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Rami Kadi – Un Souffle d’Orient

07/17/2014 13:46:33 PM

Paris Haute Couture Week wrapped up last week in Paris and showcased the Fall/Winter 2014 – 2015 collections by the crème de la crème from the Parisian fashion scene. I am a great… Continue reading →

Personal Style: My Summer Holiday Essentials

07/13/2014 09:29:57 AM

I just got back from a lovely holiday in Valencia, Spain and want to share my list of summer holiday must-haves with you. I’ve lined up 5 of my favorite items/essentials: Midi Skirts… Continue reading →

Hussein Bazaza Resort 2015 – Hidden under the ice 448

07/01/2014 11:29:58 AM

Hussein Bazaza recently released his resort 2015 collection, which includes 20 artistic fashion looks. Bazaza was inspired by everything hidden under the ice, from deep blue water to sparkling ice crystals. The color… Continue reading → ...

Krikor Jabotian SS14 Akhtamar

06/24/2014 10:45:28 AM

Krikor Jabotian was inspired by an Armenian legend for his Spring Summer 2014 collection Akhtamar. Princess Tamar lived on a small island (Akdamar island) located on Lake Van, Turkey. The princess fell in… Continue reading →

Jean Louis Sabaji SS14 – Inspired by Mother Nature

06/16/2014 10:43:07 AM

Take a walk on the wild side… is part of a lyric sung by American musician Lou Reed that popped into my head while I was reading the biography of Lebanese designer Jean… Continue reading →

The Wedding Season: Virgos Lounge ‘The Bridesmaid Edit’

06/10/2014 11:18:24 AM

Last week my workday at a wedding location ended with me bumping into a wedding photographer, after struggling to get past a white limo that was blocking my way. It was that moment… Continue reading →

Review: Biotherm Aquasource Gel

06/02/2014 08:41:58 AM

These last few weeks I have been testing Biotherm Aquasource – Deep hydration replenishing gel for normal or combination skin. This is a moisturizer which aims to keep your skin hydrated for a… Continue reading →

Sunshine, Freedom and a Little Flower by Nisha Sainani

05/26/2014 11:41:24 AM

I’ve been browsing the world wide web in search of inspiration for my summer wardrobe. The temperatures are rising and my wardrobe needs a summer upgrade badly. Out with the black skirts and… Continue reading →

FFWD-DXB: Amato Haute Couture by Furne One

05/21/2014 08:09:51 AM

Filipino born designer Furne One showcased his latest Amato Haute Couture collection during Fashion Forward Dubai season 3. The audience at Fashion Forward Dubai were left in awe of Furne One’s extravagant creations.… Continue reading ...

Rami Kadi – Le Royaume Enchanté – Sleeping Beauty

05/15/2014 09:38:47 AM

Rami Kadi showcased his latest collection Le Royaume Enchanté during Fashion Forward Dubai season 3. A collection inspired by sleeping beauty, a classic fairytale by French writer Charles Perrault. Sleeping beauty awakes after… Continue ...

Indigo Ora by Ridhi Mehra & Atelier Mon

05/08/2014 12:41:59 PM

The rise and rise of talented, twenty-something, Indian fashion designers…Young designers like Arpita Mehta, Payal Singhal and Ridhi Mehra have wowed crowds with their debut fashion shows and follow up with successful collections.… Continue ...

Interview with Le Trousseau Couture designer Khushboo Kaplesh

05/02/2014 09:18:51 AM

We sat down with Dubai based designer Khushboo Kaplesh and asked her about her fashion label Le Trousseau Couture, working with Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, the Dubai fashion scene and more… Could… Continue reading →

Best Beauty Products

04/29/2014 11:19:06 AM

Because I use makeup on a daily basis I spend a lot of time testing and sampling makeup products to make sure I buy items that last long and do not irritate my… Continue reading →

Premia India Runway Week Season 2

04/24/2014 10:53:19 AM

Premia India Runway Week Season 2 took place from the 16th until the 18th of april 2014 in New Delhi, India. The Indian Federation for Fashion Development (IFFD) has organized this three day… Continue reading →

Niket & Jainee: Denim Revisited SS14

04/21/2014 10:53:05 AM

Designer duo Niket & Jainee presented their spring summer 2014 collection ‘Denim Revisited’ during Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS14. Their collection celebrates a fabric that is close to our hearts: denim! We… Continue reading ...

Fashion Forward Dubai Season 3

04/16/2014 09:15:31 AM

Fashion Forward Dubai season 3 took place last week in Dubai, UAE. The hottest designers of the Middle East gathered in the city to showcase their latest collections. The Middle East knows many… Continue reading →

Namrata Joshipura: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week AW14

04/11/2014 10:37:49 AM

Namrata Joshipura launched her autumn/winter 2014 collection during the latest season of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. Namrata was the grand finale: the show kicked off with dancing aliens and laser lights…the ramp… Continue readi ...

Xerjoff Italian Luxury Perfume: Casamorati

04/07/2014 11:20:41 AM

Xerjoff is a luxury perfume brand from Italy. It was established in 2004 by Sergio Momo. The Casamorati collection is a tribute to ‘Fabrica Di Profumi C. Casamorati’, a 19th century haute parfumerie… Continue reading →

Personal Style: Kaftan Chic by Shweta Wahi

04/05/2014 03:54:13 AM

This is part two of our personal style shoot, which was put together to celebrate the first anniversary of The Fashion Orientalist. For this photo shoot I worked together with a couple of… Continue reading →

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week AW14 #WIFW

04/03/2014 12:27:40 PM

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) presents Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) took place from the 26th of March until the 30th of March in Delhi last week, showcasing fashion looks… Continue reading →

Personal Style: Little Black Sari

04/01/2014 09:48:44 AM

I recently organized a personal style shoot to celebrate the first anniversary of The Fashion Orientalist. This is our very first personal style article for which I worked together with a couple of… Continue reading →

Spring fashion by Syrian-born designer Rami Al Ali

03/25/2014 10:23:50 AM

Spring has arrived which means we get to review the most beautiful spring collections. Rami Al Ali has been on our radar for quite some time. He is a noted fashion designer from… Continue reading →

Lakmé Fashion Week: Highlights Summer Resort 14

03/19/2014 13:41:48 PM

Lakmé Fashion Week summer/resort 2014 took place from the 11th of March until the 16th of March 2014 and showcased India’s hottest designers. A large variety of summer/resort collections hit the ramp last… Continue reading →

Lakmé Fashion Week: ‘A Summer Affair’ by Manish Malhotra

03/15/2014 14:40:59 PM

Manish Malhotra showcased his spring/summer collection ‘A Summer Affair’ on the 11th of March during Lakmé Fashion Week. Malhotra is best known for the colorful, traditional Indian costumes that he designs for Bollywood… Continue r

Bashar Assaf SS14: Hallucinations

03/11/2014 10:14:22 AM

The amount of talented fashion designers who are from Beirut, Lebanon is high. Which makes me wonder… maybe I should move to Beirut, there might be something in the air or water which… Continue reading →

Malini Ramani: A Magical Blend of East and West

03/03/2014 13:19:45 PM

From runway to red-carpet – The hottest runway looks hit the red carpet every year during the Oscars and last night was no exception. My favorite of the night is a modest look… Continue reading →

Endemage: Spring – Summer 2014

02/25/2014 10:41:28 AM

Designer sisters Lubna and Nadia Al Zakwani presented their spring – summer 2014 collection during the most recent edition of Fashion Forward Dubai. The inspiration for this collection is their Omani heritage, using… Continue reading &# ...

Designer Duo Pankaj & Nidhi: Spring Fashion

02/17/2014 10:04:16 AM

As I am writing this, rays of sunshine are lighting up my office. Spring is coming up, which means we can get rid of our dull and sober clothing items. It is time… Read More →

Maison Rabih Kayrouz SS14 ‘let there be light’

02/12/2014 11:48:49 AM

Noted fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz was born in 1973 in Lebanon. Rabih returned to his home country after studying fashion in Paris, France for several years. In Lebanon he established his fashion house… Read More →

MAC Cosmetics: Valentine’s Day Lipstick

02/06/2014 08:38:33 AM

Valentine’s day. The day you look at life through rose-tinted glasses. Butterflies fluttering in your stomach every time you lock eyes with your crush or beau. Love is in the air and heart… Read More →

Designer JJ Valaya: The Future of The Past

02/02/2014 13:03:01 PM

Indian designer JJ Valaya was born in Rajasthan, India. ‘Rajasthan’ literally means ‘land of kings’ which might have been the inspiration behind JJ Valaya’s brand philosophy; ‘We are the new royalty…a new Indian… Read More ...

The IFFD 2014 Fashion Calendar

01/24/2014 11:25:14 AM

We have all started the year with a list of new year’s resolutions, like going to the gym more often, eating more fruit and spending less money on clothes and shoes. January is… Read More →

Oriental Fragrances from Versace, Tom Ford and Reminiscence

01/20/2014 10:33:45 AM

Cologne and perfume ads from designer brands try to give you an idea of what a scent smells like, without you being able to actually smell it. An attractive, young Hollywood starlet is… Read More →

Hussein Bazaza SS14: Fashion, Emotion and Art

01/13/2014 09:12:40 AM

Up-and-coming fashion designer Hussein Bazaza was born in 1990 in Beirut, Lebanon. Bazaza is an ESMOD (l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode) graduate with an impressive resume. He has gained… Read More →

India Bridal Fashion Week 2013: Tarun Tahiliani

01/07/2014 09:51:53 AM

Tarun Tahiliani recently showcased pieces from his brand new ‘Gold Collection’ and his ‘Bridal 2013’ collection during India Bridal Fashion Week in Mumbai. Tahiliani is a noted Indian fashion designer who founded his… Read More ...

Interview: Dubai-based designer Shweta Wahi

12/31/2013 05:51:20 AM

The Fashion Orientalist got in touch with Dubai-based designer Shweta Wahi for a question and answer round. This talented and (very) young designer was born in India and brought up between the United… Read More →

Luxury Designer Menswear: The Emperor 1688

12/27/2013 10:25:28 AM

My latest TV show addiction ‘Suits’ has brought a past interest of mine back into my life: menswear. ‘Suits’ is a story about a successful lawyer and his associate; a Harvard drop out… Read More →

Christmas Gift Idea: Clinique Chubby Stick

12/20/2013 08:37:00 AM

The Clinique Chubby Stick is a must-have product for women. A true collector’s item, since there are so many different and fun crayon colors available! It is therefore a perfect gift to present… Read More →

Taller Marmo SS14: European elegance and Middle Eastern charm

12/18/2013 11:44:57 AM

Dubai-based fashion label TALLER MARMO launched their spring summer 2014 collection during the second season of Fashion Forward Dubai last October. The idea behind designers Riccardo Audisio and Yago Goicoechea’s TALLER MARMO is… Read More ...

Aennis Eunis: Luxury footwear with a Middle Eastern touch

12/14/2013 08:54:23 AM

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’’ Just like Marilyn Monroe I believe that the right shoes can empower you. I admit, it might sound slightly superficial. I… Read More →

Nida Azwer Atelier: Luxurious bridal gowns

12/10/2013 09:19:01 AM

The Nida Azwer Atelier recently showcased their bridal collection during the Bridal Couture Week in Lahore, Pakistan. ‘The Hyderabad Collection’ draws inspiration from the traditional Hyderabadi Nawabs. The Mughal Empire Hyderabad is the… ...

The Spring Summer 2014 collection by Gisella Blu

12/02/2013 09:18:45 AM

The Middle Eastern fashion industry includes designers from different cultural backgrounds. The fashion scene is culturally hybrid and designers produce different styles of clothing from traditional Abaya designs to contemporary looks. Every ...

Mahgul for Nasreen Shaikh: The Timur Collection

11/30/2013 06:54:45 AM

Whenever I get an invite to an extravagant family party or oriental style wedding, I’m overwhelmed with excitement. I have to selfishly admit most of this excitement is due to the fact that… Read More →