Monday, March 28, 2011

Going on Safari

Channeling Cleopatra on a safari trip with high waisted 1970s style pleated pants sound like a disaster, but that's exactly what we've done.

Mix Topshop (the pants) with Chanel "era" pieces together with Christian Louboutin Pique give you that cool vintage yet modern look that sets you apart from the "fresh off the runway" crowd.

Try it at Atelier-Mayer they have the best vintage!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rafael Lopez: Your answer to modern day haute couture

“There’s this dress…it’s made of gold and brocade and I really want it.”

Hailing from the south of Spain, award winning designer Rafael Lopez is today’s answer to Cristobal Balenciaga. Lopez has returned to his homeland after completing his studies in Marangoni Institute and Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design.

Lopez created this dress as part of an exquisite haute couture capsule for Atelier-Mayer, referencing Goya, Dali, Picasso, Zurbaran, Almodovar and Angela de la Cruz for a modern sophisticated look. He mixes Latin sensuality with traditional history, all the while keeping it international.

The Rafael Lopez style is “the cool of England, the sensuality of Italy, the force of Spain and the chic of France.”

"How can you not want it!?"

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thanks for the memories

As Christian Dior closes its chapter with the extravagant John Galliano, veteran New York photographer Roxanne Lowit has kept all the memories in a beautiful book entitled: Backstage Dior.

To see behind the scenes theatrical performances during Galliano's exceedingly flamboyant reign all you have to do is flip through 200 pages of magnificent drama!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Eisa Balenciaga

We love historic tales, so when we met this Balenciaga dress we couldn't help but listen to Carmen Haid, of Atelier-Mayer tell the story.

The dress is labelled Eisa. It so transpires that in Spain Cristobal Balenciaga designed under his mother's name, Eisa, for the Spanish aristocracy in Madrid, Barcelona and San Sebasti├ín

Sadly though, the Spanish Civil War forced the closure of his Spanish operation which he moved to Paris, under the name of Cristobal Balenciaga, joining the likes of Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. His first catwalk show, under the Balenciaga name, took place in 1937 at his Avenue George V atelier. So, really this dress is a collector's item and a piece of fashion treasure. 

Contact Atelier-Mayer to know whether you are lucky enough to own it!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Overdressed hosts Atelier-Mayer

On Saturday March 12 Overdressed hosted an exclusive private luncheon for Atelier-Mayer, an online retailer for luxury vintage fashion and accessories in Bahrain for the very first time.

The private ladies' lunch was set in open atrium where "pop up" vintage corners were created for Chanel, Hermes, Pucci and Yves Saint Laurent amongst other vintage treasures like Pierre Cardin, Lanvin and Edwardian bijoux.

Staying true to vintage heritage classical violinist Theresa Finzi, granddaughter of famed British composer Gerald Raphael Finzi, enchanted the atmosphere with Haydn, Mozart and Vivaldi.

Lanvin polka dot dress and black lace 1955 Christian Dior Haute Couture 
Rafael Lopes for Atelier-Mayer vintage brocade and gold dress, strapless 1970s blue velvet Bouchette dress, mesh gold and black vintage dress and white 1970s Azzaro dress, amongst a selection of extraordinary vintage clothing.
Chanel, need we say more?!
Edwardian and art deco vintage jewelry
Yves Saint Laurent's moroccan inspired collection
The gold counter and snake skin Louboutin
A very stylish and happy shopper in vintage Chanel bustier and black boucle jacket.

In the end though, no one left without a gift! The fabulous goodie bags included Camilla Morton’s newly launched Christian Lacroix fairytale book, a selection of exclusive Overdressed postcards, a special Atelier-Mayer gold leaf lipgloss inspired by Klimt, typical Austrian Salzburger Mozart chocolate and Michel Cluizel's Les Macarolats! 

And although we have always loved vintage, we love it even more now, so to that we say...out with the new in with the old! 

Special thanks to the beautiful Carmen Haid of Atelier-Mayer for the beautiful selection of luxury vintage, and to the flame haired beauty Philomena Schurer for cooly assisting frenzied shoppers. Also, a huge thank you to the fabulous Rozan Ahmed for keeping our twitter followers constantly updated about the event and the internet buzzing with vintage details! 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Football Americano

If ever you find yourself on a patch of grass and there's an oddly shaped object flying about, it's a "football" all'Americana. Go well equipped so there's no holding back...We've gone prepared with American football gear inclusive of mask and arm brace, not to mention the all essential bi-coloured Celine boots, and denim!

Yes, denim, we ended up with the dress from H&M because we really can't resist pretty things!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In the Press: Harpers Bazaar Arabia Best Dressed 2011

Although this isn't our usual Overdressed photo shoot post, we wanted to share with you that Harpers Bazaar has selected us for its 2011 Best Dressed Issue. 

I would like to express my thanks to the Harpers team for a fun shoot, hence the overzealous smile, and to Razan Alazzouni for her extremely beautiful (and overdressed) fall winter outfit. And a huge dose of gratefulness to my good friend Rozan Ahmed, who is a power lady, in all senses of the word.

The accompanying interview made my friends call me in hysterics about its accuracy. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse of the more personal "overdressed" me.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sweet Moschino

Moschino was the 80s outrageously cool kid. Now its back and sweeter than ever in its pastel shades, and ladylike cuts. 

Still playful, still outrageous, Moschino is here to stay and marks it arrival with a huge bow!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Grey Gold

We absolutely adore and cannot live without gold! However, grey (and not to mention black) always keeps gold classy rather than trashy. 

So, we pile on the gold accessories on this beautiful raw silk dress by Emilia Wickstead and  rough it up with black raffia Dolce and Gabbana booties and a gold venetian mask, naturally!

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