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In a major world first, Giorgio Armani hosted their first fashion show in an airport and I was, naturally, all over the fashion-meets-travel collaboration. In partnership with Qatar Duty Free (QDF) and Hamad International Airport (HIA), Armani showcased their Autumn/Winter 2015/16 collection utilising their own duty-free boutique as the runway.

Breaking the all-too-annoying barrier between brand and consumer, Giorgio Armani chose to fly their Milanese stylists and make-up artists in to offer passengers a personalised shopping experience, make-overs, styling tips and advice that extended well into the brand’s stunning make-up collection.

After creating my inevitable wishlist of handbags and outerwear, we wrapped the day with a feast at Parisa in Sharq Village and Spa (a final dinner of dreams) before taking a walk through the village’s beach, spa, and incredibly romantic gardens.

If I wasn’t in love with Doha already…

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Emporio Armani SS12
Giorgio Armani certainly packed a punch with his Emporio collection this season. Titled “Neodesign“, his Spring/Summer 2012 showing was almost entirely composed of black and white. Verbally boring, but aesthetically captivating.

There was a brilliantly icy uniformity to the garments; usually white, often crystallized, and sometimes extra-striking against black piping or bright pastels. Silhouettes were otherworldly yet always flattering – it was incredibly obvious that construction was the name of the game. Strangley, the futuristic concepts did not date the clothes. In fact, the mindfulness of the current customer met with the Italian’s innovation produced a truly alluring collection. Brava. View Post

Missoni For Target

  • Target’s little pitbull is the closest thing you’re going to get to the Missoni x Target collaboration, for now. Since the collection was set to go live online, the overwhelming traffic has crashed the site. You naughty fashionistas broke Target. Apparently, the retail stores have suffered a similar frenzy.

  • Gawker published a pretty brilliant article on the crimes of toe shoes. Vibram Five Fingers for Fashion Week, anyone?

  • Avril Lavigne‘s Abbey Dawn show for Spring/Summer 2012 (…keeping my opinions to myself) had a primarily reality-centered front row. Since Avril recruited Kylie Jenner (younger than CFDA regulations are OK with, half-sister of Lavigne’s boyfriend Brody Jenner) to model in her show, many members of the Jenner/Kardashian “Klan” turned up. Cheering at Kylie-focused moments were Kourtney and Kim Kardashian, half-sister Kendall Jenner, Brody Jenner, and Kim’s new husband Kris Humphries.

  • Swatch has terminated its partnership with Tiffany & Co (?!). They felt that Tiffany’s made “systematic efforts to block and delay the development of the business.” Swatch will also be requesting compensation for the loss of future business.

  • Ralph Lauren has named a new European president; former deputy chairman at the fabulous Giorgio Armani, John Hooks.

  • Kanye West will show a Spring/Summer 2012 womenswear collection in Paris at 9:30pm on October 1, directly after Jean Paul Gauliter and Loewe. This news piece is not yet officially announced, but the rumour comes from Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s fashion editor Christine Centenera, who has been traveling to Paris twice monthly and consulting with Kanye on his clothing line since March.
  • Arizona Muse Patrick Demarchelier
    The flawless “Let’s Dance” fashion story by Patrick Demarchelier has made it into this month’s Vogue India. The shoot – featuring girlcrush Arizona Muse – was previously published in the June edition of British Vogue. The high fashion pieces from the likes of Dior, Alexis Mabille Couture, Atelier Versace, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Prive, Valentino Haute Couture and Gaultier Couture come from the styling genius of Lucinda Chambers, with Val Garland on make-up and Sam McKnight on hair. The versatility here has a license to kill. View Post

    Coco Rocha Shock of The New
    Coco Rocha is absolutely magnetic, isn’t she? Photographed here for “The Shock of The New” by Matthias Vriens-McGrath in the August 2011 issue of Elle UK, she is steaming with confidence. The always-excellent stylist Anne-Marie Curtis has draped Coco in some of the Fall/Winter best from Prada, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani, Giorgio and Emporio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. View Post