Lifestyle – Daily News Egypt https://dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:10:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 The CFF celebrates 10 seasons of fashion, talent, passion https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/11/12/the-cff-celebrates-10-seasons-of-fashion-talent-passion/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/11/12/the-cff-celebrates-10-seasons-of-fashion-talent-passion/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:00:54 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=680835 While some names already walked runways of previous seasons, others were brought to mix to throw real fashion fiesta—in most Egyptian way possible

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After a number of opulent runway shows and quirky fashion presentations, the country’s biggest fashion event has celebrated their 10th season on the 25th of October! In time for the remarkable milestone, the team behind the Cairo Fashion Festival (CFF) organised their most memorable season to date. Between a fashion installation, several all-star runway shows, and entertaining presentations, the guests once again experienced local fashion during a memorable night.

“This season is dedicated to all the things we have achieved through the CFF. Meanwhile, it is an opportunity to visit our most memorable events. Therefore, it was only fitting that we celebrate with the country’s top designers, who originally started their career with us,” said Omar Madkour, the CFF’s proud founder.

After putting on their meticulously thought-through red-carpet outfits, the country’s top fashion aficionados, bloggers, VIPs, celebrities, and media representatives were welcomed with a fashion installation featuring the work of over 30 local designers. While some names have already walked the runways of previous seasons, others were brought to the mix to throw a real fashion fiesta—in the most Egyptian way possible.

With the mannequins placed on colourful blocks, the dresses grabbed the most attention and a stream of camera flashes during the entire event. Designers included Vivian Moawad, Bardees, Pacinthe Radwan, Amanda Kamkam, Abayology, Samy Designs, Nesma Helmy, Mona Selim, and Ahmed Nabil among others.

After such a grand entrance, up and coming talents got their share of attention with a choreographed fashion presentation. The elevated stage witnessed the debut designs of many fashion students. Represented by Career Gates, the young talents offered a diversified take on the FW18-19 trends. With daring cuts and surprising fabrics, the show garnered multiple positive cheers.

Meanwhile, Donia Ashry Studio and Laila Eid also presented two memorable collections. While Ashry favoured a modern minimalistic approach, Eid chose a variety of bold colours and classic cuts. Nonetheless, the most long-awaited presentation was courtesy of menswear designer Moaaz El Behery. After a long hiatus, the designer brought back his contemporary approach to the CFF. His designs addressed millennial gentlemen, who are uninterested to follow in the footsteps of previous generations.

That being said, all eyes were now directed on the runway, where the festival’s biggest stars showcased their latest collections. Names such as Bardees, Maison PB, and Malak El Ezzawy made an unmistakable comeback to their original Launchpad. As Bardees once again stood out due to her eye for colour, Maison PB went for a primary colour pallet with mesmerising handmade embellishments.

On the other hand, El Ezzawy offered a fresh take on tomorrow’s classics. Furthermore, Vivian Moawad remained loyal to her feminine aesthetics. Confidence depicted her collection in black and gold, while her hemlines embraced edginess.

As part of the night’s many surprises, Oppo joined forces with Zaam Designs to incorporate technology with design. Ahmed Azaam utilised his creative talents to develop a limited-edition collection as vibrant as the company’s new mobile phone. Inspired by the gadget’s rainbow of gradient colours, the designer presented a capsule collection of ready-to-wear garments and bags. With avant-garde head pieces and colour-blocked ensembles, the outcome blurred the lines between the two industries.

Meanwhile, the grand finale embodied the event’s main purpose and continuous quest. Farida Temraz made an exceptional comeback to the CFF with a daring collection, entitled Femme Formidable. The collection left the audience in awe as each dress made a statement on its own. Between bold black, royal blue, luxurious purple, the designer occupied centre stage. 

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Taste of Oktoberfest in Jeddah’s Assila Hotel https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/11/08/taste-of-oktoberfest-in-jeddahs-assila-hotel/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/11/08/taste-of-oktoberfest-in-jeddahs-assila-hotel/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:00:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=680575 Jeddah-based hotel mixed between eastern warmth of Arabian hospitality with Rocco Forte Hotels’ international experience

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During this October, there was no need to travel far to escape the daily routine and stress, as the Assila Hotel instead brought one of the most celebrated events to the Los Angeles of the Red Sea, Jeddah.

This October, in the heart of Jeddah’s fashionable business and shopping district, the new Assila Hotel, which is known to harmonise the warmth of Arabian hospitality with Rocco Forte Hotels’ esteemed service, has brought the taste of Bavaria in the heart of Saudi Arabia by celebrating the Oktoberfest.

The Assila Hotel is one of the newest establishments of a Rocco Forte Hotel. Oktoberfest is probably the most famous family festivals on the planet. On a yearly basis, the Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany, in late September and early October. It’s considered the largest people’s fair in the world with over six million people attending, from over 80 nations, to share in local German food, folklore and the good life.

Since early 1990s the Oktoberfest is being celebrated in other major cities in the world, to promote the Bavarian tradition of sharing local food with family, old and new friends. Elderly and young are all welcome to share in the Bavarian feast sitting along long tables, telling life stories and fables, enjoying the festive atmosphere.

From the 13th to 20th of October, the hotel’s 5-star 24-hour restaurant, provided the most succulent apple-strudel or the selection of sour-dough breads, pretzels and more for brunch.

The opening night of the Oktoberfest hosted by both the Consul General of Germany in Jeddah, Holger Ziegeler, and by Assila Hotel’s newly appointed General Manager, Khaldoun Hayajneh.

Guests enjoyed a juicy veal stew and spread, hand crafted bratwurst, sausages and cold cuts. The delicacies were served at a buffet style dinner throughout the week. The interesting and rich menu was designed and executed by German Executive Chef Alex Stephan and Rocco Forte Hotel culinary experts Charles Hotel in Munich.

This month, however, was not all festivals, food, and drinks, as relaxation and self-indulgence was on the menu for the guests as well. Male and female guests can enjoy the Assila SPA with its body-purifying spa package.

The blissful experience started with a Body Composition Test to check the body toxins levels followed by a detoxifying body scrub, lymphatic drainage massage, and foot reflexology.

Another package was available which is the Serenity package that can be enjoyed alone or as a couple. For those looking for the latest treatment in the spa’s facial section, it offers remodelling face treatment to erase any post summer blues with a Biologique Recherche Remodeling Machine: the most advanced bio-electrotherapy beauty treatment available in Jeddah. Such a machine will gently stimulate skin derma for an improved appearance, while smoothing your facial contours, and helping even out impurities and skin tone.

You can expect to see a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, improved skin texture and tone, accentuation of the eye area and a toned overall feeling. 

The Hotel also offers a variety of membership packages, a squash court, unlimited access to the rooftop swimming pool, for males only, unlimited access to the Assila Spa facilities area, deals on spa packages, restaurants and laundry services, complementary Wi-Fi, and valet parking.

Having stayed at several other Rocco Forte Hotels, the familiar hospitality can be spotted between the branches of the hotel all over the world.

It is in every way a family business; a shared love evident in every Rocco Forte hotel – each exuding the Forte’s innate Anglo-Italian style, sophistication and warmth. They bring this signature style to Jeddah in the Assila Hotel. Assila is the combined creation of two families: the Fortes and the Al Issas.

It is the marriage of European and Arabian sensibilities – a truly worldly luxury hotel.

Its palate spans the finest Arabic, Italian and Argentinian cuisine. Its design adjoins cooling, contemporary Middle Eastern architecture with a warm, light-hearted European touch. And its hospitality invokes both cultures: the genuine care to gratify every guest, and a level of expertise that lets you know this is a Rocco Forte hotel.

As you enter, you are greeted by the subtle scent of oud in the air, and an Arabic welcome of coffee and dates, as you enjoy the vast collection of Saudi art; the splashes of rich, local earth tones, hand-woven rugs and filigreed screens. And you know quality when you head to the rooftop to look across the

shimmering pool, over the city, and out to the Red Sea.

Residences at Assila mean exceptional apartments balancing space, comfort and home privacy with the five-star service, design, facilities and cuisine which is a unique way to experience the city of Jeddah.

Choosing from expansive, individually designed one-to four-bedroom Residential Suites, guests can enjoy tailored services, dine in any of Assila’s five restaurants, order in to their apartments, or

opt to use their state-of-the-art kitchens.

Guests can also expect personalised concierge guidance, and once you exit the hotel onto Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Street, you can enjoy touring the heart of modern Jeddah.

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Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski’s food fiesta: food for everyone’s taste https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/11/08/royal-maxim-palace-kempinskis-food-fiesta-food-for-everyones-taste/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/11/08/royal-maxim-palace-kempinskis-food-fiesta-food-for-everyones-taste/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:57 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=680577 In Bab Al-Qasr we were served kabab, chicken shawarma, and grape leaves rolls stuffed with rice, which were the plates we liked the most

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while people’s cravings usually drags them into a strongly desired cuisine, having all kinds of kitchens in one place where all tastes are satisfied, is the main purpose offered by Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski people last week, at the food fiesta.

Gathering all the four different restaurants, the fancy glamorous hotel—with horizon pools—each competing to serve the best plates from its kitchen: a variation of mouth-watering food was the result dozens of people enjoyed.

The food fiesta witnessed food competitions between the chefs of the five different cuisine restaurants located in the hotel: “Bab Al-Qasr” the eastern kitchen, “Lucca” the Italian, “the State” which offers a mixed twist of European-eastern dishes; “Ramanov” the steakhouse, and “Yana” the Thai cuisine.

The light cold breeze of November, along with the warm sun, and the music of the live band and singer, created the looked-for atmosphere to spend your weekend chilling. Digging into appetisers, all sorts of seafood salads, steaks, sushi, burgers, grilled kabab, chicken sweet and sour, and risotto among many others plates, not to forget the deserts with all the colours of the rainbow, is all what is needed to satisfy all tastes and desires.    

In Bab Al-Qasr we were served kabab, chicken shawarma, and grape leaves rolls stuffed with rice, which were the plates we liked the most.

The kabab was well seasoned, slowly grilled to be served moist and tender. The chicken shawerma sandwiches are also a good choice to taste the result of mixing Arab herbs all together in a plate. For the appetisers, nothing beats the grape leaves which was served with extra lemon and with the rice well-cooked inside.

A Ramanov steak is also one of our recommendations. Served medium-well, chili barbeque sauce is one of the unique dippings to ask for. However, the steak slightly missed being extra juicy.

The State offers some of the best seafood salads and appetisers one can have. Cold shrimps dipped in sweet-chili sauce is one of our most liked appetisers of them all.

Yana also offered one-of-a-kind chicken sweet and sour, and our Asia’s most preferred and rarely found in Egypt fruits.

The served food was too much than our ability to try it all, so we might have missed even more delicious choices.

All restaurants are available for reservation at the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski.

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Azza Fahmy builds silver, gold, turquoise Nubia https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/11/06/azza-fahmy-builds-silver-gold-turquoise-nubia/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/11/06/azza-fahmy-builds-silver-gold-turquoise-nubia/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:37:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=680360 It was not until designer came across a collection of turquoise stones during India trip, that she decided to turn her favourite destination into jewellery statement

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Stories are often told eloquently with the most non-verbal methods. Jewellery, like many other forms of art, is a tool for both expression and documentation. With a strong bridge between jewellery and architecture, she has taken many trips across the two-way route, over the duration of 50 glorious years. Her designs are often given from one generation to the next, due to its vivid representation of the world, as well as its intricacy.

Azza Fahmy, a true local pride and design aficionado, has just taken a creative trip to the enigmatic Nubia. Through utilising her eye for luxury and details, the designer turned the touristic destination into a stunning eight-piece hand-crafted collection, which could be described as a true ambassador.

Inspired by the colourful architecture of Nubian houses, as well as Hassan Fathy’s old Nubia’s extensive photographic archives, this fabulous collection depicts miniature sculptural renderings which capture the smallest details seen in Nubia’s domes and artistic motifs. The wearable city is encrusted with champagne diamonds and semi-precious stones, including Turquoise and Aquamarine.

“This collection holds a very personal resonance, as the theme is reminiscent of ‘Houses of the Nile’, my very first collection, which launched my design career.  For ‘Nubia’, I was creatively drawn to the structure and characteristics of Nubian houses and those of the city. The collection artistically depicts authentic architectural details, and also includes a representation of lake Nasser, through the use of a statement irregular Turquoise stone.  It is great to be able to celebrate the city through our jewellery,” said Fahmy, with a passionate twinkle in her eyes.

Consisting of rings, earrings and necklaces, this contemporary artistic collection reveals Fahmy’s personal connection to this historical city in the south of Egypt, and echoes her successful design approach of translating cultural and historic international references to contemporary jewellery.

“I have always carried Egyptian and Sudanese blood in my veins. My father was born to an Egyptian man and a Sudanese women.” Fahmy added with a nostalgic smile “I have always remembered my grandmother as an angel, something that might explain my powerful longing for the south.”

According to the designer, Hassan Fathy, the renowned architect was in fact the first to introduce her to the exotic region during her years at university. His passion for traditional Nubian architecture and his elaborate theories on how it could be utilised in modern cosmopolitan architecture ignited Fahmy’s interest. For years after, she would still remember his analyses of local traditions, colours and domes that decorate each corner.

“Nubia is full of women, who are true artists, creatives, and advocates of beauty. I have always loved the sketches, hand painted with precision on the majority of houses. The primary flock of ducks walking through vast greenery, as well as alligators, geometric motifs and lions among others,” elaborated Fahmy regarding what captures her interest in the exceptional city.

Nevertheless, it was not until the designer came across a collection of turquoise stones during a trip to India, that she decided to turn her favourite destination into a jewellery statement. Sourced from the Tibet, the big stones capture the essence of Lake Nasser while simultaneously using gold and silver to capture the Nubian city.

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Soraya Bakhtiar: cosmopolitan blogger with Egyptian roots https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/31/soraya-bakhtiar-cosmopolitan-blogger-with-egyptian-roots/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/31/soraya-bakhtiar-cosmopolitan-blogger-with-egyptian-roots/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:00:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=679709 Her Middle-Eastern roots, unconventional upbringing, resulted in unique mixture of authenticity which can survive today’s world

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Amidst the whirlwind of back-to-back fashion weeks, star-studded events, and unforgiving trend reports, she stands firm in her recognisable vantage point. While hashtags are thrown between pictures of significance, as well as utter randomness, her eloquent rapport with the written word is evident. Her Middle-Eastern roots and unconventional upbringing have resulted in a unique mixture of authenticity which can survive the cosmopolitan world of today.

Soraya Bakhtiar is an international blogger based in London, the UK. Nonetheless, she never gave her back to her Egyptian roots, constantly giving a nod to regional designers and local heritage. With a master’s degree in fashion journalism, from the respectful London College of Fashion, Bakhtiar comes from a long line of inspirational women, who always found a way to demonstrate their creative thoughts. Her mother is an aficionado of knitwear, her grandmother is known for her elaborate writings, and her aunt is a celebrated artist and poet.

“My love for putting outfits together has naturally led me to a career in the fashion industry.” Bakhtiar passionately added, “I have always had a thing for beautiful fabrics; meanwhile, I love discovering new design talents from across the world.” Her early steps were supported by her vast academic knowledge, which puts her a step ahead of other bloggers. According to Bakhtiar, her degree gave her credibility to report on trends. “I had a foot through the door, and this is where my blog originated from,” said the blogger cheerfully.

With an eye for fashion and art, Bakhtiar started her journey with a few sought-after internships, including publications such as Elle UK, and Tank Magazine. Nonetheless, her most evident breakthrough was joining Elie Saab’s PR team in 2013. The coveted job took her utmost attention, until she finally decided at to concentrate on her growing blog.

“Being a blogger is quite exhausting. However, at the same time it is an adventurous journey around the world. Every day you get to meet new people and discover new talents,” said the blogger about her biggest passion and current occupation. With a signature eclectic bohemian aesthetic and an appetite for colour, the blogger has already carved her niche at the centre of the competitive scene.

According to Bakhtiar, bloggers are always stereotyped as fake individuals, who are constantly on their phones. Nonetheless, she aims to reverse such mistaken ideas through focusing on what she is doing. “I ignore negative comments and cyber hate-speech most of the time. I know who I am and what my values are. Someone else’s comment cannot affect me, I learnt how to block such negative energy,” stated the blogger. 

As a proud Egyptian and Arab, Bakhtiar has always found herself driven towards Middle-Eastern talents, especially after her first trip to Dubai, the UAE. This is where she came to realise that the region currently harbours an astonishing number of fashion talents. Her current list of favourite designers includes Azza Fahmy, Mohanad Kojak, and Laila Wahba from Egypt, as well as Sandra Mansour, and Vanina from Lebanon.

Despite living in another continent, the blogger still manages to take regular trips to her homeland, as well as other cities around the Middle East. Bakhtiar recently visited the picturesque Aswan, where she managed to create fashion-fuelled content. Afterwards, her Instagram account showed her networking meetings with the country’s top fashion experts in the capital. When asked, the blogger always insists that Khan-el-Khalili is her favourite local attraction, in spite of failing to visit it during her latest trip.

With various notable collaborations with international households such as Chanel, Piaget, Topshop, Sandro, LuisaViaRoma, Net-a-Porter, and The Outnet, among others, under her belt, the blogger is currently focused on a new project that she best describes as ‘scented’. Meanwhile, she is also dedicating her time to support and lead emerging talents to their desired destinations. Her support varies between styling the brand’s visual content and providing her seasoned opinion in terms of the design development.

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Michael Kors to celebrate fall with special-edition Whitney Handbag for the Middle East https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/26/michael-kors-to-celebrate-fall-with-special-edition-whitney-handbag-for-the-middle-east/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/26/michael-kors-to-celebrate-fall-with-special-edition-whitney-handbag-for-the-middle-east/#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:00:53 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=679167 This fall, Michael Kors will introduce a special-edition Whitney handbag, which will be available in branches around the Middle East

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Often seen in head to toe black attire, the urban fashion designer has managed to change the way people regard casual wear around the globe. His colorful, confident and easy-going aesthetic is synonymous with the era’s contemporary rhythms. While women trust his judgment when selecting either their office or summer-break wardrobe, teenagers regard his bags as a fashion declaration of growing up.

Michael Kors is a fashion aficionado that best represent today’s fashion preferences and trends. With an increasing interest in the Middle East, the brand is set to expand its presence in the region with two new projects. This fall, Michael Kors will introduce a special-edition Whitney handbag, which will be available in branches around the Middle East. Meanwhile, they will also move their store at Dubai Mall, UAE to a new expanded location within the mall. The new flagship is set to showcase a bigger part of Michael Kors’s world.

The Whitney made its debut last summer before becoming an iconic accessory from Michael Kors. Designed as a group of 24/7, work-to-weekend bags, the Whitney combines sophisticated silhouettes with on-the-go versatility. The subtle but distinctive “M” shape on the front refers to the designer’s initial; a letter he’s been sketching since he was a child. Every bag also features a sleek, distinctive push-lock fastening with pyramid stud detailing.

On the other hand, the new Dubai flagship store is set to harbour a bigger selection of products including handbags and footwear from Michael Kors Collection as well as ready-to-wear and accessories from Michael Kors Mens.

Kors is an American designer, who has managed to bring Jackie Kennedy’s American casual chic to the new millennium. His monogram is currently a permanent resident in millions of wardrobes around the globe. Meanwhile, Michael Kors Ltd. Is on the verge of becoming the first American luxury fashion conglomerate after acquiring Jimmy Choo and Versace.

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Dusty Modern rescues beloved clothes with art https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/26/dusty-modern-rescues-beloved-clothes-with-art/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/26/dusty-modern-rescues-beloved-clothes-with-art/#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 11:00:05 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=679164 Aya Hallawany is a firm believer in turning misfortune into a chance to stand out amid the boring regular

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While fast fashion demands more purchases and more forgotten clutter in what could already be defined as jammed wardrobes, everyone still has a limited number of pieces that are more special than any other. As some pieces are only bought to be worn once, others are allocated to special shelves, where they are kept with care and worn regularly.

Irreversible damage is a possible danger that might turn few proud owners crazy with excessive percussion. Nonetheless, stubborn stains, tears and accidental damage does not have to be the eminent end of a beloved piece of garment. Instead, it could be a reason for an art-fueled revamp. Far from trendy unified attire, personalization as a growing phenomenon is only further supported with painted art.

Aya Hallawany is a firm believer in turning misfortune into a chance to stand out amid the boring regular. The founder of Instagram account Dusty Modern, is a fashion doctor, who salvages spoiled garments through recreating famous international paintings. Through a meeting with the client, the artist manages to define a suitable artwork and technique to cover any given defect.

Her currently-booming project started when Hallawany worked on her own pair of jeans. After accidentally dropping ink on her trousers, the artist decided to remain loyal to her favorite pair and turn the stain into a painting. The excessively positive reviews, encouraged her to work on other personal items as well as clothes of friends and family members. It was not long before she decided to take regular requests a step further by establishing a service.

According to the artist, her first big collaboration happened upon a request from VECCHIO, who wanted to personalize one of their jackets. The Starry Night revamp received positive feedback from the brand and online. The artist currently exerts her effort to collaborate with her clients to reach a true personal piece of wearable art; Hallawany offers them a wide range of options, whether pop-art symbols or classic paintings.

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Rania Taymour’s new handbag collection merges beauty of past with future https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/14/rania-taymours-new-handbag-collection-merges-beauty-of-past-with-future/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/14/rania-taymours-new-handbag-collection-merges-beauty-of-past-with-future/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:00:54 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=677334 Most clutches tell stories through via hidden components, RT’s designs are de facto storytellers

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Made to carry daily objects, handbags are by definition an intimate accessory that can tell a lot about their owners. While most clutches tell stories via their hidden components, Rania Taymour’s designs are different, as they are the de facto storytellers. Without the need for any other elements, her designs capture the country’s most prominent cultural glimpses, through elaborate embroidery and a vast colour pallet.

RT by Rania Taymour is a true ambassador which travels with elaborate symbols of local civilisation. A designer often mixes different materials in creative methods; hence each creations has an independent personality.

Designed to suit both day and night events, RT’s clutches come in a variety of materials and colours. That said, the RT brand can best be described as a colourful merge of heritage and modernity. Along with tokens of the past, all designs embrace modern elements to balance the final result.

Made to be carried around, not stored in closets, the clutches are quite practical and worthy of memorable street style. Taymour said she often finds her inspiration in museums and exhibitions held at the countries she visits. She always designs for the contemporary woman.

Taymour is currently occupied with her upcoming FW19 collection, which is set to see light next month. Since she has not yet embraced mass production, the new collection is expected to be limited in numbers, as with her previous work.

Due to the fact that she is currently absorbed in the production of her collection, Taymour finds it a perfect timing to advocate craftsmanship, and the precision of handmade leather goods. Proud of local talents, she aims to shed more light on craftsmanship, and even attract a younger generation to support this forgotten craft.

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Balmain creates fashion-forward mummies for SS19 https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/14/balmain-creates-fashion-forward-mummies-for-ss19/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/14/balmain-creates-fashion-forward-mummies-for-ss19/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 13:30:51 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=677333 Olivier Rousteing inspired by most famous pharaonic monuments in Pari

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At a time when humans were merely attempting to survive each day at a time, they were building a civilisation for their descendants, thousands of years in the future. Ancient Egyptians have mesmerised humans for centuries after their time, and their heritage has been celebrated through various forms of expression.

With that said, the fashion world has always been the biggest fan, and most accurate narrator. Many of the world’s most celebrated designers have competed to reinterpret this vast theme, adding their own vision to an enchanting era.

While the world’s most renowned designers have been running towards the future with minimalistic and progressive collections during Paris Fashion Week, Balmain chose to combine the past with the present. The French luxury fashion house looked to the 7000-year civilisation to visualise the summer-spring 2019 collection.

Known for magnificent tailoring and unorthodox materials, Balmain, under the creative directorship of Olivier Rousteing, turned mummies into a fashion uniform for the upcoming season. Bandages were used as an inspiration for several deconstructed dresses, certainly embracing the brand’s signature silhouettes. At the same time, the designer was also tempted by the visual identity of Heliographic patterns. Many of the collection’s show-stopping designs carried these symbols on their sleeves.

According to Rousteing, his true source of inspiration was, in fact, Paris: the “City of Lights” hosts impressive obelisks, pyramids, and columns that date back to Napoleon’s campaigns in Egypt. The collection also embraces a white and black colour pallet that speaks of light and confidence.

Balmain was founded in 1945 by Pierre Balmain. After its founder, many designers have served as creative director of the Parisian luxury house, notably Oscar De La Renta. Rousteing arrived to the coveted position in 2011. His work has successfully managed to bring the brand closer to a younger audience, and revive its legacy.

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Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding redefines beauty, charms audience https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/14/princess-eugenies-royal-wedding-redefines-beauty-charms-audience/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/14/princess-eugenies-royal-wedding-redefines-beauty-charms-audience/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 13:00:28 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=677298 As the tradition goes, the designers' identity was not revealed until the princess stepped out from the chapel. Eugenie flaunted a few of dresses in previous occasions. In this special occasion, she relied on the duo to make her dream gown.

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For the second time this year, the world’s attention was directed towards the royal Windsor Castle in Berkshire, South East England. After a highly followed relationship, Eugenie, daughter of the queen’s third child, the Duchess of York, tied the knot with wine merchant Jack Brooksbank in a fairytale-like ceremony. The bride charmed the international audience with a classic ball gown, designed by British designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.

As the tradition goes, the designers’ identity was not revealed until the princess stepped out from the chapel. Eugenie flaunted a few of dresses in previous occasions. In this special occasion, she relied on the duo to make her dream gown.

According to both the palace and designers, the princess specifically asked for a low back dress. During an interview ahead of the wedding, Eugenie said that she wanted to reveal her scars from surgery she underwent to correct scoliosis when she was 12.

“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that,” she told the Daily Mail. As for the rest of the fabric, the designers managed to weave expressive motifs that paid homage to the couple’s background.

“Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride’s Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home,” the palace said in a press release.

“Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have reinterpreted these symbols in a garland of rope-like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton, and viscose blend,” the palace added.

The true cherry on top was the 1919 Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which has been lent to Eugenie by the Queen. It is “made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side,” stated the royal family.

Eugenie also wore diamond and emerald drop earrings, which are a wedding gift from Brooksbank. As for her footwear, the princess chose peep-toe high heels by Charlotte Olympia.

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Kazoku, fresh take on Egypt’s fine dining scene https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/11/kazoku-fresh-take-on-egypts-fine-dining-scene/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/11/kazoku-fresh-take-on-egypts-fine-dining-scene/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:00:49 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=677100 Expertly developed menu, high-end ambience surprisingly relaxing, selection of hot and cold starters, prime cut steaks, signature dishes, sushi, drinks come in separate menu

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They had me at “King Crab leg.”

That was just the first of the palate-tingling adventures at Kazoku, with a fresh take on contemporary Japanese dining, one can’t argue with the fact that Kazoku brought something new to Egypt’s fine dining scene.

Located in New Cairo, the first thing you notice about the place is it its sleek, modern, minimalist design. Once you pass through the inviting bar area — with its sleek counters lit from within, cosy seating areas — only to be brought down at the sight of a dark light, spacious dining salon, dominated by different shades of brown.

The menu is expertly developed, and the high-end ambience is surprisingly relaxing, with a selection of hot and cold starters, prime cut steaks, signature dishes, while the sushi and drinks both come in a separate menu.

Once seated, we found ourselves under the care of a server who did the place proud, blending finely tuned professionalism with a disarming warmth.

We decided to start with the “Tataki Tenderloin”, and the Alaskan king crab leg, as an entree.

The tataki was seared, covered with soy almonds, along with a Kosho Goma dressing. The dressing is a mixture of the nutty flavour of roasted sesame seeds and the yuzu citrus, accompanied with the intense spiciness of green hot chilli peppers.

While the king crab legs were spectacular, having a sweet tender meat with a succulent flavour is sure to impress. The king crab leg meat is the whole point, as it is meant to be the sweetest and the best, the Bugatti of the shellfish world.

In theory, steak is one of those things that seems very hard to get wrong, however, that’s not the case in Cairo, as finding a place that cooks the perfect steak isn’t an easy task. But Kazoku managed to change that, and now I can confidently say that my search for a perfect restaurant to take people who think they can make a better steak at home, is complete.

The best thing about the place is the fact that they also cook the meat the way you actually order it, so if you order medium-well, that’s what you’re going to get, which is pretty rare around Cairo. Additionally, the large wine collection, including local, and imported red, white, and rose wines, to accompany your steak, was an extremely delightful experience.

We ordered one of Kazoku’s main dishes, seared beef tenderloin steak, and an amazingly cooked steak was placed in the centre of the table in their own serving plates. Our eyes locked in on the crispy brown flesh of the steak with fixed and purposeful stares that, if we had not been humans looking at food, could have been called lustful.

The steak was cooked with miso butter, which is a fermented seasoning paste of soybeans, often with rice or barley added, and was accompanied by wasabi hollandaise sauce.

Finally, dessert seemed a bit too far, we decided to order one photogenic Asian-inspired sweet, matcha lava cake, where Matcha green tea is mixed with white chocolate to create delicate cakes with a molten lava centre. It was served with a scoop of matcha ice cream, but the dessert is so rich, it’s enjoyable on its own.

All in all, it was a remarkable experience, its a new addition to Egypt’s gastronomy scene, the place is considered a fancy restaurant, and comes with a high price tag, a dinner for two including drinks, and dessert, would cost on average between EGP2000 to EGP 3000.

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Cairo Design Award to feature Egypt’s talented designers https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/09/cairo-design-award-to-feature-egypts-talented-designers/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/09/cairo-design-award-to-feature-egypts-talented-designers/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:30:32 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=676695 Panel includes elite judges, Azza Fahmy, Amr Helmy, Tarek Naga, Onsi Abou Seif, Karim Mekhtigian

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On Monday, a group consisting of Egypt’s most talented designers gathered as a judging panel, to decide the final line-up of awards, for the 2018 Cairo Design Award (CDA).

For its second edition, the CDA is looking to shed further light on Egypt’s most impressive designers, across six different categories including architecture, landscaping, interior design, set design, jewellery design, and product design.

The panel includes elite judges such as Azza Fahmy, Amr Helmy, Tarek Naga, Onsi Abou Seif, and Karim Mekhtigian, who sat to agree upon the final line-up of winners to be announced on 13 October.

The CDA’s first edition was inaugurated last year when the Mahdy Group established the concept, looking to fill a gap in the market, by creating a platform designed to highlight the achievements, and successes, of both established, and promising Egyptian designers.

For this year’s edition, the award ceremony will be complemented with a 3-day exhibition, which will be hosted from the 11 to the 13 of October, at the Nile Ritz Carlton.

“We are very excited about the potential awards line-up, we have such great design talent in Egypt, and we are so proud to be able to highlight the unique talent we have here. We are keen to shed light both locally and internationally, on the exceptional work and products that these designers have to offer, and a big part of what we are looking to do is support them in developing the international recognition and awareness they deserve. Egypt has an immense pool of design talent, and with the right exposure we have a real opportunity to lead the international community in this field.” Hisham Mahdy, founder of CDA, and CEO of Mahdy Group, said.

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Dawn: a triumph for hand-lasted footwear in digital age https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/09/dawn-a-triumph-for-hand-lasted-footwear-in-digital-age/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/09/dawn-a-triumph-for-hand-lasted-footwear-in-digital-age/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:00:18 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=676672 "Our main mantra is ‘Buy Less, Choose Well, Make It Last,’ says designer

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In a factory far east of the globe, sits an inhumane number of artisans— their eyes are focused on the work at hand, but their minds wander elsewhere. One after the other, copies of the same piece comes to life. None of them is authentic, nor will they last long given their quality.

Once they hit the shelves on the other side of the world, they will fly away due to their unbelievably affordable price tags. However, they will not be seen around the city for long, as their shine will soon wear off, and they will come undone in just a few months. Unaware of how their new purchases came to life, the lined shoppers remain faithful to the same short-term cycle of consumption.

Fast fashion is a threat, which looms over the head of artisanal crafts, leather goods, and high-end fashion. Meanwhile, it is also the second most dangerous polluter, after the oil industry. With many activists fighting against the vicious danger, and more literature unfolding this reality, a few ethical-fashion designers around the world are trying to stir millennials toward hand-made goods.

Hagar Fattah is a local advocate, who believes in the importance of supporting local craftsmanship, and creating pieces that can last a lifetime. Through turning her infatuation with footwear to a bespoke ethical brand, Fattah is offering the local industry an ethical alternative to poor-quality replicas.

Her brand, Dawn, specialises in bespoke pieces made from genuine leather, with the utmost attention to details. With each piece made for a specific client, comfort is not a question, rather a core brand value.

Daily News Egypt interviewed Fattah to discuss her lifelong dreams, her drive to revive the local footwear industry, and her formula to ensure quality and comfort. The transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity: 

What inspired you to start this brand?

I decided in 2015 that I want to pursue my passion and utilise my obsession with footwear in my everyday work. However, my plan did not aim to create any regular footwear; instead, I was looking for comfort, intricate execution, and high quality. Therefore, I was always determined to use natural materials, and depend on handmade techniques. Furthermore, natural beauty, and vintage simplicity have always been my main inspiration.

Why did you choose to specialise in footwear?

I have always been a fan of this type of footwear, and it has always been difficult to find in any local Egyptian brand. This often forced me to look elsewhere during any of my trips; accordingly, I used to get them from bespoke shoe-making brands in Italy and India, and they usually came with crazy price tags. 

After many of those quests, I decided to change my career from finance and banking to footwear, in order to do so, I began building on this passion by taking some specialised professional courses.

In 2015, fuelled by determination and passion, I decided that it was time to bring this dream to reality, by owning my own footwear brand. I was committed to establishing Egypt’s first bespoke footwear brand specialised in natural handmade products. Meanwhile, I also had the vision to take this industry in Egypt to the next level.

How did you turn your dream into one of the country’s most promising up and coming brand?

I started by devouring any information about the leather industry in Egypt, as well as the Egyptian handmade shoe-making industry. However, sadly, I found out that those two important industries do not get neither the needed support, nor the appreciation they deserve from the country.

Nonetheless, that did not stop me from achieving my aspiration. I kept looking for talented Egyptian shoe-making artisans, especially those who are evidently passionate about their craft. After a thorough search, I finally found some of them.

In the beginning, I found difficulty in convincing those artisans with what I wanted to achieve for my brand, as well as my dream to turn the local industry into a real contender on the global map. I have always believed that our local talented artisans deserve international recognition, however, they need the right support, and good leadership. 

How would you define your brand’s aesthetic?

All of Dawn’s pieces are inspired by nature, captured in our earthy colour pallets. Meanwhile, it also gives a nod to vintage simplicity. Finally, authenticity is also a big source of inspiration for me.

Where do you source your leather from?

We only use premium natural leather for our shoes— from the soles to the uppers—our suppliers are distributed between Italy and the rest of Europe. Recently we have started to use vegetable-tanned leather, which we are going to use widely in the upcoming collections.

Where do you manufacture your designs? How big is your workshop in terms of headcount?

We now have our own studio in Maadi, and we are working on opening our store very soon. Our workshop consists of dozens of talented Egyptian shoemakers, who descend from a long line of artisans with generations of experience. We also have young co-workers. I always make sure that our head-office is run by creative minds, including a marketing team, finance department, and digital specialists.

Why are you keen on being a hand-lasted brand?

Our main mantra is ‘Buy Less, Choose Well, Make It Last’. Buying less, choosing high quality, and investing in possibly higher prices, is absolutely worthwhile, and wise, especially when you look at the long-term benefits.

Why have not you tackled high heels so far?

It is not our target right now, as we want those heels to be just as comfortable as our current mules and sliders, and this is not an easy mission because it requires specific know-how and special standards. Nonetheless, we are already working on this step currently, and we will release our high-heel designs within the next ‘FW 2019’ collection.

How does Dawn reflect your keenness for ethical fashion?

Our pieces are ethically made with our love of nature, as we use only natural materials. Furthermore, they are not mass produced. Dawn is a slow fashion brand that cares about quality, materials, and manufacturing method (hand-lasted method). These factors are more important for us than selling lots of pieces with low quality.

Every single piece at Dawn is created by creative Egyptian minds, and talented hands. We have also made sure that we provide our workers with fair wages, and to never take advantage of their talents, without fully appreciating them.

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Maison Pyramide and Coveteur celebrates promising talents at PFW https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/03/maison-pyramide-and-coveteur-celebrates-promising-talents-at-pfw/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/10/03/maison-pyramide-and-coveteur-celebrates-promising-talents-at-pfw/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 12:30:30 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=675951 First international engagement of Coveteur shed light on most anticipated up-and-coming contemporary, avant-garde, ready-to-wear, accessory brands

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September is known as the fashion month for many reasons, such as the back-to-back runway spectacles at the world’s top fashion capitals, as well as the shower of new collections, and glittering events. Just in time for the fiesta, Maison Pyramide, the Showroom and Coveteur, joined forces to celebrate new talents by hosting a cocktail reception. Peppered with celebrated fashion figures and connoisseurs, the first international engagement of Coveteur shed light on the most anticipated up-and-coming contemporary and avant-garde ready-to-wear and accessory brands.

“Coveteur has evolved and expanded with a new voice and a behind-the-scenes look at a new kind of luxury constantly profiling emerging designers and trends from around the world. Maison Pyramide was a natural fit for our first international event during the Paris Fashion Week (PFW) to showcase this rising talent,” said Founder and Creative Director of Coveteur, Jake Rosenberg.

Determined to position their seasonal Showroom as a launchpad to the region’s most prominent design talents, Maison Pyramide co-founders Giovanina Atieh and Nathalie Mroue believe that Coveteur is the perfect partner. “Coveteur is the go-to-source and advocate of fresh talent in all fields.” The co-founders added, “this is where our platforms meet and complement one another within this collaboration.”

The attendees—who flocked to The Showroom on Rue Royale—included Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents, Sara Maino, Condé Nast General Director of Sales and Marketing Francesca Airoldi, Vogue Arabia Editor-in-Chief EIC Manuel Arnaut, Group Fashion Buying Director of Harvey Nichols Laura Larbalestier, American Model Larsen Thompson, Connoisseurs Caroline Daur, Xenia Adonts, Jessica Kahawaty, Gala Gonzalez, and Karen Wazen among many others. 

The setup featured a chimney top dripping with Lako Bukia, Liase, Ammanii and L’atelier Nawbar jewellery, tables and podiums set up for a feast of the croche bags and mules by Tara Zadeh, Yosuzi, Okhtein x and Zyne. The place was overflowing with mannequins showcasing the latest ready-to-wear collections by Azzi and Osta, Thym, Nafsika Skourti, and Silvia Astore.

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Azza Fahmy celebrates opening new store in Gouna https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/26/azza-fahmy-celebrates-opening-new-store-in-gouna/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/26/azza-fahmy-celebrates-opening-new-store-in-gouna/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:00:22 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674803 The new store feature displays of the brand's most memorable cinematic placements

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The worlds of cinema and fashion have always shared strong connections. From movie stars, who continuously start global trends to fashion designers following the lead of movie makers. Jewellery pioneer, Azza Fahmy, has always occupied a centre position in both worlds.

The notorious aficionado has recently celebrated the opening of yet another store. Just in time for the annual Gouna Film Festival, Egypt’s most recognised jewellery brand arrived at the resort town with a pop-up boutique. Designed by Meryem Ziget of MStudio, the interiors reflect a filmic approach and is inspired by the life of movie directors, who collect memories throughout the years. 

The new store feature displays of the brand’s most memorable cinematic placements.  During a walk through the boutique, visitors come face to face with imagery and memorabilia from iconic Egyptian movies. One of the most prominent tokens on display is the entire jewellery wardrobe created for the Egyptian star Soad Hosny in her movie Shafika w Metwally, as well as the ensembles created for Youssef Shahin’s El-Mohager starring Yousra and Mahmoud Hemeda. 

The store space is creatively engaging as visitors are invited to be interactive with experimentation stations. The store harbours a collaborative studio, where guests can utilise the present photo booth to add their Polaroid images to the display along with personal written notes. 

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Authentique empowers authentic fashion through technology https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/26/authentique-empowers-authentic-fashion-through-technology/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/26/authentique-empowers-authentic-fashion-through-technology/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 11:30:24 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674797 ‘Authentique is the first e-commerce platform, which empowers local Canadian and Egyptian designers to showcase their products through a 3D virtual fitting room,’ says founder

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With social media controlling general trends, pop culture, and ultimately fashion—technology is often regarded as a main leader of shifting fast fashion. Nonetheless, technology’s interference in the massive industry is still highly stuck at the Avant Garde and experimental levels. With an equal interest in both fashion and technology, she often regards each daily habit with the approach of futuristic advantages.

After acquiring her master’s degree in digital media, she was no longer capable of remaining silent and letting the familiar online-shopping obstacles hinder one more of her spree sessions on the wide web. With a determination to utilise her knowledge as a solution for her millennial generation, she found herself on the right route to change the fashion industry, empower under the radar talents and making online shopping far more reassuring.

Born and raised in Canada; yet, still in touch with her Egyptian roots, Nada Marzouk is an entrepreneur on the path to bridge the gap between North American and Egyptian heritages. The young technology connoisseur can still recall her regular visits to Egypt during her childhood, trips that were often documented with unique pieces that spoke of her Egyptian heritage. Years later, Marzouk can still remember her excitement when bringing those finds back to Canada, an event that was always peppered with inquiring questions from her Canadian friends.

Accordingly, it was no surprise that Marzouk has decided to dedicate her time to create a digital market place, which can bring her cherished local treasures to the far boarders of Canada through the most feasible online channels. 

Daily News Egypt sat down for an interview with Marzouk in celebration of Authentique’s launch from the Fashion Zone at Ryerson University, Canada’s first incubator in fashion-inspired businesses. The tech aficionado talked inspiration, empowering young talents, as well as millennials shoppers and bridging the Canadian as well as the Egyptian fashion industries. The transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity: 

How would you define Anthentique?

Authentique is the first e-commerce platform, which empowers local Canadian and Egyptian designers to showcase their products through a 3D virtual fitting room. The platform collects top high-end local Canadian and Egyptian brands for costumers to try their new collections via their own personalised avatars.

With so much talent evident in young designers between the two countries, I was determined to bridge the existing creative gap—blending both cultures in a westernised manner, while still holding on to the authentic roots.

How does your concept combine several brands in one space?

Each and every designer is carefully selected, the main goal is to select designers, who can add to your wardrobe unique pieces that you will cherish for years to come. Fashion is usually an evolving and changing process; but, with Authentique we want you to purchase something that you will stay authentic in its look and feel after years of purchase.

Tell us more about your concept and how it works?

Authentique is using cutting edge technology, which aims to make clothing fit for all by digitising every garment for everybody to try on; from the comfort of their homes. This revolutionary technology will solve many difficulties of buying and selling online. Shipping costs for return items, as well as complaints about damaged merchandise can be minimised and avoided entirely.

What was your main source of inspiration?

With an avid interest in technology always at the back of my mind, I started my research while studying for my master’s in digital media at Ryerson University to find ways that can really ‘break the internet’ in the online fashion industry. In particular, l have experienced (as I am sure most girls do) a problem with the “right fit” while shopping online. The hassle of not being able to see the quality in advance or even worse having to return something because it does not fit your body shape.

What do you plan to add to the current fashion industry?

Most importantly I want to empower our fellow local Egyptian and Canadian designers, who do not have the abilities of tapping into the Canadian market. I want the stories behind these brands to be shared globally. In a nutshell, I see a lot of value in facilitating convenience for Egyptian and Canadian shoppers as well as offer them the best online shopping experience.

As for the technology, the virtual “try-on” experience will allow the best personalized shopping experience in the online fashion world. With a couple of clicks, one will see a ‘3D look alike’ version of themselves. By plugging in a few simple measurements, consumers will be enabled to create avatars, which reflect their body shapes and sizes.

How will you be participating in VFW?

We will be showing our new collections in the Designer Showroom from 21-23 September. We will also be showcasing our 3D Virtual fitting room for people to try out. We are so excited to be the first Egyptian marketplace to be showcasing Egyptian designer products here in Canada!

Who are the participating brands?

The five Egyptian Brands that we are representing through the Pop-Up are: Alicia Arts, Camicie, Farah Wagdy, Ramla, and Sadafa. Along with one Canadian-based jewellery brand called Claurete. Authentique brands are carefully selected from Ramla’s effortless chic embodied in tassel-topped embroidered mules to Farah Wagdy’s sequinned-embellishment blazers.

These brands in particular have been valued so much across Egypt and I really want to shine the light on them in Canada. Not only will they be present in Canada; but, also their products are showcased via the virtual try-on technology, which is only out there for commercialised brands!

What was your criteria when selecting these brands?

Each and every designer is carefully selected, the main goal is to choose designers, whom can add to your wardrobe unique pieces that you will cherish for years to come. At Authentique we want you to purchase something that will stay authentic in its look and feel after years of purchase.

What is next for Authentique?

Raising more awareness about the Virtual Fitting Room Technology. In particular, enabling more comfort for the Egyptian millennials in online shopping and virtually trying on their selected items before adding them to cart. Meanwhile, we also aim to strengthen our brand recognition in both the Canadian and Egyptian markets.

My vision is to have the best personalized shopping experience; something that we all long for while still remaining inspired to find outfits, which people would love without having to see them in offline.

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Samrqan Noodles, Chinese food with Middle Eastern twist https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/20/samrqan-noodles-chinese-food-with-middle-eastern-twist/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/20/samrqan-noodles-chinese-food-with-middle-eastern-twist/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:00:03 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674147 The first thing that you notice about the place is the minimalist design, unlike most of the authentic Chinese, and Asian restaurant that you usually see in Cairo, but what really makes Samrqan Noodles standout is the fact that it offers something that most Cairo’s Chinese places lack; variety

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There is a kind of doubt that keeps striking me when trying a new Chinese restaurant: a fear that hits, however carefully I read the menu, however much I plot and asses the various deliciously-looking dishes against each other, I’m still going to fail to get the best out of the place.

As it happens we ate brilliantly at Samrqan Noodles, which lurks in a literal offshoot of road 233’s famed Asian cuisine. Even so, the feeling that I didn’t do it justice didn’t go away. As we admitted defeat, setting with full stomachs after devouring all that we got our hands on, a dish passed by us full of beautifully arranged, bronzed crinkly things en route to another table occupied by a Chinese family.

Though I usually don’t agree with the notion that a good Chinese place is one full of Chinese people, in the back of my mind I couldn’t shake the sense that this lot knew things.

The first thing that you notice about the place is the minimalist design, unlike most of the authentic Chinese, and Asian restaurant that you usually see in Cairo, but what really makes Samrqan Noodles standout is the fact that it offers something that most Cairo’s Chinese places lack; variety. Most people—I myself did once—tend to think of Chinese food as one type of cuisine. But in reality, there are plenty of distinct regional cuisines of China.

The restaurant specialise in the food of the Uyghur ethnic minority from the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in Northwest China.

Xinjiang, which is located in China’s northwest edge, borders Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Throughout history, it was the link on the Silk Road between the Middle East and Asia, as a result, much of the food of the region can be considered as a Chinese-Middle Eastern blend.

When it comes to noodles, in Samarqan, you can find not only standard Chinese noodles, but also thick, chewy Uyghur noodles too, as well as few things similar to ramen, which makes sense, as one of the region’s most famous dishes is its hand-pulled noodles, made through a laborious process of rolling then pulling wheat dough until it achieves the desired length, stretch, and texture.

When we received the menu, it was a picture album with about 80 different photos of salads, lamb, chicken, meat, fish, shrimp, noodles, and soup dishes offered.

We decided to try the “Fire Works” noodles, and the usual stir-fried Chinese beef noodles, however, we were puzzled over five more noodle dishes that combine lamb, hand-pulled noodles, and vegetables, but with subtle differences, different veggies, different sauces, different sizes, and shapes of the same noodle.

When the dish came—in a very fair portion—the “Fire Works” was short and tensile noodles, tossed with smoky squiggles of beef and red and green pepper strips that have been stir-fried to the perfect tenderness.

While the stir-fried wasn’t as distinguished, long noodles—perhaps too long—mostly elastic, however it didn’t have a very strong flavour, but nevertheless benefit from the rest of the mix, including a sprinkle of sesame seeds, beef, and pepper.

You can’t really say that you tried a Chinese place, without ordering dumplings, the restaurant offer authentic ones, that are coaxed from the same dough. Dumplings come seven crimped buns to a plate. Inside the steamed purses of joy, there are ground beef, and a bit of onion.

From the seafood specials we chose shrimps with spicy sauce, which came in a plate full of golden shrimps, with dried hot chilli peppers, dazzled in a light spicy sauce, the shrimps were full of flavour, but if you aren’t a spicy food fan, you will have to miss this one out.

Saving the best for the last, XinJiang lamb chops called lamb chops kang way on the menu as dish descriptions go, braised lamb ribs with thick brown sauce is never going to win a literary prize. But this time, it was accurate: the dish arrived with a large lump of animal on the bone under a blanket of something brown and sticky. It was an umami bomb, a huge slap of something both intense, full of flavour, savoury and, to be more precise, extremely mouth-watering. With every bite a sharper hit of flavour came from the juicy barbecued jewels of lamb chops, showered with ground salt, chilli and cumin, to be eaten within seconds of arrival, as the fat was still running.

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Lou addresses a global audience at LFW https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/16/lou-addresses-a-global-audience-at-lfw/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/16/lou-addresses-a-global-audience-at-lfw/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 14:00:49 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=673466 Edgy silhouettes, prints, casual flair, fine lines, luxury, athletic wear, ‘Athluxury’ concept

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Living in a cosmopolitan city often enforces a certain sense of time, modernity, and speed that might not be found anywhere else. Surrounded by skyscrapers and hundreds of unfamiliar dialects, her brand is a global message to young women around the globe.

With a rainbow of patterns, minimal fabrics, and contemporary cuts, her designs are a representation of today’s fast-paced world. Fashion designer Hebatullah Essawy has not only found her entryway towards reaching female global citizens through the unified power of design, but she has also embarked on her mission to truly invade the world.

Essawy took her ready-to-wear brand LOU on a trip to London, in order to meet the seasonal audience of London’s Fashion Week (LFW) from the 14 till the 18 of September. After winning over clients between her home town, Cairo, and her current city of residence, Dubai, the designer’s revamped brand identity and new collection is already making waves in the fashion capital.

Lou was launched in 2016, and during its early years, the brand was constricted to a much smaller scale. Nevertheless, she managed to expand her presence and gain the interest of several retailers between Cairo and Dubai. It was not before 2018 that LOU managed to unveil a new brand visual identity and start following an ambitious plan to open up markets.

Lou could be best defined as a young brand with a tendency for edgy silhouettes, show-stopping prints, and casual flair. Inspired by the fine lines between luxury, and athletic wear, the designer is based on the concept of “Athluxury”.

Essawy was born in Egypt before her family moved to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates during her teenage years in 2000. Today, the designer still resides in Dubai with her husband and two sons.

The designer acquired fashion design certifications from both the London College of Fashion and Esmod Dubai before launching LOU and celebrating three successful collections. Her designs are currently available at Hype Egypt, Zag Store, and Pop Up Shop in Egypt, as well as Urbanist Store in Dubai. Meanwhile, LOU is also available online through Sheyaka.com.

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Les Miniatures joins Shanina Shaik for tour around New York City https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/16/les-miniatures-joins-shanina-shaik-for-tour-around-new-york-city/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/16/les-miniatures-joins-shanina-shaik-for-tour-around-new-york-city/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 13:00:52 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=673456 ‘We were absolutely thrilled, when we spotted Shanina looking stunning with her Curvella!’ says designing duo

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Strutting through the streets of New York, she turns asphalt into red carpets and sidewalks into runways. Her figure might have already complemented the masterpieces of the world’s leading fashion tycoons; however, it is only during her morning trips around the city that she truly narrates her most intimate stories.

Known for owning the glamorous life of luxury and fashion; meanwhile, she is often greeted for her continuous contributions to support women and pay tribute to their inspiring strength. Shanina Shaik is a millennial poster star of many successful campaigns and fashion collections. With ancestors between Australia and Pakistan, the 27 year old beauty is a true global citizen.

The A list model is often trailed by paparazzi as well as a number of devoted fans, who keep up with her daily online interactions. Furthermore, she has been followed by the world’s leading publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and many more for her extraordinary beauty, as well as Islamic upbringing. With 1.3 million followers on Instagram, Shaik’s personal choices and career adventures are always regarded with importance and attention. Accordingly, it was not an ordinary day when she decided to go out to the big apple carrying a home-grown mini bag!

Farah Yasser and Hanna Hazem woke up to a path-changing surprise few weeks ago, when the super model took one of their mini creations for a tour around New York. From a casual morning walk to a night with her friends and even an event, Shaik made it clear that the girls’ small bran-child is her newest favourite companion.

Les Miniatures is Yasser and Hazem’s love letter to mini bags—something they have been passionate about since a very young age. The life-long best friends founded their brand in Egypt to pursue their passion and spread art through small bags. After a number of memorable designs and a growing base of clients, the duo managed to put their brand on the regional radar.

With that said, their early steps on the global scene are currently associated with none other than Shaik herself. The Curvella bag is currently their most popular design with an unstoppable stream of requests and inquiries pouring from all sides of the globe.

Daily News Egypt sat down for an interview with the two best friends to know more about the ripple effects of this remarkable celebrity placement, how they found their way to one of the world’s most coveted models and how they plan to build on this opportunity. The transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

How did her IG posts reflect on your brand? Sales, awareness, social media buzz, etc?

We have definitely seen a buzz after Shanina’s posts, the impact we have seen after her posts was astonishing. We have always been huge fans of Shanina; but, we have never contemplated the boost of followers and exposure, which we could get because of her—it is always a reassurance that social media is definitely a huge part to the brand’s success. We are definitely very lucky to stumble upon such a massive opportunity along the way.

How would you describe Shanina Shaik?

We feel that her style inspiration comes from Rihanna’s style; a person that goes beyond the trends and rather set her own the trends all by herself. We look up to her diversified attitude towards her personal choices—whether it is a cool laid-back morning outfit, or something that she puts together to attend a sophisticated and chic night out.

In addition, Shanina is a feminist herself; her idea of style revolves around indulging in the concept of women empowerment through wardrobe, as well as advocating the strength and beauty of women’s body, which is very appealing to us as well as our target audience.

What does your brand have in common with Shanina?

Both Shanina and Les Miniatures adopt an edgy style, we think this is one of the reasons Shanina liked our bags in the first place.

How did this opportunity come along your way? Did you reach out to her or was it organic?

Our PR agency Flare PR reached out to Chloe Bartoli (Shanina’s stylist), whom we always wished to work with. We were lucky enough that she was interested in our bags and highly welcomed utilising them in styling her high-profile clients on the long run.

With that said, we were not expecting to see such results this soon. Therefore, we were absolutely thrilled, when we spotted Shanina looking stunning with her Curvella! We certainly cannot wait to see how Chloe plans to use our bags more in the future.

How far has celebrity placement reflected on the success of your brand?

So far, we have been seeing a noticeable increase in the number of people interested in Shanina’s bag and inquiring about it. This also apply on evident international interest and inquiries not just local hype.

If you can choose any other celebrity, who would you love to see carrying your bags?

We would definitely love to see Blake Lively styling one of our bags one day!

Where is the brand currently available?

Our brand has always been based in Egypt since the very beginning; but, with some luck and a lot of hard work, we are focused on expanding globally sooner than you might think!

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Nathalie’s gallery ushers steampunk into internet age https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/11/nathalies-gallery-ushers-steampunk-into-internet-age/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/11/nathalies-gallery-ushers-steampunk-into-internet-age/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:00:40 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=672837 As a tribute to that moment in time, steampunk was created. It is a school of design and fashion, which depends on historical elements of anachronistic technological features and is inspired by science fiction

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In the 19th century, the world stood still to watch a true machinery-led revolution take place take the world by storm. For years, the entire globe marvelled at the effect and power of immaculate industrial steam-powered machinery. Tiny metal parts changed the world without introduction and with no window to go back.

As a tribute to that moment in time, steampunk was created. It is a school of design and fashion, which depends on historical elements of anachronistic technological features and is inspired by science fiction. The avant-garde style combines drama with rustic allure.

Inspired by his grandfather’s antique watch at a young age, Ahmed Saeed discovered his talent of transforming vintage machinery into accessories. After cultivating his hobby for years, Saeed was motivated to start producing high-quality accessories influenced by the industrial era.

With an unerring eye for details and a vision for the potential for any piece to become something entirely different from what it started as, the steampunk advocate founded Nathalie’s gallery as a platform for his extraordinary creations. Fond of the treasures found around downtown, Saeed is a master at sourcing his required parts and transforming them beyond recognition.

From keychains to home accessories, his designs vary between a wide diversity of ideas. Meanwhile, his price point also differs based on the utilised parts. While he often uses metal pieces, he sometimes chooses to incorporate gold and stone-encrusted components for slightly more expensive items.

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Dima Jewellery captures modern Arabian nights at North Coast https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/11/dima-jewellery-captures-modern-arabian-nights-at-north-coast/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/09/11/dima-jewellery-captures-modern-arabian-nights-at-north-coast/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:00:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=672834 ‘I always come back with freshest designs ideas for Dima Jewellery,’ says designer

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“It is always amazing when talented people from various backgrounds come together to create something artistic and full of life, especially, when the main inspiration is our beautiful Egypt,” says the designer.

It is summertime, and the crowd immigrates to the sandy beaches and turquoise seaside of the North Coast, breathing life into its calm mornings and energising its events and glittery evenings. The country’s real game changers don the coast’s top destinations with mobile phones in hand and the world as their audience. The power of social media brings east and west closer, and international expectations vary between stereotypical scenes to authentic Egyptian getaways. 

Jewellery designer Dima Rashid has always been keen on bridging both sides of the world through the power of her designs. With carved turquoise, golden snakes, and layered sinister eyes, Rashid already captured front covers of international magazines with her contemporary interpretations of traditional cultural tokens.

Dima JewelleryIn a goodbye letter to the current summer season, the designer joined forces with the cosmopolitan style authority Nour Abu Elela and a la Parisian blogger Anika Bozic. The trio captured the essence of a summer under the sizzling sun of Egypt’s North Coast.

“The perfect summer getaway for me is the one where you can relax, refresh, and get inspired with as little distractions as possible. Whenever I am away, I always come back with the freshest and most exciting designs as well as project ideas for Dima Jewellery,” stated Rashid with her summer tan still glowing on her cheeks, “I would rather not do anything but enjoy our beautiful sandy beaches, summer breeze, get together with my family, and of course design with my hand-picked stones,” continued the designer.

The creative shoot mimics scenes which can engage any Egyptian, without forsaking their sought-after global flair. Be it a friendly game of chess, a couple of Turkish coffee cups or a playful puff of ‘shisha’—the shoot portrays a casual afternoon with nothing as urgent as a perfect tan and a relaxing hiatus from the buzz of the capital.

“Around five years ago I visited the North Coast for the first time. I immediately fell in love with the magnificent virgin nature and the beautiful turquoise shades of sea. Up until today, I have been asking myself why is this beautiful coast not on the map of truly amazing places to visit on a world level and only limited to local tourism?” added Bozic, with her blonde locks swaying to the rhythm of the wind, “I love discovering new destinations, but nothing can replace the beautiful white sandy beaches, Egyptian hospitality, and feeling like I am at home.”

As Bozic would best describe it, the garden picture is her favourite shot, as well as the ideal portrayal a foreigner would want to imagine the glamourous life in modern Egypt behind the closed doors. In Bozic’s opinion, it has all the elements of a fairy-tale, a luxurious life, flowers, shishas, fruits, oriental carpets, and beautiful nature.

According to the designer, the team’s combined love for Egypt was the project’s cornerstone. While Bozic’s international allure and deep understanding of the region made them the perfect combo of this summer affair, Abu Elela’s cosmopolitan perspective and modern Middle-Eastern identity made her ideal for the photo story. “Both are a strong reflection of my inspirations ,where I always aim to bridge the East and West in my designs for the woman of today,” explained Rashid.

Sharing the attention together in front of the camera, the stunning soul sisters reflect a true balance between both ends of the world. “Transferring the entire idea into the story needed a partner and I could not think of anybody better than Nour. She is stunningly beautiful, glamorous, from an international and Egyptian background, and most importantly, in love with Egypt like I am,” stated Bozic excitedly.

Aside from the inspiration behind the shoot, the images are also peppered with stone-encrusted local symbols. Given Rashid’s preference to layer her designs, the two models were covered with elaborate stacks of jewellery. Meanwhile, the Pharaonic serpent was also evidently present as a main player. According to the designer, Ancient Egypt has always been one of her biggest muses. Accordingly, she has always been keen on introducing snakes with different interpretations, from bold to abstract. “Snakes are one of those timeless symbols that are an eternal icon of strength and femininity, which beautifully represent Dima women and our philosophy,” said Rashid fondly.

This visual journey to the beach is the brain child of Bozic, who came up with the concept, as well as the cinematic art direction. Meanwhile, it was produced and photographed by Dima Jewellery’s Head of Marketing Rana Kandil. Together, Kandil, Bozic, and Rashid worked on styling the looks, jewellery, and sets for the shoot. “It is always amazing when talented people from various backgrounds come together to create something artistic and full of life, especially, when beautiful Egypt is our main inspiration,” stated Rashid.

Along with the stacked snakes, the styling also paid special attention to the designer’s signature rainbow of 18-carat gold necklaces. After experimenting with golden coins for years until they became an international trend, Rashid currently defines her layered 18-carat gold necklaces as the must have-pieces every summer for Dima women. “They are easy to wear, to layer up or layer down. Meanwhile, they are the pieces you never want to take off. A turquoise piece is timeless, lasts forever, and is my must-have item for the warm season,” concluded the designer.

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Chicken Fil-A: satisfying taste, portion of fried chicken restaurants https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/30/chicken-fil-a-satisfying-taste-portion-of-fried-chicken-restaurants/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/30/chicken-fil-a-satisfying-taste-portion-of-fried-chicken-restaurants/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:30:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=671111 Despite the city’s different cuisine dining’s that offer people all sort of world’s various kitchens food, Egyptians still passionately love junk food, especially, if served in large portions and good quality, like Chicken Fil-A’s sandwiches. Chicken Fil-A is a fried chicken restaurant the serves new perspective of junk food other than what Egypt has been …

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Despite the city’s different cuisine dining’s that offer people all sort of world’s various kitchens food, Egyptians still passionately love junk food, especially, if served in large portions and good quality, like Chicken Fil-A’s sandwiches.

Chicken Fil-A is a fried chicken restaurant the serves new perspective of junk food other than what Egypt has been dealing with for the past years. Most Egyptians have been complaining that most of the junk food restaurants have been serving food in small quantity and extremely bad quality, a gap that Chicken Fil-A successfully filled in that market.

In a visit to the restaurants branch in Mohandinsen district, Daily News Egypt’s team ordered the place’s most famous sandwiches to try.

The Original Fil is one of the most recommended sandwiches, according to the waiter. Consisting of two fried chicken pieces stuffed with cheese, honey mustard sauce, cheese sauce, and lettuce. The huge in size sandwich can be reduced in size into small, with only one piece of chicken instead of two.

Despite seeming like a regular friend chicken sandwich, Chicken Fil’A’s friend chicken is totally unique than any other similar restaurant. Well seasoning is the base of the moist fried breast. Crispy from the outside and moist, juicy from inside is the main factor that make the restaurant on to of recommendations of fried chicken junk food places.

The sandwich can be served with fried chicken and fizzy drinks in a combo mean, upon request. The portions are considered beyond satisfying, with fries, the meal is considerably large in portion for someone who is not a foodie.

The fries are also crunchy from the outside and tender from the inside, making them a perfect combination with the sandwiches.

For cheese lovers, The Thai Fil is a must to try. Filled with loads of yellow cheese, the sandwich is described by the waiters as a “very messy with lots of cheese and sauces” sandwich. Consisting of two fried chicken pieces stuffed with cheese, and covered with layers of cheese between and on top of both, with a Thai sweet chili sauce, cheese sauce, and lettuce.

The sandwich is all about drowning in chicken and cheese. Overly filled to the extent of not being able to hold it with two hands, the sandwich is a preferable for cheese lovers.

And for those who are into spicy food, Hot Rings is the sandwich for them. Made of Spicy fried chicken piece stuffed cheese, sweet chili mayo sauce, spicy sauce, fried onion rings, lettuce, the sandwich is severely spicy and sharp, yet tasty.

For the prices, the restaurant is considered quite reasonable, as sandwiched prices range around EGP 60, with the addition of taxes and service charge.

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Four summer trends marching back to capital city https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/29/four-summer-trends-marching-back-to-capital-city/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/29/four-summer-trends-marching-back-to-capital-city/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:00:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=671050 Many might argue that summer is coming to an abrupt ending after a star-studded week on the north coast. Nonetheless, along with the still-trending pantsuits, pleats, and charming millennial pink—some summer trends are here to survive the changing weather and make it to the chilly November. Seashells are a nostalgic piece of accessory that many …

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Many might argue that summer is coming to an abrupt ending after a star-studded week on the north coast. Nonetheless, along with the still-trending pantsuits, pleats, and charming millennial pink—some summer trends are here to survive the changing weather and make it to the chilly November.

Seashells are a nostalgic piece of accessory that many of today’s fashion fanatics grew up collecting. As local as being sold on the beach out of wooden boxes, the marine tokens are back from the early 2000s as a strong trend for the current season. 

The shells are a subtle reminder of the playful waves and pure sand from everyone’s most recent vacation—brought right into the heart of the city. The trendy piece is available for necklaces and anklets courtesy of a number of local accessory designers on social media. With that said, no one masters the art of carving, stacking, and flaunting seashells quite like AFH Designs. Designed by Farida Abushady, the brand depends on the gifts of nature as main materials. 

Next on the list comes wooden bags. Much like the seashells, this trend refuses to leave the organic aesthetic of the warm season on the beach; instead, it borrows it for a night at the city. With international brands such as Cult Gaia preferring wood over regular leather, many local brands have already joined the cult!

Meanwhile, woven straw is also a winner that goes hand in hand with the current trend of smaller handbags. Dicha is locally-made haven for this particular trend. The contemporary brand provides few diverse interpretations of this popular accessory. On the other hand, HL Designs has also taken a bamboo detour with a “Nautical” collection.

Vintage eyewear has been on the rise for several seasons. With tiny sunglasses shooting to stardom them falling for social media criticism, a pair from the 1990s is certainly a much-welcomed fashion statement. Nonetheless, this season has brought even a more theatrical silhouette back to the forefront. Ignited by Yves Saint Laurent’s heart-shaped sunglasses, the memorable trend is currently taking over.

Finally comes one of the most popular classics; coin accessories. After taking full control of each and every beach, the retro trend is not planning to fade away anytime soon. Adorned with blue lapis, gold chains, or pearls, the variations are endless. Home-grown brand Lala is a skilled advocate of this particular brand. The authentic designs tackles coins from different angles—varying from vintage extravagance to modern layering.

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Idris Foundation takes dreams of refugees across globe https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/29/idris-foundation-takes-dreams-of-refugees-across-globe/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/29/idris-foundation-takes-dreams-of-refugees-across-globe/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 13:30:20 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=671047 NGO has found visual statement in honest sketches of refugee children

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As a true silent historian, fashion has always been an eloquent storyteller, nurtured by the needs, dreams, and achievements of humans. The past century is punctuated with several fashion staples, which only originated due to significant events. With that said, it is only natural that the most evident struggle of the current decade would start seeping into the fashion choices of each global citizen.

Like many ethical brands, their need to tackle a true crisis and provide a tangible fashion-driven solution has yielded in a rainbow of sustainable gender-flued t-shirts. The Idris Foundation strives to provide better conditions for refugees around the globe. Based in the United Kingdom, the non-governmental organisation is a continuation of Idris Yassin’s passionate initiative to make the world a better place. Sustained by his family, the organisation extends a helping hand to orphans living at refugee camps in Eritrea, East of Sudan, Lebanon, Djibouti, and Yemen.

With that said, their most recent initiatives are not only a subtle contribution to aid refugees, but also a global approach with the potential to reach out to a diverse audience. In collaboration with Efro & Co, the foundation has found a visual statement in the honest sketches of refugee children. Printed on t-shirts, the children’s explanations of hope, family, and love are sincere and uncensored messages.

The genuine concept was first thought of by Efro & Co’s founder Dina Yassin, who chose to give her guests an extraordinary giveaway as they left her wedding event. The entrepreneur aimed to stick to the cause she has dedicated her work to support through sending art supplies to refugee kids. The gift did not only touch the attendees, but it has also encouraged the inception of the Team Refugee Project.

With a successful collection up their sleeves, the masterminds behind the project decided to raise the bar by creating a visually-elaborate campaign in celebration of the second edition. Shot by Bruno Gabriel in Spain, the editorial photoshoot features real refugees along a few casted models. Their expressive features unfold days, months, and years of trotting the globe in search for an alternative home.

All profits from this project are expected to be utilised in enhancing the living conditions of several refugee camps—including health and education standards. The foundation has already managed to successfully build schools, as well as provide awareness programmes to both children and teaching staff. Meanwhile, they currently support nine schools, which cater to 300 children.

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Amina K celebrates local women, talent, fashion https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/29/amina-k-celebrates-local-women-talent-fashion/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/29/amina-k-celebrates-local-women-talent-fashion/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 13:00:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=671043 Designer most known for her graphic patterns, laidback cuts, drive to dress all women

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With women taking the lead in international news, 2018 has certainly been dominated by inspiring females everywhere around the world. Topics such as harassment and gender equality now have become global points of discussion, that seek enhancement and support. Many A-list brands including Chanel and Dior have opened their doors to a new angle of women’s empowerment: making the social cause a wearable statement that women everywhere can share in solidarity.

With slogans such as “We Should All be Feminists” and “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” international runways are already eloquent participants in the lifelong argument. With that said, one local designer has decided to take part in the discussion by highlighting few of the country’s most inspiring artists, visionaries, and young entrepreneurs.

Known as one of those who paved the road to the reincarnation of the local fashion industry a few years ago, Amina K is most known for her graphic patterns, laidback cuts, and drive to dress all women. The ready-to-wear designer has already put together a long list of firsts in the past five years. Accordingly, it was only natural for her to seek other females who have achieved praise-worthy milestones in their respective industries.

“Women with Talent” is the designer’s tribute to local influencers, such as the founding duo of The Photo Boutique photographers Shahira Tarek and Nazly Abouseif, freediving athlete and co-founder of Blue Odysea Raghda Ezzeldin, and founders of Soft Power Productions Dalia Farid and Lily Farid along others.

Shot by Karma Abdelraouf, the visual project captures candid images of the selected pioneers—all dressed in Amina K’s most recent summer creations. The loose silhouettes and floral patterns are a cameo of the designer’s personal presence in each and every frame. Meanwhile, the descriptive captions aim to not only introduce the work of each individual, it also sheds light on their inspiration, their motives and the biggest obstacles that they had to overcome. The campaign is regularly posted on the brand’s social media platforms with more heroines in line and additional chapters to be unfolded over the coming few weeks.

Much like her aesthetic style, the campaign offers a confident and authentic approach to celebrate the work of these women as well as encourage others to take the steps they have been dreading for long—hence becoming future pioneers in their own right.

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Pavo builds bridge between summer trends, local craftsmanship https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/28/pavo-builds-bridge-between-summer-trends-local-craftsmanship/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/28/pavo-builds-bridge-between-summer-trends-local-craftsmanship/#respond Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:00:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=670861 Each bag slightly distinct, made with love over period of few dedicated hours

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Warm, sunny, and hot is how this month of August has painted the country in a sizzling hue of sunshine. With many fleeing from the burning city to the cooler beaches, a new wardrobe is once again a necessity for an increasing audience. While few European brands have managed to make wood and bamboo a wearable trend, Pavo decided to capitalise on crochet.

This local accessories brand, launched a new summer collection worthy of long days and nights on the beach. With a light colour pallet, the brand reinterprets the season’s top trends according to the mastery of Egyptian craftsmanship.

Hand-made circular bags are the main stars of this collection—along with playful tassels, the cream bag is big enough to hold numerous items while flaunting the intricate work of handmade crochet. With each piece made for a unique client, each bag is slightly distinct and certainly made with love over the period of a few dedicated hours.

Meanwhile, Pavo also pays tribute to several other winning trends—such as straw tote bags. The summer must-have is reinterpreted with a timeless design, which incorporates a diversity of coloured lace and medium-length hands—fit to carry tanning products and cover-ups. Furthermore, the brand has also addressed the afterhours with hand-carried clutches.

With that said, the brand’s localised version of international accessory trends also come with a much more affordable price tag, which is enough reason to embrace more than just one Instagram-able shape of summer bags.

On the other hand, the seasonal collection is not quite complete without PVC totes, which reveal much more than they conceal. With new designs dropping out regularly, Pavo seems to be on the right route to experiment with a few more trends with the help of local craftsmanship.

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Modern Nomad: visual journey around Egypt https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/28/modern-nomad-visual-journey-around-egypt/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/28/modern-nomad-visual-journey-around-egypt/#respond Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:30:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=670865 When social media has the ability to bring the absolute east to meet the west as well as transport one event from either sides of the world to the other in a heartbeat, it takes a real adventurer to travel, roam and explore reality without using a gadget. Over the extent of 1m kms, a …

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When social media has the ability to bring the absolute east to meet the west as well as transport one event from either sides of the world to the other in a heartbeat, it takes a real adventurer to travel, roam and explore reality without using a gadget.

Over the extent of 1m kms, a wide diversity of cultural groups have learnt to share thin boarders. During a chain of starry nights, she decided to tread over few of these lines—discovering the many faces of one big country. Egypt is often celebrated for a handful of distinctive destinations; but, the vast country has always harboured much more than what meets the eye.

From the bustling capital to the colourful south and the captivating desert in the middle, the old-world country had a lot to reward the adventurous traveller with. The modern nomad is a visual expedition around four key areas in Egypt— each with an unmistakable character and allure.

INCA & Co is a lifestyle brand specialised in textile and furnishing. Their graphic designs could be best described as a visual feast, which encourages a younger audience to embrace colours, authenticity, and modernity. Founded in 2015, the brand has always addressed one main goal, which is to reinterpret the heritage of this well-established industry. In time for the new season, the local brand decided to follow their inspiring companion across the country as she travels from one city to the next.

Through the colourful collection; Cairo, Nuba, White Desert, and Read Sea each gets an independent elaborate chapter. Tackling the area’s main colour scheme and patterns, the modern nomad is an eloquent storyteller, which focuses on furniture as a main medium. As the main heroin is a young women, lively colours and minimalistic patterns are common between the four chapters. Meanwhile, the collection also includes a number of chairs, cushions, chandeliers, etc that are fit for a millennial household.

“Loud, bustling, chaotic, mysterious yet beautiful” is how the brand explains the undeniable charm of the capital. Captivated by the crowds often seen from the top of the city, INCA & Co found the duality of religion and superstitious beliefs quite interesting. With concentration on evil eyes and protective palms, the first chapter captures Cairo’s congested skyline of houses as well as the palm trees scattered around them.

Furthermore, the iconic Tanoura dance is also a focal point in this city’s storyline. An epitome of spirituality and heritage, the folkloric dance has been celebrated generation after another for being both meaningful and entertaining.

The next stop is none other than Al Farafra, in the heart of the white desert. Known for its long nights of undisturbed star gazing and basic methods of transportation, this particular destination has always been home for those who seek a haven away from modernity. Inspired by the twigs, camels, and starry skies—INCA & Co utilised a brick and brown colour scheme to recount a night in a tent house.

With that said, this particular chapter of the collection expands past textiles to include straw and bamboo furniture—including a unique peacock chair, a chandelier, and a rounded mirror.

With that said, it was a stroll among the colourful alleys of Nuba that ignited the third chapter of this journey. Mesmerised by the generosity of the laughing children running around the city, as well as the hand-painted walls seen around every corner, the third part of the Modern Nomad turns the city’s walls, as well as the women’s accessories into upholstery fabrics.

Finally, the Red Sea incites a blue wave of marine motifs. From fish-inspired patterns to an artistic reinterpretation of coral gardens, the final trip pays tribute to the natural and vivid wealth of the coastal destination.

Aside from the artistic details of the collection, the Modern Nomad is also a testament of INCA & Co’s attention to handmade craftsmanship. Their rainbow of trims, tassels, and embroidery is implemented with intricacy. Meanwhile, their materials are divided between organic cotton and linen—two fabrics that are often associated to this country. Furthermore, building on another traditional school of local craftsmanship, the collection also offers a number of trays, coasters, trivets, and plates made of hammered brass.   

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Opio addresses free-spirit women with earthly rompers https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/12/opio-addresses-free-spirit-women-with-earthly-rompers/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/12/opio-addresses-free-spirit-women-with-earthly-rompers/#respond Sun, 12 Aug 2018 14:30:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=669380 Dedicated to free-spirit women and long colourful days around the capital or on the beach, local fashion brand Opio has just launched a new collection for modern females who aim to seize the day. With a diversity of vibrant jumpsuits, dresses, and rompers, the collection adds a nonchalant flare to the season’s top must haves. …

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Dedicated to free-spirit women and long colourful days around the capital or on the beach, local fashion brand Opio has just launched a new collection for modern females who aim to seize the day. With a diversity of vibrant jumpsuits, dresses, and rompers, the collection adds a nonchalant flare to the season’s top must haves.

The summer collection embraces an earthly colour pallet, which ranges from brick to green, accompanied with light fabrics. Ready for a long day anywhere around the country, the collection once again proves the brand’s carefree aesthetic.

According to the brand, their products are designed for the millennial generation of free spirits, role jugglers, deep souls, young hearts, the outgoing, and laid-back women who want to look good without too much effort.

With that said, the collection also features a number of scarves. The summer accessory is a popular winner this season given the current trend of natural hair as well as the free-heat challenge. With more women embracing their natural hair, Opio decided to address these advocates of curls with multi-purpose accessories.

Furthermore, the collection also addresses another successful trend: jumpsuits and rompers. Monochromic ensembles have been ignited by the runway shows a few seasons ago before seeping into the windows of top high-street brands and eventually the summer wardrobes of fashion fanatics. Opio offers a diversity of casual-beach attire with shorts and side-slit trousers.

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Hayden meets ‘The Modern Venus’ in summer adventure https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/12/hayden-meets-the-modern-venus-in-summer-adventure/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/12/hayden-meets-the-modern-venus-in-summer-adventure/#respond Sun, 12 Aug 2018 14:00:14 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=669381 ‘Paintings, sculptures, music, every other medium can inspire me,’ says designer

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Powerful, inspiring, and a true leader is how he often describes a woman. While the world often loses sight of its axis, he would often define her as his corner stone. Raised by a powerful woman, Shaddy Ellian, naturally found himself captivated by the allure of a strong woman.

Season after season, Ellian chose to unfold the story of his leading lady through articulate carvings and dazzling crystals. In the winter she was determined to inspire other women to stand out and by the summer she was advocating equal rights. Ellian’s heroine might not be a human being in the obvious meaning of the word; nonetheless, she is an idea that many females choose to embrace every single morning.

Hayden is the designer’s jewellery brand and influential companion. Through few collections, the brand has managed to find its way to a circle of mighty women, who do not plan to stop before getting to their destinations.

In time for the new season, the duo decided to be part of the current coins trend; yet, without giving up on their empowering mission. Motivated by the international story of Venus, Hayden powered by Ellian decided to turn the goddess’ face into a token of freedom and equality.

The golden collection is a visual statement accentuated with chains and the tendency for layering. With that said, the true surprise of the collection is the designer’s first set of bags and belts. With the new offering, Ellian subtly took Hayden from jewellery to accessories in general.

‘The Modern Venus’ was launched earlier this week through an artistic showcase in collaboration with Ali Noori Ali Satea. The international sculptor showcased a number of his finest pieces as well as a special sculpture designed specifically for this collection. Meanwhile, the event also included a conceptual video and a long-night after party.

Daily News Egypt sat down for an interview with Ellian to talk about inspiring women, ,expanding into accessories and incorporating art in his creative mix. The transcript for which is below lightly edited for clarity:

Can you list your main inspiration behind this collection?

Coins are a huge trend this season. By definition, I wanted to be part of this international hype; nonetheless, I had to find my own interpretation. Coins are often currencies that vary from one country to another—sometimes it is the logo of a brand. In my case, I was inspired by Venus, the Greek goddess. As a true fan of her story, I was encouraged to give her a well-deserved coin.

She was strong, beautiful and attractive—she was everything every woman wants to be. Accordingly, I had to bring her into the 21st century.

I spent a few days going through all the pervious artworks dedicated to her. I kept staring at her varying features, as well as the details of her story. Before long, I found myself immersed in sketching her and this collection.

With that said, this collection marks an important milestone for Hayden. I never wanted to be labelled as a jewellery-only brand. The majority of international brands started with a certain specialty before upgrading their range of offerings and evolving into a fashion house. I want to become a cohesive brand that you might consider when you want to buy jewellery, a bag, or a belt. 

For this collection, I chose to introduce new angles of Hayden. I designed a few bags and belts to match the rest of the collection. This brand is my child—I am keen on seeing her grow and develop.

How did you manage to master bags, belts in such a short period of time?

It was not an easy task. I launched my previous collection over nine months ago. It was on that day, when I realized that I should not limit myself anymore. Accordingly, I started taking courses to discover new horizons.

I believe that everyone should venture into new areas every once and a while. Meanwhile, it is always important to refresh and add to your knowledge with courses. Knowing how to accomplish something is not enough, people should continue studying, in order to seek optimisation and perfection.

I gave myself time to study new disciplines. Even now after this collection, I am currently focused on studying new techniques.

 

Do you think specialised fashion courses in Egypt accessible?

Honestly, finding the right courses in Egypt is not an easy task. Therefore, I often have to travel abroad to find useful courses. However, big fashion houses in Paris and Milan have online courses, which give you a sneak peek of the entire curriculum. Accordingly, you study the first three weeks from the comfort of your house then you travel for another three weeks to finish the advanced practical levels.

For this particular collection, I had to take two courses between Paris and Milan. It was a lot of pressure at the time, since I was also sketching the new collection and still following up with my previous collection in parallel. However, all the hard times are instantly forgotten when you see people checking the final results and complementing the details—it is quite a rewarding moment.

What  do you consider as most challenging phase of this collection?

If learning and sketching were tricky, the technical part was a whole other ball game. Sketching something is important; nonetheless, bringing it to live is the true challenge.

What made you move past your signature Swarovski crystals?

I still use them and I am planning on using them in the future. Nonetheless, I do not want them to become the core of my designs, as much as they used to be. If you are looking for Swarovski crystals, you can go to a bunch of other stores or just buy straight ahead from the brand itself. Meanwhile, I plan to stand out and build my own niche.

What made you incorporate art in launch party?

This event is an experience, which aims to unfold the story of both the collection and the brand. Fashion houses abroad often launch their new creations in themed parties that communicate their messages in a number of different channels. That was exactly what I wanted to create for my clients—I wanted to give them the chance to come see the new pieces and go through an artistic experience with Hayden.

For the party we collaborated with an international sculptor, who did a special piece just for Hayden. This is a new element that no one in Egypt has tapped into before. I do not aim to be number one; instead, I am always keen on being different. I hope that my work would open the door for the new generation to think differently.

As a designer, I am by definition an art fanatic. Paintings, sculptures, music, and every other medium can inspire me. I can look at a certain building and instantly feel a connection with its architecture.

Moving forward what do you have in mind for future plans?

We are currently putting together a gala dinner with influential international bloggers. They will be visiting Egypt especially, for this event. Meanwhile, Fatma Momen is the face of this collection and she will be sharing special content for Venus. Every once in a while we plan to collaborate with well-known bloggers that can represent our brand.

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Tree Trunk: inside jungle food experience https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/09/tree-trunk-inside-jungle-food-experience/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2018/08/09/tree-trunk-inside-jungle-food-experience/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:00:55 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=669051 Restaurant an international cuisine for people seeking change of away from regular dinners

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At one of Heliopolis’s oldest, Tree Trunk international dinner is located in the most unique places in Korba, surrounded by 20th century design buildings, enabling its guests to have a dinner or lunch inside a small cosy forest adding a further unique change from regular restaurants in town..

e Designed inside as a forest like and decorated with dim lighting along with wood and green colour palette. With trunks, trees and birds, the place takes you in time and place inside as if like a real jungle, yet with a calm, relaxing ambiance.

As an appetizer, Daily News Egypt’s team chose the House Salad. Prepared with dark leafy greens and cucumbers, tomatoes, coloured peppers, sweet corn, and quinoa accompanied with an Italian dressing. With generous portions of fresh Arugula, the combination of corn and quinoa’s sweetness and the peppery bitter arugula, was a quite balanced portion of a total new taste that might sound weird at the beginning; however, after few bites, it wins you over and becomes familiar in an enjoyable way.

The portions are considered a bit small, yet along a main dish for one person it is quite satisfying.

For the main dishes, the team ordered the Creamy Spinach Fettuccine, Chicken Schnitzel, and the Chicken and Mushroom pasta.

The Creamy Spinach Fettuccine was served a bit cold, and was a bit sticky. Despite the obvious strong spinach flavour, which would be liked and admired by spinach lovers, the pasta missed the white sauce flavour, which would have added a better taste if it was larger in quantity. The pasta was served with slight creamy sauce that was almost not prominent as it should have, which was found missing to complete the elements of the dish.

The Fettuccine is served with chicken, salmon, or beef upon request. Ordering chicken with the pasta, the chicken breast was served cut on the top of the plate. For those who like the chicken covered and dipped with pasta’s creamy sauce to have a one themed plate, ordering chicken would not be a favourable choice. The well-seasoned chicken breast tasted good, however, it does not get along the spinach pasta, as it was only seasoned with herbs. The portions of the main dishes were large and satisfying.

The Chicken Schnitzel definitely tops the list of the most delicious ordered plate.

The two large fried chicken breasts are served topped with mushroom, beef bacon, and melted cheese. Ordered with pasta, the plate is completely tasty and overwhelming. The chicken breasts were crispy from the outside and tender from the inside, with the melting cheese and mushrooms, they gave it a savoury taste.

The pasta tasted best with the mushroom sauce. It was well cooked,  moist and fully covered with the sauce. The plate is one of the team’s recommendation.

The Chicken and Mushroom pasta were also considered tasty. With creamy white sauce and well-seasoned and cooked chicken breast, the plate was delicious and widely liked.

Outdoors, Tree Trunk offers seating at one of Korba’s old building balconies. With birds flying and singing at the background, smoothies are mostly recommended to chill in August’s hot wave.

The place’s prices are considered fare, with main dishes varying from EGP 100-180. Reservations are required.       

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