Monday, June 9, 2014

New York's Bochic Fine Jewellery

We had the pleasure of hosting New York fine jewellers Bochic in Bahrain on a beautiful summer day last  Saturday June 7.


The designers behind Bochic, are Miriam Salat and David Aaron Joseph who strive to capture the essence of the Bochic woman in their jewelry creations. Miriam’s background in hand-crafted jewelry, and David’s background in classical European jewelry create the perfect blend of styles that give rise to a look that is unique, yet distinctive and timeless. 


Guests were ushered to a private suite on the 10th floor of the Kempinski Grand Hotel in Bahrain where they entered a living room full of glittering jewels.

Only the finest materials are used by Bochic in making their pieces, the designers hand select the gems that would go on to create their one-of-a-kind pieces. Sapphire slices, mother of pearl, mammoth, shell, jet, lapiz lazuli, emeralds, and brown diamonds were all part of the selection of jewels.


And to such a fine event, what does one wear to even come close to the preciousness of the jewels?! You guessed right, Erdem Spring Summer 2014, a sublime canvas that went with every single piece of Bochic's jewellery, though we were somehow particularly attracted to a pair of round turquoise and diamond earrings and mixed diamond angular bangle to ensure maximum overdressed-ness!


Friday, May 23, 2014

The Kayys

We love the designs of regional talents whom we often feature and support on theoverdressed.com so The Kayys were no exception. The designers behind the brand are a trio of sisters, who design the most amazing feminine clothing (see Confashions whole write up here) and who also take the time to answer your emails and inquiries in the most genuine manner-talk about an all rounder!

A very short while after requesting information of the stunning pieces, and to our utter delight, a The Kayys white box with black satin ribbons arrived at our door step. In it, an all white lace, brocade, and shimmer ensemble...just in time to be worn to a dancing party.


Contact The Kayys via email Thekayys@gmail.com or telephone +974 33436030, or follow them on instagram: @Thekayys.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TheOverdressedXGemmeCouture Private Sales Event

We had the pleasure of hosting a private sales event for Gemme Couture fine jewellery in Bahrain at the Tea Garden in Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa. For this special event we wore our beloved Jaipur dress from Lulwa Al Amin's spring summer 2014 collection with white patent Sergio Rossi pumps and of course Gemme Couture jewellery.

Ivana Okereke founder and designer of Gemme Couture graduated from Brown University with a BA in art and history, following-on to complete a post-graduate course at the New York Academy of Art. She is a member of the International Gem Society and started designing and creating jewelry in New York City in 2001. Having identified a need in the market for a bespoke, hand-made jewelry offering, she created Gemme Couture in the UAE in 2009.

Gemme Couture is an exclusive jewelry line created from precious and semi-precious stones and fine South Sea and Tahitian pearls, integrated in unexpected settings of gold and leather. The end result is not simply jewelry, but exclusively designed, wearable works of art. 

Drawing on design disciplines from New York and Europe, Gemme Couture combines contemporary style with the flair of the East, its richness of colour and tradition. With the modern, confident, stylish and sensual woman in mind, Gemme Couture create luxurious, yet wearable pieces for all occasions. The outcome is a balance between sophistication and comfort; jewelry that you’ll want to wear all the time because it makes you feel good and personifies your own unique sense of self and style. 



Each piece is made by hand, with the beauty of the range showcased in eclectic color combinations that capture the true essence of the stones and pearls.

Follow @gemmecouture on instagram

Friday, May 16, 2014

Nathalie Trad

Being the sea-loving islanders that we are, we cant resist the beauty of pearls, and all things pearly. So you can just about imagine our delight when these beautiful mother of pearl clutches from the very impressive Nathalie Trad fell into our laps!


The reason we say impressive is this: Beirut-born Trad armed with a BA from Paris’ ESMOD International and a BBA in Design Management from Parsons The New York School for Design has basically taken over the accessory realm. With a clear vision and strong personal design ethos to take classic shapes and radically transform them using particularly attractive materials has made the Nathalie Trad clutch one of the most coveted bags yet! 

Are you still not impressed? 

Trad started her brand in 2013, and has since been picked up by the most avant-garde retailers namely, D'NA and Avenue32.com.

We particularly love the geometric boldness of this lime green Eliferia clutch contrasted sharply with the beautiful mother of pearl accents.


Another favorite is a Trad classic,  the hexagonal Dysdera in carved white mother of pearl, its a real beauty!



Shop Nathalie Trad clutches from dnariyadh.com on FarFetch and Avenue32.com

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Harpers Bazaar Arabia: Chanel in the Orient

As Chanel unveils its Cruise collection in the Middle East for the very first time this May, we are thrilled and honored to be featured in the Chanel story commemorating the Chanel-in-Arabia moment as told by Deena Al Juhani Abdulaziz and published in Harpers Bazaar Arabia May 2014 Edition.























Thursday, May 1, 2014

Style.com: An Exclusive First Look at Lulwa Al Amin’s D’NA Collab

We are beyond thrilled to have collaborated with D'NA and Lulwa Al Amin in styling Lulwa's spring summer 2014 capsule collection made exclusively for D'NA featured on Style.com.


Lulwa's spring summer 2014 collection, inspired by her trip to India, is one of the most beautiful, soft, yet powerful collections which she has come out with to date.

 
Of the collection Deena writes on style.com:

"Among the young designers I’ve been working with for the past few seasons is the talented London-based Lulwa Al Amin. A Central Saint Martins grad, Lulwa divides her time between her London studio and Bahrain, where she produces her line. An accomplished artist and colorist, she set herself apart early on by creating whimsical prints that she cuts into feminine, modern separates and dresses. This season I asked the young Bahraini designer to create a capsule collection exclusively for D’NA, inspired by her trip to India. “I stayed at the Rambagh Palace on my last trip to Jaipur. While there I came across a beautiful portrait in the grand dining room of the Maharani Gayatri Devi, and I was immediately intrigued by this glamorous style icon who seemed to inhabit two worlds—traditional India and cosmopolitan London, where she kept an apartment,” recalled Lulwa of the chic Indian princess who was once featured in Vogue among the “ten most beautiful women in the world.”

 
Deena, who continuously supports local talent goes on to say:

"Part of the fun of creating a capsule collection for the store is also the opportunity to collaborate with other regional talents to promote the new line to our clients. For the photo shoot, Lulwa worked with young Bahraini photographer and artist Mai Al Moataz, while fellow Bahraini Dana Al Khalifa, the name behind cult fashion blog TheOverdressed.com, served as both model and stylist for the shoot. “I was inspired by a dramatic image of Gayatri Devi, in which she’s framed by her shadow against a plain wall,” noted Lulwa, who picked the magical rooftop Blue Room of her grandmother’s old house for the shoot. Located in Bahrain’s historic town of Muharraq, it served as the perfect backdrop for her creations."


It was a great pleasure working with the D'NA team, Lulwa, one of the kindest and most hardworking people and the insanely talented photographer Mai Moataz.

Follow the link to read the whole story: http://www.style.com/stylemap/2014/04/30/lulwa-al-amin-dna-capsule-collection/

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Natural Island Goodness

We too often say we wish were here or there, anywhere but where we are. Truth be told that where you are is one of the most beautiful and untouched, places in the world.

Case in point, Bahrain, all you have to do is a look a little farther and a little harder to find things that you've never before seen in your life!


Since Bahrain is an island it has many little mounds of land near by which appear and disappear with the tides, we docked ourselves near one of these lands where the water was crystal clear and the sand as white as snow. You cannot help but pinch yourself because it's too beautiful to be true, like images of the Maldives right here at home!

Staying true to our Overdressed island living we wore a dress by Viva Vena, Vena Cava, Eugenia Kim fedora and gold Prada sandals that we did not need!


It was a beautiful day out at sea, a reminder that collectively we need to protect and nurture the enviorment. Do not leave your garbage and non-biodegradable trash behind all you're doing is harming yourself and your future. And may we one day stop dredging and land filling. Amen.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Charles Oudin in Saudi Arabia

My all time favorite Parisian watchmaker is in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia once again

Since 1797, Charles Oudin was renowned as watchmaker of the French Navy, and the principal European Royal courts. With their unique style, Charles Oudin’s timepieces are notoriously adorned with pearls, diamonds, satin, and of course handmade in Paris. 

In 1998, Camille Berthet, expert in antique watches, has taken up the challenge of reviving Charles Oudin as a maison of montres haute joaillerie. Today the maison, in Place Vendome Paris, is creating wrist watches with the utmost delicacy, elegance and grace.

Another beautiful trait of the Charles Oudin watch is that it can be customised and tailor made to your liking. For this however you will need to book a private appointment with Claire Berthet who can be contacted via Whatsapp +33 6 88 88 88 17 or email info@charlesoudin.com. 


Charles Oudin's most famous customers were Empress Joséphine, Napoléon III, and the Czars of Russia, you too could be on this list if you visit Jewellery Salon at Al Faisaliyah Hotel Riyadh on April 22 to 25 and later in Hilton Hotel Jeddah on April 29 to May 2. Salon timings are 4pm to 11pm.

Charles Oudin on Instagram @CharlesOudin
Charles Oudin on Facebook 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

D'NA and FarFetch in Kuwait

It was such a pleasure to celebrate the launch of D'NA on luxury marketplace FarFetch in Kuwait.


 A large celebration was called for and totally merited as we are proud and excited for D'NA to be the first Arab boutique on FarFetch.

To such a celebration and an incredibly fashionable event, we wore (you guessed it) Erdem Spring Summer 2014.


The night was full of beautiful conversations that flowed and flowed, we were most intrigued by the way FarFetch works and the incredible amount of work and detail it takes to manage such a marketplace.

Like everything chic, the night ended on a sweet note with a beautiful gift presented to us by D'NA and FarFetch, comprised of an EddieBorgoXDNA rose gold bracelet on a coppery maroon silk strap. As if that wasn't enough, yours truly is now a VIP FarFetch client...as if we needed more reasons to shop!



Not forgetting, the beautiful hostess Shorouq Al Ghanim, thank you for having us at your stunning home.

Shop the D'NA Selection at FarFetch here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Shrimpton Couture: Oscar de la Renta 1960s Vintage Couture

Nothing is as rich and unique as wearing vintage, so when a beautiful overdressed friend urged us to contact vintage queen Shrimpton Couture, we took her overdressed advice in a heartbeat and were left in awe of Shrimpton's collection of treasures on shrimptoncouture.com

We were on a mission, as we needed a beautiful summery evening dress to wear to our beloved friends' outdoor wedding, and although we were very distracted oohing and aahing at the treasures that were on the site, Cherie, founder and owner of Shrimpton Couture was precise, concise, and knew just what we needed for the night. 

Cherie dedicated herself to our case, a few suggestions and a couple of email exchanges later, the magical blue and gold 1960s Oscar de la Renta couture dress emerges, and it was love, love, love at first site.

"It is a special type of really unusual textured organza" writes Cherie of the dress, "it has a really textured feel to it and has a slight starched feeling to it holds its shape. Onto this, gold thread has been worked in to highlight the vibrant screened on design. The pattern is fantastic - blues, greens and purples flowers are everywhere, with shots of hot pink, done on a deep blue backdrop. The upper bodice is fitted and has a extravagant ruffled collar. It also has its original wide matching fabric sash belt!"


With that description, and Cherie's images, we were sold! Two days later, the dress arrives in Bahrain all the way from Canada. When we received it, it was even more beautiful, more rich and more overdressed than the pictures depict, and we couldn't help noticing how shockingly light the fabric is too!

We styled the dress with vintage gold bangles, gold Cariter earrings, a boxy Chanel hangbag and our brand new Christian Louboutin Pigalles (finally we have Pigalles).


The night, the dress, the wedding were nothing less than magical, everything sparked under the April moon shine.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Press: Khaleejesque

Thank you Khaleejesque for the lovely coverage! 

To read the original article on Khaleejesque click here.

Weaving Colours Festival: An Initiative by the Ministry of Culture

Yesterday evening we had the pleasure of witnessing all the beautiful (and might we add overdressed) traditional craft that our little island has to offer at the Weaving Colours Festival at the National Museum with our special guest from Kuwait, Confashions.



In an initiative to promote Bahraini heritage and talent, the Ministry of Culture offers local traditional craft workers, artisans, entrepreneurs and contemporary artists to showcase their products and activities during the annual festival.  It also offers musicians and folk artists the opportunity to revive and perform popular music and folk songs! 

We were completely in awe of the Bahraini women who weaved gold threads, process known as kurar, directly into fabric, creating the traditional Bahraini thob, still worn by many women in Bahrain. The crafty ladies explained that it takes four women to weave the gold into the desired fabric. Three women hold on to different parts of the thread while one women sewed it on to the fabric.


Around the corner from the crafty ladies were the crafty men, weaving baskets and fabrics.

Contemporary Bahraini artisans such as Green Bar were also included at the Festival. A special "wardrobe scent" collaboration was formed between the Ministry of Culture and Green Bar in celebration of the Weaving Colours Festival. Everything is made in Bahrain, the sketch on the box is hand drawn by Green Bar founder, Sheikha Reem Al Khalifa, the almond shaped wardrobe scent is hand made in Aali by pottery artisans and infused by Green Bar with 100% organic essential oils such as sandalwood, lavender and bergamont.

Much was also to be discovered inside the museum! A beautiful display of traditional Bahrani thobs and Bishts were generously provided by the ruling family for the display of traditional (and VERY overdressed) garments.

Our favorite type of Bahraini thob boasts the naqda techniqueNaqda is a word used in the past to refer to the weight of silver. Previously in the region women's dresses were designed using real silver threads which were bought by the gram and are sewn using a special type of needle. These dresses were referred to as designed using "naqda" or silver threads.


Another impressive and beautiful piece on display was the late Emir, Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa's bisht made with kurar embroidery which produces beautiful ribbons of gold zeri, silver zeri and briesam that are made by hand and used to decorate clothing. 

It  is the result of a group effort  in which the width of the final product depends on the number of women involved in the process. The Qataba sits opposite her partners (as in the photo above),  who assume the role of the Doakhil, holding and weaving  several strands at a time while the Qataba guides the process  and attaches the ribbon as it  forms directly onto garments.  While the popular korar zeri  makes an appearance in many  different styles of thoub, the breisam version is reserved exclusively for men’s clothing. 
 

The festival runs until April 9, 2014 at the National Museum. If you cannot make it, we strongly suggest you download the beautifully done PDF file.

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