Fabulous and for Goodwill, What More Do You Want from a Bag?

By Fatmé Fahda – Spring 2015 Lebanese designer Sarah Beydoun founded Sarah’s Bag in 2000. Sarah, among other Lebanese designers who came of age during the country’s seventeen-year civil war and are now rebuilding their country’s cultural life through their work in fashion, design, art and music is what inspired Sarah’s Bag to come to life.

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Image Courtesy of businessoffashion.com – Sarah’s Bag Showroom in Lebanon

During her studies, Sarah worked with a local NGO, House of Hope, which helps rehabilitate former prostitutes and ex-prisoners. Sarah was then moved to combine her work with underprivileged women with her love of fashion. Sarah’s Bag employs over 200 female prisoners and ex-prisoners in Lebanon and trains them as skilled artisans – its aesthetic gets more intricate and stronger with each collection. The women loved the plan, especially the upfront payment they received regardless of whether Beydoun sold the item. But everything sold.

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 “The trick Sarah’s Bag pulled off was evolving from cause to legitimate fashion brand, and that was only ultimately possible by putting the story second and the fashion first.” – Business of Fashion

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Image Courtesy of thebrander.com – Iconic Sarah’s Bag clutch

Sarah’s bag proved that social entrepreneurship can be stylish and women across the Arab world acquired a taste for accessories that are unique, handmade and a celebration of Arab culture. The company’s success has reached Dubai, Kuwait, Amman, Jeddah, Cairo, and Riyadh. Through the long reach of Lebanese Diaspora, every year new points of sale for Sarah’s Bag sprung up in cities such as Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Marrakech.

Image Courtesy of: @Sarahsbag Instagram

Image Courtesy of @SarahsBag Instagram – Amal Clooney

As a brand renowned for its unique structure, every season, Sarah’s Bag seems to outdo itself. The spring designs feature vibrantly colored clutches and leather bags made with exquisite beadwork and woodwork, some of them adorned with tropical birds, fruits, and landscapes.

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Image Courtesy of @SarahsBag Instagram – Spring Summer 2015 Collection

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Image Courtesy of @SarahsBag Instagram – Spring Summer 2015 Collection

Sarah’s Bag is available online at http://shop.sarahsbag.com. Prices range from $15 to $950, though most items are between $100 and $300.

Rick Owens F/W 2015: Groundbreaking, or Branding Strategy?

Just one of the exposing looks from the Rick Owens Fall 2015 Menswear show on January 22nd, 2015

Perhaps the most notable runway accessory this Paris Fashion Week came from designer Rick Owens’ Fall 2015 menswear show, in the form of a specific piece of male anatomy. With his collection, Rick Owens had the honor of gracing the Parisian catwalks … Continue reading

Trend-Setters

As a Fashion lover living in Paris, one of the most exciting times to discover exquisite, beautifully crafted clothes is during Haute Couture Week. From the refined fabric choices to the spectacular hand made embroidery embellishments, these one of a kind garments can truly be recognized as pieces of art.

For those less familiar with Haute Couture, it was born here in France by an Englishman called Charles Frederick Worth who started making custom made clothing for the elite women of Paris. Today, Haute Couture refers to collections created only by a hand full of luxury brands that are exclusively chosen based on established standards.

Anywho, some of the most iconic and memorable pieces of Fashion have been produced in the name of Haute Couture.

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Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy

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The Smoking of Yves Saint Laurent

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Marilyn Monroe in Christian Dior

As a passionate trend follower, I believe it is as important to look at what’s hot on the podiums as well as off. If you have ever attended a Fashion Show during fashion week, you are surely familiar with media coverage on the outfits worn by bloggers, creative directors, buyers and other fashionistas. This is one of the best ways to discover new trends.

This year, as I inspected shots taken of the recent shows, such as Versace, Christian Dior and Alexis Mabille, I couldn’t help but notice a shot taken of Anna Dello Russo ( creative consultant for Vogue Japan) walking into the Giambattista Valli show.  According to Examiner.com she was photographed wearing a lip motif mini dress and a luscious faux fur coat.

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Although Anna has been known for wearing a significant amount of fur, I believe her influence on fans and the media could inspire others to wear faux instead of real. She has also been seen wearing many pieces by Vika Gazinskaya, a whimsical designer who has an outspoken, animal friendly take on fur used within the industry, directly reflected within her collections and faux-fur garments.

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Camille Riviere