Karl Lagerfeld, myself and most of the world share one thing in common: our favorite number is ‘lucky 7’. It so happens that I was invited, several weeks ago, to a very special dinner. It was the seventh one organized by Petra Abou Sleiman and Marianne Sargi.
100% French despite its very English-sounding name, J.M. Weston was founded in 1891 by Édouard Blanchard, in Limoges. The founder’s son went to Weston Massachusetts to learn the Goodyear welt technique and returned to France with a top-notch shoe construction and a name!
Maya, Meena and Zeenat grew up in a family of jewelers. Instead of working with their parents, they decided to launch their own brand in Beirut, back in 2009. The easy way is not the Mukhi way. Quite bold it is, indeed, to open a business in the unpredictable and unstable capital.
The sisters precisely share and inject positivity and hope in their designs.
It’s a story about hospitality, transmission, and passion. Whoever had the chance to set foot in Bouyouti (meaning ‘my houses’ in Arabic) will tell you it’s so much more than a guest house. I spent a weekend over there with a group of friends and the experience was overwhelming.
In a time where uniformity has become a global phenomenon, let’s pinpoint particular trends that have spread across specific cities and neighborhoods.
If you’re interested in fashion, and more specifically French fashion, you’ve probably heard about A.P.C. Their minimalist and effortlessly chic clothes make it a key and desirable label that suits anyone and any style.
Many items enhance a look. It can be a pair of sunglasses, a bag, a necklace, a scarf... The list is infinite.
Designers, chefs, singers, artists… new comers keep popping out and it’s become more and more difficult to stand out and shine bright. Recently, the trend is to focus on one specific product. It’s a way to be unique and make life easier. If restaurants have been doing it for ages, it’s now the turn of the fashion industry.
Lebanese designer Alya Tannous grew up in Egypt, in an open and generous house where guests were always welcomed.
Summer is finally around the corner. If I can’t wait to overdose on vitamin D, I fear what every girl fears that time of the year: Wedding season. Whether you do or do not believe in the matrimonial union is not the point. The issue here is the dilemma women go through when the season is about to kick off.
Given fact: Lebanese people master the art of hospitality. We love to eat, to share, to drink, in other words to live. So when a concept like Bi Bayti (which literally means ‘in my home’) pops out in Lebanon, the normal reaction would be to do the salsa dancer emoji move.
I came upon a very interesting read last week in The New York Times. Written by Vanessa Friedman and titled “Hedi Slimane’s Dangerous Legacy”, the article questioned the designer’s departure from Saint Laurent (four years only after entering the French house), and the “contemporary disease of short-termism”.
We all have mixed feelings about social media. Sure, it develops a narcissistic personality disorder. Sure, the likelihood of loving ourselves more than Kanye loves himself is pretty high. But on the other hand, it’s a fantastic tool for discovering upcoming designers. I came across Vanessa Klat while scrolling through my Instagram explore tab.
Models are like fashion trends. They represent what the consumer looks for and reflect what society goes through. Take the ‘90s. The stars of the catwalk were as popular as actors.