Category archives: Design

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares

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Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares. Doesn’t that name just make you want to know everything about her? It positively exudes diversity. Huda is a Beirut-born, American-educated individual who currently lives in Amsterdam. She is a typographer, writer, researcher and graphic designer, with degrees from both Yale University School of Art and Rhode Island School of Des[...]

Arabic Calligraphy Reinvented | Tarek Atrissi

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What has been, in your opinion, your greatest accomplishment and why? I have always tried to be a multi-disciplinary designer and try to step beyond the sphere of just graphic design practice; to be involved on an academic and research level as well as on a level of promoting the field and working towards setting platforms for Arab designers to make their w[...]

Rani Zakhem

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Metamorphosis is the latest collection from Lebanese designer Rani Zakhem. A woman goes through numerous metamorphosis in all the different moments in her life, from dawn till dusk, from youth to maturity – this is the source of inspiration of Rani Zakhem ’s Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Couture Collection. A strong heartfelt attraction to black tulle embroidered[...]

Krikor Jabotian

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“A light shining from afar illuminated the dark waters of Lake Van. Every night he swam towards the light that shined devotedly for him. Her faint silhouette appeared. There she was, Princess Tamar awaiting him. Never forsaking their love, the princess directed him every night. But the night the princess’ father discovered their secret love was the night tha[...]

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

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 [...]