Ashish offers effortless chic for SS13

Updated 07 November 2012
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Ashish offers effortless chic for SS13

For any young girl who wants to be effortlessly chic, casual and a little quirky — Ashish has the answers. His London Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’13 show was fun, innovative and a celebration of fresh, new ideas. How he managed to create really stylish pieces by fusing elements of tracksuits, denim and slinky sequins is anyone’s guess — but he pulled it off and judging by the reaction after the show, he can expect to do well with this collection.
The models wore their hair gathered up in slightly unkempt scrunchies and teamed classic reeboks with sparkly pop socks. They looked really at ease as they stepped out confidently in the clothes — a breath of fresh air after years of watching women teetering about in vertiginous heels that entrap them in a hell of restricted pain.
Stunning model and actress, Tolula Adeyemi, who sat front row at the show, was impressed. “I love Ashish — he’s bringing back Reebok classics — and I love the sequined pop socks,” she said. “The look is quite simple but with very interesting details such as the backless tops. His sequins are high octane glamour but he’s twisted it and made it into a very cool, street, 90’s influenced collection,” she added. Tolula, who has family in Abu Dhabi, found herself at the center of a storm of flashbulbs as she took her place to enjoy the show — but with a face and figure that every magazine covets that’s no surprise.
Another front row fashionista, Sunshine Duncan, from Toronto, Canada, said, “The look is really chic, but relaxed and comfortable. As for jeans and sequins — I personally couldn’t rock it — but I know people who could. I loved the piece that looked as though it is made of gold feathers!”
The show was also a hit with Mayuko Yamamoto, from Japan. “I thought the styling was amazing and the colors gorgeous — I really liked it!” she said. The colors were pale denim blue, crisp cotton white, metallic grey, gold and almond, with polka dots and sequins. There was a curious blend of delicacy and athleticism about the look — feminine and strong.
For Jack Risley who works for the video production company that films London and New York Fashion Weeks, the show stood out as being original and fresh. “I see a lot of the shows and I would say this is ‘right up there with the top’ — I love Ashish,” he said.
Elegant marketing director, Shipra Gill, from Delhi, said, “It seemed this collection is for a regular girl. You don’t have to be a top model to wear this fashion. It combines everyday style with glamor. It’s definitely something I would like to go and buy. I feel this can work well internationally — I think Ashish is going to do great in 2013.”
So it’s thumbs up all round for the Delhi born designer whose handcrafted designs are made at his workshop/factory in India. But clearly he’s not one to relish the limelight — he managed just a brief shy bow at the end of his uplifting show.

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Kuwait’s Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen shows off stunning summer looks

Updated 23 June 2018
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Kuwait’s Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen shows off stunning summer looks

DUBAI: What do you get when you mix a GCC social media influencer with three massive fashion brands? A dream look book, that’s what.
While we’re normally quite skeptical about influencer-brand collaborations — due to the fit usually not being quite right — it’s hard to fault this “One Thousand and One Nights” themed photoshoot, a collaboration between Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co. and Esposa Privé. Why? Well, first of all the campaign, masterminded by the UAE-based wedding planning company Brides to Be, is all about the clothes rather than the influencer herself.
Secondly, it’s clear that a lot of thought has been put into it. Shot by French photographer Jeremy Zaessinger at Dubai’s Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel, Al-Abdulmohsen sported a number of looks by the three heavyweight brands, with the finishing touches of hair and make-up offered by Maison de Joelle.
While the campaign was originally created for the month of Ramadan, the images were released just before Eid Al-Fitr. However, we don’t think it matters as it actually goes beyond the festive season, with the Kuwaiti social media star — who has 1.8 million followers on Instagram — sporting modest looks that are appropriate for many an evening function or wedding.

It is said that Esposa Privé, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co. worked together to create the looks, mixing traditional elements with modern accessories. Silk features prominently, with many embroidered abayas, along with Jimmy Choo’s Viola collection — footwear adorned with Swarovski crystals.
Al-Abdulmohsen also showcases a couple of bridal looks by Esposa Privé. Designed by Kristie Romanos, the flowy, luxurious dresses feature unique cuts and embody a modern, yet timeless elegance. The bespoke bridal couture pieces were accessorized with pieces from Jimmy Choo’s “Cinderella” collection, reimagined iconic glass slippers decorated with more than 7,000 dazzling Swarovski crystals.
Anyone into fashion will be familiar with all three major iconic brands involved. With a presence in the Middle East region for more than 30 years, Esposa Group is home to Esposa and Esposa Privé, both of which are available in Dubai and Beirut. Meanwhile, Jimmy Choo has a slew of celebrity fans, including Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.