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Dana Al Fardan at MIA Park Concert 19 February, 7pm Qatar’s first English-language recording artist Dana Al Fardan will be performing in a one-hour concert on 19 Feb at the MIA Park. The concert is part of the museum’s ongoing initiative to promote music and culture through its monthly outdoor concert series. Dana’s debut album Paint was recently launched to much positive reception. Entry is free.
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The new Spring/Summer 2014 collections will begin hitting stores in March and we will be trend spotting the hottest buys and trends to look out for this year! In our next issue, we will also be dishing out styling tips for women across all ages. Beauty and style is a lifetime journey. Image: Marc Jacobs SS14 campaign with Miley Cyrus.
NOBODY WANTS TO ADMIT IT BUT FEBRUARY IS ALWAYS THE MONTH WHEN WE QUIETLY TRY TO REVIVE THE JOVIAL AND HOPEFUL NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS THAT WE HAVE MADE AND PROBABLY ALREADY SIDETRACKED. IT HAS BEEN A CALM START TO THE YEAR IN QATAR WITH THE COOL TEMPERATURES WHICH WE WELCOMED BY BREAKING OUT OUR WINTER WARDROBES. SHAME THAT WINTER IS ALWAYS A FLEETING MOMENT WITH US HERE BUT THERE IS SO MUCH TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE GORGEOUS RESORT 2014 COLLECTIONS THAT HAVE NOW HIT STORES. TWO OF THESE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS GET A WELL-WORTH MENTION THIS MONTH, THE WORKS OF MARY KATRANTZOU AND ROKSANDA ILLINCIC. THE DUO, BASED IN LONDON, COME FROM ARCHITECTURE BACKGROUNDS AND VENTURED MOST SUCCESSFULLY INTO THE WORLD OF FASHION. THE RESULT, SCULPTURALLY PRECISE SILHOUETTES WITH PERSPECTIVE-CHANGING PRINTS THAT TURNS FASHION ITEMS INTO ART PIECES THEMSELVES. IT IS THIS SPIRIT THAT UPLIFTS THE ESSENCE OF FASHION FROM THE MASS CIRCUS THAT IT HAS SOMEHOW BECOME IN RECENT TIMES. THE RED-CARPET SEASON AND COUTURE PRESENTATIONS ARE FRESH ON OUR MINDS, AND THOUGH NO BIZARRE LOOKS WERE NOTICED THIS TIME, IT HAS DEFINITELY LEFT US WANTING SOMETHING MORE REFINED. IN THIS MONTH OF LOVE, IT IS ALSO THE PERFECT EXCUSE FOR US TO RECONNECT WITH THOSE CLOSEST TO US, WHETHER AS INDULGENT MATERIAL GRATIFICATIONS OR SELF-PAMPERING RETREATS. A SHORT WEEKEND BREAK AWAY TO THE CLUB LOUNGE PRIVILEGES OF THE RITZ CARLTON, OR A SENSUAL COUPLES’ EXPERIENCE AT THE ST. REGIS’S REMEDE SPA MAKES FOR SPECIAL MOMENTS TO REKINDLE THE SPARK. LOVE, IS AFTER ALL, THE CURE OF ALL AILMENTS.
A COLLECTION OF FIGURE-ACCENTUATING BLAZERS, VOLUMINOUS BLOUSONS, MODERN OVERSIZED-COATS AND ART-DECO DRESSES, EVA LUTZ SHINES AT THE BERLIN FASHION WEEK AW2014 PRESENTATIONS. THE DESIGNER BEHIND THE LABEL MINX BROUGHT TOGETHER THE ELEMENTS OF SEVERITY AND FEMININITY A LA BRIT-CHIC AND GENTLEMAN IN THE WILDLY RECEIVED RUNWAY SHOW.
AN EDIT OF THINGS THAT ARE HOT NOW
LOEWE ACIDS COLLECTION
It is a much respected craft; the art of leather-dying, and especially so the technique to achieve bright vivid colours on soft buttery leather. Paying homage to its most iconic symbol, the peacock, Loewe has launched a visually stunning collection named Acid, which incorporates the colours of the peacock’s plumage. The brand’s signature Amazona and Duna bags get a new look using a Technicolour makeover and adorned with gold hardware. Two sizes are available in a range of colours that are sure to be an eye-catching fiesta. We think the collection will be a big hit on our shores as the perfect match to the black abaya. The collection is now available at Loewe, Villaggio Mall.
CHANEL LE LIFT
In a bold new range of anti-aging cream, Chanel aims for women to take control of their skin again. And when Chanel does it, be sure it is a power-packed formula backed by the latest scientific breakthrough for the ultimate beauty solution. Le Lift, available in three textures, Fine, Crème and Crème Riche, aims to regenerate skin tissues daily to smooth out deep wrinkles and define facial contour. The cream is highly individualised to different needs, and the velvety rich touch makes it such a fun experience to use. Chanel Beauty is at Salam Studio & Stores.
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CRUCIANI C LEATHER COLLECTION
It is a play of vibrant colours this coming spring, and Cruciani C’s leather goods collection is rising to the occasion. The range includes mini cross body bags, evening clutches and a top handle on-thego bag. The design and colours are young and energetic but it is no compromise on quality as the bags are crafted from top leathers including the Saffiano textured leather and stingray-print skin.
HOUSE OF HOLLAND X NEW ERA
Putting the cool back into caps, New Era has collaborated with the edgy British label House of Holland in a range of headwear that is so chic, we want to wear it with all our resort outfits. Inspired by Henry Holland’s visits to Mexico and California, the designs combine tattoo-motifs, tropical and acidic prints presented in silk woven jacquards and lace trims with leather and crystal embellishments. The very street cool caps are now available on Net A Porter, starting from QR208.
ST DUPONT X KARL LAGERFELD KALIFORNIA LOVING
The uber-chic Parisian brand Kenzo has launched Kalifornia, a new handbag that is inspired by the brand’s designers Humberto and Carol’s homeland, Southern California. The soft, deconstructed design is punctuated by two “K” and zip details flanking either side of the bag that double as pockets. Inside the contrast colour interior, the bag features multiple pockets – a great utility feature to make it easy for us women to find our stuff. The bag is available in biker black and racer red.
Of course we are fans of the Kaiser, and nothing can be more exciting than stylish tech gadgets that we carry with us all day. St Dupont first collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld in 2011 starting off with pens and now on to ingenious hi-tech writing instruments. The latest collection is for the digital girl on the go, a lacquered traditional ballpoint pen which also functions as a stylus for touch screen gadgets. The set also includes an optic white lacquered USB key with an 8GB capacity. The Dupont lacquer finish is highlighted with palladium strips and shiny red cornelian stones, and each item bears the iconic silhouette of Lagerfeld. St Dupont is located at Royal Plaza Mall.
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It was a daring dress and while critics did not love her choice, we do applaud Sandra Bullock for picking an unconventional red-carpet number. The colour-blocking frock is from Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2014 collection and would seem more appropriate for a society do than a showbiz event. The gown, featuring a voluminous silk v-neck, with sweet pastel panels of baby pink and blue, would best be paired with a simple pair of black pumps and minimal accessories. The dress is now available for pre-order on Moda Operandi for QR36,365.
Maheera – Tamayol Earrings in white gold, white diamonds and white pearls, Price upon Request, QELA, Porto Arabia.
Patent Pumps, QR2,927, Sergio Rossi, Porto Arabia.
Lulu Clutch in Crocodile, QR66,000, QELA, Porto Arabia.
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Just looking at Marc Jacob’s Resort 2014 campaign makes us want to curl up in comfort and forget about the rest of the world. The collection was highly influenced by the nautical theme, a trend that has been popping up across several designer releases. Marc Jacobs presented an entirely relaxed sailor suit silhouette that seems to be an ode to his obsession with pajamas. Cropped striped tops with seafaring pants and even a navy uniform-inspired scarf thrown in for the full bon voyage experience. Reinterpret this style into your wardrobe starting off with a structured navy blazer and then incorporating striped tops like this very chic hoodie jacket from Valentino.
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IS IN THE AIR
THE TRADITION OF GIVING RED ROSES ON VALENTINE’S DAY HAS MUCH MORE FASHIONABLE THESE DAYS, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR LOVED ONE IS MORE SARTORIALLY INCLINED. BESIDES, FLOWERS WILL WILT, BUT THESE STUNNING PIECES MIGHT HAVE A PLACE IN YOUR WARDROBE FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. MARC JACOBS SENT A GORGEOUS RED AND WHITE PRINT JACKET WITH TASSEL DETAILS DOWN THE RUNWAY FOR AW 2013, AND MAY WE SUGGEST IT BE THE OVERCOAT YOU SHOULD HANG ON TO THIS SEASON.
Cabochons Bag, Marc Jacobs, Villaggio Mall.
Drop Gem Earrings, QR1,050, CH Carolina Herrera, Villaggio Mall.
Diamond and ruby encrusted time piece, QR3,250, Escada, Blue Salon and Pari Gallery.
Vintage Harry Winston La Marquise Wristwatch in 58 carats, Price upon request, The Luxury Closet.
Meridiist II mobile phone with 24/7 concierge service, starts from QR16,848, Tag Heuer, City Centre Mall.
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Floral Bag with Strap, DSquared, www.dsquared.com Crocodile Clutch with Frog Clasp, QR18,695, Ethan K, Copia VIP Office, www.copia-group.com
Sunburst Coffee Table, Versace Home, Porto Arabia.
Amourous Pendant in Silver and Rose Gold Tones, Swarovski, Lagoona Mall.
Flower of Eternity Ring, QR17,300, Mouawad, Lagoona Mall.
Oriental Decorative Pillow, QR1,253, Versace Home, Porto Arabia.
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THERE WERE SOME STANDOUT ENSEMBLES ON THE RED CARPET OF THE 2014 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NIGHT. HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO CHRIS HEMSWORTH AND ELSA PATAKY WERE BEAMING AS ELSA PROUDLY SHOWS OFF HER PREGNANCY BUMP IN A GORGEOUS PAULE KA DRESS. DIANE KEATON ROCKED THE ANDROGYNOUS LOOK WITH MUCH POWER IN A TAILORED RALPH LAUREN SUIT AND CATE BLANCHETT HAS GOT TO BE OUR FAVOURITE IN A STUNNING COUTURE GOWN FROM ARMANI.
Taylor Swift in a black and cherry red Carolina Herrera gown with Christian Louboutin shoes, a Jimmy Choo clutch, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Tina Fey in a custom Carolina Herrera gown inspired by the brand’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection and Fred Leighton jewels.
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive black lace gown and Chopard diamond earrings.
Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera New York ruby velvet and amethyst gown with velvet cage belt.
Lupita Nyong in Ralph Lauren gown and Fred Leighton jewels.
Diane Keaton in a perfectly tailored Ralph Lauren suit.
Kaley Cuoco in a Rani Zakhem corseted floral ball gown on millefeuille tulle.
Chris Hemsworth in Dolce & Gabbana and wife Elsa Pataky in Paule Ka Black Carpet collection.
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Lace Sleeve Top, QR5,443, Chloe, Porto Arabia.
Statement sweatshirts are so 2013, we are on to classier pieces now. Cozy up from the winter chills in these gorgeous selections with little feminine details. These pieces are key items to layering, be it under a jacket or over a thermal. Dress it up with a statement skirt or head out for a casual jaunt with a pair of sturdy denims.
Floral Edge Cardigan, QR4,480, Etro, Porto Arabia.
Striped Crepe Top, QR5,436, Fendi, Villaggio Mall.
Leather Jacket, QR14,277, Fendi, Villaggio Mall.
Beaded Baroque Sweater, QR3,906, Emilio Pucci, Villaggio Mall.
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Michael Kors Resort 2014 Collection Snake Trimmed Intrecciato Bag, QR10,185, Bottega Veneta, Villaggio Mall.
Dual Tone Trapeze Tote, QR4,369, Michael Kors, michaelkors.com.
Silk Shirt, QR3,255, Emilio Pucci, Villaggio Mall.
Leather Wrap Skirt, QR12,336, Michael Kors, michaelkors.com.
A spin-off from colour blocking and applied on almost anything you can think of, from sleeve cuffs to trims. Bringing together different shades is always fun and the colour panels play the main highlight in the outfit, so you can keep it on the minimal side with your accessories.
Colour Block Silk Dress, QR6,870, Fendi, Villaggio Mall. Cotton Shirt Dress, QR4,689, Alexander McQueen, Porto Arabia.
Osman Resort 2014 Collection.
Striped Silk Tunic, QR2,210, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Porto Arabia.
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Embossed Cropped Top, QR4,151, Alexander McQueen, Porto Arabia
Silk V-Neck Top, QR1,642, Alberta Ferretti, Porto Arabia
Embossed Pencil Skirt, QR4,480, Alexander McQueen, Porto Arabia
Gold Motif Panel Box Clutch, Michael Kors, michaelkors.com
Sheer Panel Pullover, QR1,224, Catherine Malandrino, The Gate
It may seem a bit daunting to pull off an all white outfit especially when it is not always a forgiving shade. The key is to play with different texture and fabric materials to find one that suits the look you are aiming for. Actress Jaimie Alexander rocks an all-white ensemble in a dress by Osman at the British Fashion Council Style Suites Party. The cut-out pattern gives an illusion of curves to the otherwise very slender actress. Textured materials and V-neck lines are also great options to really highlight the colour white against your skin tone.
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It has all been about the flounce in recent seasons and we could not be more thrilled at the feminine silhouette that truly flatters every shape. The trick is to find the right length to suit your body type. If you have long legs, the knee-length flounce will just fall perfectly and if you have a longer body, we highly recommend an asymmetrical hem to create the height illusion.
Osman Resort 2014
1 Aysha Print Leather Skirt, QR10,454, ●
Erdem, Net A Porter.
2 Laser Print Skirt, QR4,023, Peter Pilotto, ●
The Closet, Porto Arabia.
3 Jumper Bodice Dress Skirt, QR2,509, ●
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Porto Arabia.
Osman Resort 2014
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CLOCKWISE: Tote, QR145 Pouches, QR84 Slip-On Shoe, QR109
1 Swim Cover-Up, QR128, Tote, QR145, ●
2 Blazer, QR182, Shirt, QR73; Pant, QR128, ●
Slip-On Shoe, QR109
3 Romper in Iris Print, QR182, Sunglasses in Iris ●
Print, QR61, Slip-On Shoe in Print, QR109.
When we first laid eyes on the complete look book of Peter Pilotto’s collaboration with US retailer Target, it was like déjà vu. The collection rang true of the brand’s greatest design moments, all captured and redefined for a new market in its Target collaboration. If there is one thing that we have learnt from high-low design partnerships is that sometimes the marketing gimmick outshines the aesthetics of the actual collection. But in this case, we are jovially waiting for it to drop in stores. The collection, a complete wardrobe of dresses, separates, swimwear, shoes and bags, is vacation-ready for those looking to escape the winter chills. There is much to love, the label’s design aesthetics are gorgeously presented and the signature psychedelic graphic print just blends seamlessly into the silhouettes. “This is a pivotal moment for our brand. Our collection for Target embodies the elegance and spirit of our own line, but makes it accessible to everyone,” says one of half of the design duo, Christopher De Vos. The collection will be available from February 9 on Target.com and Net A Porter for us shopping from the Middle East.
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4 Belted Dress in Floral Print, QR164. ● 5 Bikini Crop Top in Print, QR91, Skirt in Floral Check ●
Print, QR128, Tote in Print, QR145, Slip-On Shoe in Print, QR84. Print, QR128, Pouches in Floral Print, QR84.
6 Blouse in Floral Print, QR128, Skirt in Floral Check ●
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BY DEBRINA ALIYAH
WHEN HER COLLECTIONS FIRST HIT THE GLOBAL MARKET FIVE YEARS AGO, THE FASHION WORLD KNEW SOMETHING BIG HAD HAPPENED. ETHEREAL GRAPHIC PRINTS OF JUST ABOUT ANYTHING FROM JEWELLERY TO TOURIST LANDMARKS ADORN THE CANVAS OF PRECISE SCULPTURAL SILHOUETTES.
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was bold, and it had never been done before. It was the defining debut for Mary Katrantzou. Her meteoric rise and her young age are what everybody is talking about but it is her perspective-altering collections that we most admire. Mary has won over new fans who would wear prints only if they are made by her label, in their otherwise predominantly block colour wardrobes. And here on the home front, the appeal of the sharp colours is evident; her pieces always sell out when they first hit stores. We get the 101 from the Greek designer on her latest Resort 2014 collection. Where did your love for print come from? Print is evocative. The way in which you place print on to a silhouette can allow the eye to perceive something different, particularly when it communicates a story. I’m appreciative of all prints, but it is the way they can be manipulated to enhance a woman’s confidence and allow her to communicate more about her aesthetic. Tell us about your design process. At the beginning of the design process, my initial ideas tend to stem from a visual image which we then expand upon in terms of researching materials and silhouettes. But it is important to recognise that it is a dual process; one cannot work without the other. Print and silhouette work in sync together, and by pairing the classic with the modern it offers a curated angle. How does your Greek background influence your work? We adored the postage-stamp inspired prints in your previous collection, but does it have a continual influence? Greece is a beautiful country and my upbringing had an influence over my initial desire to study Architecture and my sense of balance and symmetry. Growing up in Greece has influenced my way of thinking. I admire the solidity of Greek structural design, which manifests itself in the clean, modern silhouettes I favour. Its influence is innate, but my inspiration is constantly evolving. What about your education at the prestigious Central Saint Martins that still informs your design process? The decision to complete my BA in Textile Design stemmed from an early interest in applied design. Whilst at CSM I became heavily interested in how printed textiles can change the shape of a woman’s body. I discovered that print can be just as definitive as a cut or a drape, and chose to explore this further and refine my technique during my MA course. As such the skills and techniques I developed during my time at CSM are what define my collections now.
After so many seasons of bright, graphic colour, you took a distinctly different direction this season. Tell us about your current collection, where did the inspiration for the darker and moodier graphics come from? I think that sometimes you need to strip back the palette to appreciate the beauty of a print. The landscapes of my AW 13 collection are dark and mysterious, yet there is a definite whimsical, almost romantic, feel to them. Again it is about creating a balance; in pairing down colour you are able to further explore shape and silhouette. I think it is important as a designer to constantly evolve which is why this season we chose a difference direction. Your collaboration with Topshop was hugely successful; do you hope to work on more collaborative projects such as that moving forward? Collaborations are a great opportunity to combine two creative visions and see how each other works. The support which Topshop has given me from the very beginning made the success of our collaboration that much more rewarding. Collaborations with Moncler and Current/ Elliot have allowed me to explore new avenues that I hadn’t ever touched upon. In terms of upcoming projects we are currently working on a huge collaboration, which I am very excited about and can’t wait to see the end results. You’ve had an incredible career trajectory, with a huge appreciation for your work early on. Even though you’re such a young designer, can you tell us what your career highlight would be so far? I think to be given the support of the British Fashion Council through their NewGen scheme for over six seasons was a fantastic achievement as a new designer. But a highlight for me was when I was awarded the Swiss Textiles Award in 2010. It was an honour to be nominated alongside some incredible designers and it is an achievement that I am immensely proud of. Tell us about your design ethos and philosophy – who do you design for? Is there a particular woman or lifestyle that you design for? Print should not exclude, age or shape isn’t a factor when it comes to my designs. I design clothes to be worn and admired; taking inspiration from filtered beauty, which I myself am inspired by. The Katrantzou woman is confident and assured, never letting the print wear her.
Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014 collection is now available on Net-A-Porter.
Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014 collection available on Net A Porter
Waterfall Dress “Waterfall has a fluid quality, which is offset by the angular, off the shoulder strap.”
MARY PICKS THE STRINGRAY AND WATERFALL DRESS FROM HER AW2013 COLLECTION AS HER FAVOURITE LOOKS STRAIGHT FROM THE RUNWAY. TOGETHER WITH THE NEVIS GOWN FROM HER RESORT 2014 COLLECTION, THESE ARE THE INVESTMENT PIECES FROM HER COLLECTION THAT SHE WOULD RECOMMEND.
Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014 collection available on Net A Porter
Stingray Dress “Stingray is a real showstopper, the shape is strong but the print is delicate and beguiling.”
Nevis Gown “In terms of a more commercial look, then the Nevis gown is perfect for a party; a classic strapless shape but the precision of the cut and clarity of the print gives it an edge.”
Backstage at Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2014 presentation at London Fashion Week, courtesy British Fashion Council.
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ART IN FASHION
BY DEBRINA ALIYAH
FASHION AND ART IS INCREASINGLY BECOMING INTERTWINED IN BRIGHT VISUAL WAYS, PROGRESSING FROM JUST HINTS OF SUBTLE INSPIRATIONS TO FABRICS OF EXACT GRAPHIC PRINTS OF ARTWORKS.
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Backstage at Roksanda Ilincic’s Spring Summer 2014 presentation at London Fashion Week, courtesy British Fashion Council.
and art are increasingly becoming intertwined in bright visual ways, progressing from just hints of subtle inspirations to fabrics of exact graphic prints of artworks. It is a natural association between these two forms, as fashion has long been viewed as art. This resort season, the block colour print world of legendary artist Josef Albers comes to life in a special capsule collection by Roksanda Ilincic. The capsule collection, available exclusively on Net A Porter, is a ten-piece special collaborative venture with The Albers Foundation. Dresses, separates and silk gowns adorned with the unique signature Albers colour block print form a collection perfect for the minimalist dresser or the discerning Albers art fan. Roksanda, one of the new waves of design stars from London, has captivated fans including Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama with her simple classic silhouettes. The designer tells us about bringing Albers vision into her work. Your exclusive capsule Cruise 2014 collection for Net-a-Porter.com is inspired by the work of legendary artist Josef Albers. How did you translate his Bauhaus aesthetic into the pieces? I have long been a fan of the work of Josef Albers and his extraordinary way with colour, so this formed the inspiration of the collaboration. His work has such great impact, created using
minimal yet powerful techniques and shapes. Tell us about the bright palette and use of colour-blocking. I have always loved colour, and the way that different colours can be contrasted. Albers had such an eye for interesting combinations, so this is something I have tried to reflect in the collection. This collection is more minimal than some of your other designs, what was your inspiration? Often working with such vibrant colours lends my designs to have more simple silhouettes and clean lines. When you envision the Roksanda Ilincic woman, where do you see her wearing these pieces? To me the most important thing is that a woman feels confident, in any occasion. It is always interesting to see how women play with the usual rules; wearing eveningwear in the daytime, and more casual wear to a party. You’ve been showing at London Fashion Week since 2005. How does the fashion landscape in London differ from other cities?
A painting of US artist Ad Reinhardt at the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat in Bottrop, western Germany, on September 24, 2010. The motifs are drawn from inspiration of Josef Albers which can be seen in Roksanda’s Cruise 2014 collection.
It has been such an exciting time for London and its designers recently. More and more international people are taking interest in the city and what we are producing. The city is so fast paced and evolving, it is hard not to be influenced by the surroundings. What drew you to fashion design? From time to time my mother used to have special dresses made for her. She would bring the fabric off cuts home, which would inspire me to think of all the wonderful things I could create; so it has always been something I was drawn to. You studied Architecture before earning your masters degree in womenswear at Central St Martins. Do you have an architectural approach to design? I have always been drawn to the study of space and shapes and this definitely reflects in my minimal design aesthetic. What did you enjoy the most when you were here in the Middle East? I was lucky enough to travel there last year. The vibrancy of the region is amazing, I love being able to take in new cultures and I got to meet some really fantastic people.
The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation partnered with international Roksanda Ilincic on this special art meets fashion project which first came to life as an art installation in Mayfair, London in October 2013. The installation was held at 9, Mount Street, the future venue of Roksanda’s first flagship store that will open this year. “The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation is thrilled to collaborate with Roksanda, whose eye and sense of colour and aesthetic values are remarkably of a piece with the vision of Josef Albers. Roksanda exemplifies not just the approach of the Bauhaus, an attitude of artistic anonymity, an emphasis on functionality alongside true style but she specifically shows the reverence for clarity and the openness to the power of colour and line, that were essential to Josef’s Albers way of seeing and to all of his creation,” said Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Speaking about the store opening, the designer said, “Opening our first store is a huge milestone for me. It is crucial that it is here in London, and this incredible Mount Street site is the perfect location. The store will be the home for the brand in more ways than one, and will be the ideal space for my vision for the label to be fully realised.”
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BLI N G IS IN SEASON
MODA KEY RESORT COLLECTION
MODA KEY WAS ONE OF THE PIONEERING MULTIBRAND BOUTIQUES IN DOHA, A WELL-LOVED DESTINATION FOR FASHION INSIDERS LOOKING FOR TRENDS FROM THE EAST.
“This collection was designed when I first moved to Bali and I stayed in a magical villa called Villa Orchid, which was full of orchids in calming pink lavender and baby pink colours”
everal years after its inception, founder Latifa Al Medaihki took a big leap turning Moda Key into a design label of its own. Though the boutique is now sorely missed, we readily welcome the brand’s first Resort 2014 collection with open arms. The collection is a refreshing new dimension to the current design offerings in Qatar and aptly so, as it was inspired by the tranquil island of Bali in Java. A graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Latifa has always been a trendsetter defying the norms of her peers. She had a sense of style that was ahead of her time, and was dogmatic about introducing new fashion ideas and concepts to Qatar. The petite designer mixes a bout of grunge and rock and roll in her dressing, a sartorial representative of her strong personality. So it was really no surprise when she hopped on a plane to a farflung destination to find inspiration for Moda Key. “This collection was designed when I first moved to Bali and I stayed in a magical villa called Villa Orchid, which was full of orchids in calming pink lavender and baby pink colours,” she says. From orchids comes a dazzling line of dresses, with a strong focus on textile embellishments, referencing the twenties Gatsby-era. “I took the classical cuts and patterns of the twenties and brought them to modern day. It has to be time appropriate, of course.”
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“The Moda Key piece is a redcarpet show stopper. The Moda Key woman is a free-spirited individual who can carry bling without looking tacky”
asing herself in Bali has opened up production possibilities to achieve her design aesthetics that otherwise would have been difficult in Qatar. One of the key strengths of her collection is that all the fabrics were developed specifically for her designs. “I work a lot with embellishments and this allowed me the creative freedom of expression in my own fabrics. Plus, I get to experiment with different techniques of beading,” she explains. In the Resort 2014 collection, which Latifa says is the inauguration of Moda Key’s design essence, the embellishments and fabrics accentuate the pieces. It introduces the high glamour aesthetics of the brand marrying simple classic cuts with big doses of bling. “The Moda Key piece is a red-carpet show stopper. The Moda Key woman is a free-spirited individual who can carry bling without looking tacky,” she says. The Moda Key collection will be available online and will be sold via distribution channels in Asia and the Middle East.