It starts with a dream

Fashion Cursed? I hear you ask. Yes that was how I started my first ever blog posting a year ago! Time flies by when you do what you love and more so when you’re cursed with fashion; a dream I believe will take its toll, all in good time…
It starts with a dream and I am making it happen. And since today is the first anniversary of fashion cursed, I wanted to share with you my mood board for my upcoming collection.  
  

I am just one voice in this world, there is no end to my journey in sight, only a beginning…

A couture dream!

The day I’ll feel totally alive with every bone in my body is the day I have my very own fashion show, but until then, let’s take a moment and engross ourselves in the beauty of traditional craftsmanship that is couture, in the city of lights and romance. Perhaps it was an ode to the Paris terrorist attacks just weeks prior; a seemingly tangible sense of fearlessness whereby Haute Couture has become an expression of national pride. From Giambattista Valli to Dior, the clothes and sets were soaring with ideas bolder and more daring than last season.

Schiaparelli

When you see motifs of hearts pierced with cupid bows or trompe l’oeil ribbons on a dress, you can’t help but smile and enjoy the whimsicalness of Elsa Schiaparelli’s essence; her surrealistic approach back in a modern day, and despite the absence of a creative director, the in house team surprisingly pulled it off to an on point collection.

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Dior

It’s incredible how far Dior has come from its Galliano days; Raf Simons continues to unravel Christian’s historical elements imagining the future as seen by the past and the past seen with the future. His inspiration was that of David Bowie reinventing the romance of the 50s, the experimentation of the 60s and the liberation approach of the 70s all meshed into one fascinating concunction of ideas.

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Giambattista Valli

Yes there were the floral prints and embroideries that is the very core of Valli but an apparent touch of Gabrielle Chanel and Janis Joplin was pinned to his mood board backstage. It was darkly romantic and oh so fresh, most likely it was the new addition of the silk crepe pants underneath the tulle skirt that was its fresh subtlety. As for the last few pieces, Valli wouldn’t be Valli without the big extravagant gowns and fur capes that took over the runway!

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Chanel

Karl oh Karl, what magic have you reinvented now? Just imagine a time forwarded to what felt like Spring 2515 in a paradise garden that bursts into mechanical bloom. It’s clear that it’s all about the changing attitude, from what used to be of formal elegance has transformed to a time where the garden is wild and free. And just like Dior, Karl gave us flashes of the past as seen by the future; where tweeds are decaying into luxurious fringing. A changing time in couture it certainly is.

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Images via Style.com, The Guardian, Instagram user Lena Perminova, Pop Sugar

Wardrobe Check List

You know the drill, day by day when we take a few moments (or hours!) standing in front of our explosive wardrobes trying to pick out an outfit; whether it be for a routine day at work, a first date or a cocktail event and the list goes on; yet we somehow utter the unexplainable “I have nothing to wear.” Well being Fashion Cursed, I go through it all the time, but I have summoned myself to the tedious task of cleaning out my closet by getting rid of the hanging onto items I never wear or the not so great quality impulse buys. It was a tough and long process, but the point is I am trying to make room for essential pieces that’ll make it easier to pull together an outfit for whatever occasion. And so below is what I strive for, hope it helps guide you too.

Wardrobe Check List

Sporty and elegant is possible

Right about now, all I want is to dress effortlessly elegant in a not so over the top manner; and that entails everything in this Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Pre-Fall Collection 2015. There is that sense of casualness that makes me want to change the entire feel of my wardrobe. It’s the sporty grunge kind of feel with details that makes you reassess what you dream of wearing and what fashion really means to you; it’s that seventies retro feel in silhouettes, too cool for school yet it’s modern, feminine and oh so dressy without trying too hard.

Some of my favorite looks

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Images via Style.com

Did I ever mention the shirt dress?

How often do you see artwork on a building… In Abu Dhabi? Let’s just say hardly ever and because of its rarity, I felt the need to get up close and personal, I mean real close to a canvas of such scale.

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And what I wore was a reflection of the urban feel of the canvas, taking a basic shirt in a form of a shirt dress for a more relaxed oversized look. An essential I kid you not, it’s sleek and minimal, and if you haven’t got the time to pick and choose outfits from your closet, a shirt dress really comes in handy for a quick fix, whether casual or dressy.

My casual look

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The shirt dress is by Plotz Underline
The cool eye pants are by Daniel Palillo
The bag is Anya Hindmarch
Shoes by Anniel
As for the hair scarf, my husbands shirt all twisted around 😜.

For an Evening look

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For an evening crisp look, I buttoned it down and wore some Dior heels and a Fendi Qu tweet bag and all set… not to jump of course!

Credits to a fun location The O1ne Club at Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

A “Fashion Cursed” kinda film!

Oh dear, a last minute invite to a night out with friends. This is the part we say S*** and think oh dear god “What to wear?”. You know the dreaded moment we approach our closet and stare away flicking through every piece we have; mind you, probably splurged on a shopping spree just yesterday; a closet that is surely about to explode, yet we have nothing to wear! How is that even remotely possible?? Well this short film depicts a comical perspective of just an atom of what it means to be Fashion Cursed. My dilemma, yours and every other woman on the planet!

Hope you enjoy this film as much I did!

What are you wearing for New Years Eve?

If you happen to be celebrating with a Big Bang, and still haven’t figured out what to wear, don’t fret, as I hunted down some great inspirational pieces to get the party started! Who knows you might even have just enough time to shop a set! The notion of New Years and fashion for some reason goes in hand in hand with bling, my version however is a little more subdued, rather than going all sparkly from head to toe; it’s fun and festive and oh so fabulous!

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3 1 Phillip Lim form fitting dress
$1,160 – farfetch.com

Narciso Rodriguez loose crop top
$440 – theoutnet.com

House of Holland pink sequin top
$430 – matchesfashion.com

Isa Arfen shirts top
modaoperandi.com

Isa Arfen embroidered top
$530 – avenue32.com

Tome wide pants
shoplesnouvelles.com

Martin Grant full skirt
$3,085 – farfetch.com

House of Holland red mini skirt
$450 – net-a-porter.com

Isabel Marant black sequin skirt
$765 – matchesfashion.com

BLK DNM leather mini skirt
$370 – net-a-porter.com

Aquazzura zipper shoes
$380 – brownsfashion.com

Manolo Blahnik buckle shoes
bergdorfgoodman.com

Sophia Webster heels stiletto
$535 – brownsfashion.com

Roberto Cavalli clutch
$985 – farfetch.com

Jacques Vert clutch
$45 – johnlewis.com

Olympia Le Tan pocket purse
$1,340 – monnierfreres.co.uk

Lulu guinness purse
$130 – asos.com