Category Archives: Fashion

“Bouss Ma Tkhafsh” Or The Henna Lipstick

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I was checking out Lana’s blog and I saw this post about a lipstick called “Bouss Ma Tkhash” or “Kiss and Don’t worry”. Apparently it’s a lipstick that our mothers and the older generations know about and that you can use to kiss around without leaving any marks. I asked a couple of friends I know and they laughed and told me it was pretty commonly used back then.

Needless to say, I am not interested in it but I thought the story and the nickname were funny and worth sharing.

Check the whole post [here].

What If Charbel Zoe Had Picked PitBull’s Outfit?

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For those of you who don’t know who Charbel Zoe is, he’s a fashion designer who won the international fashion designer award in 2013 and has worked with a lot of celebrities abroad. More importantly, he was the one who designed JLO’s outfit at the World Cup opening ceremony. Surprisingly enough, very few Lebanese had heard about him before the World Cup even though he had worked before with JLo, but he’s now the talk of the town and everyone’s praising him for this great achievement and the stunning dress or jumpsuit or outfit or whatever that thing Lopez was wearing is called.

To be honest, it’s obvious that Charbel is great at what he does and is very talented, but for me JLO looked like she was wearing some sexy circus outfit. Of course I know nothing about fashion and I am just talking nonsense, but I am pretty sure most Lebanese would have called any local artist wearing such an outfit in a concert or an event a slut.

In all cases, it’s a good thing Zoe wasn’t the one behind PitBull’s outfit because it would have been really hard to praise him.

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Beirut Design Week 2014

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The third edition of the Beirut Design Week will be held between June 9 and June 15 across Beirut. The launching event is at Beirut Souks and will be followed by exhibitions, conferences, workshops and open studies in Saifi Village, Achrafieh, Gemmayze, Sursock, Hamra, Karantina and Mar Mikhael.

Even if you are not working in this field, it’s pretty interesting to pass by and check out the exhibitions and the work of local and international designers in Lebanon. You can check out the full program and other information on the following [website].

Beirut Design Week is held annually in June across Beirut City, featuring exhibitions, conferences, workshops and open studios showcasing the work of local and international designers operating within Lebanon. The event focuses on creative economies, intercultural exchange, design education and design entrepreneurship. Beirut Design Week is organized by the MENA Design Research Center, a non-profit organization cofounded by Doreen Toutikan and Maya Karanouh. The Center is focused on promoting a diverse understanding of design through the implementation of design research and collaborative multidisciplinary projects in the region.

For the third consecutive year, Beirut Design Week brings you again the latest on all forms of design -local and international- spread all over the city, encompassing over 80 events and locations. With every year the design community grows and the goals of Beirut Design Week become more apparent. Since the beginning, the event stands firmly on three pillars which are the foundation and basis of all the activities that place during the week. These pillars are: creative entrepreneurship, education, and community. All three categories are equally important and sum up the reasons why MENA Design Research Center has initiated and continues to nurture this annual event.

Lezem Fashion Show

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I don’t usually post about fashion shows but this one is a different one as it doesn’t only showcase the work of young talented Lebanese but also uses the collective funds of the event in order to benefit the Lebanese society”. In fact, the funds collected from this fashion show will be donated to Basmeh and Zeitooneh, an NGO aimed at helping under-privileged people of all nationalities across camps in Lebanon.

If you wish to know more about Lezem, check their FB page [Here].

Get An Elie Saab Design Degree At LAU

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According to the LAU website, the complete degree is offered in Beirut and only the first year can be taken in Byblos. Read more about it [Here].

ELIE SAAB is teaming up with London College of Fashion to create a new fashion degree: Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design in collaboration with Elie Saab, at the Lebanese American University, which has campuses in Beirut and Byblos. The degree is the result of a joint effort between the three parties to bring world-class fashion design to Lebanon.

“The vision behind LAU’s fashion design program was to offer the region’s students an education of the highest possible international standards without having to travel too far from home,” said Saab – who is honorary chairman of the programme and is still based in Lebanon. “I am pleased with the agreement, which is a major step toward creating a regional hub for talented designers.” [Vogue]