By Zaid Taji Farouki

Tag: Women’s Dresses

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.


Arab Designers & The Red Carpet

Over the past few seasons we have seen a tremendous growth in the amount of couturiers that originate from the Arab World and they are taking over. We can notice this trend by looking at the stars and what they chose to wear at two important red carpet events that took place a few days ago – The Emmys and The VMA Awards. And the media has been buzzing Julia Roberts made such a statement wearing a short dress by Elie Saab, J.Lo who just turned 45 showed off her incredible body in a Charbel Zoe dress. While Beyonce not only wore one, but two different dresses by Arab designers during the VMAs – a black dress by Nicolas Jebran and a red one by Zuhair Murad. Meanwhile, Alexandra Dabbario revived old Hollywood glamour in Reem Acra.

When Kelly Rowland – a big fan of Arab designers- was asked by Style Arabia about her preference for Arab aesthetics and Arab designers such as Rani Zakhem, Rami Al Ali, Elie Saab, Georges Hobeika, and Georges Chakra, as well as,  Azzedine Alaïa.  Rowland’s stylist replied:

“We absolutely love Middle Eastern designers,” noted Dash. “Alaïa, Georges Chakra, and Elie Saab are a few of our favorites. It’s that Arabian allure. They incorporate so much value and culture into their clothes, which Kelly especially loves.”

Dash (Rowland’s Stylist” later added: “What fascinates us most about Middle Eastern designers has to be the way they externally channel so much creativity into looks for the runways. How their minds are so limitless. They’ve added so much to the Western fashion scene – with the most obvious being the turban, caftan, and hareem pant, which Kelly loved wearing during 2011-2012”

Here are some images from the runway, click to enlarge.

Photos are taken by: Rex Features, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, fabsugar, dailymailuk, & Getty Images


Daily Obsessions

Ever since I saw this print on Carolina Herrera’s runway I was obsessed. I even fell in love with it further after I saw the dress at a Saks Fifth Avenue store.

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Pictures taken from Moda Operandi

Oscar de la Renta

The name just describes it all Oscar de la Renta showed an amazing show as usual, I love the use of tweed and blue embroidery on white.

Pictures taken by Marcus Tondo /indigitalimages

Dior – Secret Garden, Versailles

In May 2012 Dior launched a short film called Secret Garden – Versailles. A few days ago Dior uploaded a new short film named Secret Garden 2 – Versailles. I am fascinated by the gold necklace in the film, I tell you I would turn twice if I see a woman who wears that necklace. Underneath the video there are a few still shots that inspire me and help me visualize a woman that I would personally design for.

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Zuhair Murad

The tailleurs jupes are what I loved the most in this runway show. Here are my favorite looks from the Zuhair Murad Fall 2013 Couture show:

Ps. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Pictures were taken by Alessandro Viero/ inDigital/Gorunway

Elie Saab – Haute Couture

Today Elie Saab previewed his Couture collection in Paris and it was nothing short of spectacular. I tried choosing my favorite looks but I couldn’t. Here is Elie Saab’s Fall 2013 Couture collection:

Ps. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Pictures taken by Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/Gorunway

Cannes Film Festival

So The Cannes Film Festival ended and I can’t get over the looks and the jewelry. The things that I would do to be in Cannes this time of year. The celebrities wore Elie Saab, Dolce and Gabbana, Marchesa, Zuhair Murad, Chopard, Dior, Bulgari and thats to name a few. Here are my favorite looks from The Cannes Film Festival.

Ps. Click on the Images to enlarge them.

Pictures were taken from, Getty Images, WireImage, Newscom

Dita Von Teese’s 3D Printed Dress

This dress created by New York designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti is one of the first of its kind. The entire dress was created using 3D printers. The dress is made out of nylon and draped over a nude silk corset. The nylon is so flexible that it acts like a fabric. After hand-linking all the pieces together, the dress was incrusted with 12,000 crystals.

Source: Dezeen

Ralph Lauren – Fall 2013

This Ralph Lauren collection reminds me of pre-soviet Russian fashion. Take a look at my favorite looks from the runway:

Pictures were taken by Filippo Flor

Giambattista Valli – Spring 2013 Couture

In this collection you can notice that some of the designs distort the hips, I love the concept and Idea behind it, but such a design would not appeal to a woman with curves as it will enlarge her figure. Ann Hathaway chose one of his dresses for the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards). Take a look  at my favorite pieces from the collection:

PS to reduce page clutter I am going to make a slideshow. So in order to see the pieces just click left and right on the slideshow to see the entire collection.

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Pictures were taken by Marcus Tondo / gorunway

Jean Paul Gaultier – Spring 2013 Couture

I felt that his inspiration for this collection was based from Persian and Indian traditional clothing but somehow it was also mixed with modern designs. Take a look for yourself and tell me what you think about it. Here are my favorite pieces out of the collection:

PS to reduce page clutter I am going to make a slideshow. So in order to see the pieces just click left and right on the slideshow to see the entire collection.


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pictures were taken by Yannis Vlamos

Elie Saab – Pre-Fall 2013

This guy is pure genius, I still can’t decide which collection is better, the couture collection or this collection. (Click here for the couture collection) Take a look at my favorite pieces, I seriously drooled while looking at the collection. My favorite pieces in this collection are the long dresses. Enjoy the collection!

PS to reduce page clutter I am going to make a slideshow. So in order to see the pieces just click left and right on the slideshow to see the entire collection.

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Valentino – Spring 2013 Couture

Below you will find my favorite pieces from the collection, but by far what I love the most were the cape dresses, I also loved the pipping and detailing on the white dresses. I have mentioned yesterday about how capes are this season’s “it” piece, here is another designer that included capes in his collection, so keep an eye on them when shopping. Enjoy!

PS to reduce page clutter I am going to make a slideshow. So in order to see the pieces just click left and right on the slideshow to see the entire collection.

All photos were taken by Marcus Tondo / go runway

Zuhair Murad – Spring Couture 2013

I liked Zuhair Murad’s collection due to it’s limited pallet as well as the detailing on the dresses. We have recently seen many cloaks come down the runways, therefore, I believe its one of this year’s must haves, so keep an eye on them while shopping. Below are my favorite looks from the Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 Couture collection. Enjoy!

PS to reduce page clutter I am going to make a slideshow. So in order to see the pieces just click left and right on the slideshow to see the entire collection.

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Pictures were taken by Giovanni Giannoni