Monthly Archives: December 2012

Screen Shot 2012-12-28 at 4.05.02 AMFinding the perfect shade of red could prove to be quite a challenge. When we think red, we think Valentino red; a shade lighter could look pale and a shade darker could look tacky. Designer Giovanni Valentino has found the perfect shade that speaks love.

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Most of the images above are of Valentino gowns.

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It’s all about the {lace}.

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Those detailed, tiny stitches. Those fine, soft threads. Those delicate hand weaved brides*.

In Black, white, or cream each piece has a special way of making and a special way of wearing. Like antique jewelry , antique lace makes a direct appeal to the romantic fantasy which involves crystal chandeliers, painted ceilings, fancy chinaware , and live music. (A gentleman playing a violin too, perhaps?)

Lace mask designed by Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in her movie ‘How to Steal a Million’

*Slender ties which connect the different parts of the patterns

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Screen Shot 2012-12-26 at 2.42.25 AMDon’t you just love it when things fall into place impeccably? Like all the elements in this photo shoot; captured at the the right time, the right setting, with those highly unique pieces.

It’s been a while since we last came across an editorial shoot and were filled with awe (Bravo Jaclyn Adams!) The floral landscape , exquisite forms, the colors, prints, textures, and fabrics are far from being predictable. Brilliant.

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To see more of Jaclyn’s work visit her official website

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This is for her, for the wonderful {نور}


Truth to be told, it was quite difficult to find the right person to represent No.3. We were interested to feature someone with a distinctive character, a unique sense of style , someone ambitious, vibrant, yet grounded  and full of life. In October 2012 we crossed paths with {Noor Al Nafisi} and we instantly knew she’s the one for No.3.

Noor is the furthest one can be from ordinary. She runs 3 restaurants in Kuwait (Vinnys, Mustard, and Vinox), she’s in the process of starting her own business, an events management and social media solutions company in the name of Spotlight, and she’s currently getting her Bachelors in Marketing ..ohh! did we mention she’s only 21?

When we asked her what drives Noor she simply said “My passion for what I love in life. Passion is the main force behind my every move. I believe it’s what makes me who I am today.”

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The three days we spent with her working on No.3’s debut collection photo shoot were truly memorable and we got to see more of her fashion choices. We love the way she tones down during the day and as the night gradually approaches she builds up on that tone. We love her simple yet detailed choices of jewelry pieces. We love that she’s not afraid to wear black from head to toe at 8am. We are so lucky to have met her and her beautiful mother (who is another fashion Icon!)  not only because she’s as wonderful as she is brilliant, but also because her heart is at the right place.

Much love to {Noor Al Nafisi} all the way from London town.

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Planning the most magical night of your entire life or as we put it, ليلة العمر  can be quite stressful and overwhelming, the reason why it’s very important to have someone with a beautiful aura share the load of designing it. Someone who can calm you down with a bright smile, someone who can bring Paris’s ethereal romance to your backyard, someone who can make a Tuscan wedding happen; someone who believes in love, laces, candles, roses, and magic.

No.3 introduces {Sarah Al Dabbagh} of Lace Events ~

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Tell us a little bit about Sarah Al Dabbagh.
I’m a 25-year-old Saudi, who was born and raised in the city of Jeddah. After my secondary education, I moved to Boston MA where I received a bachelors degree in early childhood education.

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I’ve always wanted to be a wedding planner. Ever since I could remember, I’ve had a great passion for ceremony and celebration, spending my days dressing Barbie dolls as little brides, to making wedding scrapbooks filled with little cutouts and pictures.

The first wedding I planning was my cousin’s  and that was when I was still in my senior year of college. And as the guests congratulated me at the end of that wonderful evening, I knew that no matter how tired or worn down I was; nothing could beat the joy of turning people’s wishes and dreams into reality. From then on, my love flourished into a passion… and then came Lace.

The reason I picked {Lace} was simple. Not only is it my favorite form of material, it is a word that all brides could relate to. I wanted something that was timeless, which reflects on how I like my events to be.

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Screen Shot 2012-12-16 at 12.50.24 PMScreen Shot 2012-12-16 at 12.48.00 PMScreen Shot 2012-12-16 at 12.48.10 PMScreen Shot 2012-12-16 at 12.47.42 PMFashion features as an important element in your line of work, how does your personal interest in it feed into what you do?
Fashion plays a big part in my field, clothes and fabrics are a major source of inspiration for me and so I’m constantly aware of what’s going on around me in the fashion world.

What/Who influences your taste in fashion?
Audrey Hepburn, in every possible way! Her fashion sense, beauty, charm, and needless to mention, timeless movies.

Tell us about your favorite era in the context of fashion and the qualities that fascinate you about this specific era.
The 50’s! I just love everything about that era, the fashion, the singers, the actors and the movies! All the puffy tulle skirts and short dresses, the shirts, the swim suits, the hairdos and the elegance. Everything was just prettier and better back then.

What’s your favorite city/shopping district?
As much as I love Paris, I’m going to have to say New York is my favorite. There’s something about this city that just makes me happy!
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Screen Shot 2012-12-16 at 12.48.28 PMBeing someone who has an exceptional eye for design and detail, any regional designers caught your attention recently? What do you appreciate most about their work?
I’m going to have to say Razan Al Azzouni because she’s an extremely talented designer and a true artist. Razan has a style of her own, an eye for detail, and her creations are elegant and timeless. Unfortunately nowadays I have noticed that many associate fashion with just spikes and neons. Razan brings grace to the Arab fashion world.

Tell us about a gown that means a lot to you.
This 1950’s Chrisitan Dior gown. I first saw this dress when I was 9 years old on a trip to Paris with my family, we walked into Dior and my mom was going through pictures of old gowns, I remember telling the saleswoman to hand me a copy of this picture to keep, saying that one day I’ll come back to her and ask her to make it for me. This is a photo of the gown:

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Sara’s favorite picks from the recent Bridal Market runway.
To be honest, there wasn’t a collection this year from the bridal market that I was in love with, but if I had to pick, then it’ll be a few pieces from Oscar de la Renta’s collection, the detailed Lace work and the head piece!

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We have always been fascinated by beautiful wedding veils; can you describe your favorite?
As much as a wedding dress is important, to me, a veil is what makes a dress. I love a detailed veil, an art piece, I just love the concept and beauty of how a veil covers the bride’s face, and then when pulled back it’s this beautiful addition to her hairdo. Those are two of my favorite veils:

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