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By Zaid Taji Farouki

Tag: Women’s accessories

Born In A System

Considering how to present our collections from this day forward as an artist and the creative designer for the brand I have decided that we will not abide by the fashion system of showing months before the collection is ready in the atelier, or even the necessity to have a 6 month interval between each collection. As my creations will have pieces that will go with the season it will be presented in. As an artist that uses fashion as his medium the emergence of a new theme for my creations will appear once I feel that I have presented everything that I have. And a new distinct theme and circumstance have taken over my conscience and it becomes what I notice every minute of every hour of every day.

Inspired by Claude Monet’s fascination with Water Lilies and painting over 250 oil paintings of them until his death. I knew I had to follow his art of obsession. I Imagine my creations with every breath and living moment, I envision my woman in her surrounding moving to the sound of her own drums. Then one day my eyes encouter a beautiful subject across a pond, allowing me to forget the past and move forward wandering and studying her art of seduction, it’s features, and its ever growing beauty in my eyes and therefore a new muse and theme arise.

أصمم مجموعتي بنظره مستوحاه من أفكاري و معتقداتي الفنية ، فاقدم الأزياء من بعد أن أتخيل و استلهم من ما يدور من حولي ، مع كل نفس و لحظه في يومي لاخرجها بصبغه فنيه فأنا أعامل تصاميمي كمجموعه فنيه كامله و أقوم بإصدارها وتنفيذها و إنتاجها تباعا، حتى أشعر بإكتمال لنظرتي الفنيه  ولفكرة العمل و تقديمها بما يليق بها حتى وإن إمتد الأسلوب لأكثر من موسم فأنا لا أعتمد أسلوب العرض التقليدي و النظام المتبع له. أستهوي اسلوب الفنان كلود مونييه في التعبير عن إبداعاته الفنيه بإستمراره بإستنفاذ كل أساليب الرسم لزهره الزنبقه المائيه حتى وصل إنتاجه إلى ٢٥٠ لوحه فنيه فأرى نفسي أقرب إلى إنتهاج دربه في التعبير الفني عن نفسي.

أتخيل إمرأه تتواجد في بركه ماء تجذبني تسرقني من ما هو حولي لأنسى نفسي معها وأتقرب إليها لتغويني فأرى جمالها يتزايد في عيني و ينشاء في وجداني و عقلي عشق جديد و تسآئل أكبر يشغل عقلي فتترآى لي أفكاري و يبدأ إستلهامي.

En ce qui concerne la façon dont nous allons présenter nos collections a partir de ce jour : En tant qu’artiste et Designer de la marque, j’ai décidé que nous n’allons pas suivre le système classique du monde de la mode, qui consiste a montrer la collection avant que celle-ci ne soit prête à l’atelier, ou encore avoir six mois d’intervalle entre chaque collection. En effet, mes créations contiendront certaines pièces qui seront en harmonie avec la saison où ces dernières vont être présentées.

En tant qu’artiste qui considère la mode comme une inspiration, la naissance d’un nouveau thème pour mes créations n’apparaitra qu’une fois que je sentirai avoir tout donné et présenté. C’est à cet instant que ma conscience peut être envahi par un nouveau thème distinct. Ainsi, celui ci deviendra mon obsession, chose que j’observerai chaque minute de la journée.

Cependant, inspiré par la fascination de Claude Monet par les Nymphéas et également par les 250 peintures à l’huile, qu’il a produites jusqu’à la fin de ses jours, je savais que je devais suivre son chemin et m’inspirer de son art pour l’obsession.

Chaque instant de la vie et chaque souffle contribuent à l’imagination de mes créations. Effectivement, j’imagine chaque mouvement de la femme : de ses gestes au son de ses propres battements.

Et puis un jour, mes yeux se posent sur une créature divine traversant une rivière, qui me permet d’oublier le passé et me consacrer à l’avenir, pensant et essayant de comprendre son art de séduction, ses traits et sa beauté qui ne cesse de croitre à mes yeux.

Ainsi, une nouvelle muse et un nouveau thème prennent place.

 

Dolce & Gabbana Abayas

We kick off of the year with one of the worlds largest fashion brands launching a line dedicated to the Arab and Islamic worlds. During an interview with the national UAE Stefano Gabbana mentioned “I’m really fascinated with the Middle East and we’ve just completed a prêt-a-porter collection of abayas and sheylas.” he said “Pieces have some lace, embroidery and some prints – but not too much.”

Sources: The National UAE, Dolce & Gabbana, & Pictures from style.com/arabia

Alexander Wang For H&M

In a collaboration that’s meant to hit stores on the 6th of November, Alexander Wang and H&M gave us a preview of what is yet to come. In an interview with Style.com Wang explained the idea and motive behind the collection “H&M has done a great job in the past with archive-based collaborations, But I wanted to create a collection where most of the pieces have been designed from scratch. There are only a couple of items that are updates from past designs. Rather than creating affordable versions of expensive items, I wanted to design true performance pieces that are within the natural price points of sportswear of H&M, so we were able to create the best version of these pieces, through our vocabulary.”

Pictures taken from WWD and Style.com

The Iconoclasts Celebrating Louis Vuitton’s Monogram

In 1854, Louis Vuitton founded his House. In 1896 his son, Georges Vuitton, created The Monogram in honour of his late father.  The initials of the company – LV – are interlaced in such a way as to remain perfectly legible. Then a diamond. To give a specific character to the shape, he made the sides concave with a four-petal flower in the centre. Then the extension of this flower in a positive image. Finally, a circle containing a flower with four rounded petals.

Delphine Arnault, daughter of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, and artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière initiated a project, dubbed ‘Celebrating Monogram,’ inviting six of the world’s design pioneers to interpret the LV monogram for a new series of bags. The six pioneers are: shoe designer Christian Louboutin; performance artist Cindy Sherman; architect Frank Gehry; Karl Lagerfeld creative director of Chanel and Fendi; product designer Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons.

Karl Lagerfeld shot each of the iconoclasts and their finished products for Harper’s Bazaar’s upcoming October issue.

Information and pictures taken from LouisVuitton.com & Businessoffashion.com

The $55 Million Watch

Graff unveiled the $55 Million at the 2014 BaselWorld fair. It is made out of 110 Carat watch made of rare diamonds and thousands of hours of craftsmanship, design, and research to create “The Hallucination Watch”  The concept of the Graff Hallucination came directly from Laurence Graff. He commented on his work saying; ” The Graff Hallucination is a sculptural masterpiece; a celebration of the miracle of coloured diamonds. For many years I have thought about creating a truly remarkable watch that illustrates our consuming passion for diamonds. The Hallucination has made my diamond dream a reality!”

Graff $ 55 million watch Hallucination

Graff $ 55 million watch

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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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Picture taken from Vogue.

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!

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!

Ps. Click on the images to enlarge them.

The “Falkor” necklace:

The “Ryker” necklace:

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.

Ps. Click on the images to enlarge them.
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Pictures taken from Sebastian Errazuriz

McQueen & Hirst

For the 10th anniversary of the skull scarf, Alexander McQueen is collaborating again with Damien Hirst to create a new exclusive line of scarves. With 30 new designs and colors. Insects including: butterflies, bugs, spiders have been added to the scarf to create the signature skull logo. Take a look at the advertisement and the new collection!

Ps. click on the images to enlarge them.

My Projects

My sister and I attacked an accessories store here in Amman or as we call it “Ma7al kharabeesh”. In the store, my sister and I decided that we should start a handicraft project to make bracelets and necklaces that she could use. So me, my sister and mother started choosing colors, beads,  and pendents to use.

About a month ago I spoke about wanting to start a new painting. You can read about it in my previous post here “My Thoughts”.  You will find also a picture of what I have done so far with the painting.

Ps. Click on the Images to enlarge them. You will also find the picture of my painting underneath the four pictures.

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Maison Martin Margiela X Swarovski

Maison Martin Margiela recently collaborated with Swarovski to create unique pieces that can be worn in many different ways. An integrated clip mechanism enables them to be worn on the hair, clothing, or footwear.  The collection will consist of five different pieces which will include a  pendant, ring, and bracelet.

P.S Click on the images to enlarge them

Ward Off The Evil Spirits

In the past few days I have read about a research by the University of Minnesota that proves that when a woman flaunts designer products she signals to others to back off her man. Women that wear luxury products are seen as having a devoted and loving partner and therefore, other women are less likely to flirt with him. This even works no matter who purchased the luxury product, whether the woman paid for the product herself or her husband bought it for her.  The same study also proved that when women feel like their relationship is in jeopardy they are more likely to purchase and flaunt their luxury clothes and accessories.

SOOOO women everywhere pick up your credit cards and go shopping. No matter where you stand in your relationship. Think of it as having to wear garlic to ward off vampires, but “sadly” you’re substituting  garlic with Chanel pearls.

The first step into warding off those evil spirits is to show up carrying this Alexander McQueen clutch.

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Material from Saks Fifth Avenue and Huffington Post.