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Tiziano Guardini: Three Days To Butterfly

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi When you think of Italy, what comes to mind? The bronzed, smiling men? Sumptuous food and wine? Or ancient history and art? You may not think of ‘sustainable fashion’ yet, but designer Tiziano Guardini may soon…

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Leanne Marshall’s Dark Materials

By Diane Small Leanne Marshall, one of the most successful Project Runway winners, has been showing her collections at fashion weeks around the globe every year since 2008. Her sophisticated designs are known for their light, flowing lines, feminine details and timeless elegance and…

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Eco Couture Looks for Everyday Elegance

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Let’s face it: it may be beautiful, but couture can be crazy. Some of the most stunning pieces ever created are basically unwearable. Think of Alexander McQueen‘s FW2013 collection (directly below), John Galliano’s elaborate Geishas (further…

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Cruel Couture? Fur at Couture Week

By Neesha Gill This couture week in Paris, something new hit the runways: an all-fur couture catwalk by Italian brand Fendi. Whilst this was apparently a one-off affair, it is reflective of a trend for fur that seems to…

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Ezra Santos Couture at FFWD 2015

By Chere Di Boscio Fashion weeks may be dominated by Paris, London, New York and Milan, but Dubai’s Fashion Forward is about to change all of that. The biannual fashion showcase highlights regional talents, and there are many –…

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Best of Paris Haute Couture Week 2015

By Chere Di Boscio Eluxe lauds haute couture as being the ultimate in slow fashion. It’s clothing as an art form; a means of preserving and perpetuating European artisanal traditions and a reminder that more than something to change…

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Sohad Acouri: The Eve Collection

By Chere Di Boscio One of our favourite couture designers, the talented Sohad Acouri, debuted his first ever pret-a-porter collection at Atelier M’s anniversary party in Dubai recently in a fashion show that dazzled the 500 VIP guests at…

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Iris Van Herpen’s Magnetic Attraction

By Chere Di Boscio Because she is a pioneer in the field, we’ve written much about Iris Van Herpen‘s 3D printed collections. However, there is one technique she uses that we haven’t given much attention to as yet, but…

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The Winner! EcoChic Design Award 2014

By Arwa Lodhi Recently we reported that ten talented emerging designers originating from Asia and Europe battled it out to win The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15. We highlighted the finalists in an article in Eluxe, and now we can reveal…

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Desert Flower: Sohad Acouri Couture

By Chere Di Boscio There’s no shortage of couture competition in hyper-bling Dubai, but Lebanese born, Dubai based designer Sohad Acouri is making himself stand out by being one of the few talented people in the region to incorporate…

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Sohad Acouri: Voyage D’un Star

By Chere Di Boscio International Fashion Designer Sohad Acouri launched his new collection 2014/2015 in a special fashion show within The Middle East Fashion Week, Dubai. Titled “Voyage D’une Star”, the eco-friendly collection is inspired by the lifestyle of the…

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Valentino Bridal Couture

By Chere Di Boscio We’ve presented a wide variety of wedding dresses over the past week or so, ranging from beautifully boho and English eccentric style to classically elegant. All the designers we have presented demonstrate strong talent and…

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Sohad Acouri White: Eco Bridal Dresses

By Sophia Hussain “Designing a Dress or Creating a Dream” – is the vision behind the brilliant eco bridal dresses created by haute couture designer Sohad Acouri. His ethereal luxury bridal gowns are absolute perfection! Since 2000, this Dubai-based Lebanese designer…

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Trash Couture Bridal Gowns

By Sophia Hussain   What happens with the fabric remains from luxury fashion design houses in Paris?  One designers “trash” becomes re-invented into couture fairytale-like bridal gowns.   Danish designer Ann Wiberg founded her avant-garde label Trash Couture “as…

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Mert Otsamo Turns Magnum Green into Gold

By Chere Di Boscio When you think of Magnum ice cream, rarely does ‘fashion’ come to mind–but Finnish design star Mert Otsamo may have just changed that forever. The young couture designer was hired by Magnum to create a…

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We have a winner! EcoChic Design Award

By Chere Di Boscio After much anticipation, the winner of the EcoChic Design Award has been announced: Karen Jessen. The German designer will  now design the 2014 ‘Recycled Collection by Esprit’ for retail giant Esprit’s global shops in mid 2014.…

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Couture SS14: Valentino’s Butterfly Effect

By Chere Di Boscio After the departure of the house’s founder, many worried about maintaining the brand’s prestige and femininity. But under the direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Maison Valentino has gone from strength to strength, not just in terms of…

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Couture’s Eco Artisan: Maison Margiela

By Chere Di Boscio Unless you’re a keen home decorator or work in the design industry, you may not realise that many architects, artist and designers have created textiles for home interiors. Jean Paul Gauthier’s sailor tattoo motifs decorate…

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Recycling, Marcia Ganem Style

By Arwa Lodhi I was delighted to hear that Pharrell Williams co-created a company called Bionic Yarn that’s using plastic ‘harvested’ from the seas. It’s broken down into fine threads, and is then used to make new clothing. But Pharrell…

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Our Top 5 Designers for Holiday Glam

By  Chere Di Boscio Elegant parties require elegant dresses. There are plenty to choose from on the high street for special Christmas dinners, New Year’s Eve galas and other festive fetes this holiday season, but why not give your…

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Boy Wonder: Nikolay Bozhilov

Nikolay Bozhilov, the Bulgarian fashion prodigy and two-time winner of the prestigious Golden Needle Award, has shaken the world of fashion up with his avant-guard, sustainably stylish creations. Here, he speaks to Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi about inspiration, success and…

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Ada Zanditon’s Design Dualism

By Arwa Lodhi What happens when a young girl grows up reading two totally different magazines: National Geographic and Vogue? In the case of Ada Zanditon, the influences of these completely contrasting publications merged into one unique take on…

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Eco Fashion The Way It Should Be

By Chere Di Boscio Hassan Pierre is very firm about the way clothes should be: elegant, well tailored, feminine, delicate, and sustainably made. This September, the Haitian born designer (pictured above with eco-advocate and socialite Amanda Hearst) showed a…

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Barbara i Gongini: Complex Minimalism

By Chere Di Boscio Barbara i Gongini isn’t your typical designer, and her Nordic avant-garde fashion label based in Copenhagen, doesn’t take a typical approach to design. The Gongini collections, made for both men and women, employ on the highest…

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Devika Dass: From Pucci to Peru

By Diane Small Devika Dass is a quintessential Londoner, and so it’s no wonder, after having growing up in the misty grey cold, she focused her fashion line on knitwear. It wasn’t always this way–Dass’s path was initially academic,…