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By Zaid Taji Farouki

Category: Women

Manolo Blahniks Under A Burka

Today was one of these relaxing saturdays, waking up at noon I rolled out of bed and read texts from my friends that they are planning on going for lunch later in the afternoon asking me if I would like to join. After meeting them for lunch, off I went to the gym, for a much needed workout. Spontaneously afterwards, I decided to end up at Parco Sempione, I texted a few friends if they wanted to join, bought magazines, and off I went for a relaxing day at the park. Yes as relaxing as it gets, forgetting the fact that mosquitos somehow find their way to a place where the sun don’t shine, or the fact that I am probably allergic to 70 % of all plants, or how irritated my skin gets from the sun because of how white I am. Well lets put all these beautiful things aside, and focus on the few hours of relaxation I ventured out to get. None of my friends showed up so by the end of the day I had 4 hours of me,myself, and I. See we are always punctual to any plans I have thats the good thing about this friendship or lets put it that way companionship.

After going through many pages of Times, Vogue, I finally stumbled upon an article at L’officiel Hommes that grabbed my attention “Modesty” by Glenn O’Brien. Glenn O’Brien is an American journalist that writes about art, fashion and culture. He is best known for being “The Style Guy” for GQ magazine. And in this article he had a subtitle called “Manolo Blahniks Under A Burka”. He argues that no longer are high heels and thongs sexy “on a contemporary beauty there is nothing more alluring, except Manolo Blahniks under a burka. Modest fashion is made to be removed, layer after layer. Trying to look sexy is so f*&^ing out”

I will leave you to wrap your heads around it, as I still haven’t stopped thinking about it for the past few hours. It reminded me of a verse from Usher & Ludacris’ song Yeah “I want a lady in the streets, and a freak in the bed.”. I’ll leave you to this and some images from throughout the day. 
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Eleven Seventy Seven 1177

As I mentioned yesterday, I was also invited to Eleven Seventy Seven 1177 ‘s launch party. 1177 is a socks and tights brand which combines of fashion and action. The name was inspired by using 11 which represents male legs, and according to an antique Italian tradition, 77 stands for the female ones. The brand offers a wide range of products for all men. women, and children from the hidden low socks, to knee high shocks, to tights.

Here are some images from yesterday and their launch video, Enjoy!

 

 

 

I was wearing a Hugo Boss shirt, Mitchumm Industries pants and Del Torro slippers, and a Louis Vuitton belt

Valentino X Net-A-Porter

Rouge Absolute is a collaboration between Valentino and Net-A-Porter for a charitable cause. A percentage of the profits go to three nonprofit organizations in Africa. The product line includes leather jacket, a clutch, bracelet, and ankle boots which will all be in red.

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Graduated!

So a few days ago I can finally say I am done with fashion school. I know this may sound cliché but this year taught me so much about myself. After graduating from university I wanted to pursue my dream so I decided to apply to fashion schools and I ended up in Milan at Istituto Marangoni. The first few months I would describe as the hardest. The stress, the uncertainty, the learning curve- tough demands which can only be met by working through the nights. With all these factors I can definitely say I learnt more than I expected.The sleepless nights & anxiety attacks paid off eventually and I couldn’t be happier, with three collections in my portfolio.

This year wasn’t all about the academics, it was also about growing as a person and facing actual competition among peers. Previously in business school we were very competitive, but we somehow worked together in classes on projects, papers, etc that elevated us all together it was team work. But sadly in the creative world it is everyone for himself and having to constantly watch your back and work. Yes, people always managed to say snarky comments about your work  just to diminish you. A great example was a fellow student that on more than one occasion mentioned that my final painting on my garments was was awful. The first incident was when he said “it’s not the fabric that didn’t work, its your painting which is bad” or the other time where he said “you should hire someone better than you to paint the outfits!”. These comments were not even called for and he wasn’t asked for his opinion in the first place. Others claimed that they were fed wrong information for them to fail the exam. Let’s say we needed a reality TV show, I would love to pitch the idea to Bravo TV.

Some may think why am I sharing this sensitive information with the people reading my blog, well these moments were a new highlight in my life. For the first time in my life, I didn’t wish a person for the best in their lives. It was a new marking point, was I going to be one of those people that were ruthless? Did I loose my personality? Or was it just amplifying something hidden inside of me? But after much thought I realized it wasn’t any of the above. Anyone that knows me, knows how I wish the best for everyone and I would always be there if anyone needed assistance. But this time I had gotten to the point where you are welcome by my side where as friends/acquaintances we inspire each other and grow simultaneously. If that wasn’t the key factor and their main factor was to diminish me, as is I am already a harsh critic on myself so I don’t need their assistance. Although I will need their assistance in one thing, they further encourage me to prove them wrong.

The day after I graduated I had to put on my professional look and head out to try to figure out whats the next step I need to take in order to leap onto my next goal. During my final exam I submitted my Spring/ Summer 2015 collection, but we also submitted finished look from our Fall Winter 2014/15 collection. I hope you like it!! Every piece was hand painted by me after the pieces were sewn to create customizable pieces that the wearer views as a piece of art rather than an average piece of clothing.

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The Met Gala Deconstructed

So a few days ago we watched as celebrities and fashion designers walked down the red carpet for one of the most important events of the year, The Met Gala. As always Anna Wintour’s themed charity event always attracts the wealthy and the famous and we cant help ourselves but analyze and decompose every single outfit after all the event was held by one of fashion’s most important figures, if not the most important person of them all. We all may have been at awe with some of the outfits, but to me I really appreciate people who do stick to the theme of the party. So lets see who stuck to the theme the most? 

As we all may know the theme for the gala was ‘White Tie and Decorations’ in coordination with the new Met exhibition dedicated to Charles James, which is nicknamed “the first American couturier”. Not many may know Charles James’ legacy but if anyone has ever worn down jacket, a wrap dress, or the strapless gown—all of those were his innovations.In 1932 he also creates a “Taxi” dress which its said it is so easy to wear that it can be worn in the back of a taxi. Below you will find images of his creations and how he inspires many designers today. You can see how he has influenced Marchesa and Zac Posen. Here are some of his designs:

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Also on a side note today Harvey Weinstein announced that he will relaunch Charles James’ brand. Harvey Weinstein is the husband of Georgina Chapman who manages to be Marchesa’s co-founder and designer. He also specified that Georgina Chapman along with her brother CEO of Marches Edward Chapman will be consultants to the brand. Weinstein licensed the brand from the late couturier’s estate.

But now lets see how the celebrities went to this event last night! Some may not have sticked to the theme but we can never stop appreciating a beautiful dress. I am loving Dita Von Teese’s Zac Posen dress!

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All pictures above were taken from metmuseum.org, vogue.com, Getty Images, EPA, & Reuters.

Inspiration

I am currently designing a Spring Summer collection and I would love to keep you up to date with all the work I have been doing. My inspiration for this collection is taking the fabrics in religious representations (such as crochet and chiffon) and transforming them into modern geometric pieces that incorporate prints and fabrics specifically designed by me to create a wearable avant-garde pieces. As I will keep the actual pieces and illustrations as a surprise. Here are a few images that I have drawn inspiration from. Although it may seem that I was inspired by religious figures, but the truth is that I wanted to take the feeling of the delicate, “untouchable”, femininity and transforming in a way to create the allure of the woman that I would see wearing my clothes. Here is just a small amount of images from my research. I hope you enjoy it!

Statement Piece

Is it possible to just talk about how obsessed I am with this shoulder piece by H&M? This shoulder piece is part of the new sustainable collection which will be in stores starting April 10th. This collection will be made out of organic fibers and from sustainable sources. This is a statement piece and I would love to see it worn by people its a great addition to a simple dress or even a shirt. It can make your whole outfit and I love how easily attainable it is as well!

Daily Obsessions – Riccardo Tisci X Nike

I have a feeling the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will be soon roaming the streets in some fashion capitols. In recent seasons the fashion world has been going crazy with sneakers. Clashing elegance with everyday street wear became the thing to do, wearing a dress with sneakers why not? And the people that are going strong with this trend is Nike. So it is no surprise that they would collaborate with great designers to produce some capsule collections.  In this instance Nike collaborated with Givenchy head womenswear and couture designer Riccardo Tisci to create this collection, which is currently in stores. With the collaboration intended for both men and women for women are the boots in both different colors black & black and white.

Catching Up!

Soooo I haven’t blogged in a while and I don’t like where this is going. I need to be back on top of my work. I haven’t been posting things daily ever since I moved to Milan and its because of the hectic non-ending work lifestyle I have. During the winter break I had promised myself that stress and over-exhaustion should not lead my life in any form. The first few months I got here I managed to gain back all the weight I had gained in the past year, and never in my life have I had to go through nervous breakdowns as much as I did. Studying and creating in general is very stressful deadlines are set and clear, but its not like any other kind of career everything truly has to happen in the last minute. You can plan for months but everything has to take its course and it can come down to just a few days for execution. Therefore, after I got back to Milan in January I vowed to myself that I would go back to my gym schedule, de-stress my life, and the end of the day I am here to improve creatively not destroy myself. It has been baby steps, I don’t go to the gym 6 times a week like I used to the same time last year now I go 3 or 4 times a week. And as for the stress, that never ends but you start having this belief that everything will turn out ok in the end. As for the all-nighters those never end, I can see a lifetime of them ahead of me and I don’t know how to feel about it.

So to update you about my life and what has happened in the past month and a half that I haven’t been online as much. I personally managed to travel a lot. I went to Amsterdam for one weekend with a friend of mine, the city was beautiful, we rented bikes, went to the flower markets, went to the museums, and took the tour along the canals. The weekend after I had to fly to Saudi Arabia for 3 days to renew my residency there and as soon as I got back to Milan the two weeks of finals slammed me in the face. Two days after my finals great friends of mine came to visit me in Milan for a few days (and we managed to squeeze a day trip to Lake Como). I really appreciate them for coming all the way to visit me! I love having people, especially close friends of mine! After Milan, we took off and went to Barcelona for a weekend. Oh dear lord! What a beautiful city! I personally got inspired in every step I took in that city, we went to the Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, Park Güell, and other Gaudi buildings.

So here is a quick update of my life and stay posted for more! And I am proud to say that I have created two collections so far and I am currently working on my third one! Here is a picture of me sitting in Park Güell.

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Statement Pieces – DYLANLEX

Founded by the young designer Drew Ginsburg each DYLANLEX piece is crafted in New York city using Swarovski Crystal and antiqued metals to create pieces that mix modern edge with the elegance of tradition. I am obseesed with two pieces of hers the “Ryker” and the “Falkor”. Take a look for yourself and I hope you like them as much as I do. They would look great with a simple dress! Specially that Spring and Summer are just around the corner and we can get to show more of our accessories, as we won’t be all layered up!

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The “Falkor” necklace:

The “Ryker” necklace:

Valentine Gifts – Azza Fahmy

Today I just realized that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For the people in love they might have already started searching for a gift or have already bought a gift. For the single people out there consider this as a day to appreciate yourself and look back at how much change has happened in the past year. Nevertheless, even a single person should go buy themselves a gift. You should declare your love to yourself! This goes to both the single people out there and the couples, nothing feels better than embracing every single moment, feeling present, happy, and grateful for everything.
Well if this year’s Valentine’s Day means you either have to buy yourself a present or for a loved one, here are some options I came across by Azza Fahmy for him and her.

My two most favorite pieces are the key chain and the necklace that turn into two pieces with “مكانك في القلب هو القلب كله” “Your place in my heart is the whole of it” inscribed on it. The quote is by Persian writer Mansur Al-Hallaj.

My other favorite piece is the men’s ring that reads “إن غبت لم ألق إنساناً يؤانسني “When you are far I’m alone in this world.” by Ibn Zaydun.

Other pieces from the collection include a charm bracelet with “يالي شغلت البال ياريت أكون على بالك” ”I wish I was on your mind as much as you are on mine” engraved on it. Words by Egyptian Poet Ahmed Ramy and sung by Umm Kulthumm in 1931

The ring that reads “الهوى”; one of the many Arabic names of ‘Love’

And the diamond inspired earring with ‘Happiness’ ‘سعادة’ engraved into it.

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Learn Italian From Dolce & Gabbana Models

Have you ever been interested in learning Italian? Well Dolce & Gabbana models and Swide magazine can teach you a few hand gestures that can make you fluent with the language. Enjoy and may you always be taught languages by Dolce & Gabbana models. I am guessing if models taught us languages we would be fluent in them in no time. dg1

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Theft and Suicide… A Day In Verona

A week ago a friend of a friend had just visited Milan and while we were having brunch on Saturday afternoon we decided that we should go to visit Verona that night and we would be back to Milan the next day at night. We tried calling car rental companies but none were answering or the prices were obscene -As we were sitting next to the Duomo – we went into one of the hotels there and asked if the know a car rental company. We found a car at a reasonable price, then the same hotel informed us they had another hotel in Verona and if we would like to book with them. We were given a great rate and we saw the pictures it looked like a good 4 star hotel. We hopped into the car an hour later and off we went. Driving on the way there we booked at a restaurant called Osteria la Fontanina. Our plan was to get to the hotel, change, and get to the hotel for our reservation. As soon as we arrived to the hotel we were surprised by how the hotel looked so different from the photos. We decided to suck it up and stay a night, after all it was just one night. We got changed, hoped into the car and off we went to Osteria la Fontanina. It was one of the best meals I have ever had I advise everyone thats going to Verona to go there. AFter the amazing dinner we decided to go back to the hotel early. As we were driving up to the hotel we saw a police car, we were worried as why would a police car be at the hotel at this time at night. We asked the officer he informed us that everything is ok there is nothing to worry about. Being assured by the officer we went up to our rooms, but we were astonished by the amount of people standing next to our rooms, walking faster to see whats going on we realized that it was the room right next to ours’. We asked what was going on and they informed us that they were robbed. All their money, bags, and jewelry were stolen. We didn’t even think about it for a second we didn’t even give them a reply we all sprinted into our rooms in order to check if our belongings were still there. Everything was ok thankfully. The next day three of us decided we want to head into town early to go sightseeing. Our fourth friend wanted to sleep in.
We spent the day in Verona visiting both Juliet and Romeo’s houses and seeing the town. While at Juliet’s house everyone was putting locks on her door and they say its a bad omen to put your name with someone you don’t love. I wanted to join the experience though! So I bought a lock and wrote “me, myself, and I”. The three of us were present and we love each other, so whats the bad omen about that? We then headed to Romeo’s house and I had to take a picture of the door. It was flooded with names of Arabs in love. After a few hours we decided to head back to Milan. But we needed to pass by the hotel to pick up our stuff. As we were going in we see fire trucks, an ambulance, and a police car in front of the hotel. We were surprised again saying what is it this time. It turns out a woman jumped of the ledge into the river in front of the hotel to commit suicide, it had a very fast current as it was raining all week.

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Flashback

I don’t know why I haven’t blogged about this before. (Insert slamming my head) I have to actually keep up with my blog I cant keep work taking over like this. Hopefully the next two days will put me back on track.
Well let’s go back in time and talk about the second day of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
After being able to access the runway shows the day before we decided to try to get into the other shows as well. We ended up going to Ports as well as Etro. The first show we went to was Ports and trust me it was a spectacular day, Ports’ venue was just magical. A small show room that is pure Italian that created this couturier ambiance.
After Ports we decided to go test our luck with going to Gucci, but of course it was tight as Fort Knox and there was no way to enter but luckily I got to meet Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist.
After the show started we decided to head to the next fashion show event, Etro. We got there early and waited and during the show we saw Anna Dello Russo again and Franca Sozzani. The Etro fashion show was just pure genius, I loved every moment of it as well as sending a signal as they are a multi-generational brand where both old and young models went down the runway together. Sending the message that they are still relevant to the consumers no matter what their ages are.
And like that we ended fashion week, as we had to catch up on so much work we didn’t do during these two days.
You can find the pictures below and stay posted so I can update you about my trip to Verona, discuss the couture shows, and the random people I meet in my life. I hope you enjoy the images!

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Milan Men’s Fashion Week

Today is one of these days where I can go to bed and say “it was a great day”. Like a typical Sunday, I got up early but forced myself back to sleep. I was woken up with a call from a friend of mine informing me that she had just seen the Ferragamo fashion show and they are planning on going to see Vivienne Westwood’s runway show as well. I got out of bed, got dressed, and ran out like a maniac. We met up and off we went on our crazy fashion show adventure. We got to see the Vivienne Westwood show, as well as Missoni, and sadly we couldn’t get into Prada but we got to see the street style there.
During the fashion shows we got to see many style icons. The first people we actually met actually work in fashion and they live in Washington DC (Represent!) and then we met a Marangoni alumni Yu Lee who is a stylist, fashion blogger and reporter she runs the blog theyutopia.com (she can be seen In between the images below, wearing a blue fur jacket while mixing it up with red.) Then at Missoni we got to meet Angela Missoni, Mariano Di Vaio as well as Riccardo Pozzoli.
While I was waiting for the Prada show I saw Anna Dello Russo, Brian Atwood and his partner Jake Deutsch, Olga Rink, and Suzy Menkes.
The images below are a mix of street style as well as famous people. Hopefully tomorrow will be as crazy as today was! Enjoy!

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