Monochrome always…

KRITICIOUS

Good Afternoon lovelies!!

One can never say to monochrome anything because it is simply the epitome of classic style since everyone learnt to differentiate their Chanel Kelly from from the flap bag. Lol now I sound like Mark Francis. Pardon my fashion arrogance. This look is fairly simple but elevated with the choice of flared garments. The off shoulder top by Concrete Unicorn is soft on your skin and makes you looks simple yet elevated. Now that I think about it I’ll just wear this today. Lol. Oh and the pants are from trusty Zara. I love this look because it’s simple and classic and sort of a departure from my usual habit to be quirky. Scroll down for look details and have a blessed Wednesday. Until next kritical post. xoxo.

Kriti-71.jpg

Kriti-52.jpg

Kriti-64.jpg

Kriti-65.jpgKriti-61Kriti-66.jpgKriti-73.jpgKriti-76Kriti-78.jpgKriti-79.jpgKriti-82.jpgKriti-84.jpgKriti-88.jpgKriti-89.jpg

#OOTD Deets: Off shoulder Top – Concrete Unicorn

Flared pants – Zara

Black shoes with white oversized ball –…

View original post 19 more words

I’m Isola Marras, City Walk Dubai

img_8192

I came across an amazing brand, I’m Isola which was opened recently on City Walk near Dubai Dawntown. The brand presents Italian clothes done by Antonio Marras as casual wear with interesting textures and fabrics. Each outfit it is a statement and piece of art. The whole line is designed to be easy wearable on a daily basis. However, it is more than basic wardrobe choices. I’m Isola highlights a strong and playful personality of its owner. Below you can see some of the outfits. In winter collection you will find many cozy sweaters, coats, jumpers, scarfs and other warm pieces. In fact, I discovered the store during the launch of winter collection and was surprised how I never enter it before. Would love to get a couple of outfits from there.  Last but not least, even the design of the store is very special with the signature print wallpapers. If you are coming to City Walk do not forget to visit I’m Isola store and let me know about your favorite outfits.

fullsizerender-1img_7894img_7932img_7963img_7896fullsizerender-2-1

New Collection #KENZOxH&M

img_6627

The collaboration between Kenzo and H&M is the top exciting events for this season. After the huge success with Balmain last year, H&M decided to do it with the other luxury brand, Kenzo. For my readers, I am revealing the collection secrets, before it even arrived to the stores. In this line, you will see splash colors with lots of animal prints. I felt like each piece in KENZOxH&M line is the statement. I would also highlight the double sides jackets. I love the idea that by buying one jacket you can flip it and get another color. Such a cool and quick transformation. Besides, there are lots of amazing accessories as well with Kenzo logo. So if you always wanted to own luxury pieces in your wardrobe, it is a great chance to get it at an affordable price.

KENZOxH&M collection will be launched on 3rd November in selected stores. In Dubai, it will be availible in official H&M stores at The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Center and in Abu Dhabi at Yas Mall. Hurry up because it will be sold out super quick.

img_6623img_6601img_6604img_6614img_6603

 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SS’17, Moscow

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is one of most glamorous events in Russia. All runways there are fully dedicated to the local designers. Therefore, if you are want to get a grasp of Russian fashion, it is the best place to start. I attended MBFW for the first time and I was honestly impressed with the organization and level of the whole event. The occasion took place on 12-17 October 2016 at TSVZ Manej which is located in the heart of Moscow next to Kremlin. All designers were presenting their Spring/Summer 2017 collection. I saw so many outfits in each runway which I would love to get. Besides creative designs, the clothes quality is absolutely flawless and it is tailored in a very professional way. The  photos of the shows I went to, you can see dawn below. Also, for my readers, I recorded video with lots of insides of the event and runways. Last but not least, I felt honored to be a part of MBFW Russia and will definitely attend the next season.

SLAVA ZAITSEV PRESENTS FASHION LABORATORY

VIPERS

VERA KOSTYURINA

ANIKA KERIMOVA

YEZ BY YEGORZAITSEV

VADIM MERLIS

OKSANA FEDOROVA

JULIA DALAKIAN

Please feel free to write comments bellow. I would love to answer your questions and get suggestions about the blog.

 

Arab Fashion Week Spring/Summer’17

 

One of the biggest fashion events in Dubai is Arab Fashion Week which is dedicated to designers from all over the world. The event is semiannual and happens twice a year, usually in October and March. During Spring/Summer’17 runway, I saw designers from different countries such as Italy, USA, Saudi Arabia, France, Sweden and others.  All shows were hosted at The Meydan Hotel, the top popular place for horse racing and big concerts. However, each season, the location of AFW is always different. I recorded a little video about the event, so you can see the ambience and shows which I attended this time.

The first day was mainly men’s collection and other days were women fashion shows. Each runway was very standard for 10-15 minutes with a break between different designers. Outside were mini clothing and accessory shops so during half an hour break, I went around and talk to some of the designers. Also, at the end of each day there was an afterparty and on the last day was a big red carpet event. I went for one afterparty at VII restaurant which was absolutely awesome, the other ones, unfortunately, I had no time to attend.

If you would like to participate or just attend next AFW, check it out the official website for more details. Personally, I registered as a blogger but it is possible to come and see fashion shows even if you are not related to the industry. So if you have a passion for fashion, you should totally attend the next one. Last but not least, I feel like each season Arab Fashion Week getting better and better, bigger designers participating in it and the whole organization moving to a larger scale.

Claudie Pierlot Fall/Winter’16 Collection

Super fashionable  brand Claudie Pierlot had a launch of Fall/Winter’16 collection. The event took place at The Dubai Mall in their store which is located on the ground floor next to Sephora. The new collection is absolutely gorgeous so elegant and simple at the same time.  During the event, I learned something interesting about this brand.  Claudie Pierlot, Maje and Sandro are under the same group, SMCP.  Good to know because these three brands are my favorite in the affordable luxury category. I love trendy yet practical styles that they create, I find it perfect for day wear.

ryne6871

Also, for the new collection, Claudie Pierlot did a collaboration with a famous model, Marjan Jonkman.  She helped to design lots of gorgeous pieces. Besides, she is the face of the brands for Fall/Winter’16. However, I feel like with or without collaborations this brand does a great job, keeping up with latest trends. Personally, I liked many things in the store.

img_2310img_2309

Last but not least, I could also get my hair braided during the event so of course, I did. My  cute hairstyle was done by one of the hairdressers from Firth Avenue Salon. She was very quick, I believe it took around 5-10 minutes. So the event totally exceeded my expectations. I had really lots of fun, great collection, delicious snacks, beautiful photos and lovely hairstyle.

Bottega Veneta Timeless Style

Yesterday, I went to Bottega Veneta for a privet discovery of Fall/Winter’16 collection. I spent a couple of hours in the store during which learned so much about this wonderful brand. So I am very excited to share it with you. The main concept of Bottega Veneta based on 4 pillars

  • outstanding craftsmanship
  • timeless yet innovative design
  • contemporary functionality
  • the highest quality materials

This is the reason, why the brand is so sustainable regardless trends and seasons. Also, Bottega Veneta doesn’t have a brand logo. Before it used to be a butterfly but it was removed in 2001 when the new creative director, Tomas Mayer joined the company.  This was done to highlight unique craftsmanship of the brand as well as to do not interfere with the  client personality.

img_2080img_2073img_2075

As you can see, the recent trend of metallic colors is implemented to Bottega Veneta classic craftsmanship. Also, the colors chosen for Fall/Winter’16 collection are quite special. In The Dubai Mall, Bottega Veneta carries few bags made with a rare leather. However, the brand never encourages a killing of animals rather uses materials from animals which were already killed for food or other environmental purposes. Below photos of a few autumn bags made with crocodile leather. It is polished in a special way to add shine to the bag without losing its flexibility. Also, they are quite light compared to many other luxury brands.

img_2084img_2063img_2083img_2064

In the new collection, there are also famous Knot Clutches which you probably saw on various Red Carpet events. For instance, I feel like every lady in Hollywood has one. However each season, Bottega Veneta does a couple of unique designs as the one below with butterflies.

I also got a chance to see an extraordinary and one of a kind piece. Knot clutch made of 24K Gold and highest quality diamonds, done in the same techniques as most bags in Bottega Veneta. This purse is not for public display but I took a couple of photos for my readers.   Moreover, the brand produces this clutch very rarely once in a while but apparently we were lucky this year. In fact, this piece was done exclusively for  Bottega Veneta store in The Dubai Mall. The cost of it is around $100K.

img_2039img_2085img_2027img_2028

My ambitions are much smaller than the gold clutch. After seeing all the shoes, bags and accessories, I got other things on my “to buy” list, such as

  • Veneta Bag in medium size, espresso color (the one I am trying below)
  • Wallet in a new long shape, same espresso color to match my bag
  • Olimpia bag in small or medium size
  • Stretch Knot Clutch
  • Classic high-hills
  • Silver or gold espadrillies

This is my minimum plan but ideally, I would love to have the whole store. So if anybody would like to surprise me… Just kidding, although my birthday is on December 5th, in case :)))

Last but not least, Bottega Venetta has one the best perfumes in the world. All scenes are super unique. They would perfectly match different occasions and personalities. After my visit, I received a gift from  Bottega Veneta in which was an amazing perfume called, Knot. Love the smell of it, definitely will be my winter favorite.

P.S. If you want to share your Bottega Veneta experience, feel free to write it below. Would love to know what you already purchased, if you like it or not, or just some suggestions regarding my blog.

_dsc2284_dsc2333img_2056

 

 

 

Amato Fashion Show F/W’16

Amato is one of my favorite Dubai-based brands which specializes in Haute-Couture clothes. It is been on the market for quite a long time and became popular among many celebrities. Moreover, in the Middle East, it is one of the few brands which really makes a show during the runway. I went to many Amato Fashion Shows and every single one of them is an exciting experience. The latest show was for Fall/Winter’16 collection and the theme was destructive sides of nature such as dark night, fire, snow and the whole unpredictable universe.

img_9870

I went to this F/W’16 show twice, first on the Fashion Forward and second on Velvet Magazine event. Therefore, backgrounds on my photos are diffeent. In fact, I was more lucky to get clearer shots in the second one beacouse I was sitting in the first raw and the light was much better. Anyway, love this collection which is so gorgeous and inspiring. Wouldn’t mind to get a couple of outfits from it. Although, I can even decide on the favorites, feel like each has its own beauty.

P.S. So which outfit is your favorite? Feel free to leave comments below.

Kate Spade F/W’16 Collection Preview

Kate Spade shop is always full of surprises, every season designer creates so many unusual  accessories in funny shapes and beautiful statement pieces for New York fashionistas. In the beginning of September, I went to the launch of Kate Spade Fall/Winter’16 collection to see what fashion will bring us in a new season. The event took place in Mall of the Emirates at its own store and it was packed. So many ladies came to celebrate and shop the new collection. The signature of F/W were floral dresses with lots of matching accessories.

As usually, Kate Spade did many funky bags in different shapes, such as cake, perfume, violin, boat, car plate number and many others. Love that the brand pays lots of attention to details. Like if you look closer even zippers and lockers have some nice element. For example, on top of the Car Plate clutch “Bride2Be”, there is a little locker in a shape of the car.

Also, during the Kate Spade event, I won a lottery and got the first prize. Such an awesome feeling to win something, although inside was just a glass bottle for water.

Last but not least, Kate Spade positioning her brand as a middle luxury. So if you afraid to enter because you think it is too pricy, don’t be. They have there so many fun things even notebooks, envelopes, wallets and etc.. In fact, you can find things from $30 which makes it the best place to get gifts for your friends birthdays.

Louis Vuitton Perfume Preview

Everyone knows that a perfume is an essential part to complete any outfit. In fact, the top luxury brands have their iconic fragrances since the beginning of 20th century. Only one brand didn’t hurry to enter a beauty industry. Louis Vuitton launched their first perfumes just now in September 2016 for the first time. I couldn’t miss this historical moment and went among the first to this exciting presentation. To start, an architecture of LV stand was very original and made from millions of glass bottles with the pearl looking perfume stand in the middle.

img_1392

In the entrance, I was welcomed by Louis Vuitton employee who gave me a tour around and shared insides about this perfume collection. There are 7 unique fragrances made for both men and women. However, personally, I think they are more feminine. Below you can see all of them. My favorites are Rese Des Vents and Matiére Noire, both definitely on my shopping list. Although, idely I would love to have all 7 fragrances because each and every has a unique luxurious smell. The price of a bottle is around $240 (100 ml.) and $290 for the miniature set (7 pieces by 10 ml.). It is a great gift idea for your loved one.

During presentation, in the room was also beautiful Louis Vuittong luggage with all the ingridients which were used to create these iconic fragrances. In the little boutlles on the left are oils, and in the jars is actual herbs from which oils were extracted. The intresting fact about them, it took 4 years to compose these ingredients in the right proportions to get final perfume products which we see today on the shelves. Besides, good news for brand collectors, this gorgeous luggage you can buy for home decor at 300,000 AED. There are only seven of them in the world so hurry up, a couple has been purchased already. Last but not lease, after a big success in the perfume world, the next logical question will Louis Vuitton launch their make-up line?

Tommy Hilfiger Welcome Aboard F/W’16

Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter’16 Collection went to a whole new fashion level. It was inspired by the old days in New York when people travel Atlantic on huge ships. The time when family and friend where standing and waving on the shore to say bye to their loved ones. So the collection is all about boats, sailing, knots and sea. As well as it has a retro touch but done in modern cuts, fabrics, and with beautiful details. The presentation of F/W’16 collection took place at Yacht Bay in Dubai Marina, perfect location to get a feel of  the sea and boats.

Here are outfits from the Tommy Hilfiger runway. You can see many sailing details and interesting materials beeing used. They are so beautiful, cant wait when local stores will start to sell them. In Dubai, the new collection should be available from September 10, 2016.

Also, to be even closer to fashionistas’ market, Tommy Hilfiger designed part of the collection with the top model Gigi Hadid. Fabulous idea and fabulous cloth. So next time you visit Tommy store you will see lots of trendy outfits. It is perfect daily wear for people who follow fashion or work in the industry.

Last but not least, men and kids will be also pumpered in the store. For men there are amazing suits which don’t get wrinkled and have very comfortable fit.  The fabric is very light which makes it a great option for hot countries and business travel. And for the kids, there are some mini sailors denim outfits.

img_0688img_0689

 

SaM Jewelry with Edgy Lines

SaM is a unique jewelry brand founded by Sabrina Mittler. All pieced in her collection are made in contemporary geometrical forms. Her first collection was inspired by Dubai lifestyle and each line has a name of an area in Dubai, such as Greens, Marina, Jumeirah, Palm, Deira and etc. Truly unique idea for a jewelry brand.

I received a package with a gorgeous ring and a bracelet with one scope (a charm). The coolest thing about it, you can collect, change and add these charms. The concept almost like a Pandora but for real adults. Designs of Sam jewelry are for modern and fashionable ladies.  Plus, it can complete any outfit from day wear till evening cocktail dress.

_DSC1725_DSC1669

 

So the bracelet I got, is in a silver color and made of finest leather. Somehow it is so easy to combine with everything I wear. If it is a street style or work outfit, it goes so well with anything. I am not a jewelry person but because SaM designs so simple I feel very comfortable to wear it. Therefore, it quickly became my favorite piece. Plus I can redesign it by putting or adding on bracelet different charms.

_DSC1704_DSC1698_DSC1688

 

The ring I got is in gold color and hexagon shape from Jumeirah line. Done in a minimalistic style which perfectly suit my personality. Love it so much, and  would like to get other shapes as well. Personally, I associate design of SaM jewelry with a sophisticated and edgy woman.

_DSC0926_DSC0737

 

Last but not least, really love the packaging of this brand. Colors and boxes are just gorgeous. I can feel that the designer has a strong sense of fashion and great taste. For prices and more information you can check it out Sam website sambysabrina.com. Also, feel free to share your tips, ideas, and suggestions in comments below.

 

_DSC1671_DSC1665_DSC0785

Dune London with the Middle Eastern​ Touch

Dune London had a wonderful event last week due to upcoming Autumn/Winter’16 collection. So I was one of the first to preview it, and I must say it is really impressing. All items so fashionable and would feet lots of styles and outfits. Besides, the quality of shoes and bags is outstanding. I found lots of beautiful things that I would love to have. Below, photos of my favorite items for this season.

Also, Dune took an extra mile to create items, especially for the Middle East. And as a Dubai resident, I believe they succeeded. For example, these red flip-flops with beautiful stones on top are amaizing . Plus they have this one is two more colors. Moreover,  I noticed that Dune is up to date with the latest trends. Mini bags are a big hit right now and I found lots of them in a new collection. Especially,  I liked the red one with snake print, so cute and tiny.

In Dune A/W’16 collection each person can find something perfect for his/her lifestyle and taste. Forgot to mention, they got a great men’s collection as well, where guys can find high-quality shoes for work and daily use. This makes it a great shopping store for men and women. So go and check it out, you will definitely find something you like. Fabulous design with luxury touch at a very reasonable price.

Michael Cinco F/W’16 Runway

Micheal Cinco is a celebrity fashion designer based in Dubai. He established his company here in 2003 and since then had big success in Fashion Industry. Half of Hollywood’s superstars wore his outfits, not to mention he won so many awards. Therefore, Micheal Cinco’s shows are the must to visit, if you are in this industry. So I did. In fact, for me, it was the second season to attend. The previous summer collection, I saw during Fashion Forward event. But the preview of fall/winter one was even more glamorous. The runway was organized by Velvet magazine and was taking a place at Versace Palazzo Hotel. What to say chic place, chic designers. Besides, I was happy to be in the first row where I could take better photos to share with my followers.

The signature of F/W’16 collection was embroidery on black jackets. Loved so much the idea especially nowadays even in denim designs it’s a big trend. While I was watching a show, I only could imagine how many looks I could pull it off with this beautiful piece. Then designer showed gorgeous Haute Couture dresses with beautiful texture and fabric with a touch of sparkle. I guess, instead of a little black dress, Micheal Cinco proposes big black gown, all of which were stunning.

Last but not least, runway closing outfit was a black gown with an endlessly embroidered train. It was absolutely beautiful work. Plus a great end for such a wonderful collection.

 

Marc Jacobs’ Layering 101

Marc Jacobs is famous for layering many pieces of clothes to make a complete look. Sometimes for the runway, he can use 7 pieces of ready-to-wear together and make an outfit unique and fabulous. I think Marc Jacobs is a master of clothes layering, which is great because each collection in the store has lots of possible mix and match. To show you an example, I created a couple of sets below. Amazing how he combine totally different textures and fabrics.

I was invited to one of such layering presentation due to the opening of Marc Jacobs store in Mall of the Emirates. During the event one of the fashion bloggers, Natalia Shoestova was presenting how you can change an outfit in a matter of seconds. As well as mix different pieces which you already have. For example, putting jacket just on the shoulder, then putting your hands into sleeves, then putting the blouse under a skirt, then twisting the end of it, and etc. There are so many possible combinations wearing same clothes, you just need a little bit of creativity and sense of fashion.

Also, during the event people could personalize their outfits by putting different patches on t-shirts, belts, bags, jackets, skirts or anything else for that matter available in store. I decided to buy a t-shirt and style it. So I have a little souvenir and reminder that one outfit can be worn in different ways. There is no right or wrong in layering art you just need to try to see what works for you.

For more details regarding style sets presented, you can visit my styling account in Polypore. Also, feel free to share your ideas and experience in comments below.

 

Tory Burch Tribe

Tory Burch brand was established in 2004 and quickly became a hit in the fashion industry with rapid growth worldwide. I was invited to the opening of one of its stores in City Walk, Dubai. The story behind this brand fascinates me, how a lady established such a successful concept and in a matter of years became a billionaire. In fact, the concept is brilliant, to create fashionable, high quality, yet affordable clothes. Personally, I loved collection I saw and luxury finish to it. I guess it is a big trend right now to be in the middle luxury sector since millions of ladies want to look fabulous without breaking the bank. That is why people love Tory Burch, which filled that gap between overpriced and cheap low-quality clothing.

The style of Tory Burch outfits is absolutely fabulous, they sell sophisticated pieces which you can take from day to night. Their cuts are comfortable and quite simple. Great quality fabrics with a touch of embroidery or other details which will make you stand out. Also, accessories in the store are brilliant, so modern, fashionable yet appropriate for various occasions. Love their bags, shoes, scarves and other details which could wonderfully complete many outfits. Besides you can even find cool phone accessories, as the one I hold with the ice cream look. Really the store filled with cute things.

Moreover, Tory Burch is always following latest trends in fashion. Like the tribal trend, we have right now. Love the sandals and key chains which would make an outfit more special. So many statement pieces can be found each season at Tory Burch store and I’m already looking forward to the next one. Have no doubt it would be something fun, artistic and creative.