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The art of Flânerie

Luxury French house Hermès has invited Dubai residents to an exhibition in Downtown Dubai (22nd of January – 7th February 2016), showcasing the true flâneur’s path to follow, as urban wandering is second nature to Hermès.

What in the world is “flânnerie”? -Well, my dear friend, as you so eagerly asked; a flâneur is a man who saunters around observing society, according to google. Basically it is those who observe and wander around. Although the term flânerie is usually associated with wasting time, it is pretty much the opposite, as it is the act of truly observing the street, the people and city life in general.

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The exhibition was all sorts of insane and I loved every minute of it. It will surely bring out the flâneur in everyone that walks in.

You will follow a pretty unconventional path; nothing is straight and clear, all is dissimilar, unusual and overall particularly interesting.

Each room you enter has its own theme; I’d like to say its own “world”. From the Walking Sticks room (an essential part of traditional flâneur fashion), to the Upside Down room, inspired by typical french streets; Hermès has succeeded in inviting us to a world we’ve never seen before.

The exhibition, neatly floating on the Dubai fountain, transports you to a deranged french fantasy, away from the usually sunny desert and the shadows of Dubai’s long skyscrapers.

I strongly suggest you go and check the exhibition out before it’s too late. Besides, who wouldn’t want a free pass to french Wanderland via sunny Dubai?

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MANGO’S FASHION DISASTER

 

What

in the world

did I just witness?

If you happen to be in Dubai, make sure to stop by Mango and confirm to me that what I’ve seen is in fact not an illusion created by my brain. It’s Eid time ~Eid Mubarak to everyone~ but it’s not such a happy time for Mango’s new collection. The further I went in the shop the more tempted I was to go back out to the door to recheck the brand’s name in big bold letters on top of the long glass windows showing off some of the most unpleasant and plainly hideous patterns I’ve seen so far in Mango’s collection.

As we were mostly used to the sophisticated, chic and trendy looks usually released by MNG, this was a totally different take on “the young urban woman” of today.

What was displayed in the windows and on mannequins as “New Collection”mostly involved long dresses or ‘Maxi dresses’ with different patterns and colors.

One of the dresses is covered in black and white zebra stripes and blue ends at its bottom.  This one is far from being the worst to be displayed: one dress (first picture) is a Leopard print and color, mixed in with green for some reason. The second picture shows an almost beige with navy blue pattern. It would look fine if the dress wasn’t so overwhelmed with such heavy patterns. The rest of the collection displayed was almost 70% patterns and harsh colors that just didn’t mix.

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* I recommend checking out the site for more clarification on the new collection since some of the dresses look good but sadly are not very well displayed.

This was a personal opinion about what I saw so make sure to tell me what you think about this part of the collection.

Much love,

SLS

 

OOTD#1 Demoiselle Chic

First outfit of the day. Ever.

I watched women working in Dior HQ in Dubai walk out of their offices today. I can tell you I was jealous and very entertained.

Today’s choice is a mixture of chic and professional.

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I severely suggest wearing high-wasted pants for this look because a bellybutton isn’t something that should be noticed in an office.

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Blazer: H&M, Top: Cotton, Pants: Zara, Bag: Burberry Style, Heels: Primadonna

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Accessories:

Bracelet: Bimba et Lola, Necklace: Sac Ghada- Lebanon, Nail Polish: Vipera Nail Polish #842

I chose this look because it blends both chic and fun. It’s not all black and white. Accentuate your day-to-day office look with a splash of color.

 

 

 

 

TREND SECRETS: The Chantaco Bag from Lacoste

This blog right here ladies and gentlemen, is spiraling into a few new directions. Obviously not forgetting its precious roots of direct thought on paper/laptop and confessions of delicious food every once in a while, but I’m here to let you know on a little secret. A trend actually, so brace yourselves for the first of hopefully many: Fashion Trend Secrets. FTS or TS, or whatever you want to call it really. And so it begins.

Todays’ fashion trend comes out of one of the most notorious brands ever. Lacoste. Yeah the idillic green crocodile used on hats t-shirts shirts shorts shoes and everything else you can think of.

Lacoste is René Lacoste’s baby, a legendary tennis player in the nineteen hundreds.

If you’ve ever wondered why Lacoste uses a crocodile as a logo, and never really thought of googling it, I’ll give you a little insight.

Legend says, René Lacoste, the famous french tennis player once had a really important game. He was passing through some shops before the game and saw a big beautiful suitcase displayed in a window. Leathered up and clearly stating it’s 100% crocodile leather. It could almost roar in front of its audience. René Lacoste, astonished by how beautiful the bag was, bet on it with his friend the Captain of the France Davis Cup team Allan H. Muhr. If Lacoste were to win the tournament, his friend would buy him the bag as a congratulatory trophy, and a loss of a bet. If he didn’t win, well the bag would stay behind the glass window waiting for its next lucky owner.

As fairytales usually don’t go, René Lacoste lost the tournament and the bet, but a certain Boston Evening Transcript journalist had heard about the little wager and decided to write in his article that even though the tennis player did not get the crocodile suitcase, he was as fierce and tenacious as a crocodile on the court. He was nicknamed “the Crocodile” by his fans ever since, and he decided to build an empire of a brand, now internationally known from its distinguished green crocodile logo.

Enough with the entrée, let’s dive right into the main course.

Lacoste had recently unleashed its “crocodile”, if I do say so myself, called the “Chantaco” bag, named after one of the golfing landmarks of the Pays Basque, the Lacoste family’s famous golf course in France.

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It’s 100% pure leather, and by the touch resembles a golf ball feel. It’s one of the most expensive bags in Lacoste, going up to1,500 AED (Emirati Dirhams), so about 300 Euros (around 400$).

For now, it’s available in four colors: Sky Blue, Navy, White and Black

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I was privileged enough to attend the colorful Spring/Summer 2015 collection Showroom, coming out soon enough. Some changes have made this bag even more elegant and classy. An update of the colors will be added soon after their arrival on the market, but make sure to get your hands on them as soon as you can! These bags are guaranteed trend-setting bestsellers. Both elegant and simple, they combine high-end fashion with sport inspiration. They are a definite vogue of the coming up season.

Make sure to check out their website for a better insight, and tell me what you think about this trend.

http://www.lacoste.com/#/chantaco_bag

 

 

 

SPRINGTIME BREATH

So I adore nail polish and springtime:  thought it was the time to showcase my adoration.

The associated colors with this season are usual yellow, orange and green. Thought I might add one to the bunch: almost-but-not-too-baby Blue. I shall call this Springtime Breath.

You will need:

–  Transparent Nail polish for base and top coats

– Orly Nail Lacquer: SNOWCONE

– Orly Nail Lacquer: FRISKY

– Orly Nail Lacquer: Black: thin strip for the french line finish

Have a splendid spring guys x

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