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Jessica Kagan Bangles at S*uce

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Inject some sass into your wardrobe and make an artistic statement with these gorgeous Jessica Kagan bangles available exclusively at S*uce. The ivory bracelets that have some cheeky phrases and quotes from old movies or books are hot amongst Hollywood stars such as Lindsay Lohan.

S*uce at the Village Mall, Dubai 04 344 7270

S*uce at Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi 02 681 8650

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Fashion and architecture

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Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture is back with a new installation, venue and different designers. The exhibition that will open in April 2008 will feature Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Mcqueen and Hussein Chalayan among other designers and will focus on the visual and conceptual similarities between fashion and architecture since the 80s. The architecture fraternity will be represented by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, David Adjaye and Thomas Heatherwick. The installation has been designed by some of the most edgy designers such as Boudicca, Comme des Garcon, Martin Margiela, Victor & Rolf, Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe.

It’s intersting to note that some of the most famous fashion designers originally trained as architects such as the late Gianfranco Ferre and former Gucci creative head Tom Ford. Last year the exhibition ran at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

The exhibition will run from April 24 to August 10 2008 at Somerset House, Strand, London. For more information visit www.somersethouse.org

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Sheikh Majed Al Sabah turns blogger!

I’m a huge fan of Sheikh Majed Al Sabah and I even told him so at the International Design Forum, the only time that I ever met him. He is the man who brought edgy haute couture labels to the Middle East. I was sad when the Villa Moda store in Dubai was no longer called Villa Moda but only until I heard that he had roped in one of my favourite designers Jaime Hayon to design a new Villa Moda store at Festival City that will have a lot more than fashion.  And I am also excited about my absolute favourite designer Marcel Wanders desgined Villa Moda store in Bahrain. 

Sheikh Majed’s concepts have turned the West’s perception of Middle East on its heels. Check out this link on New York Times T Magazine’s blog where Sheikh Majed is this week’s guest blogger. Blogging would never be so fashionable!

http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/24/for-the-moment-majed-al-sabah/

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Jimmy Choo’s art bags

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Is it a bag? Is it a piece of art? It’s art in a bag. Shoe designer to the A-listers has teamed up with artist Richard Phillips to launch a range of Limited Edition art-bags- Nuclear Tote bag and Riot print clutch.

 Available at Jimmy Choo stores from January 2008 and Harvey Nichols in Dubai.

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Trend-setters at Pecha Kucha Dubai

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Row 1 from left: Manabu Ozawa with a friend; the lady in white is always dressed in quirky accessories, I must get her name next time.

Row 2 from left: White-tee clad girls; and girls engaged in a deep conversation

Row 3 from left: the gorgeous girl in houndstooth dress always turns up in funky outfits, again I must get ther name next time; Melina Mitri of stylish boutique S*uce; Greg Bong (in blue jumper) and Yvonne Courtney of Gulf Interiors; Nadine Kanso and Patricia Millns doing the Waltz. If anyone knows the name of people in these pictures who haven’t been mentioned, please write in to let me know. All information received will be greatly appreciated.

Here are a few more pictures from last week’s Pecha Kucha. Like I said earlier, lots of white-tees (is white the new black?).

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Design and the virtual world

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Here’s a new online bookstore devoted exclusively to art, architecture, design, lifestyle, photography, and fashion books with an extensive collection that you could add to your bookshelves at the click of a mouse. www.designartabooks.co.uk

I have to admit that there’s something about these beautiful coffee-table books that can’t be compared to the web-based content. Check out the Valentino hardcover book that comes in a box sheathed in satiny red cloth-signature style of the Italian designer who recently celebrated 40 years in the industry and then retired in style with a grand fashion show.

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