February 2012 ~ style whimsical
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February 22, 2012

February 22, 2012

Fashion Newsflash: Global Muslim model agency opens in New York and Issa collection at London Fashion Week 2012

Some news I picked from the fashion world in the past week are filled with a "touch" of Muslim fashion. From the world's hub of high fashion, New York, to the running Fashion Week in London, and Indonesia (the next fashion hub... *I hope.. ^_^* especially for Muslim fashion).

From New York, The National and The Guardian reported that the world's first Muslim model agency has been opened in New York city on February 11th, 2012. Although, as long as I know, this is not the first.. Indonesia already had this kind of agency that represents Muslim women with hijab only as models. Hmm... but I forgot the agency's name ;)

Live report from London Fashion Week also showed some covered styles that were running down the runway. On day 2, Issa London with her 'full prints' Autumn/Winter 2012 collection showcased beautiful prints on some model's outfits and headscarves.

And from Indonesia I heard the news that there will be an event on September called "World Muslimah Beauty 2012" competition. I do not know is this some kind of "hijabified" Miss Universe or is it different.. Let me find out more about this :)


February 15, 2012

February 15, 2012

Bloom your style this Spring!: Zara Inspired

Zara's Spring/Summer 2012 collection

After one week my blog was in its "dormant time".. ;) I was passing across Zara's site to see what is the great sale they offered when I got interested to check out also their new collection for this season.. And... you know what I found?.. A bunch of lovely, modest pieces that would be perfect to bloom your style up this Spring!

Can't help myself to fell in love with them..

Here are my top picks :)

Long printed dress

Maxi pleated skirt

Long printed skirt

Long skirt (on sale)

Culottes (on sale)
The long skirt and culottes above are ON SALE now.. :-) Their prices are reduced into 200.000 IDR (Indonesian Rupiah).

As for blazers, Zara has a wide range of blazers this spring, from leather, viscose, suede, lace to cotton.. from plain colored, floral printed to snakeskin printed.. :

Leather jacket
Short cotton trench coat
Studio jacket with combined lapel
Studio overcoat

Short double breasted trench coat
Printed blazer with scarf

Floral print blazer
Snakeskin print trench coat
 Also some cute complements to your looks:
Cutwork ballerina shoes
Plaited leather shopper handbag
(Images: Courtesy of Zara)

Go here to see the whole collection, and... what are ON SALE! ;)

So.. What do you think?
What would you wear in this upcoming spring/summer that is different than before to bloom up your look?

Have a nice season, Lovelies! :)

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February 5, 2012

February 5, 2012

Rebirth of Chic

Muslimah clothing line

Rebirth of chic is an interesting clothing line from Southern California Muslim designer. I recently stumbled upon an article about it. The designs mainly was inspired by the street fashion.

According to the article on MultiAmerican.scpr.org, Rebirth of Chic's styles go beyond high fashion to what we described as local-girl cool, a punk/skate/reggae blend of Southern California pop subcultures.

These kind of styles usually are very popular amongst young generations. Mostly, I love to see how these "street style" can blend perfectly with Muslimah fashion and then create some kind of "cool" style.. :)

As you can see from the picture below, taken from RebirthofChic's site, I really fell in love with the "cool"-ness of the girl.. :)

Love the design of this tunic and its plaid pattern:

Black-and-red plaid hijab and tunic ensemble with a pair of wide jeans, sneakers, and a skateboard.

Featuring cargo skirt - black and khaki.

I also love the way they combine the black cargo skirt above with a kind of DocMart boots.

Here are some pieces from their collection:
Candita Potts of Torrance models a white poplin balloon-sleeve top with a denim "bonanza" skirt from Rebirth of Chic.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Amani Bibi models a design by Jamesa Nikiema of Rebirth of Chic. The top is a gathered leaf-green cotton blouse.
Amani Bibi models a design by Jamesa Nikiema of Rebirth of Chic. The top is a gathered leaf-green cotton blouse.( Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times )
Jamesa Nikiema, chief executive of Rebirth of Chic, of Corona, shows off one of her modern Islamic designs for women. She is wearing a ruffled high-collared blouse and crochet vest with a "bubble and flow' applique skirt.
Jamesa Nikiema, chief executive of Rebirth of Chic, of Corona, shows off one of her modern Islamic designs for women. She is wearing a ruffled high-collared blouse and crochet vest with a "bubble and flow' applique skirt.( Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times )

This 'made in USA' clothing line is designed by Jamesa Nikiema, a Muslim fashion designer and a pure Southern California Girl.

Read the full story and a video about her here, on the Multi-American: new Southern California's website.

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Handbags Store (Part 3 - the end): Lawe

Continuing to my previous post, after visited DOWA and LUNAR, the last handbags store we visited was LAWE.

This store is specialized on producing lurik-ed handbags, shoes, shirts, and accessories.

If you do not know yet what lurik is, Lurik is a Javanese (particularly Yogyakarta and its surroundings) traditional handcrafted cloth, a striped woven material made by hand-weaving. Some named it as "a Stripes of Java in blissful colours".

Lurik from House of LaweThese are some of the sample of Lurik fabrics, produced by our grantees House of Lawe, Yogyakarta.(Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) Indonesia family)
(Image: houseoflawe.com)
Quoting Nian S. Djoemena from her book, as the only available reference, Lurik is derived from classical Javanese word lorek, meaning stripes, or pattern. Although the weaving of Lurik is technically very simple, the colour combinations and the carefully arrangement of the stripes and square in a harmonious and balanced way, produces enchanting motifs.

Sea of creativity rest in the mind of every people, and Lurik serves countless idea even to modify the growing awareness to preserve the environment and heritage into room of women empowerment. On the other hand, touch of creativity brings closer Lurik into everyday needs of anything functional, relevant and redecorating.

Lurik needs more innovative people to develop new trends and styles. Through this tireless effort of innovation and creativity we hope to make younger generations truly enjoy the tradition of Lurik.
(source: the DaughterofKlaten.com)

This store also has a vision to preserve the hand-weaving tradition in Indonesia and simultaneously empower women, encourage women to contribute in improving their livelihood and take part in bringing prosperity to Indonesian people.

By far, Lurik usually sold as sheet of cloth or as Javanese shirt called Surjan. Young generations used to think that Lurik is "old fashioned" and worn only by older people or worn only in traditional occasions. With the vision above in minds, Lawe has been trying to make innovation on Lurik by making modern Lurik, an attractive and colorful products with a wide variety in designs, such as handbags, purses, shoes, book covers, accessories, and other functional products.

My aunties enjoyed their visit in this store. They were admiring the quality and designs of the products. Here are some photos of Lawe's products I took in the store:

(Photos: Courtesy of Rania, FashioningFaith Blog)

Could you tell me what did you think about Lurik handbags?

Do you like those colorful stripes pattern on handbags and shoes?

Okay then... This is the end of my sequel posts. Hope you enjoy following my "trips" to some enchanting handbags stores in my city.. ;)

Have a good weekend, Lovelies. Until next post!

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February 3, 2012

February 3, 2012

Handbags Store (part 2): Lunar

Do you remember my previous post about the handbags stores I visited with my aunties? Yes, we were visiting some great handbags stores and fell in love with some of their products :)

After DOWA, the next handbags store we visited is LUNAR.

Lunar is a great handbags store, too. It sells high quality handbags with unique designs and the handcrafted ones.

There were handbags made from "pandanus", "rotans", and some plants' fibers. Also there were painted-handbags with paintings on them.. All handbags come with impressive color blocking. The paintings left when I went there are cute fishes and sandals.

Not only that, they also have beautiful batik-ed handbags and clutches using the earth-tone hues as the colors.

What I like also is that they accept designs from us to be made as a handbag as we want it to be. Some countries abroad have ever ordered a mass quantity of handbags from this store with designs provided by them.

If you drop by at this store, you can watch the production of the handbags in their workshop which placed right behind the store.

Here are what being captured by my camera:

Handbags and purses with paintings on.
Batik-ed clutches
(Photos: Courtesy of Rania, FashioningFaith Blog)

So Lovelies, we have one more store to go! Until next post! ;)

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