Thursday, 14 August 2014

The relationship between Travel and Wear

Oman Trip
Oman, Muscat July 2014

Cruise collections were first introduced as mid season clothing lines created as a wardrobe for travel wear. Designers and couturiers saw the birth of a whole new season that didn't have to be defined by the current climate state but more on the places that you, as a client of fashion are expected to go. The fashion industry tends to feed on the idea that a different situation and time (season or place) is enough of a reason to change your whole attire. Said client is anticipated to naturally reach for something out of their ordinary ensemble when not in their usual homebound. A foreign colour? A pair of new jeans?  Or perhaps all the clothes you've neglected and felt were not suited enough to wear unless you were in a completely different environment surrounded by people who don't know or care about you. Society moulds the concept of having a time and place for everything, especially when it comes to clothes. Society has never been so right.

Of course on a daily basis, this wouldn't cut through. Even I (a self proclaimed fashion enthusiast) do not, just for sanity reasons. However, this post is not about fashion on a daily basis, it's about fashion being flexible enough even beyond the space you can see your current self being comfortable in. The relationship between travel and wear can be very interesting.

Oman Trip
Oman Trip
aniqah collections scarf; zara sandals; warehouse top; moschino bag; vintage skirt

These changes and ideas didn't just create themselves, people and history contributed towards them. Like most teenage fashion enthusiasts, my form of inspiration seeking mostly come from mainstream sources like magazine issues and endless scrolling on tumblr and instagram. Of course this doesn't mean i'm limited to that but I will admit these sources play a major role in my wardrobe. But what about the top dogs who make these issues, write those editorials, design the runway clothes that influence those tumblr and instagram photos? Where do they get their inspiration? Walking around the Muttrah souk in Muscat, I was sparked by the detailing of literally....everything. Silverware, Islamic architecture, colours, repetitive patterns, food etc. I was left dangling because not even being there was satisfyingly enough to take it all in.

Oman Trip
Oman Trip
Oman Trip
Oman Trip
Oman Trip
Oman Trip
You wouldn't expect Lagerfeld to be perched in front of his laptop early in the morning, scrolling down his tumblr dashboard while sipping some green tea. These people travel in their minds (or literally just travel, who knows?) , to a different place or time looking for a vision we will incorporate and the fashion world will spend more money than time would ever replace.
Oman Trip
Oman Trip
zara top; aniqah collections shawl
Oman Trip

Oman Trip
h&m scarf and blazer; river island top; zara pants; moschino bag; missoni shades
Oman Trip
Oman Trip

Maybe some high end designer out there was nostalgic for a trend set in the 90's, then all of a sudden - Juju sandals and all things holographic were making their way back on display in high end stores after a whole decade of neglect. Another wanted to combine the irony of fat food colours and humour, thus a whole line of McDs inspired clothing was put out. It's no doubt that Elie Saab has some of that eastern mix floating around with things like the choices of his materials and embroidery, Queen Rania of Jordan didn't roam around in his design without a cultural reason other than it's aesthetics. And a couple of 'let's beat the social system' spirited designers wanted to prove that embracing ugly passé was more beautiful than the time society has dedicated in installing what clothing tastes gender roles are expected to wear. Pool sliders and socks are more in trend than ever before, not to mention the critics that follow after. 

Maybe we should stop draping things on our body for the sake of it and actually put some thought into what brought us to put it on. Wherever and whenever. 

Oman Trip


Most photos and video clips were taken by my sister Iman and a few by Rab (thanks guys!).

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Meanwood

meanwood
meanwood
singapore skirt&shoes; aldo bag; seiko watch; hm turtleneck; thrifted blazer
meanwood
It is unnoticeable how fast paced the fashion industry can be. Within one skype session with my best friend today, I had missed two major fashion shows that I would usually be caught streaming online and going through an emotional turmoil when those 10 to 15 paradisal minutes are up. However, we were too busy reminiscing how amazing the first season of Gossip Girl's soundtrack was along with laughing over this hilarious video on how to pronounce Prada. Lenny was the first to remember, "Oh my god, Nina. We missed it. Oh my god! We missed them BOTH!". All laughters suddenly died down and turned into unexpected shock as we realised we had forgotten why we were having the skype session in the first place; to watch the live release of Prada and Ferragamo's SS 2015 Men's collection. We then mournfully looked for the photo uploads of the show on Style.com. Partially because we missed it and also at how just a single item of clothing from the collection could cover several months of my rent. But it never really mattered to me how expensive even the simplest and smallest items are, it's how the designers put them all together so precisely that fascinated me. Afterwards, we continued making more Prada pronunciation jokes (seriously though, that video is priceless).
meanwood
meanwood
I look up to fashion blogs, tumblr, fashion magazines and more recently, online fashion shows as sources of inspiration and also upcoming trends or styles that I might be interested to incorporate into my daily wear. This does affect me when I go shopping for clothes, I wonder how "in season" this dress is then reminding myself to just buy it if I like it, trend or no trend because fashion is supposed to be fun.
meanwood
These photos were taken during an afternoon stroll around Meanwood. I wore my oversized blazer as I thought the tutu midi might make me look like a 15 year old but looking at these photos, now I just look like a small figure about to be engulfed by a blazer. The neighbourhood was so picturesque, I felt like the only thing missing was some Sinatra playing in the background. Actually, I recall one bungalow with a large open garden playing Summer Wind. This could of all been in my head though, knowing myself.
meanwood

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

White on White for Resort 2015

With Summer here and a desire to wanderlust not just the world but your wardrobe, this season's Cruise or Resort 2015 collections are a traffic source for prime inspiration. This is a post targeted to those who are looking to travel and want to plan their outfits ahead. Or simply, those who want to take some amazing photos during their trips with stunning outfits to match. No harm in taking a photo with the Sphinx in a flowy long chiffon dress that moves with the age of the wind now is there? It's all about creating unforgettable moments not just with the scenery but with fashion and using this opportunity as an excuse to pair up flip flops with a couture worthy gown (Birkenstocks, anyone?). 

White-on-white have splattered and painted the windows of high street fashion. It's not just one of those trend moments where you want to follow up because "I saw Cady Heron wearing army pants and flip flops, so I bought army pants and flip flops.", but beyond the sophisticated vibes the colour is so often associated with is the fact that it's versatile, elegant and chic. And most of all, it's timeless. Timeless means being unforgettable, lasting and momentous as it does not harbour an expiry date. That's how one would like to remember the time spent travelling.

White all over can make you come off as the Professor from the Power Puff Girls, although that's not necessarily a bad thing if that's what you're into. If not then the Resort 2015 collections have provided some ideas on how to make the most out of your white-on-white outfit.


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Wearing an all white outfit does not limit you to a specific shade of white. Off white, cream, tinted, vanilla, navajo...and an endless list of the kinds of white shades available. It's like explaining to your male friend who nags over the amount of white shirts you own about how they're not the same kind of white. This white is not as white as this white. 


Raza Alazzouni (winter 14)

Raza Alazzouni (winter 14)


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Being an avid lover of fine cut garments, what more could I have asked for than to see it paired with white. Great cuts and a shade of white are a match made in heaven. They go so well together, we should all have at least one piece of fine cut clothing in the shade of white to appreciate the beauty of this existing combination.






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The material and texture played upon a piece of clothing holds the value of it when worn. This affects how it glides across your body, fitted or loosely hung and it's where the compilation of minuscule details are put into test. I like holding an expensive dress and being able to tell it's an expensive dress. Having texture gives that extra oomph that adjourns plainness and replaces it with a dynamic sense.





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