Category Archives: Trends


Chasing a Dream with Elie Saab

It was supposed to be another star-studded Spring-Summer show for Elie Saab in Paris yesterday. Except this fashionable affair was unlike any other in the designer’s history! As each model strutted down the catwalk, a story about Beirut’s golden age was reflected from the dress she wore; stories about the city that never slept, endless parties, eternal beauty and youth, and a personal reverie of Saab‘s mother wearing a tulip print dress.




This is Elie Saab in all his glory; exploring new patterns and colors, introducing feathers to his collections, reviving low heeled satin sandals, putting on an elaborate show- as if from a fairytale, and ultimately, paying homage to his Beirut!




Now, let the pictures do the rest of the talking..








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Christian Louboutin Climbs to New Heights with Nail Polish Collection

After three full years of perfecting the ultimate shade of scarlet red, Christian Louboutin is finally ready to conquer the nail polish market! Yes, the iconic shoe designer just launched a line of nail polish last week in Paris.




The bottle design features the same height as the brand’s signature Ballerina Ultima heel, reaching 20.5 cm – the highest Louboutin ever made! The applicator is inspired by calligraphy pens so that you feel “like an artist when manicuring”.



The polish selection is divided into three sections: Pops, Nudes, and Noirs. The full range- which is made up of 30 shades- will be available starting August 31st.





For now, you can order the classic rouge from Sephora. And if you’re wondering about the price, then start saving because a bottle of polish will set you back a cool USD 50, making it the most expensive nail polish from a high end brand!





Click here to find out how Christian Louboutin is taking femininity to new heights!



All images are taken from Christian Louboutin’s Instagram and


Trends | Shopping Made Chic: Chanel’s Supermarket Experience

It’s the show everyone’s been talking about! Amid everyone’s recovery process following the end of awards season 2014 , Chanel managed to awaken everybody from their slumber by putting on an eccentric (to say the least) fashion show in a supermarket setting at the Grand Palais in Paris.


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The genius that is Karl Lagerfeld stocked the setting with signature Coco items including pasta, eggs, cheeses, soaps, “Haute Ketchup”, “Eau de Chanel”, you name it! Shortly after, the stunning Chanel models made their way down the aisles parading the iconic brand’s latest collection (a mix of classy meets casual) as the audience looked on in awe.




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Was it crazy? Yes. Was it an unconventional show for a luxury brand with a legacy such as Chanel’s? Definitely! Did the internet explode in response? Yes (and it still is more than 24 hours later) Was Coco Chanel turning in her grave throughout? Possibly! Is Karl Lagerfeld a genius who knows how to reinvent a brand, knowing that its clean cut up-scale image will not be touched? Absolutely!!


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I’ll leave you with some of the most popular reactions about the show below! What did you think of the Chanel supermarket fashion show?











Trends | Your Shopping Experience is About to Get Noisy at Vero Moda

Everyone’s favorite Danish retailer is introducing a new line of clothing! Yes, this Fall Vero Moda introduces Noisy May in its Middle Eastern and European stores.

So, what is this new line all about? And what does Vero Moda aim to achieve with it?




Noisy May is a new jeans based brand that aims to provide young fashionistas with the perfect pair of jeans. Stemming from the jeans concept, the line also includes tops, shorts, skirts, knits, jackets, and dresses. To sum it up, Vero Moda is targeting all denim lovers who want to stand out and have some edge. This where Noisy May comes in, offering edgy designs, while still maintaining a feminine aspect to them.




The brand believes that Noisy May will give its clients a new offering, thus enriching their shopping experience in the store. Fashionistas- who are jeans junkies at the core- can now mix and match different styles under the same roof to come up with a unique look.

I went through some of the items on their website and I must say the jeans are my favorite- I’m really into the whole distressed meets boyfriend jeans trend right now. Check out my favorite picks below!







Look out for Noisy May’s collection to hit Vero Moda stores near you this month!

Trends | A Blast From the Past: You’ll Never Guess who the new Face of Chanel No. 5 Is!

51 years following her death, Marilyn Monroe’s legacy still lives on! Yes, one of Hollywood’s late pinup girls has been chosen by Chanel as the new face of the brand’s Chanel No. 5 fragrance Fall campaign.




The brand just released the print version of the campaign (a video will soon follow) featuring a picture of Marilyn Monroe seductively carrying a bottle of the perfume. The picture was taken by photographer Ed Feingersh.




First introduced in 1921 by Gabrielle Chanel, who said that she wanted to create a “woman’s fragrance that smells like a woman”.

Past celebrity endorsers for perfume include Audrey Tautou, Brad Pitt in 2012, and Nicole Kidman following her mega success in Moulin Rouge.


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So why Monroe? It turns out that the star was a big fan of the fragrance, even telling George Belmont, Marie Claire’s then Editor in Chief, “You know, they ask me questions. Just an example : “What do you wear to bed ? A pyjama top ? The bottoms of the pajamas? A nightgown?” So I said, “CHANEL No.5,” because it’s the truth… And yet, I don’t want to say “nude”. But it’s the truth.”

Sounds like a good enough reason to be chosen as the face of one of the world’s most iconic fragrances!



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Trends | Victoria’s Secret Reveals this Year’s Royal Fantasy Bra

Every year, Victoria’s Secret takes it upon itself to create a multi-million dollar stunning bra made of the world’s most coveted jewels and shows it off during its annual VS Fashion Show.

Victoria’s Secret finally released an image of the stunning Royal Fantasy Bra, modeled this year by one of the brand’s most popular Angels, Candice Swanepoel.




Designed by international Lebanese jeweler Mouawad, the $10 million bra is made of 4,200 precious gems from all around the world including rubies, diamonds, yellow sapphires, all set in 18 carat gold. It also features a 52 carat pear shaped ruby in the center.

Simply put, it is a fantasy indeed!

Trends | Elie Saab’s Lace Garden

In between inking a deal with Evian for 2014 last week, Elie Saab found some time to showcase his stunning Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2014 collection at the Jardins des Tuilleries, as part of Paris Fashion Week.

Following the amazing Royal Affair  Autumn Winter 2013 collection, Saab draws inspiration from nature and accentuates it with dazzling lace details. Vibrant Spring colors included white, soft rose, greens, blues, and new take on florals that made the trend seem more youthful.





Classy evening dresses were shown in the designer’s signature black with sexy and structured placements of lace all over as well as fully beaded gowns that added an edge to the whimsical collection.




You can check out more from the collection on Elie Saab’s Facebook fan page. 











Trends | Fall for Fall’s Hottest Trends!

I’m so proud to say that Carmel + Vanilla had its first feature in an Arabic publication yesterday! Reine Bou Moussa- who is a journalist for Nahar Al Shabab interviewed me a few weeks back and we talked about my love for fashion and how Carmel + Vanilla came to be, among other things. I also contributed with an article for the publication that discussed Fall’s latest trends.
In case you missed it, click here  to read the feature and check out an extended version of my article below :) 
With Summer 2013 clearly coming to an end, it’s time for us to focus on Fall and uncover its trends. Follow my tips and tricks for looking fashionably stunning this upcoming season!
Eye-Catching Coats:
Make a statement this Fall with trendy coats; fur, over sized parkas, and strong leather pieces are sure to get you attention. When opting to wear a certain style, remember to consider the rest of your outfit. So let your coat take center stage and keep the other pieces simple!
Eye-Catching Coats (1)
Classy Classics:
Spring and Summer were all about the floral print. This Fall, replace this trend with more classic prints such as Houndstooth. Known to be a designer favorite, this print is office appropriate and also fashionable for an evening drinks and dinner with friends or colleagues. Own this classic look like a lady this season!
Salvatore Ferragamo Houndstooth Trend
Lovely Leopards:
The leopard print seems to never go away and yes the Fall runways were still buzzing with it; feel free to try it in classic brown and black. Feeling more confident about this trend? Then go for it in striking colors such as pinks and reds! Remember that the trick to nailing a leopard look is not to overdo it, so incorporate one piece (blouse, skirt, or shoes) into your outfit.
Model Cara Delevingne wearing the Leopard trend for DKNY
Emerald Queen:
If you haven’t heard yet, emerald was announced as the official color of 2013 late last year, which explains its excess appearance on the runways! Emerald is a great color that compliments almost all skin tones; wear it alone or mix it up with white or jewel tones to make a fashionable statement. You can also incorporate emerald into your wardrobe through eye-catching accessories; a structured bag or a pair of sexy stilettos will take you far this Fall.
Fall dress in Emerald
White Chance:
We all start reaching for dark colors once the weather starts getting cold, don’t we? Newsflash: white is a classy and comforting color to wear during the colder months of the year. So make sure to include a white cashmere coat, a flirty LWD (Little White Dress), or even a pair of furry white boots to your Fall shopping list. To nail this look, opt for designs that are structured and fit your body; leave the loose and flouncy designs for next Summer!
Winter White Dress
I hope these tips add some glamour to your wardrobe this Fall! Trends aside, always remember to choose items that match your personal style and compliment your body shape. Happy shopping!

Trends | Boy Meets Girl at Victoria Beckham SS14

New York Fashion Week is in full swing! Some of our most loved designers are showcasing their upcoming Spring- Summer 2014 collections in the Big Apple during the week long event. I am always excited to see what Victoria Beckham brings to the table every time she has a fashion show, and seriously the lady never disappoints!




For the upcoming season, Beckham said that her focus was on shape both visually and conceptually of every single outfit. She also wanted to design items that are light weight and easy to wear, and her main goal was to create the perfect pair of trousers that are trendy, but also comfortable.




There’s also a sense of boyishness in her designs. As opposed to her previous collection-which was very masculine- Beckham made sure that the collection portrayed a flirty boy meets girl image and she succeeded in doing so!




Remember that you can shop Victoria Beckham at Boutique 1.


All Images are Courtesy of the Victoria Beckham Facebook Page

Trends | Military Pride Still Going Strong!

August 1st is Army Day in Lebanon and on this occasion I thought it would be fun to write a military inspired post. From Marc Jacobs to Burberry to my favorite Victoria Beckham, (take a look at Mrs. Beckham’s collection below!) the military trend has been taking the world’s runways by storm in the past few seasons and there are no signs of it slowing down!




Fun flirty items like Rihanna’s print short-sleeved button down are a great way to inject a military feel into your wardrobe. Go fierce yet stay feminine in an olive colored pencil skirt with gold detailing like Alexa Chung did. Gwen Stefani and Kim Kardashian also adopted this trend; sticking to her signature style, Gwen wore printed pants while Kim went for a Burberry jacket with black accents.




If you want to go for this trend, always remember to mix one military inspired piece that stands out, but keep the rest of your look simple. You may consider combat boots, cargo skinny jeans, or even a coat. Take note from the late Princess Diana who sported this white jacket with gold detailing from back in the day. (just make sure to pass on the headpiece ;) )




Happy Army Day Everyone!



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