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Women who ruled the street style scene first!

After watching only part of the VMAs this year (because to watch all of it would have been the ultimate test of patience), I couldn’t help but wonder how royally we have screwed up the definition of the word “edgy”. Because if we find Miley Cyrus’s awkward, high-school’ish antics or Nicki Minaj’s daring wardrobe “edgy” then we have no concept of where the word originated from or what brought about its existence in the first place.

So let me take you back in time when women kept the “classy” alive and well without the urge to bare it all. Watch how the world’s perception of the word “edgy” has changed and how fashion has evolved over the years.

via Harper’s Bazaar

Simone D'Aillencourt in Lower Manhattan, 1950s

Simone D’Aillencourt in Lower Manhattan, 1950s

Paris

Paris

On the street in Paris, from a shoot that first appeared in Harper's BAZAAR in the 1950s

On the street in Paris, from a shoot that first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR in the 1950s

New York, 1960

New York, 1960

Muriel Oxford Dorville

Muriel Oxford Dorville

Models pose in Pierre Cardin looks, 1980

Models pose in Pierre Cardin looks, 1980

Model Shakira Caine in West London, 1976

Model Shakira Caine in West London, 1976

London

London

London, 1971

London, 1971

Jill Leslie and Patricia Donald Smith wear Dior, 1966

Jill Leslie and Patricia Donald Smith wear Dior, 1966

House of Worth evening suits, 1969

House of Worth evening suits, 1969

Christian Dior coats

Christian Dior coats

A woman wearing snakeskin waistcoat, 1971

A woman wearing snakeskin waistcoat, 1971

A woman wearing Chanel, 1980

A woman wearing Chanel, 1980

A model poses in New York, 1952

A model poses in New York, 1952

A Dior hat, 1955

A Dior hat, 1955

A couple at Penn Station

A couple at Penn Station

1972

1972

1958

1958

I wish I could transport some of this fashion back into today’s world!

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Food Porn on the runway

Moschino’s 2014 Fall Collection is like witnessing food porn on the runway…

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If they design a gown of Nutella, I’m game!

Since we’re on this topic, I have to say I was hooked on this Elie Saab couture piece from their Spring collection 2014 for a good 28 seconds!

Elie Saab Spring 2014

Btw, did you know Elie Saab is a Lebanese designer who lives in Beirut???!!!! I did not!

See, you can learn something new every day!

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Colors of Jeddah

Malls are abundant. Fashion is…well…shocking!

On the streets, women are covered in black “abayas“, head to toe.

But fashion displayed on mannequins reveals an unexposed Saudi woman.

My experience roaming in the malls reminded me of the scene from Sex and the City 2 when a group of Arab women offer Samantha a place to hide from the angry, screaming men on the streets. Hidden behind their abayas was couture heaven!

Malls are indeed couture heaven!

However, what you see here are pictures from our visit to a souq which is a name for any open-air marketplace.

                                  

        

And here’s a selfie of me and my sister after a full day of shopping…(me on the left, my sister on the right)

Spotlight on Designer Rosie Assoulin

I can’t believe I missed Rosie Assoulin in NYC Fashion Week!!

I’m loving the modern sculptural touch in her elegant, layered, tiered clothing using neutral shades and raw textures…now that was a mouthful! And evidence to how beautifully she’s compiled several elements of fashion into one single look!

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Trends seen at NY Fashion Week

The NYC runway left us with a glimpse of:

  • Minimalism
  • Textured Fabric Cuts
  • Floral Patterns
  • Sequins
  • Embroidered Fabric
  • A Blast from the Past (classic looks reinvented from the 1920s to the 60s & 70s)

…although as always there were & should be exceptions to the rule.

Here are a few of my favorite things:

Angel Sanchez

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Carolina Herrera

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Custo Barcelona

Custo Barcelona

David Tlale

David Tlale

Dennis Basso

Dennis Basso Dennis Basso

DKNY

DKNY

Etxeberria

Etxeberria

Reem Acra

Reem Acra Reem Acra Reem Acra Reem Acra

Vivienne Hu

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And that my friends, is my wrap up of NYC Fashion Week.

Had my few WOW moments on the runway. Designers Costello Tagliapietra were my absolute favorite. Hervé Léger came in close second – his designs reminded me of the movie Fifth Element! This year, NYC raised the bar!

Now looking forward to Italy, Turkey, Tokyo and India!

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Autumn Trends at Pakistan Fashion Week – Spotlight on Mohsin Ali

I jump a little (with joy) in my chair and choke a bit (with joy) in my throat when I see Pakistan in the fashion forefront.

For instance, Love Love Loving these skirts from Designer Mohsin Ali for Sana Safinaz showcased at Pakistan Fashion Week, Autumn/Winter Collection 2014!

via High Fashion Pakistan blog

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New York Fashion Week 2014

I am rather sad to report that after perusing through hundreds of pictures of designers and their ensemble showcased at New York Fashion Week last month, I not once experienced an AHA moment! déçu!!!! If this is what Spring is going to look like in America, then I’m not jiving it.

But…I still went through the luxury of handpicking my best moments from the ensemble delivered. Don’t hold your breath though…

Long overdue but necessary, my picks! One thing for sure – colors dominate!

1.  Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

2.  Oscar de la Renta

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3.  Ralph Lauren

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4.  Tory Burch

Tory Burch

5.  Zac Posen

Zac Posen

6.  Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

7.  Ostwald Helgason (my personal favorite!)

Ostwald Helgason

Dress you up!

If you are a teacher who likes dressing up, you probably want to look cute and be comfortable at the same time without the need to have a sizable wallet but you just don’t have enough time in the day to make it happen. I know! That’s me every morning too!

I follow A.Teacher.A.Day who does an amazing job looking chic with stuff you would likely buy or may already have hiding in your closet. And proves looking cute can come at an affordable price!

Check out her Instagram page for shopping and outfit tips!

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Ami by Alexandre Mattiussi

Earlier this year, designer Alexandre Mattiussi debuted his sporty chic Fall/Winter 2014 Menswear collection during Paris Fashion Week. I loved his collection for the mere simple reason that it can be easily replicated on the streets. As I don’t see or expect even in my worst fashion deadliest nightmares my man to be caught on the streets wearing this:

awkward menswearSo I thought to share some of his collection with the masses in case you’re shopping for ideas on how to dress up your man this Fall in all ways desirable.

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