23 December 2012

Moo Piyasombatkul | Eyewear Designer Interview


Talented Thai Designer Moo Piyasombatkul's success as an exceptional eyewear designer in the fashion world is no surprise, we honestly saw this coming and are proud to say that we were one of the 1st blogs to write about her in the Middle East, Click Here to read my post about her last year. Now she's going strong and I've personally decided to put her shades on my 2013 Shopping List and so should all of you! Her personality is revealed little by little through her work and her artistic, funny yet quirky persona shines all over it, you'll know what I'm talking about right away after reading her answers to these questions..

Design..

Last year you were one of the 1st designers whose glasses & shades were inspired by baroque style, tell us more about it & how did it happen..
Actually it was my graduation project I did at Central Saint Martins, where I did BA Jewellery Design Course.

When did you realize you wanted to become a sunglasses & accessories designer?
I've always loved wearing statement accessories, one or two, and it's good to go. So for this project I wanted to design and make something for myself, something that reflects who I am and what my style is.  

What inspires you to make a new piece?
My life style, what I like or "obsessed" with at the time.  

Do you plan to expand your talent to other kinds of design? 
Let's see  :-) 

When you see big celebs like Lady Gaga wearing your glasses, how do you feel? does it make you feel more pressured when you're designing a new collection now?
I felt honored and actually it gave me a big boost to create new things for my fans. I always appreciate seeing anyone wearing my designs anyway, it's a great feedback. I love seeing my clients because each of them are unique in character and it is always good to know what they look like and who I am designing for.  


Your photo-shoots  seem so retro & artistic, do you contribute the ideas yourself? tell us more about your last campaign & the concept behind it.
My lookbook always reflect who I am because initially I designed for myself, I am my own muse. It's all about what I wear, my style, my life style and the atmosphere. For example, for the first collection (Baroque Eyes, White Porcelain), models are all wearing white shirts, because I always wear white shirts. My inspiration came from tea room interiors, so anywhere that has antique decorations, I tend to go! 

Personal..

What does design, style & fashion mean to you?
Design= functional, practical+ style = fashion.

What are some of your favorite fashion websites, shows, magazines or books?
Style.com especially photos by Tommy Ton, Wallpaper Magazine, Interior, Elle Decorations, Travel + Leisure Magazine and VOGUE.

Do you have a fashion icon/icons, tell us about them if so..
My mum is my fashion icon because she dresses appropriately for her age but still playful and sophisticated.  

Name 3 fashion items you can't live without..
I don't think that it's necessary for me to follow fashion, but it's essential to know your own style and what makes you YOU! So what I can't live without would be pieces that I always have as "classics" that never let me down: red lipstick - black satin pointy (high) heels - my MOO sunglasses :-)

Name 3 celebs or artists or fashion editors who you'd like to see wearing from your collections..
Anna Wintour (we have the same hair style (bob), and she always wearing sunglasses) - Karl Lagerfeld - legend!! and Chloe Sevigny - cool style with attitude!

Name 3 shops you personally buy from religiously..
Browns (London) www.brownsfashion.com always on my speed dial! - CHANEL always classics - Opening Ceremony - quirky items.

Name 3 cities you didn't expect to get orders from..
Kuwait - Portugal - Romania.

Where can our readers find out more about you and your amazing work?
My intsagram & twitter @mooeyewear - Facebook MOO Piyasombatkul (eyewear) - email MOOpiyasombatkul@gmail.com.
 

 
Interview Questions by: Amal Ismail
Collage: Hussa Al-Tubbaji & Amal Ismail
Photos: courtesy of mooeyewear, vogue, elle, Schon, Carven and google search

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21 December 2012

Mary Katrantzou | Spring 2013 Collection



Amazing prints, warm colors and overall flattering cuts for every body type! this is design heaven and must have items for artistic fashionistas and anyone who's a print enthusiast, seriously Mary Katrantzou has bloomed into a designer who can't be messed with, I believe that she's the queen of surreal/ethnic printing style that makes you look like a walking piece of art history.

Collage & Written by: Amal Ismail
Photos: courtesy of style.com

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10 December 2012

Best Of Pre-Fall 2013 Collections | Zero + Maria Carnejo & Just Cavalli & 3.1 Philip Lim



 Zero + Maria Carnejo


Just Cavalli



3.1 Philip Lim

Photos: courtesy of style.com
Collage by lamodarabia.com

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07 December 2012

Designer Interview: Sofia Alasfoor


If you love innovation, refined, classic with an artistic twist kind of design in bags you are going to love these ones by Bahraini designer Sofia Alasfoor. Her bags are ideal for anyone who's artsy & bold, we are so proud to see such amazing work made by someone from the middle east, foreign items are nice yeah but they're so yesterday or last year most of the time also a local item has something extra always, a special feeling when you wear or buy it, maybe this is how french women felt when they wore an Hermès or Chanel bag back in the day? anyway, here are the answers she gave us for the interview! enjoy..

1. When did the idea of starting your own line come to you?
My inspiration and determination became my goal during my year attending Cordwainers at LCF during my first semester after accomplishing my first final project.

2. Did you go to London College of Fashion & Parsons to be a bag designer or did that get revealed to you later on?
I actually had a desire for it after my first year at Kingston, I had done a bag project for one of my Fashion classes. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay in London the following year and went to Milan. My wish for doing the course did finally happen which was after Parsons.

3. Who is the lady that you imagine would wear your bags?
These bags were designed for the elegant and confident woman, a woman who wants to make a statement. Individualism is the main focus. The bag is blue, it is elegant and luxurious, a colour that represents serenity and inspiration. The shield is a creation that reveals itself boldly, the pyramids represent the many sides a woman conceals, the deeper you go the more you discover.  A Shield of protection in today’s world. 

4. Your signature design seems influenced by the art of Origami, was that one of your inspirations?
It was part of the process I played around with to try and create a vision I had of the bag. So yes I spent a lot of time researching into it.

5. How do you prepare for a collection & what comes first to you when designing bags, the design itself or the material?
I envision it, then go about with how to create. I enjoy making, so I go straight into creating bag patterns rather then a sketch, from there I do my adjusting, and ideas come through while making it.

6. Do you think you'll ever make a shoe line to match your bags?
I have a little shoe obsession but I honestly must say never had an interest of making them, but you never know.

7. What are your future plans for the brand?
I am continually designing and intend to expand my business venture.


8. Which is your favorite fashion week & favorite designer?
Paris and London. I do not have a favourite designer, however I was impressed by Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Dennis Basso, Jason Wu, Peter Pilotto and Illestera this past season.

9. What are your favorite fashion stores, sites & books?
I’m a big fan of markets, I loved walking around Tokyo, they had really interesting finds, London is always a favorite, you’ll always find some little boutique and not far off the Spanish steps in Rome, They have some beautiful stores.

10.   Where can our readers find out more about you and your work?
You can find some information on my website www.sofiaalasfoor.com and my FB page for updates.



Interview questions: Amal Ismail & Hussa Al-Tubbaji
Photos: courtesy of designer
Collage by: Hussa Al-Tubbaji  

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01 December 2012

Sale Alert - Karen Millen AW12 KSA




The collection has a masculine yet feminine feel to it, the sharp cuts and amazing textile choices are divine, it's a good time to do you last minute winter shopping because it's never too late for an extra coat or dress so hurry up! The MID SEASON SALE continues at Karen Millen UP To 50% Off  from Autumn/Winter Collection 2012 in All our stores:
Jeddah:
Karen Millen - Jeddah Mall- Tahliya St., Jeddah.- Telephone: 02-6677236
Karen Millen - Stars Avenue- King Road/Sari St., Jeddah.- Telephone: 02-2754801

Riyadh:
Karen Millen - Panorama Mall- Riyadh- Takhassosi St., Riyadh.- Telephone: 01-2814838
Karen Millen - Al-Faisaliya Mall- Olaya St., Riyadh- Telephone: 01-2734160

Al- Khobar:
Karen Millen - Al-Rashid Mall- Corniche Road, Al-Khobar, Telephone: 03-8982955

Dhahran: 
Karen Millen - Mall of Dahran- Telephone: 03-8684606

Dammam: 
Karen Millen - Al-Shatea Mall- Corniche Road, Dammam- Telephone: 03-8097024

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30 November 2012

Lazy Oaf - Capsule Collection







 
Lazy Oaf Capsule Collection shot by Viktor Vauthier
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24 November 2012

Saudi Designers That Make Us Proud: Vol.1

We've been keeping an eye on fashion designers in the region for quite a while now and specially the ones from Saudi Arabia, however I believe that we didn't do them justice on our blog, we probably interviewed some before and  met others but I believe we need to shed more light on these innovative fashion industry makers of today, tomorrow and the future. Here are my choices for the 1st volume of Saudi designers who've made a huge impact locally or internationally, I'm not gonna state more about them as I know if you've taken interest in reading this post you've probably seen & heard of them all. Lastly this post is simply a big thank you for their hard work, overcoming obstacles and always having an open mind regarding design and never compromising when it came to originality, you are wonderful and we simply wanted you to know it, thank you for making Saudi Arabia a country that produces fashion designers of a high caliber that leave  an unmeasurable effect on the world of fashion.

Written by: Amal Ismail
Photos: courtesy of razanalazzouni.com, urtoby.com, omarazure.com, .rk-designs.com
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21 November 2012

Fall Winter 2012 - Editorials & Styling We Loved







Lula Magazine - Fall Winter 2012, Editorial: Silver Angel
Model: Dorothea Barth Jörgensen, Hair: Hailey Brisker, Makeup: Ayami Nishimura
Stylist: Miranda Almond Photographer: Annemarieke van Drimmelen,Website: lulamag.com


Remix Magazine - Vixen | (fionaquin.com) Fiona Quinn@Vendrame - 
Hair & Makeup: Rachel Montgomery - Model: Ellen danes@IMG London
Retouching: Monica Chamorro

L'Autre Mag - (www.jennybrough.co.uk) Jenny Brough - Stylist: Siouxsie @ OB Represents (www.siouxsiestylist.com) - Model: Alex Rose @ Select - Set Designer: Harry Riley
Hair Stylist: Paul Donovan - Make Up Artist: Elizabeth Hsieh using NARS
special thanks to Water Flowers - Retoucher: Monica Chamorro



VISION CHINA | November Issue | Futuristic Style - Photographer: Jenny Brough  Stylist: Desiree Lederer - Model: Wylie Hays@Next - Make Up Artist: Megumi Matsuno@Carol Hayes - Hair & Wigs: Paul Donovan - Manicurist: Michelle Humphrey@LMC - Retoucher: Monica Chamorro




Ftape - © Jenny Brough - www.jennybrough.co.uk - Fashion Editor: Charles Adesanya - 
Model: Adina @ IMG London - Make Up Artist: Michelle Web - 
Hair Stylist: Jonathan Soons @ ERA Management - 
Retoucher: Monica Chamorro

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