It’s no secret that I have an obsession with designer shades and my newest Bottega Veneta sunnies from Vision Direct are definitely a welcomed addition in the scorching 45degree+ heat Dubai has been reaching lately. My rule with sunglasses is to definitely treat it as an investment and buy good quality pairs as cheap ones don’t really protect your eyes from the sun and might cause some serious damage. And who doesn’t like stylish designer sunglasses?
Last Thursday I attended the Galleries Night at Al Serkal Avenue here in Dubai which is a pretty cool hidden gem in Dubai that consists of a series of warehouse lots that are each a gallery showcasing local talents from paintings to clothes and much more. It was great seeing so many creative people come together and view what Dubai’s local artists had to offer.
I was very fortunate to be able to attend this year’s April 24th commemorations in Armenia as it marked 100 years since the Armenian Genocide. Ofcourse every year we remember and commemorate our ancestors, but this year was a very different experience to me. Not only because it was the centennial but actually being in Armenia had a completely different feel than any other year. People were all there united under the same cause and the city was alive with the armenian diaspora visiting from all across the world. Highlights included visiting the April 24th memorial, System of a down free concert, and seeing old friends and meeting new ones from across the world.
Stopping over in Malaysia on my way to Australia from Dubai last January was a great little getaway and a chance for me to see my dear friend Christina who was working there. She was a great tour guide and it definitely wouldn’t have had been the same if I didn’t have a local showing me around. Some of the places we went to in the short 3-day trip were the Thean Hou Temple, the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, the observatory and revolving restaurant on top of KL tower and a lot more.
PS. how amazing was my hotel room view?
Personally, I think the National Graduate Show each year is the most exciting show. Talented graduates from RMIT (Melbourne) and UTS (Sydney) get to showcase their creations in an influential fashion festival and it is a treat for everyone attending to get to experience their debut. The new designers this year included: LAUREN ACCIARITO (RMIT), DONALD CHUNG (UTS), ERICA DELUNCHI (UTS), MONICA DUGGAN (UTS), VANESSA EMIRIAN (UTS), FELICITY GLEESON (UTS), NATALIE KIELEITHNER (RMIT), ALEXANDRA LOUISE CHAMPION HACKETT (RMIT), MEGAN MCGRATH (UTS), SOFIE THE (UTS), APRIL YAP (UTS), RACHEL ZHENG (UTS).
White was one of the key trends everyone was adopting for VAMFF this year. And for a good reason; white is fresh, crisp and it stands out without standing out too much and still remaining elegant. I wore this white faux leather skirt paired up with its matching crop top and a trench coat for the premiere runway 7, which was the last show I attended. I love picking earthy natural colours for autumn and pair them with a dark lipstick.
With every fashion event one of my favourite parts is meeting new people that I often only know through their blogs or Instagram accounts, and also seeing those familiar faces that I hadn’t seen in a long time. Firstly, it was incredible meeting the CEO of the fashion festival this year who was extremely down to earth. I also ran into some of my favourite people inside the Virgin VIP lounge such as Phoebe from Lady Melbourne, Sophia from Every Day Like This, Leeyong from Style Wilderness, Jess from What Would Karl Do, and Michelle from Two Halves. Also I got to meet Nikki from States of Style who I was sitting next to during one of the shows, as well as Tiffany from Divine Wanderer and the illustrator Alexis Petsinis.