Author archives: Oasis

The Exiled Queen with ASHI

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Saudi designer Mohammad Ashi’s latest couture collection, Fall/Winter 2015, is as majestic as can be. The couture gowns from this collection high- light the designer’s signature style of bold and care- fully crafted ruffles designs. www.AshiStudio.com

Designer Hamda Al Fahim

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Emirati designer Hamda Al Fahim uses the rich organza to capture the sensuality of lace. Her designs feature intricate embroidery and handcrafted sequin work. Al Fahim pays immense attention to the embroidery details and fabric of her bridal and eveningwear. www.hamdaalfahim.com

Saudi with Faris Al Shehri

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Faris AlShehri’s love of fashion and design led him to establish his company The Art of Kohl in 2009 where he currently acts as its managing director. The company was created with the sole purpose of promoting art, design and fashion, and to create a platform for local and international talents alike. Maison Bo-M, inspired by the Bohemian lifestyle, was the[...]

Behind the Scenes with Rami Al Ali

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Celebrating his fifth season in the French capital, January 20, 2014 saw Syrian-born couturier, Rami Al Ali, return once again to unveil his Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Hosting an intimate presentation, Al Ali showcased his latest work to an exclusive audience of the fashion industry’s elite, captivating attention with an exquisite line based on John Ever[...]

Sheen-Stational

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Launch of New Jewelry Line in the Middle East Epitomizes New Trend towards Social Responsibility amongst Emerging Entrepreneurs The world is at a tipping point. Overpopulation has created a multiplier effect with regards to the needs of the underprivileged. Foundations and charities can no longer handle the multitude of requirements essential to the livelih[...]

Bursting at the Seams with Originality

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The influx of fashion designers to the regional market continues to reach dramatic new heights. While a lot manage to make the cut, another lot do not – not due to lack of talent but oftentimes because they fail to present any competitive edge over their peers. Few designers have mastered the art of competitive edge – and cutting edge – like Milia Maroun has[...]

Fashion 4 Development Middle East Launched

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New York, London, Paris and Milan are all cities known around the world as leaders in fashion. Now thanks to an exciting new initiative called “Fashion 4 Development Middle East,” designers in cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah, Beirut, Cairo or Amman and others in the Arab world are getting their moment to shine. In a crowded showroom on New York’s famed Fifth [...]

Gulfography

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At first glance I see a pair of siren red lips, eyes blindfolded with black lace and an accusatory audio cassette, regurgitating snakes of tape. This is Rouda Al Shamsi’s “Short Life”, a striking mostly monochromatic photograph. According to the artist, on a deeper level, the work explores the fleeting nature of our lives, the metaphor being the cassette, wh[...]

The Girl Behind Fyunka

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They say the key to innovation is keen observation. By observing how we and others around us interact with the world, opportunities arise. That is perhaps not more true than with the birth of Fyunka – meaning bow in Arabic- a line of highly addictive fashion accessories by Jeddah-native Alaa Balkhy. The twenty-something illustrator, designer and blogger alw[...]

The Sultanate of Darmaki

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It’s not so often I get to use my favorite phrase, so opportunities such as this one must be exploited and harnessed for every ounce of self-congratulatory praise they can afford. I told you so. Those four words reveal more than just my narcissism and adolescent tendency to become annoyingly incessant when I’m right; they also prove that Sultan Al Darmaki is[...]