By Asma and Reem

Mary Katrantzou X Adidas Originals

Fashion's favourite trend: sportswear. Which is why Mary Katrantzou's collection for Adidas Originals arrived just on cue. It seems like not everyone's ready to say goodbye to this trend, making this collection the perfect fix. It's not the first time Adidas collaborated with a high end designer like Katrantzou, who is added to the list alongside Yohji Yamamato, Raf Simons, Pharrell Williams, and Rick Owens. The collection is comprised of the classic sneakers reworked by Katrantzou; you have the designer's prints adorning the sneakers with gold-hardware to go. And what we consider to be the best part of the collaboration- the clothes. Zip-up dresses in neoprene(also in Katrantzou's special prints), mesh prints, mini-dresses...you name it! We couldn't think of a more perfect designer to head this collaboration, and Katrantzou's heading it to success. 

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Dany Tabet Haute Couture S/S 2015: Smoke and Mirrors

A romantic and artisanal affair was held at the Dany Tabet Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 show. It ran in a gold shimmering golden colour; the focus of the colour palette, in an attempt to signify women residing in a modern-world desert. Like his Lebanese peers, Tabet makes a great deal of cementing his reputation as a designer that pays attention to exquisite details and embodying luxury. We like the idea evoked by Tabet's designs - metal, sand, sun and fossil - how could these mind-blowing pieces ever go unnoticed? Having seen his previous work we can tell that he's clearly outdone himself with this collection. The silhouettes accentuate the feminine form, concealing main parts of the body while revealing others by using sheer fabrics. The gowns were as good as they get: crystal embellishments, halter necks, vintage Moroccan-inspired jewellery, and a lot of braids. The best part of the show, though, was the bride. Beautifully clad in a gown that induced a powerful and elusive woman, mysterious in her own way. Tabet was successful in translating his vision into the garments and creating a striking image for his audience. 

A Quote That Makes Us Say...

“You either know fashion or you don’t.”- Anna Wintour

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The problem with some people today is that they consider fashion to be "frivolous". Well, FYI, the fashion industry is a multi billion industry. Hence, this quote makes us say... You are absolutely right Anna! You either know fashion or you don't. 

And we will add this too, "you either accept fashion or you don't". 

Pick of the Week: Sarah's Bag

Up until this point we haven't had the privilege of riding a vintage car, much like what Lana Del Rey does in her music videos. Despite that, Sarah Beydoun- founder of Sarah's Bag -makes up for it! Beydoun started working with disadvantaged women and ex-prisoners in 2000 to create beaded bags and sell them at Souq Al-Barghout, which was completely successful. 14 years later and Sarah's Bag has expanded beyond Beirut and is now stocked at different stores internationally and online. We took an immediate liking to this printed cotton clutch(named the Fast and Fabulous), and is one of our favourite from her latest collection. The best part? A miniature toy car clasp! Better than what anyone could ever ask for. 

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PFW S/S 2015 Round-Up

It's been a stressful few weeks over three cities, ending it all within our favourite city: Paris! We saw feminist protests on the Chanel runway, with the models chanting objections. Nicolas Ghesquiére's second offering for Louis Vuitton was as amazing as his first - complete with crocodile leather and gorgeous ankle-boots. Over at Nina Ricci, Peter Copping was presenting his final collection for the Parisian brand, ending his tenure with complete grace. On the other hand, David Koma was showing his first collection for Mugler, taking over from Nicola Formichetti. Finally, Jean Paul Gaultier puts his RTW to rest, although not without an extravagant show. It certainly was an eventful week!

Giambattista Valli's newest offering marks an occasion for the designer. His love for florals hasn't wavered, although he presented a new idea to the threshold. Not like any other collection, this one included 70's styled pants decorated with monochrome, and blue patterns. Another distinguished point was the light, soft colours Valli decided to use for his garments. Point being made- it was simply divine!

Fausto Puglisi wowed us with his latest collection for Emanuel Ungaro- the splendour of colourful gowns added a fierce streak to the collection. Add it all with a dash of Stephen Jones' millinery and there you have it! Next summer's majestic trend is already ruled with robust cuts and a handful of crystals to increase intensity.  

We're a bit strict with practical lines and uniform-like looks, but Sacai ticked off all the options on our list! Now choosing an outfit to wear for day-to-night won't be a hassle thanks to the asymmetrical skirts and navy-blue ensembles. Designer Chitose Abe shows us her clever skills at juxtaposing functional and splendid pieces. Intricate prints and military-inspired jackets conquered the runway, seemingly enhancing the audience's desire. One thing we can say to assure ourselves and the rest of you: there's so much more where that came from!

If you could imagine a Japanese setting filled with women walking in gladiator boots and clad in sharp tailoring, then you could only be thinking of Sarah Burton's cutting-edge collection for Alexander McQueen. Combining the samurai's uniform with the feminine kimono, Burton was successful in interpreting the vision of a modern Geisha without severity and yet lacking delicacy. She's approachable but not at all predictable. For the final looks Burton sent out dresses draped in hand-cut floral ruffles, while the upper body of the dresses where hand-painted petals firmly attached to patent harnesses. It was without a doubt, exactly what Lee McQueen would have approved of. 

Futurism is what Junya Watanabe was talking about in his Spring/Summer 2015 collection. It was kind of what we thought everyone would be wearing in the future when we were kids. In a way, Watanabe clearly lined it out for us; we'd definitely be dressed in those looks if people changed their style of clothing, complete with the visors and circular ensembles. Plastic cutout mini-dresses stepped out into the runway, paired with platform leather brogues in every colour you could think of! We can't deny it; this collection was very playful and imaginative. It's good to have designers like Watanabe still working the magic this industry needs. 

Sexy, simple, and clean are the words that perfectly describe Mugler’s latest collection. New creative director David Koma focused mainly on bodycon clothing, and we all know what bodycon makes us want to do: lose weight! Again, monochrome reigned the runway with orange pieces here and there. The clothes in this collection are definitely going to dominate the red carpet next season. We applaud Koma for “toning down” Mugler's outlandish style. 

What's going to happen if haute couture met pret- a- porter? The Spring/ Summer 2015 Christian Dior collection, that is what’s going to happen. Think of modern 18th century France. Raf Simons’ challenge was to bring something contemporary to something historical. Not an easy challenge if you ask us. The result? 18th century coats, bolero jackets, jacquards, exaggerated hips, and structured skirts. This collection was not very appealing to us since the clothes are not something that we would go for; however, it is definitely something different. Oh and those who have admired Dior’s latest couture show are definitely happy. We bet!

Isabel Marant gave us one of her best collections so far! This collection is made for the woman who wants to look typical Parisian, and for the Parisians of course.. Mini dresses and skirts dominated the runway. The linen shorts and trousers are going to look super chic for summer time. Plain, sheer, ruffles, prints, you name it. This collection had it all. 

Chanel’s S/S 15 collection is definitely going to be marked down in history. Karl created his own Boulevard Chanel where his models, including Cara Delevigne, Gisele Bundchen, and Georgia May Jagger walked down the runway to what is supposedly a feminist march. Slogans such as “Make fashion not war”, and “History is her story” along with the models’ noise caught the audience’s attention. Though for us, it was the clothes that created the loudest roar. Colourful ties, briefcases, and loose fits screamed androgyny. Watercolour prints and peace symbols spread out the 70s vibe. Accessories with slogans such as “vote Coco” showed the intensity of feminism. Mademoiselle Chanel was smiling in her grave. 

We kind of got used to Hedi Slimane’s ways for Saint Laurent by now, but the question is, have we accepted it? We have no clue, although we're not complaining. Slimane has managed to draw quite a few crowds towards him. Anyways, Saint Laurent’s latest collection is all about rock. It is definitely something edgy musicians would wear. Blazers, army jackets, denim pants, and everything that can be found in your typical high street store. Nothing special here, and certainly nothing different from Slimane. We simply can’t wait for the day Slimane is going to take a different route and give us something unusual and not so "typical Slimane", you know...