The Symphony Style File
Fantasy by MS MRPosted in Music Monday, The Symphony Style File on: 28/01/2013
The duo tipped for big things in 2013, MS MR, release the first single from their debut album out in May this year. What do you think?View Comments / Make a Comment
In Focus | Richard Nicoll Cruise 2013Posted in The Symphony Style File on: 27/01/2013
Richard Nicoll’s Resort 2013 collection recalls images of actually traveling to resorts via cruise ships to spend a month or so in complete leisure at some fantasy island. Nicoll’s sleek minimalism shows a sporty vibe, with some of the white items evoking the mood of a previous-century tennis match, while the cuts and shapes are clearly from this this era.
Richard Nicoll’s initial menswear training means he originally became known for his masculine spin on womenswear and has since evolved into a designer with a finely tuned, perfectly balanced feminine edge, conveying “a grasp on real dressing with a pretty by not saccharine edge” – Sarah Mower.
Maintaining the integrity of his design vision whilst also producing a product that buyers and in turn customers relate to is at the heart of the Richard Nicoll brand. Richard Nicoll’s experience beyond the eponymous label includes the creative direction of Cerruti Paris womenswear (AW10, PRE SS11, SS11), freelance design for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton (SS05 collection), designing successful capsule collections for Topshop, and the top end Laurel line for Fred Perry. The brand has continued to collaborate with artist Linder Sterling since AW09 on seasonal prints, and external projects such as designing costumes for her Darktown Cakewalk performance at the Chisenhale Gallery in London and for the subsequent Tim Walker Frieze Art Fair/Channel 4 film. The Richard Nicoll / Linder collaborative i-D shoot was awarded the cover in October 2009. Awards include the ANDAM prize in 2007, and Elle Style Award, and twice being a BFC / Vogue fashion fund finalist. Celebrity fans include Diane Kruger, Yasmin Le Bon, Sienna Miller, and Keira Knightley.
Designer, Richard Nicoll pictured left.
Available exclusively at Symphony, The Dubai Mall, in the UAE now.
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‘Lights’ by AlpinesPosted in Music Monday, The Symphony Style File on: 21/01/2013
Today’s Music Monday is the haunting new song entitled ‘Lights’ by AlpinesView Comments / Make a Comment
An Interview with Alessandra Lanvin of AperlaiPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 20/01/2013
We discuss celebrity fans, sale picks and The XX with Aperlai designer Alessandra Lanvin…
Symphony: What has been the mosts prominent moment in your career to date and why?
Alessandra Lanvin: From the first collection we had so much support from the celebrities we love: Kate Bosworth was the first, quickly followed by Blake Lively, Naomi Watts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Ginnifer Goodwin – they all wear our shoes at events and this generated an incredible buzz for Aperlai – especially online.
Symphony: What is your favourite piece from the Autumn/Winter collection and why?
Alessandra Lanvin: The velvet slippers are so versatile and comfortable – but chic. The pink piping adds a little quirk and a spring in your step!
One of Alessandra’s favourites from the Aperlai Autumn/Winter 2012 collection | Currently in our Part-Sale at Symphony: Before 2,445 dhs Now 1,225 dhs ❤
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What’s new at Symphony for Spring/Summer 2013?Posted in The Symphony Style File on: 13/01/2013
The Cruise 2013 collections are sitting pretty in-store at Symphony, and before we know it, the main collections will follow suit. To get you excited for what’s to come for Spring/Summer 2013, we present the new additions to the Symphony family this season…
Alexander Terekhov graduated from the Moscow Institute of Fashion & Design in 2001. While studying he won the competition of young fashion designers “Russian Silhouette“ with a stage at Yves Saint Laurent as the first prize. His debut collection “Elf’s corporation“ was presented in 2004 during the Moscow Fashion week. Terekhov participates in Moscow and New York Fashion Weeks. In 2008 he was recognized by Style.com as, “Ten Most Talented to Watch”. Terekhov’s collection for Spring/Summer 2013 will be available for the first time in Dubai at Symphony this season.
Alexis Mabille launched his house in 2005 when, with the help of his family, he created his first signature collection. At the time, the designer showed unisex clothes, an exploration of cuts that would flatter men and women alike. He chose as his emblem the bowtie, which he set about updating and reinventing in new shapes and unexpected materials. For Spring/Summer 2013, Mabille has translated his iconic emblem into a bowtie clutch – possibly the cutest bag of the season and available exclusively at Symphony alongside his new ready-to-wear collection.
ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS
According to an Ancient Greek myth, the gods and goddesses had their sandals made on the beautiful island of Crete by a gifted sandal maker who enriched each pair with magical powers. Famous for having made the flying sandals for Hermes, the sandal maker also embellished them with his personal signature, a golden wing buckle. Born and raised in Christina Martina is a Cordwainers graduate who has previously worked for Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, before launching Ancient Greek Sandals. The collection is inspired by ancient Greek Gods and myths, pottery, jewellery and sculpture and is available for the first time at Symphony this season.
Andrew Gn was born in Singapore in 1966, the youngest of three brothers and two sisters. In 1986, Andrew enrolled in the renowned Saint Martins Schools of Art in London. While majoring in Fashion Design at Saint Martins, Andrew won the French Connection Award, sponsored by the English/French Chamber of Commerce, which was open to all the fashion colleges in the United Kingdom. Andrew also participated in the Design Exchange programme at Parsons School of Design for a term. He returned to Saint Martins to complete his Bachelor of Art degree in December 1989. The following year, Andrew moved to Milan to attend the prestigious Domus Academy. There his professors included Romeo Gigli, Luciano Soprani, Anna Piaggi and Gianfranco Ferre. While studying, he freelanced for Ratti, a textile company, and for the fashion house Basile. After receiving his Masters of Art in 1992, Andrew accepted the offer to assist Emanuel Ungaro in Paris. In 1996, Andrew decided it was time to strike out on his own, launching the ANDREW GN collection which is mainly manufactured in France. Celebrity fans include Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emily Blunt, and Zooey Deschanel.
Anna-Karin Karlsson was thrown into the highest end of eyewear fashion at 19 after finishing her acting/art degree when she landed a job in the oldest and one of the most renowned opticians in London. She quickly advanced in the Old Bond street practice and dispensed and designed eyewear for Sultans, Princesses, Kings, Lords, Dukes, and mere mortals. The men who had their bespoke suits made up on nearby Saville Row would come to the practice to have matching eyewear custom made. Today Karlsson has a handful of clients around the world that she privately styles and designs for, and launched her own collection in 2011. Her celebrity-coveted sunglasses are available at Symphony for Spring/Summer 2013.
Born in Colombia and raised between Miami and London, Edgardo Osorio combines his eye for drop-dead glamour, his passion for modern design, and his hand for high-luxe craft into desirable footwear. After attending the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, he made his first strides in the footwear world with the most prestigious luxury brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Sigerson Morrison, René Caovilla and Roberto Cavalli. In 2011 after working in the industry for 10 years, he launched Aquazzura. He wanted to address a void in the market for sophisticated, luxurious shoes at the entry price point of the luxury designer segment. His creations are available for the first time this season at Symphony.
Established in 1962 in the southern French city of Nîmes, Cacharel was named after founder Jean Bousquet’s favorite local bird. Over the years, a long line of designers have worked on the Cacharel collections, including Agnès B, Azzedine Alaïa, Corinne Cobson, Suzanne Clements, Inacio Ribeiro, Mark Eley, Wakako Kishimoto and Cédric Charlier. In 2011, the fashion house appointed the Chinese design duo Ling Liu and Dawei Sun as creative directors in a return to the brand’s core values: unostentatious femininity, charm and gracefulness are the two designers’ watchwords. Under their guidance, the Cacharel woman is tender, sassy and dynamic — and she’s as elegant and gentle as ever.
COMME DES GARCON
Iconic fashion house Comme Des Garcon, in Japanese コム・デ・ギャルソン and meaning “Like Boys” was founded in Japan in 1973 by Rei Kawakubo. Kawakuba and her husband Adrian Joffe own the company, which encompasses apparel, accessories, perfumes and stores all over the world, including the iconic Dover Street Market. The Comme aesthetic is notoriously avante-garde and deconstructed. For Spring/Summer 2013, the latest collection entitled ‘Crush’ expresses the strength that results when things are crushed: in crushing different pieces and parts of garments together something new is formed (new pattern, new garment). Many of the garments contain 3-4 pieces crushed together and each was crushed by hand.
Another new addition to Symphony this season, Del Rio London was founded in 2010 by London-based Swedish designer Linda del Rio Jansson. The brand focuses on making a signature style of flat sling-back shoes inspired by the Mallorquina – a shoe that from the first century has been, and still is, worn by the Spanish royal families. The del Rio London shoes are manufactured in the south of Spain by experienced leather cutters and artisans according to traditional methods, and each pair takes two days to produce. Only top quality leather from Italy, Spain and Belgium is used, and the sole is made of recycled tyres that are reconstructed to look like tyre tread.
EK Thongprasert is a coveted jewellery line founded between fashion designer EK Thongprasert and his friend, the jewellery designer Noon Passama S, who met each other in Thailand in 2000. The Belgian-based brand was established after EK graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. The essence of Ek Thongprasert’s design philosophy is a strong approach toward the conceptual aspect; each collection is a complex combination of thoughts and design elements, which comes from deep analysis into a concept. The result is a collection with pure uniqueness and originality.
Founded in 2009, Illesteva sunglasses are handmade in Italy and Germany, in concert with the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury eyewear. Each new frame design pushes normal boundaries of eyewear fashion by exploring fresh shapes and materials like acetate and bamboo, titanium and natural buffalo horn. Sold at the world’s most cutting edge boutiques such as Colette Paris, Opening Ceremony NY and LA, and now Symphony, Dubai, celebrity fans include Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Julia Roberts, Kate Moss, and Renee Zellweger.
Japanese designer Issey Miyake founded the Miyake Design Studio in Toyko in 1970. In the late 1980s, he began to experiment with new methods of pleating that would allow both flexibility of movement for the wearer as well as ease of care and production. This eventually resulted in a new technique called garment pleating in which the garments are cut and sewn first, then sandwiched between layers of paper and fed into a heat press, where they are pleated. The iconic label also provided Steve Jobs with his uniform of black turtlenecks after Issey and Steve struck up a friendship.
Vogue calls them “scarves that dreams are made of”, launched in 2005, Jane Carr is a fashion label dedicated to the creation of luxury hand-finished accessories and gloves. Since then the label has become synonymous with limited editions and distinctive signature prints that embody a love affair with vibrant colour, fashion directed but not dictated, exquisite hand finishing on the finest fabrics and high-quality production. Creative Director Jane Carr graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s with an MA in fashion, after winning the International Wool Secretariat Prize she was subsequently snapped up by Donatella Versace in Milan, where she worked in-house for four years as Head of Printed Textiles for womenswear. Now based in her native London, she heads the design team of her eponymous label, available at Symphony for the first time, and consults for leading fashion houses.
Fashion designer John Galliano was born on November 28, 1960, in Gibraltar, Spain. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, he launched his own line. Famous for whimsical, outrageous designs, he headed the French haute couture houses Givenchy (1995-1996) and Christian Dior (1996-2011). Galliano’s latest collection for Spring/Summer 2013 is available for the first time at Symphony this season.
British born Georgina and Keren met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Georgina, a 2001 graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art, began her career as a costume designer. Keren graduated from Brighton Art College in 2000 and subsequently focused on print and embroidery design. Georgina’s draping and design expertise paired with Keren’s textile creations resulted in a business partnership and the establishment of Marchesa in 2004. Elegant eveningwear, inspired by vintage and Asian influences, defines the Marchesa Collection. The beautifully crafted designs fuse high fashion with an eclectic aesthetic. Co-founded by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the company’s namesake and muse, Marchesa Luisa Casati, is the noted eccentric European style icon.
An avid sportswoman and fashion enthusiast, Creative Director Maia Norman’s lifestyle and surroundings have heavily influenced the brand ethos and direction of Mother of Pearl. Norman has always had a strong connection with the art world and each season, Mother of Pearl works with an acclaimed artist. Previous collaborators include Gary Hume, Fred Tomaselli, Fiona Banner, Keith Tyson, Jim Lambie, Matt Collishaw and Carsten Holler. Since starting as Head Designer in 2010, Amy Powney has streamlined the Mother of Pearl aesthetic using the artists’ work as first hand research and utilising them to feature cleverly as prints within the collection. Powney ensures that the collection’s colour-way sits perfectly with the selected artworks and that the silhouettes and detailing stay true to the sports luxe aesthetic with which the Mother of Pearl label is synonymous. Fusing their signature sportswear inspired aesthetic with luxury fabrics, Mother of Pearl’s coveted pieces have gained a global cult following. Expanding beyond each season’s collection, Mother of Pearl have also produced one off special collaborations with the likes of Polly Morgan, SHOWstudio, Garage Magazine, John Currin, Harrods and Other Criteria.
OLYMPIA LE TAN
Olympia Le-Tan is a self-taught fashion designer. She was born in London and raised in Paris and likes to say she is English, French and Vietnamese. She started her career at the Chanel design studio with Karl Lagerfeld then went on to Balmain where she worked closely with Gilles Dufour who then created his own brand with Olympia by his side. In 2009, she launched her eponymous accessories label, combining her two obsessions, embroidery (a talent she inherited from her grandmother), and literature (a passion she shares with her father, French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan) to create one of a kind handbags and minaudières. The bags are handmade with love in France in very limited editions. They are now distributed in over 30 select shops around the world, including Symphony exclusively for the Spring/Summer 2013 season.
Born in 1902, Rochas founder Marcel Rochas was well beyond his time, his contribution to the wardrobe of contemporary women is amazing. A true woman’s lover, his prophetic genius senses about that the woman of the twentieth century would be like. From 1925 and 1953, the dates between which he opened and closed his Haute Couture house, he reinvented a silhouette that was once again extremely feminine, opposing the 20s flapper androgyny, where the wasp corset and the mermaid gown were the most admirable expressions and the most immortal. The Rochas heritage is steeped in a legendary history of perfumery, enjoying decades as the name associated with iconic fragrances such as Eau De Rochas. In July 2008, ROCHAS appointed Marco Zanini as Creative Director for ready-to-wear whose design CV includes stints at Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. Focussing on a “Effortlessly chic” look that “is highly feminine,” Zanini designs “a real wardrobe, for a real woman”.
RUE DE MAIL
Rue du Mail was established in 2006 by Semeiotics, Inc at 5, rue du Mail in the 2nd arrondissement in Paris where Martine Sitbon was appointed as its founding designer. With Martine Sitbon’s creative DNA, Rue du Mail embodies an organic romanticism that is rooted in the Parisian essence. It is both an address and a creative space that transforms itself with every new season. The Rue du Mail woman has a carefree elegance and a modern sense of style that brings forth an intriguing mix of rock and femininity. Inspired by the sweetness of Mia Farrow and the sensuality of Catherine Deneuve, Martine Sitbon merged her two favourite iconic gentle-women with the mood of the 1960s to create new lady-like silhouettes for Rue du Mail Spring Summer 2013. Shift dresses, always masterly tailored, play a prominent role, paired with signature trenches, opera coats and bomber jackets. Cut-outs, beautiful prints and 3-D floral effects invigorate unique depth and dimension. Whimsical white and bold black share a restrained palette of red and pink blooms.
Hulme founded her eponymous label in 2008, and since then has seen her line come in to high demand. She sells everywhere from Barney’s in New York to Opening Ceremony Tokyo to cutting edge and ultra-select boutiques, such as 4 in Kuwait City and now Symphony, The Dubai Mall. Her success has led to an ongoing collaboration with Globetrotter, a popular luggage brand, resulting in studded leather and hard-sided classic suitcases. Hulme’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is inspired by the geometric shape of a pineapple, the designers continued drive to create functional classics with timeless twists sees the collection grow to include roomy weekend and dainty evening bags.
Andrew Rosen founded Theory in 1997 on the principle that modern men and women want to feel comfortable and sexy in modern clothing. In 2011, Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens was tapped to design a collection for Theory, under the label Theyskens’ Theory. The collection was met with tremendous critical and commercial success. Soon thereafter, Theyskens was formally appointed as Artistic Director of Theory. While continuing the Theyskens’ Theory collection, Olivier Theyskens oversees men’s, women’s, and accessories lines. Incorprating the daring vision that has made Theyskens one of the most acclaimed designers of his generation, and the chic, sophisticated sensibility that makes theory a wardrobe staple for fashionable women everywhere, Theyskens Theory is available for the first time at Symphony for Spring/Summer 2013.
For the past 10 years the ingenuous Vanessa Bruno has used her imagination and alternated seasonally between two influences – the folk elegance of her Danish mother, top model in the 70’s and confirmed antique-hunter, and the taste of adventure of her self-taught father who was one of the first to tread the still virgin lands of women’s ready-to-wear. “The garment must speak for itself” as she prettily says. As if for her, woman had come down from her pedestal and was walking nonchalantly among us, supremely down-to-earth yet evanescent. Curious, generous, Vanessa Bruno is freely inspired by the 90’s English music scene, by the volatile energy of Iggy Pop, Patty Smith or Janis Joplin who have recently been followed, in her personal pantheon, by Cat Power, Keren Ann or the lunar angel Feist, who keeps on enchanting us with her crafted melodies. Nothing is incidental with Vanessa Bruno who, above and beyond her collections, roughly sketches out a hybrid and resolutely personal world that she brings into play all the way to her stores in Paris or Tokyo and now to Dubai via Symphony!
Born Vivienne Isabel Swire in Glossop, Derbyshire, England, on April 8, 1941. Considered one of the most unconventional and outspoken fashion designers in the world, Westwood rose to fame in the late 1970s when her early designs helped shape the look of the punk rock movement. By the end of the seventies Vivienne Westwood was already considered a symbol of the British avant-garde and for Autumn/Winter 1981 she showed her first catwalk presentation at Olympia in London. It was her Pirate collection which launched the New Romantic movement. In October 1982, Westwood began to show in Paris, the first British designer to do so since Mary Quant. Vivienne Westwood today continues to show in Paris, Milan and London. She uses the medium of her shows to talk about culture and politics, more specifically about the urgent need to act against climate change. Her luxurious Gold Label is available for the first time at Symphony for Spring/Summer 2013.
Ever since the company was founded way back in 1947, Zagliani have enjoyed worldwide acclaim for their high-quality, Italian-made luxury handbags that are enhanced with dermatologically conceived silicone to make tough skins feel buttery soft. Zagliani was set up and grew thanks to a young woman, Bruna Zagliani. With the help of her husband, a skilled crocodile skin cutter, and with her vast experience in business, Bruna created the company’s first bags handmade with the help of the best craftsmen in the country specialised in working with the finest materials. The first models were soon exported and the products came to be appreciated throughout the western world for their excellent hides and exclusiveness. From the 1970s Zagliani, with its founder and creator firmly at the helm, expanded to the countries of the Far East and the emerging markets. Zagliani uses its iconic styles as a starting point, but at the same time is not afraid of innovation with its constant research on materials and skins, offering brightly-coloured bags with unique shapes and sizes, never losing sight of the cornerstones of the brand’s philosophy: true craftsmanship, extensive research for the finest materials, top treatments for hides and the innovative and luminous experimentation with colours. For this reason, Zagliani represents the real made in Italy. It has its own atelier in Milan – where each style is designed and studied in detail and its showroom in Palazzo Durini. Available for the first time at Symphony this season for Spring/Summer 2012.
A-Z | Cruise & Spring/Summer 2013 at Symphony
Alessandra Rich // Alexander Terekhov // Alexis Mabille // Ancient Greek Sandals // Andrew GN // Anna-Karin Karlsson // Antonio Berardi // Aperlai // Aquazzara // Badgley Mischka // Barbara Casasola // Cacharel // Chris Benz // Christian Siriano // Comme Des Garcon // del RIO // EK Thongprasert // Felicity Brown // Georges Hobeika // Illesteva // Issa London // Issey Miyake // Jane Carr // Jason Wu // Jenny Packham // John Galliano // Katie Ermilio // Loeffler Randall // Madiyah Al Sharqi // Marchesa Ready-to-Wear & Bags // Marchesa Notte // Maria Grachvogel // Marios Schwab // Michael Van Der Ham // Mother of Pearl // Naeem Khan // Olympia Le Tan // Omer Asim // Opening Ceremony // Pierre Hardy // Prabal Gurung // Razzan Alazzouni // Richard Nicoll // Rochas // Rue De Mail // Rupert Sanderson // Sara Battaglia // Sarah Baadarani // Sophie Hulme // Suno // Tata Naka // Theysken’s Theory // Tibi // Tucker // Vanessa Bruno // Vera Wang // Vika Gazinskaya // Vivienne Westwood // Zac Posen // ZaglianiView Comments / Make a Comment
ارضى و عيش , عبدالمجيد عبداللهPosted in Music Monday, The Symphony Style File on: 07/01/2013
ارضى و عيش By: عبدالمجيد عبدالله
Song writer/ poet: الشيخ د. هزاع بن سلطان آل نهيان
Pick up a bargain at Symphony!Posted in The Symphony Style File on: 06/01/2013
We are on Part-Sale from the 3rd of January to the 3rd of February. Featuring up to 50% off of Autumn/Winter 2012 collections and even further discounts on past seasons, here our some of our favourite sale picks available in-store now…
For prices and further items, see the Sale Facebook Album here now
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Happy New Year!Posted in The Symphony Style File on: 30/12/2012
Wishing you all the best blessings, health and happiness for 2013. We can’t wait to share another year with all of you!
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Ben Howard covers Video Games by Lana Del ReyPosted in Music Monday, The Symphony Style File on: 24/12/2012 View Comments / Make a Comment
Gossip Girl | The Best Fashion MomentsPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 23/12/2012
Last week saw the Gossip Girl finale, and although the last season has been a little lack lustre in comparison to say, season 4, we are still said to see one of our favourite series go off air… for good. To comfort our fellow GG fans we decided to dedicate a blogpost to our favourite fashion moments over the past 6 seasons. Which is your favourite? xoxo
Summering in The Hamptons. Blair: Alice + Olivia dress, a Susan Daniels headband, Lulu Guinness shoes and a Kate Spade bag / Serena: Vena Cava dress, Helen Ficalora necklace, Te Casan shoes and a Chanel bag.
A perfect summer look for Blair - Stella McCartney skirt, Peter Som blouse, Riki Rosetta tote bag and Brian Atwood pumps.
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