed the lack of styling services available to everyday women. I set on a mission to create, change, and offer real women access to something traditionally available only to celebrities or VIPs, Wear That was born. Our mission here at Wear That is to be every #realgirls’ styling solution. We want every woman to be able to experience having a personalized stylist. We built Wear That to save women time, make them feel awesome and give them an opportunity to be styled. Wear That was founded in 2018.
What are the key elements of your role?
As a Founder and CEO, you start by doing everything on your own. I believe each element of the business is instrumental in my role. Everything from the brands we work with, photoshoots, social media, packaging and even accounting. Fast forward 3 years and we are now a team of 50. This has given me the time and space to take on a more strategic role.

Talk us through your daily routine.
Honestly, no day is ever the same. As an entrepreneur, I need to plan for tomorrow and today. When I reach the office I make sure I greet the team and put on some uplifting music which helps boost my mood and helps me keep a positive outlook throughout the day. It’s very important to me to connect with the different departments on a daily or weekly basis to ensure that everyone is on track and has what they need in case of blockages.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to follow in the same footsteps?
To be successful, an entrepreneur must be resilient. Any comment that runs along the lines of “that’s not possible” or “that can’t be done” should be treated as a challenge to prove wrong. Problems come up all the time, you have to be able to move on.My motto is “A lion does not turn around when a small dog barks”.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
Honestly, trust your instinct on everything. You don’t need a lot to get started, and you shouldn’t expect massive returns right away. With patience, you and your team can turn a little bit into a large sum.
And what is the worst?
The worst advice that I’ve gotten is to not do something. There has never been a time that I have regretted going somewhere new. Most regrets come from not seizing an opportunity or not doing something. A lot more comes out of saying yes than saying no.
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Upcoming Arab Fashion Week to Include International Designers in its Lineup for the First Time

Upcoming Arab Fashion Week to Include International Designers in its Lineup for the First Time

Photo: Courtesy of Arab Fashion Council
Arab Fashion Week is set to feature international designers in its lineup for the first time. Returning on October 10 to Dubai Design District (d3), the six-day showcase will present women’s Fall/Winter 22/23 couture and Spring/Summer 2023 ready-to-wear collections from over 35 designers from the MENA region, as well as Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The designers hail from over 23 countries, including Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, Malaysia and Ukraine which are participating for the first time, alongside India, Indonesia, Vietnam, France, the UK, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Paraguay, and Belarus.
The Giving Movement
The week will kick off on a high note by honoring Barbie, the 2021 recipient of the Fashion Icon Award, at a special event that will see Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji unveil his collaboration with the doll. The Barbie brand has previously partnered on similar collections with Balmain and Moschino. Other highlights of the event include UAE-based eco-conscious brand The Giving Movement debuting its new clothing line named FiftyMade on the runway, and Atelier Forger being the first Syrian label to showcase at Arab Fashion Week. What’s more. La Fédération de laHaute Couture et de la Mode, the French body responsible for coordinating Paris Fashion Week, will once again present Paris-based label Weinsanto.
Weinsanto
“We are proud, with our strategic partner the Arab Fashion Council, to announce the line-up for this autumn’s Arab Fashion Week, which will be by far, the largest edition to date with more than 35 designers set to hit the runway over the six-day event – from all corners of the world,” says Khadija Al Bastaki, vice president of d3. Mohammed Aqra, chief strategy officer of the Arab Fashion Council, says: “The Arab Fashion Council is focused on its ardent mission to build strategies and bridge the divide between international companies and regional ones – structured in a way that supports the Council’s mission dedicated to fostering and supporting the global trajectories of our local talent and businesses that represent our creative heartlands.”
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The Best of Regional Designers from Arab Fashion Week 2021

The Best of Regional Designers from Arab Fashion Week 2021

Arab Fashion Week has closed its fall/winter 2021/22 season, broadcasted as a virtual edition in collaboration with Microsoft, exclusively on Instagram and Facebook. Being the only platform in the Middle East that promotes “ready couture,” Arab Fashion Week has grown in popularity since its beginning in 2015, having showcased 26 designers worldwide this season. The virtual shows paid homage to many talented brands from the region, including Ihab Jiryis, Jean Charles Zakaria, and Zaid Farouki among others.
Read on for our selection of the best Arab designers that participated below:
1. NOHMA

Known for being the first architect/designer in the region to create buildable multi-purpose jewelry; Nohma Kaaki presented her latest jewelry line “Celestial Module”, inspired by architectural lines redefined in geometric modular forms.
2. Jean-Charles Zakaria

Lebanese designer Jean Charles Zakaria debuted his collection “Vitality” that included 12 vibrant evening gowns, in a vibrant palette of orange, red, black yellow, and pink. Gowns were crafted in lavish fabrics such as chiffon, silk, and muslin, with the addition of intricate hand embroidery.
3. Euphoria

The Emirati brands capsule collection, “La Dolce Vita” was inspired by the 1960s film directed by Federico Fellini, featuring voluminous shapes in a harmonious neutral color palette, showcased in DIFC.
4.  Zaid Farouki

The rising Jordanian designer, collaborated with BIC; showcasing a fun, bold, and functional collection created to reflect the modern man and women, with a predominately primary color palette of bold red, blue and yellow, based on human expression.
5. Ihab Jiryis

The Palestinian designer known for his exquisite couture gowns, presented “Between Reality and Imagination,” a collection that displayed a contradiction of elements with intricate cutting techniques, offset by detailed embroidery and beadwork.
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