The Trial…

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Cloud of Lace Trial

A day off, a beautiful weather, delicious food and a good company were the perfect combination for a much needed laid-back outing in Beirut this Saturday. This very simple outing constituted our very first outfit post, The Trial.

Our aim was to test the location where we’ll be shooting for a future project. The place was remarkable: Quiet, simple and yet sophisticated. It combined a rich atmosphere, with contemporary and historical elements that constitute Beirut. Just what we were looking for.

Even though it was relatively hot in Beirut, however, the cool breeze in the shade was quiet enough for me to feel it was necessary to wear a blazer. It has always -unintentionally- been my signature; blazer in summertime.

My very favorite piece is by HariTHanD, which was adorned by a set of vintage Dior earrings and brooch I recently acquired from Sophies Closet. I totally fell for these the instant I spotted them.

Cloud of Lace Trial

Cloud of Lace Trial

The food was just beyond memorable. Beirut’s one & only Brasserie Metropole served us mouthwatering delights. The highlights were their deserts! Just heavenly! We had the most perfect Angel Cake and Chocolate Cake Souffle that one can ever taste anywhere else. Pure perfection.

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Blazer   HariTHanD

Denim   Zara

Shoes   Burberry

Brooch & Earrings   Dior {found at Sophies Closet}

Shades   Porsche Design

ESMOD’s Class of 2013

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ESMOD Class of 2013

Offering one of the most prestigious Fashion Design programs in the Middle East, ESMOD has given birth to multiple names that have gone international. That’s why it was extremely exciting to go watch the graduation of the Class of 2013, and closely examine what an emergent design identity would produce.

The setting was simple. It consisted of the catwalk and its lighting. Nevertheless, the background itself was the statement; An architectural masterpiece, the luxurious Sursock Palace, which is a historical monument symbolizing an ancient luxury and prestige of Beirut.

A lucky few of those graduating fashion designers that were exhibiting their final projects have had the chance to successfully produce their own lines prior to graduation. However, one can tell that many of those emerging talents were really extra-ordinary, considering that this was their first scrabble in the never-ending sea of creativity vs repetition, consumerism vs luxury -and never to forget fierce competition- that is the Fashion Industry. But after all, both time and hard work will tell us who’s here to stay.

Here are only a few snapshots from the hundreds I took at the event, and as usual, I’d love to read your comments and thoughts 🙂

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Beirut Designers’ Week

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As you can see from the About page, it is a complete delight for Cloud of Lace to feature Lebanese designers, events, and beautiful locales. This goes back to a personal passion in acquiring unique pieces and showcasing new places that are not yet mass-produced or over-crowded, and the people behind them. That’s why Beirut Designers’ Week was much anticipated, and we couldn’t wait to go to Zaitunay Bay, a trendy location of its own, to check it out!

The placement of the stands was smartly executed. One can enjoy browsing through a wide array of luxury creations, from clothing and accessories, to table wear and hand-made rugs, while strolling across the deck or even eating at one of the chic restaurants and cafes lined across the bay. We enjoyed chatting with some of our favorite designers as well as new ones, discussing their future plans and the concepts behind their collections.

“Lebanon bustles with incredible design talent, and many of them have already penetrated international markets.” Says Sandra Ghattas, Managing Director at Gata Events to U Magazine, adding: “With the launching of Beirut Designers’ Week, we truly hope to provide a serious boost to local designers by giving them access to a comprehensive exhibition platform that allows them to showcase their latest creations and meet thousands of potential buyers.”

Hoping to see more of the same initiative here in Lebanon, with more publicity and a little more time than just four days however, since the creations of most of those aspiring talents are worthy of expeditions that are up to international standards.

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Fashion Forward Season 1: Starch Foundation

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Starch Foundation at Fashion Forward

STARCH Foundation richly contributed to the success of Dubai’s Fashion Forward in its first season. Kayrouz was one of the key panel speakers as he conducted a discussion on”Emerging Talent in the Middle East.”

Rabih Kayrouz at Fashion Forward

{Rabih Kayrouz during his panel talk}

Founded by the internationally acclaimed Rabih Kayrouz, Tala Hajjar, and in collaboration with Solidere, STARCH is a non-profit foundation that helps emerging young designers with exceptional talent to get into the spotlight. Cloud of Lace will soon be addressing this promising initiative in details.

This year, participating STARCH designers were Celine Der Torossian, who is the designer behind the label Azade, Bashar Assaf and Hussein Bazaza.

Even though each of the designers has a different approach, all of their designs gave a modern aesthetic impression. Azade’s style was distinguished by slashed pieces, whereas Hussein Bazaza fearlessly showcased an exotic array of prints in a single piece, and Bashar Assaf used safe and elegant cuts all through.

From cute floral details and elegant wide legged pants, to thigh-high split evening skirts, we could not choose a favorite! But here are some pieces we think were the highlight of the STARCH show…

STARCH at FFWD S1

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– Images are via Fashion Forward & Starch Foundation

Fashion Forward’s First Season

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Fashion Forward invitation Cards

In its first season, Dubai’s Fashion Forward managed to bring together great names in the Middle Eastern fashion industry. Industry influencers, retail buyers, academic heads and fashion decision-makers, fashion designers, as well as around 12,000 visitors, they all flocked to Madinat Jumeirah from 26-29 April for Fashion Forward’s First Season.

The visitors enjoyed exclusive workshops, panel discussions, and 18 catwalk presentations of emerging and established designers across three locations throughout the four day program, in addition to fun social events and shopping at several amazing pop-up shops that were created for the occasion.

Rabih Kayrouz at Fashion Forward

{Rabih Kayrouz conducting a panel discussion}

Season one closed with an exclusive formal lunch with celebrated designer Reem Acra, as Fashion Forward’s guest of honor. She was discovered herself by a fashion editor while studying at the American University of Beirut!

With this much success on its first season, we just can’t wait to see what Fashion Forward’s Season Two will unfold in October 2013!

The following posts on cloud of Lace will feature our reviews on the designers who have participated in this season’s shows. Looking forwards to reading your comments! 🙂

– Images are a courtesy of Fashion Forward.

New Beginnings…

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{… Every cloud has a lace lining}

Cloud of Lace has been a spontaneous demure journey for me so far. Its way was always quiet, never depicted, yet was fully ignited with the passion of each and every little detail it conveys to the world… On its first year live, this blog’s fame was viral, purely organic, and came solely from the appreciation of the lovely niche of readers it has gained along its subtle way.

The next step for Cloud of Lace is to emit all that vivacious energy it has yet been keeping from the world. This blog will turn into a brand name, an online boutique, and an editorial where exclusive, unsurpassed, unique, visionary, plush, elegant minimalists like us will be honored.

All what we can share right now is our gratitude for you, our followers, readers and visitors from across the planet. Each comment, like, and mere visit was sincerely heart-warming, and we hope we can repay you back by giving you the most thrilling features you will ever see out of this part of the world.

We can’t wait to start this journey, and we will be more than thrilled to have you on board! Please note that we would love to hear your input and feedback on what do you like/expect to see next…

Best,

Hiba

 

Lace Lust: Marchesa Jumpsuit

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This Black Swan’s star made it clear that she’s a no ‘pointe-shoes‘ kind of a girl, however, she managed to rock this Marchesa lace jumpsuit like no other top model would! My Lace Lust for now was spotted on Mila Kunis in WMagazine‘s online editorial, and I completely fell for it!
It’s often true that too much of the same thing in one outfit is just… Too much. But this rich deep V bodice, with volumous Victorian shoulders, how it’s gathered high on the waist, and then complemented with just the right amount of delicate -yet rich- transparency on the legs… Makes it a dream lace outfit! Don’t you agree?
Marchesa’s silk lace jumpsuit. Lanvin shoes.
By Lynn Hirschberg
Photographs by Craig McDean
Styled by Alex White
March 2011

Beirut’s Jewelry Design Week

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Jewelry Design Week was set to celebrate Beirut’s unique position in the
world of jewelry design, showcasing emerging and established artists and craftsmen, that were selected for their individuality and innovation.

Organized by Artheum creative space, Beirut Jewelry Design Week took place from March 8th till the 16th. However, it aspires at being an annual event that will offer to the public the opportunity to explore the current and evolving vitality of contemporary jewelry design in Lebanon, and shed light on its growth and development.

Since the fair places great importance on supporting new design talents, I’m hoping it would be another destination for independent jewelry designers in Lebanon and the region to voice-out their talents, and for the public to discover those behind the beautiful creations exhibited.

{From the JDW fair}

{from the JDW fair}

Designed by Alda C

{Designed by Alda C}

{Purrl by Rania Kassem}

{Purrl by Rania Kassem}

{Designed by Randa Khalil Raad}

{Designed by Randa Khalil Raad}

{Designed by Tylda Ghosn}

{Designed by Tylda Ghosn}

{Orlaloi by Nayla Saab}

{Orlaloi by Nayla Saab}

{Designed by Naji Mouzannar}

{Designed by Naji Mouzannar}

Photos are a courtesy of Artheum.

Covering Zobaida Akkari’s Debut Photo-shoot

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Cloud of Lace has not only been a space for me to voice out to the world my passions for all those wonderful little things around me, it has also been a portal where I’ve met a lot of wonderful people, of whom I’m extremely excited to showcase for you! Today I was thrilled to cover Zobaida Akkari‘s photo-shoot of her debut collection… That is, her very first, ever!

Beirut’s weather was perfectly costume-made for a photo-shoot: Sunny with just the right amount of clouds, cool windy breeze, and clear air. The chosen locale was an urban seaside open space.

By 11am, Zobaida was so nervous, had minimal sleep and no breakfast (which was resolved by some take-away croissants), her car was stuffed with all the combinations of outfits the model has to wear, and was still reviewing last-minute changes! But the best part was that despite the nervousness secondary to her debuting her first pieces, this energetic designer kept her fun-spirit and wit all along, making her crew comfortable, and the whole shooting day a very fun experience!

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She ought to be modeling her own pieces 😉

Her items consist of creatively distinguished blazers and shirts. The combination of their design, colors and fabric, made each item a signature piece.

I’ll be introducing this promising upcoming fashion designer, her line, style and future plans at an interview post, and will leave you now to behind-the-scenes images featuring her very first photo-shoot 🙂

It wasn't easy to pose because of the winds

It wasn’t easy to pose because of the winds.

Zobaida Akkari for Cloud of Lace

Zobaida Akkari for Cloud of Lace

Zobaida Akkari for Cloud of Lace

& look who we've met during the day!

& look who we’ve met during the day!

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Oh, & did I mention that Miss Akkari has an impressive collection of Louboutins? I know you’ll love her! 😉

A beautiful compilation of a couple of blazers & a Loubs

A compilation of two beautiful blazers & a Loubs