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Runway Trends from NYC Fashion Week

18 Oct

Bareface stylist Dina Y is back in Dubai after a whirlwind trip to NY Fashion week where she mingled with the celebs and checked out the latest trends coming our way.

Dina is letting us in on the upcoming trends, to find out whats ‘In’  for 2011, have a read below……..

PORTS 1961: Fresh from the Runway at NY Fashion week

Everyone would agree with me if I had said that it’s a tad bit too early to share Spring/Summer 2011 fashion trends. But after flying out to New York City for 3 weeks to be part of the glamorous industry and invited to attend their biannual Mercedes Benz Fashion Week event, I can’t help but share some of the latest looks, news and experiences from the runway shows.

Spring/Summer 2011 is about a revamped 70’s era, with bold colors, jewel tones, dynamic prints, attitude, the power of the red lipstick, pure whites, cowgirl and country girl styles, and a cross between art deco and tribal motif jewelry. You may think to yourself that we have been there before, and quite frankly, we have, but in an unconventional kind of way. The difference with this season is that designers are playing with inconsistencies; it is all about making the contrast work. As you may already be aware, this is the first season where the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was held at a new location, in Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Pure white by Ashton Michael

After 17 years at the tents in Bryant Park, this new location introduced a more organized and modern approach to the entire presentation. With larger space from lobby to runway, attendees entered the venue on a red carpet and were greeted by photographers, press, event ushers and sponsoring counters, all the way to the reception/check-in desk where seating assignments were taken care of via computers and bar codes. While trying to get used to the notion of it all, I made my way to my first show, Edition by Georges Chakra, accompanied by a good friend of mine from the industry. I have worked with the talented Lebanese couturier in the past to style Celebrity Actress, Kelly Carlson, using 2 of his signature pieces for the cover story and editorial in Rouge Magazine almost 2 years ago, and then again last year a piece for NOI.SE Magazine, so I was excited to see what he was going to unveil with his ready-to-wear line for the season.

Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child, who was sporting one of his designs in white, and Miss Jay Alexander from America’s Next Top Model were among the invited Celebrity guests. His show consisted of forty-six different looks in a wide range of colors that worked well together. There were alluring aquas, bright blues, bold blacks, cheerful corals, crispy champagnes, iridescent ivories and vibrant violets. Silhouettes were made of short cocktail dresses, beautiful wind-swept long dresses and gowns in chiffon, asymmetrical necklines, satin strips that were paralleled or intertwined, with sequins, dazzling glitters and elaborate beadings. Structured composition that enhanced a woman’s physique and accentuated her curves were the masterpieces of the show. Tall models beamed in their glowing makeup and their breeze-blown hair that seemed unkempt by a light Indian summer wind. There were geometric symmetry of statement earrings and necklaces here and there, but overall simplicity, modernity, sophistication yet enticing seductiveness were the theme of the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if I came across these gowns on the red carpet in the near future. After a standing ovation for his show, I made my way backstage to greet Mr. Chakra and to get a feel of the vibe out there….everyone was ecstatic about a job well done, and a swarm of press and people from the crowd overtook the designer as I managed to sneak a quick word with him, and made my way out just in time to catch the next show, PORTS 1961.

I always seem to look forward to the PORTS 1961 show every season; it is one of my favorites. A line that is primarily inspired by travel and femininity, Tia Cibani, the Creative Director/Designer, never failed to portray the elegance as such. Currently replaced by her sister, Fiona, this season, I was quite looking forward to seeing what she would come up with. I went to my front row seat, which I was highly excited about, and where I could get an undisturbed view. The show began, and models glided in front of me with beautifully sculpted dresses, jumpsuits, signature pencil and cocktail dresses, gorgeously draped one-sleeved shirts, radiant long dresses, tailored shorts and flawless luxe textured gowns. Colors in jewel tones of emerald, amethyst, and sapphire along with desert tones of browns, tans and khakis. Pure whites popped every now and then, breaking up the collection in a subtle way. There were pyrite and crystal embellishments, liquid silk pieces, sparkly silks, strappy sandals, folded ankle peep-toed boots in nudes and neutrals, exaggerated rings and jewelry pieces as well. Models had loosely teased curls, quite retro, and with a soft and natural face, finished off with blended smokey eyes. The collection was titled “Essadi”-a pseudonym used by the explorer Isabelle Eberhardt while journeying into Northern Africa in the 19th century. Not only was the collection wearable, it was mesmerizing and breathtaking. I left wanting to see more and was pleased with Fiona’s new take on the collection, she is just as much a traveler as her sister!

Front Row at NY Fashion Week

Other fascinating shows that I had the pleasure of attending were the ever so lively Custo Barcelona that had a play on multi-colored prints and textures, Ashton Michael’s new take on architecturally inspired Goth style, Rad Hourani’s futuristic androgynous mode, Raul Penaranda’ s promising fashion forward first collection, among others.

Fashion’s Night Out had everyone in the city enjoy an evening at all the remarkable designer stores, with dj’s and live music, window installations of real models, dancers and artwork, celebrity sightings, great prices, and parties everywhere… It was indeed an unforgettable evening.

Spring/Summer 2011 seems to promise a rebirth of a fashionable era, the 70’s, with a strong feminine and structural twist. Conformity and composition plays an important role in the style of a collection, but maintaining the dainty feel of a woman is what makes it a success. I believe that we are reverting back to the beauty of true womanhood, and embracing its meaning. Making an ultra seductive statement yet maintaining the savoir vivre and savoir-faire of the style will definitely come a long way in this sensational season. I am looking forward to the market’s reaction once these pieces launch…. Will the uber sexy yet genteel style be well received, I wonder?

Thanks Dina!

Have a look at some of the action:

What do you think about the upcoming trends and styles?
Who will you be wearing?
Leave your comment or question for Dina below and we will get back to you.

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Sizzle this Summer

27 Jul

Summer 2010 Trends & Tips

High Fashion Stylist Dina Yassin is letting us in on her top tips for summer 2010……

“Despite the global financial crisis, which has affeced us in so many ways, and left us with subdued expectations of overall trends in general, Spring/Summer 2010 is the first season where I believe we are finally noticing it all beginning to diminish. Not only is 2010 an exciting year for fashion, but also it is where a new standard of fashion is finally rising up. Styles that are classically inspired but with an infusion of outrageous is what we’ll be wearing. It’s about combining smart and sexy looks with sporty and delicate styles. Moreover, a minimalist theme that’s highly influenced by innovation and sustainable elements.”  Dina Yassin

 Here are a few summer trends and tips that will help you make a great statement:

Color Palette:

Shot in NYC. Stylist: Dina Yassin

The color story for this summer is fresh and dynamic that is created by strong pastels, bleached neon tints, elegant neutrals and light plum tones. The beauty of subtleties of tone such as nude with peach and washed out browns, and grays with icy blues, or white with ice cream colors bring about a barely there yet eye-popping look. This trend both complements and contrasts the neutral tone style, creating a spontaneous sweetness to the super-sexy. Look for these colors on sheer flowy fabrics, dresses, blouses and jackets. You could always go for a classic solid color or be daring and try out the extravagant summery patterns yet keeping it simple and feminine.

 Summer Romper Trends, Hot Pants & Boy Shorts:

It’s all about the legs this summer!!!

Hot pants and boy shorts are the new shift for shorter-than-short style that can be paired with Mary Jane’s to dress them up, or with sandals for a casual feel, and they all reveal your toned up legs. Denim cut-off shorts are also very hot if you want to go for more raw style. Play these variations with basic summer tanks, tube tops and cat sunglasses for a fifties dash, or a button-up silk shantung with a headscarf and loafers for a Grace Kelly flair. My thoughts, if you want to appear more chic, don’t go too short.

Summer rompers have definitely made a revival. They are very cute, comfortable, and so easy to just slip on. You won’t need to worry about mixing and matching; the beauty of these babies is that they’re all ready for you!

 Heavy, Bold & Exaggerated Prints:

Scattered countryside floral, bold geometric patterns, animal prints, optical illusion stripes and checks are all turning heads this summer. Vivacious styles can always find room in your summer ensemble. Find them on your canvas print shoes, leather totes, silk tops, summer scarves, chiffon skirts, or beautiful dresses. It’s these particular trends that update classics in a carefree spirit!

 Beat the heat in this summer’s hottest swimwear:

Shot in Miami. Stylist: Dina Yassin

This summer’s bathing suit styles are delightful and the new exquisite designs suit many different tastes. From vintage inspired designs to modern two-piece bikinis, and classic one-piece bathing suit that are timeless. These come in vivid colors and simple monochromes, to heavy and bold prints as well as strapless and/or one shoulder style. Accessorize them with resin bangles, chunky necklaces, dangling earrings, to over-sized beach bags, wedges and sunglasses. You can always add a divinely printed tunic if you’re not into showing too much skin in the beach.

 It’s all about the shades!

Summer shoot for Haya Magazine, MBC

Sunglasses, without a doubt, always add attitude and make a bold statement. This summer we’re finding a fusion of modern and classic styles with a twist. Audrey style for the wild ‘n’ crazy, round tortoise for the moderate, the rectangular frame for the minimalist, the oversized round frame for the true lady, and the cat-eye frame for the romantic posh child. There are lots of styles to frame your gorgeous face, so go out there and find the right suit to your style!

Jewelry, the finishing touch!

Colorful stones and organic shapes are this summer’s BIG jewelry statement. Resin and wooden bangles, rock-embellished rings, and exaggerated earrings are completing your looks. Free yourself from the traditional jewelry routine and get yourself in something chunky and textural. I promise you, you won’t look back!

The current global climate has given fashion the opportunity to re-invent itself in the most unimaginable way. Several renditions of what is seen from the past have been magnificently re-created, and produce a memorable trend. Finding the right style is not going out there and buying a nice outfit, it’s really about paying attention to every detail all the time. Research all the trends of the season thoroughly and find out which ones suit you. Make sure that you’re portraying an image that is and will remain your signature look. This will not only be easy, but fun to accentuate later on.

 Enjoy your summer!!

A Big Thank You to Dina for her amazing tips….let us know what you think.

For more inspiration, check out www.dinayassin.com

What are you wearing this summer? Any trends you love?

Stef talks Fashion!

28 Feb


Senior  Booker Stef Forbes tells it as it is!

Joining the Fashion Jury for Grazia, check out her feedback on the celebs.

Stef Forbes for Grazia

 I definately agree about the Ferrero Rocher wrapper!

Cant believe Mena wore socks with those shoes – definately a few fashion dont’s in this edition!

Who do you think  got it right?

Bareface models rock Okku for Desert Fish magazine

23 Feb

This is awesome! Amazing shoot for Desert Fish magazine.

All shot on location at Okku restaurant in Dubai…….Its brilliant!

Bareface models looking fabulous for Desert Fish magazine

A big shout out to Bareface Makeup artist & Hair stylist Lorna Butler for her amazing talent in creating ‘The Look’!

Fashion Stylist Gemma Keil rocked the wardrobe!

Thank you to Bareface Models Sophia K, Clarita, Oona and Ying.