Designer Announcement: Balmain and H&M Call For #HMBalmaination

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H&M just announced its autumn guest collaboration with the Parisian house of Balmain! A veritable bastion of French luxury, under the creative directorship of young Olivier Rousteing, Balmain has grown into a global pop-culture phenomenon. Last night, Rousteing himself and his friends Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, walked the red carpet at The Billboard Music Awards revealing the first pieces of the collection. Through social media H&M and Balmain invited their fans to join a movement of togetherness with: #HMBalmaination.

“I want to talk to my generation: this is my main aim as a designer. H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain, getting a piece of the dream and creating a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fuelled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me: H&M is a brand that everybody connects to. It calls for unity, and I am all for it”, says Olivier Rousteing.

Available from November 5, in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection will feature clothing and accessories for both women and men.

Can’t wait for this one! x

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My Sheena Sujan Barclay Tote

As one of the world’s most exclusive purveyors of luxury leather handbags and accessories, Sheena Sujan’s tradition of excellence shines through. Sheena Sujan, announced the release of her first collection last September 2013 in Los Angeles. Her leather goods are crafted in the same Italian province where the top global luxury brands have produced their accessories since the early 1900’s. Every Sheena Sujan design is constructed by expert artisans and masterfully cut and stitched together by hand, using only the finest Italian leathers and exotic skins. This heritage equates to an exquisite collection of simplistic-timeless elegance.

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I was so excited and lucky to be contacted by the designer, Sheena Sujan, herself, offering me one of her infamous Barclay totes in a color of my choice. I chose the camel brown, sent her office my shipping address, and waited.

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Few days after, I got a package delivered my the door, and I couldn’t wait to open it. I haven’t been familiar with the brand earlier to my communication with their team, however, with a bit of google, I was able to find amazing reviews on the quality and the designs. And I was not disappointed. The bag came in a beautiful black satin pouch with the Sheena Sujan emblem stamped on it in deep gold. The leather of the bag is clear to be of top-notch, fine skin, and the interior is made of what looks like gorgeous red chamoi.

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The details of the bag were of pure classic delicacy. The Sheena Sujan emblem, is the first little thing that caught my eyes while I unwrapped the tote. And I found the story behind that powerful emblem; The Sheena Sujan emblem is fabled in ancient history as a creature of regal beauty. The two-headed tiger stands strong; she’s the master of her own destiny, a legend in both the ancient and modern world. Her majesty and exclusivity foretell tales of royalty and might. A true representation of such a strong coming brand.

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I definitely wore the bag out the same night it arrived to its new home. It was a 9 degrees kind of freezing-cold night, so I styled it casually with my denim, and a salmon pink coat that covered a hundred layers under. I will be wearing out a lot and will share with you guys the different looks through my instagram page.

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For more details on the Sheena Sujan brand, visit her website, here, or check out her instagram page, here.

New at Black Boushiya: Basil Soda Fall/Winter 2013-2014 RTW

Basil Soda Fall/Winter 2013-2014 RTW collection is now available in Black Boushiya, at both their Salhiya GF and Arraya shopping center boutiques.

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For more details, check out Black Boushiya on the below channels:

Website: bboushiya.com
Twitter: @Blackboushiya
Facebook: Black Boushiya Boutique
Instagram: BlackBoushiya
Hashtag: #BBBasilSoda

Yarrow: Online Fashion Boutique

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I was recently introduced to Yarrow, an online fashion boutique based in Kuwait, hosting collections by US, Paris, and Spain designers. Got my eyes on few picks. Check it out, here.

Close & Personal: Mahtab Jamali of Kaytayoon London

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Through my years of blogging, I have met a lot of people in the fashion industry, few of them have left an impact and inspired me, and one of the most wonderful and adorable people I met who most certainly done that is the beautiful fashion Designer Mahtab Jamali. A beauty inside and out, a 27-year-old British bombshell with Persian roots, Founder, designer and official face of Katayoon, a model, international representative of Blush Hair and Beauty Salon, photographer and a qualified university lecturer. A woman who seems to excel in it all.

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*Photo Credits:
Designer: Katayoon
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Location: Kuwait

Born on August 1985 in Ahwaz, Iran, into a very artistic and highly educated family. Mahtab moved to the United Kingdom with her family at a young age. At the age of 17 she started her university education, studied Fashion Design for 5 years in Birmingham City University. and then continued her masters in Design With Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Kingston University of London. At the age of 23 Mahtab started teaching Fashion Illustration to first and second year students in her university as part of her course and became one of the youngest lecturers. She then started her PhD in Dyslexia and has currently put it on hold to focus more on her booming career, and plans to continue studying again in a few years.

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Designer: Katayoon
Hair and Makeup: Nisso International
Location: London

Mahtab started her own brand, Katayoon, in early 2011. Katayoon, which means Queen Of The World is also her mother’s name, Mahtab’s truly main inspiration in life, not only in fashion.

In such a short time all the hard work paid off, and the brand started getting great local and international awareness and have been in over 50 magazines and news papers so far, such as New York Times, The sun, Daily Telegraph, Closer Magazine, Heat Magazine, OX Magazine, Sheer and many more. Her clientele grew into the elite of celebrities and socialites, the likes of Mel B, Eva Longoria, Eva longoria’s sister, Millie Mackintosh, Alexandra Burke, Rachel Stevens, Miss World and Miss England, Lily Ghalichi, along with Princesses of Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.

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Designer: Katayoon
Location: London

Her designs are made to make a woman feel powerful, elegant, sexy, classy, and very confident. Nature has always been a part of her designs too, and for that she travels most of the times for her photoshoots, and her first source of inspiration is the beauty, femininity and grace she sees in each woman.

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Designer: Katayoon
Hair and Makeup: Nisso International
Location: London

To me, she’s caught my attention when I first saw her while modelling for one of the brands, before I even met her, and after I did, she turned out to be a positive soul, with much love and amazing energy that lights up the room whenever she walks in. Her personal style has been also one of my greatest inspirations. Always dressed to kill, this beauty is showing no signs of stopping any time soon!

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Designer: Katayoon
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Location: Kuwait

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Designer: Katayoon
Location: London

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Designer: Katayoon
Bag: Moni&J
Shoes: Lorenzi
Location: London

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*Photo Credits:
Designer: Dorotea Pospihalj
Headpiece: Dar Trtr
Location: London

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Designer: Katayoon
Bag: Moni&J
Hat: Dolce & Gabbana
Sunnies: River Island
Location: California

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*Photo Credits:
Designer: Katayoon
Photographer: Rudolph Niasme
Location: Paris

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*Photo Credits:
Designer: Katayoon
Photographer: Oliver Morris
Location: London

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Designer: Katayoon
Hair and Makeup: Nisso International
Photographer: Amir Raouf
Location: London

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Designer: Katayoon
Necklace: Oscar De La Renta
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Stylist: Joumana Soufi
Photographer: Raed Qutena
Location: Kuwait

I was lucky enough to work with her on 2 photoshoots when she was visiting Kuwait, one was for Katayoon’s new collection at the time, and the other was for H&M’s spring/summer collection 2013. A true professional. I couldn’t have asked for better.

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*Photo Credits:
Designer: Katayoon
Sunnies: Linda Farrow
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Stylist: Joumana Soufi
Photographer: Raed Qutena
Location: Kuwait

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*Photo Credits:
Designer: Katayoon
Sunnies: Linda Farrow
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Stylist: Joumana Soufi
Photographer: Raed Qutena
Location: Kuwait

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Designer: H&M
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Stylist: Joumana Soufi
Photographer: Raed Qutena
Location: Kuwait

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Designer: H&M
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Stylist: Joumana Soufi
Photographer: Raed Qutena
Location: Kuwait

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Designer: H&M
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Stylist: Joumana Soufi
Photographer: Raed Qutena
Location: Kuwait

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Designer: H&M
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Stylist: Joumana Soufi
Photographer: Raed Qutena
Location: Kuwait

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*Photo Credits:
Designer: H&M
Hair and Makeup: Zizi at Blush
Stylist: Joumana Soufi
Photographer: Raed Qutena
Location: Kuwait

My photoshoot with her for Katayoon was recently featured in Wintour Magazine’s August 2013 issue, along with other shots of her and her brand’s.

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A talented woman for sure, and I wish to see her continue to rise, inspire, and fascinate with her fashion, style, and that killer smile.

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For Mahtab’s news and updates, follow her on instagram on @Katayoonlondon.

Black Boushiya Designer Sale

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Black Boushiya Boutique just announced their 50% designer sale yesterday, July 1st, and it will be going on until the end of the month, July 31st, at both their Salhiya GF and Arraya shopping center boutiques.

Designers on sale include Badgley Mischka, Basil Soda, Zuhair Murad, Notte by Marchesa, Pamella Roland, Theia, Lorena Sarbu, Tadashi, Teri Jon, Tarik Ediz, Gattinolli, Dorian Ho, among others.

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For more details, check out Black Boushiya on the below channels:

Website: bboushiya.com
Twitter: @Blackboushiya
Facebook: Black Boushiya Boutique
Instagram: BlackBoushiya
Hashtag: #BBDesignerSale

Isabel Marant Brings Her French Touch to H&M

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H&M finally announced its autumn collaboration and oh how happy I was to know it was with one of my absolute favorite designer, the Parisian Isabel Marant!! With her effortless style, Isabel Marant has created a widely influential and successful take on Paris chic. Mixing urban attitude, boho elegance and rock ‘n’ roll spirit, she delivers a genuine French allure. For H&M, Isabel Marant will create a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style. Available from November 14, 2013, in around 250 stores worldwide and online, and of course in Kuwait! the collection features clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. Isabel Marant will also, for the first time, create a collection for men!

“I am flattered by this collaboration. H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honor. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look attractive. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts. My take on fashion is all about personality,” ~Isabel Marant.

Alanoud: SS13 Lookbook

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Kuwait-based, Saudi designer, Alanoud Alhajri; released her SS2013 collection, and just like her first collection last season, the new one is yet again, amazing! Check out the complete collection images and follow her on instagram @all3anoud . The collection is available at Fursa Multibrand Store, at Salmiya next to Marina Mall, ‘The One’ parking, in front of ’7 bars’ restaurant, and in the same building as ‘Breakfast and Brunch’.

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