Monthly Archives: January 2013

This beautiful photo shoot by Yin Chao takes us back to glamorous Paris in the late 1930’s, When women wore hats for breakfast and veils on a typical mid-day stroll along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. A time when headpieces were not just accessories, but more of a fashion statement that completed the look. Take us back to that time please?

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Screen Shot 2013-01-21 at 1.15.10 PMKnown for their roles in Downton Abbey as members of the aristocratic Crawley family, Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham) take part in an exclusive photo shoot by Bruce Weber for Vogue Germany January 2013.

Michelle Dockery appears in a stunning intricately beaded black gown holding a gorgeous veil. Effortless grace.

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Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle’s on-screen mother appeared in a vintage look wearing a minimal black dress and white gloves. Absolutely loved the detail of the lace hat she held.

Both characters were undoubtedly beautifully shot.

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We’ve been looking through the Pre-Fall collections and McQueen’s was absolutely a show-stopper. Reading about the thought process and inspiration behind the collection made it all the more intruiging. “This collection called on the motifs of high and low church, papal robes, clerical vestments and puritanical Amish dress.” 

The piece with the cape (first image) definitely stands out not only because it bears a strong reference to the concept of the collection but is formally fascinating too. We also particularly enjoyed the intricate details on velvet and the jacquard stained-glass window patterns that featured on it. And the long pendants, just the perfect detail to finish of the looks. Bravo, Sarah Burton!

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A few days ago we came across this piece, Cacharel and the city, published in The National back in December 2012 on a fashion shoot that took place in Abu Dhabi in 1974 by Jack Burlot. It is a great documentation of not only those lovely Cacharel dresses but also a beautiful record of what were once landmarks in the capital and in a broader sense, a portrayal of life back in the 70’s.

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Context of the shoot narrated in the few lines below (source: The National)

Burlot recalls that he met a woman, possibly named Cathy, who was staying at his hotel with a group from Cacharel, the French fashion label that made its mark on the 70s with flowing bohemian dresses and colourful floral Liberty fabrics. “She was coming back from another place, I don’t remember where,” Burlot says. He had the idea of taking her out on an impromptu fashion shoot in the local surroundings. “At this time it was a little bit difficult to do this sort of thing,” he says. Difficult, but not impossible. Burlot’s temporary press card from the Ministry of Information, dated November 28-December 8, 1974, reads “kindly extend all facilities to the Bearer.”

They managed to shoot among fishermen at the port and smiling onlookers at Qasr Al Hosn, the fortified palace that at the time was being used for government offices and was to be renovated two years later. “People were surprised but really nice with us,” Burlot says. “I asked them to be in the photographs. It was very strange for them … but they played the game.”

Images courtesy of The National

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Below are images of our debut collection launched last month featuring the beautiful Noor Al Nafisi photographed by the talented Saeed Khalifa! No.3’s launch was nothing short of spectacular and we will be dedicating a specific post including images of the launch event photographed by the super talented Shereenah Lootah. We cannot mention the launch without mentioning The White Connection who handled the event design beautifully (Chapeau!). Our first collection included a series of abayas as well as some dresses and kaftans.

Below are a few lines introducing the first collection, In the light º In the shadow.

In the light is a set of functional everyday wear designed for a woman who embraces her spontaneity and poise. In the shadow is designed to compliment the female form, accentuating the woman’s femininity and grace.

We associate a scent to every collection, Kuwait’s very own Sara Al Yaqout’s Rose & Patchouli being the scent of this collection.

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