By Zaid Taji Farouki

Tag: Art

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,, Getty Images, EPA, & Reuters.

12 Shoes For 12 Ex-Lovers

Never thought you could ever be inspired by an ex-lover?! Deep down the only thing you want is to forget them. But what if your inspiration from these ex-lovers bring you fortune and fame? Isn’t that the bet revenge?

A Chilean, New York-based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz created 12 shoes that represent his 12 ex-lovers. The 12 shoes show each lover’s characteristics and eccentricities. Every shoe design comes with it’s own story that makes the names and designs even clearer.

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Pictures taken from Sebastian Errazuriz

Azza Fahmy + Umm Kolthoum = Suma Collection

As everyone around me knows I am obsessed with Um Kolthoum or a matter of fact the whole Middle East is obsessed with Um Kolthoum. Um Kolthoum is a woman with a great power in her voice which enables her to move one’s emotions and mood by just listening to one of her songs. (Which by the way average about an hour each). As a sign of how obsessed I am with her I actually painted my own painting of her and her lyrics. (A picture of the painting can be found below). Furthermore, Um Kolthoum’s songs were able to delete and cancel any age barrier to one’s taste in music. You grow up hearing your parents and grandparents listen to her songs, by the time you are in your early teenage years you probably said “ekhhh I don’t want to listen to these old songs” But as soon as you are in high-school or even in college there is something that makes you want her music to be on replay all day long. There is something about her songs that even if you have heard them for a 100 times you still sing to them and learn new lyrics and realize new meanings to her words that you have never understood before. If you read out the sentence inscribed on the jewelry, a person would surely be able to continue singing the song. Take a look at the lyrics used as well as the collection.

Ps. If I were a woman I would definitely would love to pull-off a few of these pieces… & don’t forget to click on the images below to enlarge them.

These sentences include:
•”سلاماً شباب النيل في كل موقف” “Peace be upon the youth of the Nile in every stance they take.”

• “أنا الي أعطيتك من غير متتكلم، أن إلي علمتك من غير متتعلم” “القلب يعشق كل جميل” “I was yours before you uttered a word. I taught you but you haven’t learned” “The heart adores all that is beautiful”

•”عودت عيني على رؤياك وقلبي سلم لك أمري… وان مر يوم من غير رؤياك…ما ينحسبش من عمري” “My eyes are used to the sight of you, my heart has given you its reigns A day that passes without you cannot be counted in my days”

•“”حبيب امبارح و حبيب دلوقتي… ياحبيبى لبكره ولآخر وقتى “Your love is my rhythm and my rhyme. Yesterday, today and till the end of time.””أمل حياتي”

•”عودت عيني على رؤياك” “My eyes are used to the sight of you”

•“”أمل حياتى… ياحب غالى “You are the hope of my life, you are my precious love.”

•”جمال الدنيا يحلالي وانا وياك” “Life is beautiful only when I’m with you.”

•” افرح يا قلبي لك نصيب تبليغ مناك ويا الحبيب” اقطف معاه زهر الحياة مدام هواك وافق هواه إخلص الية واطلب رضاه وابلغ مناك ويا الحبيب “Rejoice my heart, you’ll live your dreams with your love, Your desire has matched your love, so be loyal, .please your love, your hopes will be fulfilled.”

and my painting of Um Kolthoum: