Monthly Archives: July 2016

Dating with Pharaohs: Shourouk’s New Collection

Shourouk’s new collection Dating with Pharaohs takes us on the most flamboyant and fabulous of holidays to a mythical Cairo, ruled by a contemporary Cleopatra. The colourful collection features Shoruouk’s statement Swarovski crystals, as well as intricate bead embroidery, gilded necklaces and dramatic chokers. The collection was “Inspired by the decadence of the Egyptian Golden Age melodrama, mixed with the paradox of the Middle East and revival Art Deco”, explains the designer The collection also includes an exclusive sunglass range, in collaboration with French eyewear brand Peter & May Walk.  The shades are designed for a modern Cleopatra and exude 40’s glamour with oversized cat-eye frames adorned with colored beads with an Art Deco vibe....

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Never Been Seen: Collective 2016 at Art on 56th

Collective 2016 will bring together Art on 56th diverse roster of artists in a summer exhibition that features both emerging and established talent from the Middle East and their most recent body of work. Starting July 21 until September 15,  it will showcase works executed recently and exhibited for the first time. The artists include: Saoud Abdallah, Alaa Abou Shahine, Oliver Aoun, Mouneer Al Shaarani, Serwan Baran, Georges Bassil, Tarek Butayhi, Zouheir Dabbagh, Naim Doumit, Pinar Du Pre, Safaa El Set, Nawar Haidar, Hasko Hasko, Anas Homsi, Nazir Ismail, Zeina Kamareddine, Dyala Khodary, Joëlle A. Kurdy, Rafik Majzoub, Edgard Mazigi, Abdullah Murad, Boshra Mustafa, Iyad Naja, Riyad Ne’mah, Baris Saribas, Edward Shahda, Delair Shaker, Reem Yassouf, Yigit Yazici, Raffi Yedalian and Nassouh Zaghlouleh. The space will exhibit artworks in a large variety of media, including painting, sculpture, work on paper and photography. This colorful exchange...

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Akillis Python: Cleopatra Inspired Jewelry

With this new collection, AKILLIS returns to its roots, focusing on the initial inspiration that launched the brand. Founder and Creative Director, Caroline Gaspard, found inspiration in ancient mythology, creating a line of jewellery that derives from the story of Cleopatra, queen of Egypt.Globally acclaimed as a woman with an unsurpassed strength of character, with enchanting powers of seduction, it was claimed that Cleopatra wore live pythons around her wrists. This AKILLIS PYTHON collection represents the reptile in its purest essence, by reimagining its unmistakable skin pattern. This design focuses on geometrical and round shaped scale elements, bringing to mind the movement of the snake coiling around the body. This unique design reveals the sensuality and mystery associated with this most dangerous yet admired creature. In true AKILLIS fashion, the brand is faithful to its roots and thus is an ode to true femininity and...

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Pokemon Characters Get a Fashionable Makeover

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week you’ll know that Pokémon (yes those cute little monsters you used to play with on your Game Boy and trade cards with in the playground throughout the 90’s) are back, and back in a very big way. So what’s all the fuss about? Essentially Pokémon Go is Pokémon for the 21st century… it’s an augmented reality game for your phone that allows you to actually catch all 151 Pokémon including Pikachu and our personal fave, Jigglypuff, in real life. By using your phone’s GPS the encourages users to seek out rare Pokémon in a variety of locations in their city and train them to fight and become stronger. Since it’s release in Australia, New Zealand and the US last week it’s been downloaded roughly 7.5 million times, has now been downloaded more times than...

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Oumnia: Creating Change One Knot at a Time

On the occasion of Oumnia Boutique’s 10th anniversary of creativity, colors and stories, Nivine Maktabi successfully realized the creation of handmade Kelims proudly made in Lebanon, more specifically in Arsal, by talented women artisans from Arsal. “Due to my business, I tend to travel to Iran, India, Pakistan, Turkey, as well as Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan among other carpets and textile related countries.  However, I have always wished to produce carpets in Lebanon, but this was challenging, like almost everything else in Lebanon,” explains Maktabi. Despite all odds, and after many years of trying, I am proud to have been able to go up to Arsal and met a few talented women who work on the loom. But getting to Arsal was not easy. With the help of US Aid who believed in Maktabi’s creativity, she now works with 11 local women who use their traditional skills and talents to create an incredible...

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Jeff Koons: ‘Now’ Exhibition Catalogue

This fully illustrated catalogue is published on the occasion of ‘Now’, a solo show of work by Jeff Koons presented at Damien Hirst’s exhibition space, Newport Street Gallery, London (May – October 2016). ‘Now’ spans the duration of Koons’ career to date, and features sculpture and painting from some of his most important series, including Inflatables, The New, Equilibrium and Made in Heaven. This publication also includes an essay by art critic Michael Archer and a foreword by Newport Street Gallery’s Senior Curator, Hugh Allan. Installation shots included. Jeff Koons is widely considered to be one of the most significant and influential artists of the postwar era. Born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955, the American artist investigates themes pertaining to mass culture, commerce, advertising, taste, pleasure and banality. Having once stated, ‘everything already exists in this world’, Koons has redefined approaches to the readymade over...

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