Monthly Archives: September 2018

Free Design: Celine Der Torossian’s AZADE Earrings Fly High

Celine Der Torossian is a veteran of the fashion industry. When the experienced designer created her own line, AZADE, she embraced the freedom it allowed her and released a line of funky, stylish earrings made from plexi-glass. AZADE is growing fast thinking big and growth is on the horizon. Tell us a little about yourself. I have a background in Fashion Design with a Graduate Diploma from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. I worked in fashion for seven years and used to have my own brand of ready-to-wear for women. I chose to call my Brand AZADE which means “Free” in Armenian in tribute to my Armenian origins. How did AZADE start off? The adventure started in July 2017, the idea behind the Plexiglas jewelry came when I did my last collection for Starch Foundation in 2013-2014. The collection was...

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Hala Moubarak, Beirut Design Fair and the Burgeoning Lebanese Design Scene

Bubbly, vibrant and engaging, Hala Moubarak is a force. As she walks through the Fair, greeting designers, collaborators and visitors, there are smiles left in her wake, she radiates a sense of positive energy that’s a joy to behold… This is the first impression you have of Hala Moubarak. Hala Moubarak, the co-founder of Beirut Design Fair, lives for art and design, that much is clear once you sit down with her for more than a minute. A lover of all things Lebanese and creative, Moubarak is a champion of design. Here we talk to her about everything under the sun. Before getting where she is today, Moubarak had a long road to walk – rocky at times.  She worked as an interior architect, she joined USEK as a lecturer in art and design,  contributed to design magazines, as well as continues to pursue her...

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It’s a Modern Kind of Chandelier – Highwire

Highwire pendant is a head turner. This unique lighting was just revealed to the public at the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto by Anony‘s. Co-founders Christian Lo and David Ryan were thrilled with the positive response this modern chandelier has received and have plans to expand their line. The award winning product,Highwire, is a gravitational balancing act, created by tension between two points and a weighted center. Its luminaries are composed of anodized, machined aluminum and laser-cut diffusers. These elegant, individually-weighted disks rest on taught electrical cables. By loading the cables with the luminaries, the cables lightly trace shapes in three-dimensional space, allowing the fixture to frame any setting. These shapes are further accentuated by the light emanating from both sides of each disk, which illuminates the surrounding area and also the fixture itself. Up to five luminaries can be added to a single...

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Céline New Flagship Store is a Blue Marble Universe

Marble is having a moment this year and there’s no better way to show this than through highlighting the new Celine Flagship store in Miami. Designed by Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati, the latest expansion from the French house expresses serenity coupled with luxury. Pale blue and white marble (known as Brazilian Pinta Verde) was used to create just about everything, including the facade, walls, floors and ceilings. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the pyramidal covering over the staircase that extends from the ground floor to the second floor. The whole interior balances out its ethereal color palette with more angular forms, including sharp-cornered columns and structures seen throughout the store. The architect, Valerio Olgiati, best explains the project: “A marble shell is laid over an existing two-storey structure. The facades, floors, walls, ceilings are entirely made of marble. The blue-green Pinta Verde from Brazil is...

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Michael Kors Holdings Renamed Capri Holdings After Acquiring Versace

Capri Holdings, the newly renamed Michael Kors Holdings, has confirmed acquiring Gianni Versace  for a total value of 1.83 billion euros (approximately 2.12 billion US dollars) and promises long term growth of the brand. American company, Capri Holdings, which also includes Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, outlined now adds Versace to its list. Versace, long recognized as one of the world’s leading luxury fashion companies, is synonymous with Italian glamour and style and the new owners are going to build upon brand’s luxury runway momentumto by enhancing its “powerful and iconic” marketing, increase its global retail footprint from 200 stores to 300, accelerating e-commerce and omni-channel development among other steps. The acquisition of Versace is an important milestone for Michael Kors. “Donatella’s iconic style is at the heart of the design aesthetic of Versace. She will continue to lead the company’s creative vision.” Donatella Versace...

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Bethan Laura Wood at Iwan Maktabi: A Colorful Character Inside Out

During Beirut Design Fair, Iwan Maktabi Flagship Store hosted a space-themed rave to launch cc-tapis’s latest collections, one of which is the Super Fake by Bethan Laura Wood. FashionRepublik chatted with the super award winning multidisciplinary British designer, Bethan Laura Wood, about her philosophy behind the Super Fake collection for cc-tapis. Bethan Laura Wood series of rugs are inspired by the collision of the man-made with nature. Each based on a different rock form, whose surface patterns are created through the organic build-up of sediment through time and a combination of materials under pressure; In these rugs each layer or facet is represented by a variety of beautiful rug-making techniques which have been developed over centuries by Tibetan artisans. Bethan uses the rock as a reference to explore the post instagram and ‘snap chat world, where the fleeting two-dimensional image, collide with a physical and tactile...

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