Manish Arora Fall-Winter 2014 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Wednesday night saw me step into Manish Arora’s candyland of a fashion show for Fall Winter 2014. Held at Saks 5thAvenue, Burjuman, I snapped away at the clothes and jewelry on display while sucking on swirly lolly. To describe the collection colorful would be an understatement. I particularly liked the detaling on the neoprene jackets and skirts in the shapes of sugary sweets and the spacey patterned backpacks.  I can easily imagine a Manish Arora outfit fitting right in on the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo.

From the press release: “For Autumn Winter 2014 Manish Arora presents a candy tribe of sweet-toothed nomads and gummy bear gypsies. Oversize ice-cream prints and sugary landscapes adorn Peruvian circle skirts and drop-waisted ancient Chinese workers’ trousers, worn over lurex thermals and long- johns. Knife pleats come in floor length gypsy skirts and layered print dresses. A sporty youthfulness runs throughout the collection – specially created signature sneakers flash with each step thanks to built in LED lights, hooded puffa capes are printed in waterproof techno fabric, and sporty nylon backpacks double as babies slung on the back or swaddled in front. Miniature hot waterbottles and hip flasks keep our nomadic wanderers warm on their travels. A colourful cast of characters makes up Arora’s roaming clan of saccharine heroines – futuristic galaxy girls, infatuated flower girls and candy-striped baby-mothers, boyish utility girls and space travelling tomboys, velvet-clad widows and optimistic brides. Arora’s characteristic embroidery manifests itself as cupcakes and donuts, ice-creams and lollipops, on striped knitted sweaters and tanks, sequin tops and capes, velvet skirts and dresses, and Laplandic pom-pom hats topped with multi-coloured fur cherries, hearts, moons, and gummy bears. Ethnic inspired gold jewellery crowns the head and decorates the hands in multi-chain pieces that are updated with the same colourful sweetie elements.”
The Fall Winter 2014 collection is now available for sale at Saks Fifth Avenue, Burjuman Mall at Burdubai, Dubai.

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FFWD 3 Backstage Diary: Day 3

Fashion Forward 3 came to a dramatic close on April 13, Sunday evening. The last day featured some heavy hitting designers like Zayan and Tahir Sultan but Amato by Furne One was my favorite show of all.  Viewers were treated to a spectacle of rainbow hued tribal princesses from space walking aggressively down the runway set to throbbing Bollywood inspired beats.

Furne One’s gowns were embellished in sequins, crystals and flowers; quite notable were accessories of giant earrings and crystal infused braided hairpieces.
The Filipino designer received a well-deserved standing ovation for 36-piece collection. Here are some shots of the backstage action before they came out on the catwalk (photographed by Mark Ganzon, thank you!).

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FFWD Backstage Diary: Day 2

The 2nd day of Fashion Foward Dubai Season 3 is in full swing, and here are more shots from where normally not many people are privileged to see: the backstage. It wouldn’t be so off the mark to say that the backstage is where the magic really happens; behind the sight of models gliding gracefully down the runway is the chaos of frantic energy and preparation of the backstage.

Highlights from the 2nd day were Rami Kadi’s showstopping sweetly romantic couture gowns. Models strutted down the runway with giant headpieces of flowers on their heads, dressed in cocktail dresses, crop tops and brightly colored voluminous skirts with heavy patterns and ruffling.

Stay tuned for the Day 3 (the final day!) of FFWD 2014

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FFWD 3 Backstage Diary: Day 1

Can you believe that Fashion Forward is already well on its Third Season? Bigger, better and more forward than ever, its easily the most happening fashion event yet in Dubai, where fashionistas from all over the region come to congregate and strut their stuff. Think Comicon for fashionlovers!

Particular standouts for the runway shows on the first day were The Emperor 1688 with his beautiufully tailored and stuctured womenswear and Ezra’s TDF ethereal periwinkle blue gowns and metallic swarovski encrusted armor. If you were there at Ezra’s show, you wouldnt have missed the “snow” falling on the runway. Wonder what the front row folks had to say to that? :)

Anyway here are photos from the first day, taken by none other than my adorable and long suffering husband. More photos to come! DSC_0049 DSC_0052DSC_0045 DSC_0075 DSC_0089 DSC_0094 DSC_0095 DSC_0102 DSC_0108 DSC_0109 DSC_0112 DSC_0133 DSC_0138 DSC_0140 DSC_0141 DSC_0143 DSC_0145 DSC_0148 DSC_0149 DSC_0151

March into Summer

DSC_0269Hello! Its now summer in Dubai! Time to bring out the skirts, loose pants and sandals! Last weekend, I dragged the hubby for a friday dinner date to The Beach, at Jumeirah JBR. At first, I wasnt’t too sure about even posting this series of photos taken over the weekend. My dad saw this photo of me on facebook a couple of days ago and he just had to comment “donyang donya” which roughly translated into English means “matronly”. I doubt that my dad knows anything about fashion nowadays, but his comment did make rethink whether this outfit is making me look old. Anyhow, the outfit is as follows: purple top from Zara, pants from Stradivarious, sandals from DVF, Lanvin-inspired love necklace from Etsy, sunnies, clutch, bangle and cuff from Celine.DSC_0264 Continue reading

Ted Baker : Get it on the Act!

Last March 5th, we put on our grown-up high heels, and went to a fashion show. Not just any other catwalk show, but a circus-themed one, by Ted Baker, appropriately named “Get in on the Act”. Hosted by Brag, and held at Capsule Arts in AlQuoz, it was a event aimed at showcasing what Spring Summer 2014 at Ted Baker looked like.

The entire place was dressed up like the inside of a traditional circus, complete with acrobats, and jugglers and unicyclists. It set a perfectly irreverent atmosphere for the show.tedbaker-33tedbaker

Ted’s hyper-feminine womenswear collection for SS14 had a mix of pastel hued days shifts for spring, separates in striking neon tones, bold floral prints and delicate bow details. On the other hand, Ted’s menswear collection, was equally as fabulous. The guys wore polished yet flamboyant suits, the mix of vibrant prints as shown on the men’s jackets, matching vests and shirts came across as hip, quirky and very cool.

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Finally! Toms Shoes Arrive in Dubai

Finally, an authorized seller for Toms Shoes in Dubai. And I do have good reason to blog about it ecstatically, as I have long wondered when retailers were going to get around to finally stocking these shoes from the California-based company. For shoes so popular around the world, it truly boggled me why they weren’t sold in the UAE, But now they are here, and for us folks stuck in the sandpit, Athlete’s Foot the shop is the place to get your Toms fix on.

I bought my first pair of Toms around 2 years ago, and I still use it to this day, splattered paint on them and all. They’re my everyday shoes; whenever I can’t be bothered to think about putting together an outfit, they’re my go-to shoes. My first pair was in red, it being my favorite color; so course I just had to have my second pair in red as well :DHis and hers. My husband is size 12 and a 55.

Shop front for Athlete’s Foot in Ibn Battuta Mall.

Tried on a couple of other styles as well. I already have this bright red classic Toms. They are the most comfortable shoes ever made, in my opinion. If you own a pair of Toms, you’ll also know that this shoe company is different from other shoe companies in the way they do their marketing. Tom’s “One for One” tagline – it means that with every pair you purchase, Toms will give a new pair of new shoes to a child in need. It’s a brilliant marketing tactic that’s for sure.

I am also keen on getting this lace design ones in the future.

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Men’s side, what currently on display.

Women’s side, what currently on display.

There aren’t a lot of designs to choose from at the moment, and I hope they bring in more funkier designs in the future. These shoes are priced from 299 to 399aed, which are quite expensive for a pair of canvas shoes. I think they were quite worth the price considering that my 2 year old pair of Toms still serves me well to this day. These are must-haves in anyone’s closet, regardless whether you follow fashion or not.

Till next post!

xoxo fashionsiomai