Thursday, March 5, 2015

Doha Jewellery & Watch Show with Suzanne Kalan

It was a great pleasure spending six days in Qatar with Suzanne Kalan during the Doha Jewellery & Watch Show.

Oscar de la Renta FW14

The jewellery show in Doha brought in so many girls looking for the one thing that Suzanne Kalan is known to do so well, beautiful jewels for beautiful girls. 

 Fendi Resort 15

From white diamond backed topaz firework earrings to candy coloured gem stone rings, Suzanne Kalan's booth was full of girls trying on jewels and gentlemen patiently waiting for their significant others to make a choice!

Razan Al Azzouni FW14

Katia Jundi of MPP Arabia interviewing Suzanne Kalan

The star attraction was Suzanne's beautiful (and very unique) baguette cut diamond designs, the bracelets of course, need no introduction. Let's face it, every girl needs an entire stack of Suzanne's baguettes!

Top by young Bahraini designer Amal Al Mulla

If you missed us in Doha, dont despair...Keep a look out on instagram for @suzanneKalan and @theoverdressed we have some news coming your way soon!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's a Cover!

2015 has started with quiet a bang!

I've managed to keep this a secret for a while, and so happy to finally be able to share it with first cover ever!

I'm hugely grateful to Louis Vuitton who have taken me on endless journeys of inspiration, creativity, and culture to say the least. These journeys have opened up my horizons in more ways than I would expect. My time with the ancient Maison has taken me to places I would not have otherwise been to had it not been for them. One such place that I have had the huge honor in visiting is the Louis Vuitton family home in Asniere featured in Hia.

Thank you Hia Magazine for not only choosing to feature me in your publication, but for choosing me for the January 2015 cover, I have no words!

Monday, December 22, 2014

TheOverdressed Turns Five!

This December TheOverdressed celebrates turning five years old! We decided to celebrate our fifth year by celebrating our opulently lavish rich Bahraini culture which has provided me with a great deal of inspiration over the years in overdressing. 

My grandparents and great-grandparents were the kings and queens of opulence; they would be dripping in gold jewellery and embroidery on a given Tuesday. I decided to put together the full “overdressed” Bahraini look with the help of my aunts who loaned me their magnificent old gold! 

I chose my grandfather’s very lavish palm tree garden as a scene for the shoot because this is exactly what Bahrain looked like in the older days, every corner was overdressed in palm trees, banana trees, mango trees, the list goes on, yes we are a desert island but we are also a miracle of nature!

This fifth year has been an especially fulfilling year for The Overdressed, hosting two hugely successful Pop Ups for, being selected by Louis Vuitton to be the first and only Arab blogger to enter the magical world of the heritage filled French maison, and of course our mega project The Overdressed Pavilion at Jewellery Arabia, where we hosted a selection of seven unique jewellers and watch makers showing for the very first time in this unique format which has not been done before by anyone in the world!

None of those things however, could be done without the support of my family. My parents who believe that anything can be done and I should do it regardless of my doubts, my sisters and brother who encourage me to come up with crazy ideas, and my husband who manages my brain and crazy ideas turning them into realistic possibilities!  

I also owe much of what I do to my irreplaceable friends, who don’t allow a single moment of doubt to cross my brain ever, and whose encouragement and support I’d be lost without.

And of course, and especially, all my wonderful Overdressed followers who come up to me with their smiling faces and tell me how much they love The Overdressed. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for priceless moments like these and for appreciating what I do.

Wishing you all eternal health (#OverdressYourInsides), happiness and love. 



Photography by the amazing  Mai Al Moataz

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Overdressed Pavilion for the first time at Jewellery Arabia 2014

For the first time at Jewellery Arabia 2014 The Overdressed presents

The Overdressed Pavilion


Aamaya Priyanka

Charles Oudin


Muneera Al Sharhan

Suzanne Kalan

Zein Belbeisi

It brought us great and immense pleasure to be part of Jewellery Arabia 2014 by way of The Overdressed Pavilion. An event with a format that is the first of its type in the whole entire world!

The Overdressed’s participation by way of The Overdressed Pavilion at Jewellery Arabia 2014 brings together a curated selection of international and local jewellers who focus on producing beautiful modern designs using precious and semi-precious stones. The end result is a beautiful, artistic, genuine piece of jewellery which is also affordable to the young working woman who is looking to update her jewellery box without breaking the bank. 

The Overdressed Pavilion was located in Hall 1 (booth 623) staying true to what The Overdressed brand believes in, high quality and beautiful surroundings. We believe that shopping in an attractive setting stimulates one’s creative senses to be drawn to even more beautiful things.  


The Overdressed Pavilion was a dynamic place of all things living and alive, from the fresh floral panelled walls sponsored by Alia Flowers, to the precious living stones used by our jewellers. 


We felt there was a niche in the market; young working women do not have much choice when it comes to purchasing jewellery. It is either big diamonds with big prices or small diamonds which have no effect. We bring together a selection of jewellers who produce beautiful pieces at prices which the young working woman can afford when she is treating herself. We want women to be able to wear the jewels which they work so hard to purchase, what is the point of storing jewels away for special occasions?


The brands hosted by The Overdressed Pavilion represent timeless and effective jewelry, pieces which enhance and lighten up any look.

Aamaya Priyanka PRIYANKA jewelry fuses Eastern and Western influences to create beautiful statement pieces; her rich Indian heritage is visible in the complexity of colour combinations, stones and timeless designs. @aamayapriyanka

Charles Oudin The Oudin dynasty is renowned as watchmaker to the French Navy, the Pope and the principal European Royal courts in 1789. Since 1998, Camille Berthet, expert in antique watches, has taken up the challenge of reviving the timeless Oudin brand. Today, Charles Oudin jewellery watches are made in Paris by craftsmen using traditional methods of quality which the the French jewelry and watchmaking industry is renowned for. @CharlesOudin

Charmaleena Charmaleena Fine Jewellery is a Saudi brand of symbolic and contemporary, wearable art founded by sisters Leena and Hala M. El Khereiji in April 2012. With an international presence and clientele, Charmaleena Fine Jewellery represents an Arab flair within the universal sartorial language of jewellery, injecting creativity into classical chic. @charmaleena

Muneera Al Sharhan Muneera Hamed Alsharhan is a Kuwaiti artist who specializes in jewelry making. She focuses on creating contemporary and fine jewelry. @mhsq8

SevenFriday Steel, industrial tools, engines, machines, and wheels-the brand’s designs are strongly inspired by these elements. The products are a result of this inspiration in combination with high end production and complex construction for the discerning gentleman who has everything. @SevenFriday_Bahrain

Suzanne Kalan Suzanne Kalan turned her passion into a reality in 1988 after her daughter was born when she launched her fine jewelry line. Suzanne wants the woman who wears her designs to be able to wear it today, tomorrow and twenty years from now. @SuzanneKalan

Zein Belbeisi The brand was launched at The Overdressed Pavilion during Jewellery Arabia, introducing women to beautiful wearable, unique art deco inspired designs by Zein Belbeisi. @zeinbelbeisi

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 3 Paris Fashion Week: The Resee

Our final day in Paris ended with a visit to the Louis Vuitton show room where we were able to re-see the spring summer collection from the previous day's magnificent fashion show at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Seeing the collection on the catwalk is one thing, and actually touching the fabrics and trying out the bags and accessories is a whole other experience which we loved!

For the Re-See we were dressed in Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection by Nicholas Ghesquiere, an honour to be wearing and seeing a collection designed by a true artist.

The bags were a highlight also, the newly introduced soft petite malle was a stunner as was the newly released LV logo closure. 

What’s not to love?!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Louis Vuitton: Malletage

For his first Louis Vuitton fashion show Nicolas Ghesquiere, found inspiration in the original Louis Vuitton trunk in the form of the distinctive pattern inside Louis Vuitton's signature travel trunks, created through the Malletage technique.

This ancient Malletage technique consisted in threads of ribbons applied to the interiors of the trunk lids through a 'taping' technique which created a diamond pattern.


Nicolas Ghesquiere said: "Louis Vuitton refreshes the world of Fashion with an untiring ebb and flow of retrospective and fresh perspective". The Malletage story is about combining the past and the future using traditional patterns with innovative materials.

Ghesquiere's modern take on the Malletage technique is found on the Doc Bag, Pouchette Flap, and our all time favorite Alma BB.

Read the whole story on here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Day 2: Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2015 Show

"A beginning is a very delicate time. Day zero in the heart of the project, code-named GEHRY014. A ship surrounded by a gigantic woodland, a ship made up of 3,600 glass panels and 15,000 tons of steel, a ship that serves as an incubator and ignites our fellow creative minds. Oh, yes, I forgot to tell you, today, October 1, the Louis Vuitton house wants to explore the ability to travel to any part of the universe without moving. The journey starts here."

That was the awe inspiring introduction to the spring summer show held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

It was the first time that the Fondation Louis Vuitton, adjacent to the Bois de Boulogne, welcomed any guests in the newly minted Frank Gehry creation.

The structure big, bold and imposing was the perfect location for Nicholas Ghesquiere's collection for the Maison. The collection, a cross between the 1970s and art deco, was perfectly paired with the location to supplements its strength rather than overbear it. 

The pieces shown as part of the collection exuded a sense of artistic nostalgia but maintained a modern appeal. Leather trimmings were scattered on most pieces, as was a favorite overdressed look, sequins! Not to mention the stunning sky blue epi bags with a new LV buckle and the most coveted petite malle on the very top of our wishlist!

It was an honour, and a great pleasure to have been one of the few people invited to experience the Fondation before it was opened to the public on a perfectly sunny Parisian day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Louis Vuitton Doc Bag

The Louis Vuitton Doc Bag was one of the highlights of our Paris trip. We love the fact that it is a new take on the iconic Speedy which, every girl has in her closet.

The Doc bag boasts one handle-cool, and super versatile in our opinion. We would wear this at any given moment because we love using things for their functionality and beauty. 

We'd carry the Doc bag cross body to work and run errands afterwards. For the evening, we would remove the strap and be perfectly dinner-ready!

Check out the full coverage in Arabic on here and for the English story click here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Day 1: Paris Fashion Week with Louis Vuitton

Paris is always a good idea!

It's an even better idea when it is with one of the oldest and most prestigious fashion houses in Paris, Louis Vuitton. 

Romanticism is so overpowering in Paris, getting lost between one petite rue after another and finding yourself in poetically perfect gardens is the dream, that is the allure of Paris. 
With Louis Vuitton we embarked on such reveries on our first day in Paris, we started at Place Colette dressed in deep burgundy culottes and a navy blue cape sweater from the pre-fall 2013 collection and the roomiest fuchsia Lockit bag. The Lockit is discreet, it is an ideal bag for city dwellers and travellers because it could fit everything but the kitchen sink!

We then ventured into what almost feels like the secret gardens of Paris hidden behind La Comédie Française to the Jardin Palais Royal. Saying it is beautiful is an understatement, the richness of the gardens and the walls surrounding the garden speak of so loudly of the events of yesteryear. You can't help but feel like you'll be transported a la Woody Allen in Midnight in Paris!

Our next stop was Pont Alexandre III, possibly if not certainly, one of the most ornate (overdressed) bridges in the world! To which we wore an equally ornate and overdressed Louis Vuitton look from pre-fall. This was probably one of our favorite looks as it ticks all the overdressed boxes, midi length bordeaux coloured sequined dress worn with a short sleeve sequined embellished angora sweater and over the knee leather boots. Perfection.
The Alma BB in Monogram Vernis was the perfect addition to the look, not to mention that the Alma is one of our all-time favorite handbags.

Of course no trip to Paris is ever complete without visiting the landmark Louis Vuitton Champs-Élysées boutique. After being shown around the shop floor we were quickly whisked away to the haute maroquinerie salon where all the customised Louis Vuitton bags are made, the choices of leather colours and exotics are limitless. 

It is the pinnacle of Louis Vuitton’s craftsmanship and the ultimate shopping experience. The exclusive service allows one to create a unique bag of their own, by choosing the style, the leather and the color according to preference. Owning an haute maroquinerie bag is one of the highest most refined forms of luxury.

After gawking at all the leather options and dreaming of the perfect customisation…a trip into a black elevator took us to the rooftops of where fashion meets art at the Espace Culturel.

We were in an exquisite Louis Vuitton pre-Fall Winter 2013 look carrying the ever so special Malletage Alma BB and wearing over the knee leather boots.

Just before parting the store we said goodbye with an incredibly shaped redder than red Doc BB Epi. Thank you Louis Vuitton for an incredible day one!

Grab your copy of Harpers Bazaar Arabia out today to see the entire coverage of TheOverdressed in Paris with Louis Vuitton.

All photos by the wonderfully talented Aldo Sperber

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Thank you for this lovely coverage.

For the complete story see here.

Second Avenue32XTheOverdressed Pop Up in Bahrain

Due to the great success and overwhelmingly positive response to our event in March 2014, we held our second event of the year in October. The event hosted by yours truly in partnership with Avenue32 welcomed guests with new season pieces from cutting edge international labels in the most stylish of settings. is a UK based online retailer and has quickly become one of the most talked about luxury fashion sites! British Vogue placed Avenue 32 second in its poll of one hundred of the finest eCommerce websites around today.

Our event in March was one day only, but due to the huge demand on supply and shoppers, this time around we held a THREE day event. Day 1 was by invitation only for guests of The Overdressed and 
On Days 2 and 3 October 23rd and 24th respectively everybody was welcome to come and discover the collection of international designers such as Tanya Taylor, Vika Gazinskaya, Alice Temperly, Vivetta, Antonio Maras, Vilshenko, and many more!

It is rare that you are able to touch, try and experience pieces which you purchase online. At our event we provide our shoppers with the opportunity to do just that, we make the virtual, reality for three days which is not something many online retailers do. We provide a real shopping platform to give the shoppers a feel of what Avenue32 is all about so their next purchases are made with ease knowing the quality the site offers.

Our venue this time was also very special! We welcomed our shoppers at Oliveto a beautiful restaurant in Bahrain newly designed by renowned Italian architecture firm EMGA Enrico Mari Grego Architects. It has a cool urban vibe which is very in keeping with Avenue32's look.
Guests were treated to canapés and finger food from Oliveto's kitchen and entertained by jazz while shopping. Our guests left with gift bags from and The Overdressed which had an Avenue32 discount card, TheOverdressed dinner candles, and Green Bar essential oils.
Me in a stunning Tanya Taylor creation sold on

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