It's no secret that one of my favorite designers is Aiisha who has a flare for the dramatic mixed with an edge and a sense of whimsy. I have worn her collection and love the couture quality of each garment and they are a must have within my personal collection. In fact, one of her fabulous pieces was included within Shoe Week's inaugural NYFW show last Sept! Aiisha has launched a new high end ready to wear collection that will be available in August of this year and it is absolutely stunning! This new line's debut collection is titled as 'Mirror' and she launched it at the Infiniti Centre this week in Dubai as well as with a video that has a number of celebrities sharing what Style means to them and Aiisha makes an appearance as well. The Mirror collection sees women as having 2 sides and being able to represent both through great design. Within the video, each women shares her sides including Beauty Expert and TV Presenter Joelle Mardinian, singer Asmaa Lmnawar and TV Presenter Mohamad Abu Obeid. Bollywood actor Arjan Bajwa and designer of the collection, Aiisha Ramadan also make an appearance within this video. See the collection and of course this post will be updated with images from the show as well.
Last week, I had the opportunity to pop into Scents of Departure event hosted by Christine of Tineey at Henri Bendel! Immediately, I understood that there were a number of scents that either embodied or were inspired by a city. These airport coded fragrances have amazing descriptions; however, I realized that there was an awesome quiz that I could take that would select the fragrance that was for me! What a great idea as I wasn't sure how I would be able to smell everything. After taking an interesting personality based quiz, I was told that I was London (LHR)! Apparently Miami and LA were close runners ups! With such fragrances as Dubai, Tokyo, NYC and more - you're bound to find whatever place is your home in your heart! Seeing that I run through so many cities and feel that I know a number of airport codes off the top of my head - this is perfect for the jetsetter. I love that they had a great window shopping location but going forward, they will have moved to the fragrance section on the second floor.
Tomorrow is the Golden Globe Awards which puts us within awards season as we watch who will be winning, what they're wearing and more - there are other events that are also attended around each of these shows. Above, Christina Simpkins is at the 2012 DPA Golden Globe Awards Gift Suite. DPA (Virgins, Saints and Angels so I would pair this ring with this look as I love that it picks up the tones of the dress that Christina is wearing. Plus it's an amazing conversation piece as well. I'd actually swap out the earrings (which are lovely) that she's wearing with this pair by Mizuki as it's such a dainty and beyond glam look that doesn't conflict with the eye popping necklace that I would put in by Stephen Dweck. Together this look is playful and glam which is what you want to go for even when you're popping into the gifting suites!
She loves to vacation in the Cote D'Azure in the South of France when it's time to have some much needed down time!
La Petite Maison in Dubai is where you can find Aiisha dining on some of her favorites! For an appetizer, she loves Burreta (mozerrella cheese with cream), Tomates and Basil. She also loves the Beef Carpaccio topped with drizzles of black pepper and olive oil which compliments the taste of the beef. Of course the rest of the meal, she's open to wherever her taste buds take her!
I have been a fan of Aiisha Ramadan for a number of years. This Dubai based designer brings an amazing touch of feminine and fun elegance to her pieces! With an eye for detail and knowing how women want to feel when they are glammed up, it's no wonder that she has done so well within her signature looks. I had the honor of wearing one of her iconic pink dresses to New Years Eve this year and felt like an island princess floating in soft material with just enough bling that allowed me to stand out! In addition, she's known for her phenom caftans which I told you about that Joan Collins wore for her recent appearance in Palm Springs Life Magazine. If you happen to be in Dubai, you must pop by her boutique or see one of her fashion shows! As we do each Mon, read above and below to find out more about the fab designer that you may not be aware of!
In the midst of designing and thinking of the next best concepts, I love knowing that both Aiisha and I share the same guilty pleasure of French Fries and the need to wear high heels that one can debate are comfortable or not! The app that she's loving on her phone right now which I'm sure is good to pass the time when you're traveling is Angry Birds but when it comes to staying organized, I agree that like her, I would be lost without my calendar. This design diva's personal trend is Little White Dresses (LWD) and very trendy shoes. I definitely would love to see her closet as I can only imagine.
In terms of the collection, she dreams to see it in Paris which would definitely be an amazing step. But for now, she's a busy lady as she is focusing on the collection in Dubai and has plans for it to begin popping up in other countries!
As an Accessories Expert, I'm always sharing my essential accessory picks with everyone and I naturally gravitate towards those that are accessory designers. A few years ago I remember Sabina reaching out to me about her scarves and weeks later, I found myself at the Soho House at a trunk show and happened to meet the designer and her printed scarves without knowing that she would be there! From then on, we'd run into each other, I'd share her trunk shows taking place at Bloomingdale's in Soho or at Henri Bendels! Recently, we were both at a phenomenal event for the book launch of Always in Style which included her scarves within the styling. I'm always happy to see and hear her so above as always, you can find out more about Sabina Les who is bringing back the love of scarves, prints and just a new way to showcase ourselves! Find out her favorite loves and of course we;ll fill in the rest here!
She's a super busy lady and of course you can catch her at her trunk shows in Henri Bendels this month April 20th - 23rd and 27th - 30th! With so much going on, we love that she's as attached to her iPhone as I am with my HTC and like many of us, her next step to stay connected fashionably is to start rocking an iPad (I suggest creating some kind of a case that has the printed scarf look to it). Both her iPhone (and I'm sure iPad) will keep her organized with Evernote, Twitter, Dictation, Solitaire and Sudoku (sometimes organization needs to have some fun in there too).
The success of Sabina Les can't be denied as she is in the Accessories Council and has been featured on the Today Show, Elle and so much more. So of course, I wanted to know what will be coming up for this progressive designer! First off she explained that, "I'd love to see a confident and fashionable woman rocking my scarves. A dynamic woman who appreciates the versatility of a great fashion accessory like any of my scarves." I love knowing that she loves the everyday woman as much as any celeb that is rocking her pieces. In the future, you can expect, "silk cocktail purses and jewelry to the brand. Also, my first introduction into home market with silk printed cushions." Without question, pop into her trunk show and of course start rocking her pieces whether in your outfits or within your home!
Rana of Reina Style talks Yellow Tail, heels, IPad and her collection!
Heels dress up any look!
She stays connected with her iPad as it's perfect for professional and personal uses - plus it fits in her bag!
Okku is a fab Japanese restaurant and lounge in Dubai.
When it comes to bringing fun style to Dubai and the rest of the world, you definitely have to add Reina Style to the list as they're a fun site that focuses on style that's perfect for Summer, Resort and Cruise! The fab Rana runs this brand and with a girl with that much style, I had to sit down and find out some fun facts about this Dubai fashionista! With boutique locations in the Middle East and being available online, we know that she knows a thing or two about jetsetting! I know that when I come to Dubai, I'm going to have to have her fave meal of Yellow Tail Carpaccio at OKKU which is known for their intimate vibe and stands out against such chains as Nobu according to Chow Dubbai.
When she's not working hard on Reina Style, you have to wonder how this fashionable lady stays in great style! She loves leggings since they are not only comfortable but they come in amazing colors. Of course she has a passion for shoes which make this look super chic while staying fabulous!! Although she's always up for heading to the beaches of Monaco, I had to know about her swimwear collection as many of you know that I will be doing a new photoshoot and showcasing fab bathing suits! She was inspired by the glamour of the world’s most exotic beaches and cosmopolitan trends, Reina resort collection has launched a swimwear line for the fashion-conscious world traveler who wants to look at ease while remaining stylish and sexy. Through luxurious fabrics, flattering fits and couture designs, Reina swimwear evokes self confidence and beauty in any woman. Offering styles that are both simply chic or dazzling in color and detail, each piece is sure to turn heads, while on holiday. WIth such a fab following of celebs as well, Rana feels that it’s a stepping stone and a mark of achievement! She feels grateful and driven to produce better and bigger collections to come. Although she is trailblazing, I wanted to know what's next for her and the collection. She is growing the collection in terms of styles and cuts, also expanding the line to cover-ups (kaftans and wraps), head and hair accessories and they will add some hair wraps to complete the beach-chic look.
As we battled dipping temperatures, last night in the Dubai Mall ice rink, Aiisha Ramadan (who we absolutely love) and Victoria Casal Jewelry had a 'Love Affair' fashion show that was held yesterday with attendees receiving cupcakes from Sweet Stuff based in Jumeira! Not only is this a great way to enhance the theme of the overall show but it was also a tasty way to end the event as well!
The show began with ice skater Natash Alexander Kemble cane out to a rendition of Nessun Dorma by opera tenor Andrew Amdur. Each dress from Aiisha was paired with Victoria Casal's jewelry and Manolo Blahnik shoes. No two sets of accessories were the same which created a dynamic look for everyone involved. This was a show that I truly wanted to attend and with such artistic drama, I hope to be able to come to the next. We have covered Aiisha's pieces as a gallery post and as a spread. Today's gallery of images (you know that we haven't done this in awhile so when we do, it's definitely a treat) are full of feminine whimsy and for those that will be in Dubai, you should visit the Sweet Stuff store as the cupcake (light and fluffy chocolate spongecake with icing made out of a unique butter cream and iced in a feminine, floral motif, topped with sprinkles) that everyone enjoyed last night will be sold for the next month!
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