Presenting the Gardens of La Métamorphose

Photography courtesy of Imaxtree.

In the gardens of La Métamorphose, the woman is certainly a flower that opens, but this woman conquers her femininity, delicate in her strength, it is a multifaceted woman, muse, but also leader.

Pastels emphasize the rosebuds who open, the whites for the purity and the light. The sharp shapes symbolize the determination.

Nous vînmes au jardin fleuri pour la cueillette. Belle, sais-tu combien de fleurs, de roses-thé, Roses pâles d’amour qui couronnent ta tête, S’effeuillent chaque été?

Leurs tiges vont plier au grand vent qui s’élève.  Des pétales de rose ont chu dans le chemin. O Belle, cueille-les, puisque nos fleurs de rêve Se faneront demain!

Mets-les dans une coupe et toutes portes closes, Alanguis et cruels, songeant aux jours défunts, Nous verrons l’agonie amoureuse des roses Aux râles de parfums.

Le grand jardin est défleuri, mon égoïste, Les papillons de jour vers d’autres fleurs ont fui, Et seuls dorénavant viendront au jardin triste Les papillons de nuit.

Et les fleurs vont mourir dans la chambre profane.  Nos roses tour à tour effeuillent leur douleur. Belle, sanglote un peu… Chaque fleur qui se fane, C’est un amour qui meurt!

Guillaume Apollinaire, Il y a, « La cueillette », publication posthume, 1925.


Dans les jardins de La Métamorphose, la femme est certes une fleur qui éclot, mais cette femme est conquérante dans sa féminité, delicate dans sa force, c’est une femme multi-facettes, muse, mais aussi leader.

Les pastels soulignent l’éclosion, les blancs la pureté et la lumière. La précision des coupes, la détermination.

Great Success for Emirati Designers From Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council at Paris Fashion Week

Sharjah-based Council highlights worldwide expansion for women in crafts

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Two Emirati designers from the second cohort of Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council’s ‘Azyame’ Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme have taken another giant leap forward in gaining international recognition after showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 collections as part of Paris Fashion Week at AQ Market showroom.

Khulood Thani, of BINTTHANI, during her participation at Paris Fashion Week

Khulood Thani, of BINTTHANI, during her participation at Paris Fashion Week

Khulood Thani, the designer behind the BINT THANI label and Ayten Al Khayat, Founder of RAW by Ayten, are both members of the second batch of the Azyame programme, first launched in 2016 by Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, an affiliate of Sharjah-based NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, to provide a select group of designers and entrepreneurs with the skills needed to develop and grow their fashion brands.

The year-long programme, just one of the Irthi’s initiatives to empower women in all craft sectors, provides a series of workshops and personalised mentorship sessions from experts and practitioners in the fashion industry, including the London College of Fashion, as well as access to showcasing opportunities, such as the prestigious Paris Fashion Week.

For the Emirati entrepreneurs, it was an outstanding opportunity to be mentored by some of the industry’s most respected figures who work with young designers and growing fashion companies to develop their business models and selling strategies.

Ayten Al Khayat, of RAW by Ayten, during her participation at Paris Fashion Week

Ayten Al Khayat, of RAW by Ayten, during her participation at Paris Fashion Week

Designer Ayten Al Khayat, of RAW by Ayten, showcased her new collection, ‘Terra,’ through which she explores the strength and wistful nature of women with high-end textiles and complex craftwork layered onto nude and navy tones from a ready-to-wear line of dresses, pants, coats and tops. The soft materials are accented with stone, leather and embroidery finishes – treasures found in Middle Eastern sand.

Ayten Al Khayat, who was mentored on the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme by Angela Quaintrell, said: “Angela and the team at Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council worked endlessly to make sure we received the exposure required to bring in the buyers through the door. Although this was the first time I showcased my collection at Paris Fashion Week, the feedback has been very positive. This was definitely a dream come true for me!”

Khulood Thani’s BINT THANI label made its debut with the latest ready-to-wear collection ‘Bauhaus Influences,’ which creates clever layering through asymmetric and wrap silhouettes, with adaptable pieces also providing versatility. The collection carries a seasonal palette with strokes of bold colours such as red, white, black and green, contrasting with more industrial grey-blue and silver that express the use of the different materials during the Bauhaus movement.

Summing up the experience, she said: “It has been amazing to have been part of the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme, which has been invaluable to the creative and the business side of BINT THANI. By linking my brand to such an immensely high-profile event as Paris Fashion Week, it has received exceptional exposure to the international market.”

Reem Bin Karam, Director of NAMA said: “All NAMA affiliates work to enable women across all fields on a local and global level, following in the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of NAMA. Abiding by this philosophy, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council consistently presents highly capable and creative women and provides them with unique opportunities to raise awareness for their exceptional work and craft, such as through Paris Fashion Week, widely accepted as one the most influential events of the year. The two Emirati designers have gained large recognitions from their appearance and can expect tangible results, which is ultimately what Irthi seeks to provide.”

The second and on-going edition of the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme also has a focus on the latest ethical and sustainable fashion practices, an aspect that both designers have been supported to embrace this season. In addition, as part of the designers’ commitment to the programme, each of them will ‘give back’ to the UAE’s craft sector by promoting and sharing their new-found skills and business knowledge.

Fashion consultant Angela Quaintrell was highly impressed with this year’s cohort, inviting both RAW by Ayten and BINT THANI to exhibit their AW18-19 collections as part of AQ Market in Paris: “It has been extremely exciting having Kholoud and Ayten at AQ Market. They have both had interest from international buyers which I am sure will influence the local market to carry their brands. I think that through the Azyame Programme they have both developed their collections and can justify a position on the international fashion stage.”

This showcasing opportunity follows Irthi’s most recent international partnership with luxury department store Fenwick of Bond Street in July 2017, which created a unique pop-up retail space for 10 talented designers from the UAE, five of whom were part of the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme, who benefitted from an internationally recognized presence for each of their labels.

About Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council

Representing both traditional and modern crafts across the Middle East, North Africa, South East and Central Asia regions, working with partner organisations and championing artisans and designers, the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is looking at the empowerment of women professionally and socially.

The council aims to provide a fresh narrative for women, by developing new market opportunities, and sectors, delivering social development programmes and vocational training, as well as preserving the skills and rich cultural heritage of the UAE for current and future generations.

Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is an affiliate of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, an organisation that was established under an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.

Leonardo D’Almagro and Binzario Couture Are Presenting Their Collections at Paris Fashion Week

Leonardo D’Almagro, after a successful international launch earlier this year and Binzario Couture, following their successful show at New York Fashion Week in February, are partnering together for Paris Fashion Week where Binzario Couture will show their “Sunset” collection, and Leonardo D’Almagro will accessorize their designs with his “Leonardo D’Almagro” jewelry collection. Both of these collections were styled for Paris Fashion Week by celebrity stylist Jeanette Chivvis

About Binzario Couture:
With more than 25 years of combined experience in bridal and formal wear design, partners Luis Nazario and Andre Yabin joined together in Dallas to create Binzario Couture in 2007.

Launching its first evening gown line in 2015, Binzario Couture also offers wedding dress alterations for brides who have already found the wedding dress of their dreams, but wants to add a bit of their own style or would like to explore restyling a legacy wedding gown. The duo has earned numerous accolades from peers and media and have had the opportunity to design and style celebrities including Usher, Musical Artist Jennifer Lane, and Gospel Artist Tamela Mann.

About Leonardo D’Almagro:
Designer, CEO, and philanthropist, Leonardo D’Almagro hails from Venezuela and started his company in 2010 as a Fashion Business Consultant based in Austin, Texas, where he supports many nonprofit organizations.

Leonardo created his timeless jewelry line using the best gems and materials to provide high quality, handcrafted, feminine pieces. Prior to the official launch of Leonardo’s jewelry line, national TV host Gabriela Natale wore his jewelry to the ceremony where she received her Emmy award. Leonardo’s Jewelry line will be included in the largest jewelry show in the world, VICENZAORO in Vicenza – Italy.

Leonardo is also a Fashion Editor and contributed as a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador. He is frequently featured (TV Host-Producer) in fashion segments for national and international networks such as Univision, USA Hispanic market, Latino Latin American (LATAM), Brazil and Telemundo. Leonardo is a member of the Fashion Group International and is certified by Jewelers of America as a Management Professional. Leonardo is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English and his influence and growth is seen around the world.


Producer: Leonardo D’Almagro
Jewelry Designer: Leonardo D’Almagro
Art Direction and Styling: – Jeanette Chivvis
Asst. Styling: Ashli Vondara
Photography: Brandon Lyons
Asst Lighting: Addiel Guevara
Makeup & Hair Team: Mayra Janet, Kelli Wilson & Esteban Sosa
Models: Nicole Glenn, Melody Gee & Hailey Krieg
Fashion & Headwear Designers: Binzario Couture, Lucy Dang, Benson Roberts, Milli Starr & Erika Pinktipps
Create Service: What Taller Gráfico
Video by @Francisco Moreno – Creative Silence Studios

The Chanel Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection is What We’d Expect, Chanel!

By Marica Nelson, Creative Director for InFluential Magazine

Karl Lagerfeld is a man of many talents. In addition to Chanel’s designer, he also is a prolific artist, colorist and a gallery curator. These were the hats he wore at Chanel’s memorable spring-summer 2014 show, one of the biggest at Paris Fashion Week.

For the Chanel Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 1, With ease and the backing of a Chanel-sized budget, curator Lagerfeld transformed the interior of Paris’ Grand Palais into his very own gallery space.

Miranda Kerr

Super Models Cara Delevingne and Miranda Kerr walk the runway and were dazzling in colorful, ethnic designs.  
Watch the Chanel Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection Fashion Show, Paris Fashion Week, October 1.